TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20, 2004) – King Motorsports announced it will return to the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship with veteran driver Bob Endicott behind the wheel of the No. 64 King Motorsports/Mugen Power Acura RSX.-30-
The team plans to make its 2004 debut in the SPEED Touring Car race at Lime Rock Park, as part of the Road Racing Classic Featuring the Mohegan Sun Grand Prix & Busch North 200 May 28-31.
“I wouldn’t have any other person driving the car other than Bob [Endicott],” Scott Zellner, owner of King Motorsports, said. “I think he is the finest front-wheel drive sedan driver out there.”
“I have high expectations,” Endicott said of his return to the series. “It’s such a competitive series. World Challenge is tough, that’s why I like it.”
Although Endicott and King Motorsports captured a win in 2003 at Mid-Ohio, the team made a number of changes to the car in the off-season. And, with the SPEED Touring Car series competing on the new Toyo Proxes RA-1™ DOT-approved race compound tires this season, look for the King Motorsports entry to be even more competitive.
“We’ve made a number of changes to the car and to the race program for 2004, which I am very excited about,” Zellner said. “We completely reengineered of the car over the winter. We really regretted having to miss the first race. But, it was best for development on the car and getting things ready for 2004. Since the new tires are an unknown to us, we’re just going to have to do the best we can with what we’ve got. But, we are very excited about the changes we’ve made to the car over the winter. I think a strong top-10 finish is the best we could hope for at this first race.”
“I’m really looking forward to driving on the new tires,” Endicott added. “I think we’re going to have a pretty good handling car if I can get it dialed in in short period of time. We haven’t done any testing with the new tires. We only have a few practice sessions and qualifying to get the car dialed in. But, historically, unless we are way off base in our original guess, we tend to get that done pretty quickly. I think we’ll be pretty well dialed in at Lime Rock. I’m expecting a good result there. And, Mugen has been doing a lot of development work on the engine and I am really excited about that.”
In addition to the car changes, the team also hired Duane Wickham as the new crew chief. The former lead mechanic and fabricator at RealTime Racing brings a wealth of knowledge to his new team.
“We named Duane Wickham as the crew chief,” Zellner said of his new hire. “We’re real excited to have Duane bring his skill set to our team and hopefully help us in 2004.”
“I am very excited to join King Motorsports,” Wickham said of his new position. “I’ve known them for about six years. I am excited about working with Bob Endicott. He is one of my favorite drivers in the series. I got to work with him once last year and really enjoyed it. He is a top-notch driver. He is really good at giving driver feedback. I am also looking forward to working with Scott [Zellner] as a team owner.”
“We’ve got a real good crew this year,” Endicott added. “This year they’re really experienced. They’ve been doing a lot of work on the car the last couple of months. It is a much better car than it was last year.”
For more information about SPEED World Challenge Touring Car, visit www.world-challenge.com. For more information about King Motorsports, visit www.kingmotorsports.com.
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