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Team Trans Sport Racing Announces 2007 American Le Mans Series GT2 Program
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jim Bell, of Bell Motorsport, and Tim Pappas have joined forces to campaign a 2007 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class. The new team, Team Trans Sport Racing ("TSR"), will be run out of Bell's Miami Florida shop, with management being jointly coordinated between Pappas and Bell. While Jim's accolades are well known in American sports car racing, Tim's are less so, however, he has been involved in professional sports car racing since 2000. Pappas previously fielded three cars in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car Class in 2002 and 2003, as well as being a co-driver in successful Grand Am Cup teams in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Though TSR is quite new, it was granted a contract for one of the highly sought after RSR's back in July of 2006, which has given Pappas and Bell plenty of time to plan the season's strategy. Many probably relate Jim to his recent overall victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona or Daytona Prototype Championship in 2004 and 2003 respectively; however, Jim has had an affiliation with Porsche racing cars that dates back to the 1970's. In fact, before Bell was a pioneer in the new DP Class, he was honored with the IMSA Mechanic of the Year title in 1979, while campaigning a Porsche 935. Pappas has long driven and raced Porsche's both in club and pro level competition and has been active in Porsche Club of America since 1991.
TSR will also partner with Yokohama Tire Corporation to develop a new tire for ALMS GT2 competition. Engineers from both the US and Japan will be working closely with the team throughout the season. “Yokohama is proud to partner with Team Trans Sport for the 2007 season and look forward to producing top results together,” commented Robert Dole, Product Promotions Manager for Yokohama Tire. “The GT2 category is always tough but in 2007, it promises to provide the most exciting competition in all of the ALMS. Knowing this, it is very important to have partners on the track that you work well with and can constantly develop your product on daily basis. There is absolute confidence at Yokohama that we have found that with Jim, Tim and the entire Trans Sport team.”
"Yokohama is no stranger to the process of developing competition tires. I have enjoyed working with them in the past because Yokohama is a technical company, which thrives on winning. We have planned a full testing program and should have something for the competition in short order," commented Bell.
Team Trans Sport Racing's driver lineup for the 12 Hours of Sebring will be Americans Terry Borcheller, Mike Fitzgerald, and Tim Pappas. "After waiting months for this car to arrive from Germany, it was fantastic to shake it down at the IMSA Winter Test at Sebring. Though planning out our season and creating partnerships for the team has been exciting, nothing can compare with turning laps in the new RSR," explained Pappas.
The Technical Partners that have committed to TSR are Yokohama, Performance Friction, Moton Suspension Technology, H&R Springs, MOMO Italy and Renewable Choice Energy. vineyard vines® will be the official supplier of non-racing apparel for Team Trans Sport Racing. TSR plans to debut its car livery and full Corporate Partner lineup at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, on March 17th.
Be sure to check out Team Trans Sport's web site at http://www.transsportonline.com and look for more announcements in the coming weeks.