Welcome To SpeedQuest Racing
Mid-Ohio at the end of June will see the debut of SpeedQuest Racing,
running two Porsche 911 GT3-RSs. The team has tentative plans to
run the whole of the ALMS this year.
The team is co-owned
by Eric Burch and Romeo Kapudija, and has acquired many of the assets
of Zip racing – including the cars. Romeo Kapudija will partner
Shane (Go Shane!) Lewis in the #21 entry, while 20 year old GT newcomer
Chris Green, from Montreal will drive the #22, with an as yet un-named
Eric Burch and Romeo
Kapudija are to be applauded for bringing this project together.
Both were involved in the final race of the 2003 ALMS season, Burch
with Tom Weickardt’s team, Kapudija driving for PK Sport.
Shane Lewis drove the ACEMCO Ferrari, of course.
estimation Chris Green is certain to be one of the future stars
of this sport,” says Burch. “He has accomplished a great
deal in his young career and is looking forward to his rookie season
in the ALMS."
The team, as Zip did,
will carry the logos of Hazardous Sports, a line of motorsports-related
sportswear, and Hazardous will market its products through the race
team at ALMS events.
Besides the Zip cars
and transporter, SpeedQuest has also acquired pit and shop equipment
from the 2003 ALMS team. They will operate from a state-of-the-art
shop in Chicago that was formerly used by a Champ Car team.
"We are working
almost non-stop to be ready to race at Mid-Ohio," said Eric
Burch. "We have some very talented people on the team and look
forward to doing some testing in the next few weeks before our first
Art Guertin, who will
be car chief for SpeedQuest Racing, formerly worked in NASCAR with
Roush Racing, while team crew chief / lead engineer Doug Heise has
experience in the IRL.
The cars will race in
a new black and yellow paint scheme and will race on Pirelli Tires.
Burch said that negotiations with other sponsors are ongoing and
announcements will be made in the near future.
will be doing a great amount of marketing and promotional ventures
to support our sponsors and fans alike," said Kapudija. "This
is a concept that Eric Burch and I started putting together when
he elected to have me drive in one of the Vipers at Road America
last season in the ALMS and I am very happy to be partnering with
him in this venture."