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 co-driver.

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.

“In our 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 race."

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.

"SpeedQuest Racing 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."

 

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