Wally Castro to compete at Puerto Rico

Island Hotshoe Wally Castro To Compete in Motorock Trans-Am Tour season finale in teh Puerto Rico Grand Prix LANSING, Mich. - Wally Castro, a well-known and successful road racing veteran in Latin America and the Caribbean, will compete in the...

Island Hotshoe Wally Castro To Compete in Motorock Trans-Am Tour season finale in teh Puerto Rico Grand Prix

LANSING, Mich. - Wally Castro, a well-known and successful road racing veteran in Latin America and the Caribbean, will compete in the Puerto Rico Grand Prix, the Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup season finale Oct. 24-26. Castro will drive the No. 3 Puerto Rico Lotteries Jaguar XKR prepared and campaigned by Rocketsports Racing.

The Puerto Rico Grand Prix event will mark Castro's second career Trans-Am race. His previous start was at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in 1996. Driving a Ford Mustang, Castro qualified 10th and was running fifth when a broken axle relegated him to an 11th-place finish.

"The Trans-Am Tour is very competitive this season," said Castro, who currently leads the point standings in the Puerto Rico National Championship GTS class with four wins and a second-place finish. "For me, it is more of a challenge and it's very demanding of the driver.

"To be successful, you go to the top, which is why I'm racing with Rocketsports," explained Castro, who finished second in the GTS class and fourth overall in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway this year. "I've known Paul Gentilozzi and some of his crew for a long time; they have a really good program - the engine, shocks, data, the car - everything. My expectation is to be in the top five all weekend. With the good equipment and crew, it's very possible."

Last season, Castro was a top contender for the Puerto Rico National Championship in the GTS class, ranking third while racing only a partial season and finished second in class in the "Las 3 Horas Budweiser." A three-time champion of the "GT Marlboro de las Americas" in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1994-96, Castro has also won the 1997 Neon Challenge Championship, the National Championship title in multiple classes, and was the "Marlboro Great Champion of the Year" in the Dominican Republic in 1994.

Castro has competed at the highest level, taking the wheel in the prestigious Rolex 24 of Daytona with Roush Racing, finishing fifth in the GTS class in 1995.

Castro was active in go-kart racing in the mid 1980s and then transitioned to sports car racing, winning the 1990 Puerto Rico National Championship in the PM-B class.

Others drivers from Latin America and the Caribbean joining Castro in the Puerto Rico Grand Prix include rookie standout Jorge Diaz, Jr., Luis Mendez, Felix Serralles, and Edison Lluch.

The Puerto Rico Grand Prix will air live on Sunday, Oct. 26 on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Wally Castro , Felix Serralles , Edison Lluch , Jorge Diaz