Collins Joins Wagner & Long
Kelly Collins will join Cort Wagner and Patrick Long in
the lead Racers Group / New Century Mortgage Racers Group Porsche
brings masses of recent Sebring experience with him from his years
with Corvette. He and team-mate Oliver Gavin were dominating the
GTS class last year at Sebring before a mechanical failure put them
out of the race. They did however capture wins at Road Atlanta and
Trois Rivieres in the very competitive GTS class last season.
"I'm just happy to have a rear view mirror and a motor behind
me again!" Kelly said. "This is a great situation for
all of us to be in - Cort and I have been friends forever, going
all the way back to his days as a student of mine. We've been very
successful teammates, we won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12
Hours of Sebring together in 1999, and I'm thrilled to be team-mates
again with him in such a good, competitive car.
Long is also a friend and former student of mine, which I suppose
makes me the old guy in the car. It's fantastic to run a car with
my friends, and what's better is that we're all from California.
It's going to be good to put the American back into American Le
Mans! I'm very thankful to New Century Mortgage for the opportunity
they've given us to run such a high-profile, professional racing
effort with a team of this caliber.
happy to be racing with Kevin Buckler and The Racers Group and thankful
that he thought enough of me to add me to his team for an event
such as Sebring," concluded a clearly delighted Kelly Collins.