DALLAS, Texas (March 6, 2006) -- LG Motorsports announced today that it will increase its commitment to the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship with a three-car effort. Known for getting tremendous horsepower from its LG Pro Long Tube Corvettes, the LG Motorsports team expects to pick-up right where it left off in 2005.-30-
In addition to the three-time former World Challenge Champion, Lou Gigliotti, in his #28 black and yellow flamed LG Motorsports Corvette C6, the team will also campaign the #26 Corvette with former Trans-Am Series standout Claudio Burton and Doug Peterson in the #87 3-Dimensioal Services Corvette.
“I’m really looking forward to competing in a World Challenge GT car,” commented Burton. “I’ve heard all the commentary referring to the GT class being a modern day Trans-Am, so I think it will be a good fit with my background.”
“We just had a test session this past Friday,” Burton added. “It’s a great feeling car and very responsive. We’re certainly not lacking for horsepower. The LG Motorsports guys really have the car figured out. I think it will be a pretty quick learning curve for me moving into the Series. At least I’ve got a great team behind me to help.”
Peterson, the 2000 Star Mazda Series Masters Champion and 2004 SCCA Formula Mazda National Champion, comes to SPEED World Challenge after competing in 2005 with the American Speed Factory team in the extremely competitive Star Mazda Series. He finished third in the Masters Series Championship while accumulating and impressive 12 top-ten finishes, nine top-fives and visited the podium five times with one third-place finish and four wins.
“I’ve wanted to drive one of Lou’s cars for quite some time,” said Doug. “I came down and tested a couple of weeks back and I’m really impressed with the car. If I had to use one word, it would be ‘wow!’ Obviously, it’s a bigger car than I’m used to, but I was very surprised by the response and handling.
“I’m really looking forward to participating in the SPEED World Challenge Series,” Doug continued. “One good thing is the schedule. I know my way around most of the tracks we’ll visit, with the exception of Utah. Then again, no one has been there yet, so I’ll be on equal footing for that one. I think with Lou’s help and knowledge of the Series, we’ll come up to speed pretty quick and hopefully start making our way to the front.”
“Campaigning a three-car team will be a great opportunity to showcase the LG Motorsports team and LG Motorsports’ products,” said team owner Gigliotti. “We’re a little bit old school in our approach to racing. We race what we sell, so for us it is still a matter of win on Sunday, sell on Monday. Our customers have come to know us for our quality and high performance products. To us, if we can’t win with it, we don’t sell it. Our customers know that. It’s a simple formula at LG Motorsports, we race what we sell.”
So far, the LG Motorsports’ formula has worked well for Lou. With Championship titles in 1991, 1992 and 1996, Gigliotti returned to the World Challenge Series in 2004 and racked up three top-five and five top-ten finishes while taking the third step on the podium at Mosport and Road Atlanta.
In 2005, the former champion finished ninth in the SPEED GT Drivers’ Championship, only running a partial season. Lou put the #28 LG Motorsports Pro Long Tube Header Corvette on the pole at Lime Rock Park and again at Infineon Raceway. He went on to win the race at Infineon with a dominating wire-to-wire run.
Two weeks later, at Portland International Raceway, Gigliotti put SPEED World Challenge Touring Car driver Dino Crescentini in the #28 car. Dino went on to earn his first World Challenge victory while securing back-to-back wins for the #28 car in the process.
Gigliotti’s 2005 season finished with two poles, four top-five finishes, five top-tens, third place at St. Petersburg, a win at Infineon and second place at Mosport. Toss in Crescentini’s win at Portland and it all spells a winning pedigree for the #28 LG Motorsports Corvette.
Fans can come out and support LG Motorsports new three car effort at the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series events which get underway March 15, at the historic Sebring International Raceway as part of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, in Florida. The events will air tape-delayed on Sunday, March 19th at 3pm (Touring Car) and 4pm (GT) on SPEED Channel.
LG Motorsports is located in Wylie, Texas. Known for its exceptional service and customer support, LG Motorsports provides high-performance parts and accessories for the Corvette C5, C6, C6-Z06, Cadillac CTS-V, Pontiac GTO and F body LS1 powered cars. LG Motorsports… where money buys speed. For more information about LG Motorsports, visit www.lgmotorsports.com.
Regarded as the most relevant and top production car road racing series in the world, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships are broken into two distinct sub-series that run separately from one another— SCCA SPEED GT and SCCA SPEED Touring Car. Each Championship is run in a 50-minute “sprint” race format, featuring recognizable cars, world-class drivers and standing starts. For more information about the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Championships, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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