Streetwise Motorsports Returns to Global RallyCross Championship

by 1 June 08, 2011

Lauchlin O’Sullivan and “Two-Week Wonder” Project Car Reunite at Pikes Peak International Raceway

 

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (June 8, 2011) - It took Streetwise Motorsports just two weeks to build a car, get it to the track and finish on the podium in the first round of the Global RallyCross Championship at Irwindale Speedway back in March. As the team returns to GRC competition at Pikes Peak International Raceway June 17 – 18, they are still making every second count.   We were thrilled to finish on the podium at Irwindale,” said Streetwise principal Doug Nagy, a veteran team manager and crew chief who has led professional sports car efforts at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring, among many others. “But the short timeline meant that our weekend was a bit more dramatic than I would have preferred. This time, we’re not starting from scratch. We’re still operating on a shoestring budget, but we have time to address the dozens of little details that can make the difference between winning and losing.”   Nagy explained that he and his team are spending the run-up to the Pikes Peak event reducing weight, enhancing handling and increasing power for the 1987 Toyota Corolla FX-16, which started life as a road-racing entry and then sat unused for more than a decade prior to its arrival at the Streetwise shop in Orange County, California. A furious fortnight of fabrication and preparation for the GRC opener earned the little Toyota a first place finish in the Two-wheel Drive Limited class, third overall in 2WD – and the affectionate nickname of “Two-Week Wonder.”   Champion rally driver Lauchlin O’Sullivan will once again be behind the wheel of the Two-Week Wonder. The San Francisco native is no stranger to high speed in the Centennial State. His racing resume includes a third-place overall finish in the open class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb during his time as a Mitsubishi factory driver, as well as numerous successful outings in Colorado rally events.   Streetwise Motorsports will provide updates on the team’s progress at Pikes Peak via Facebook (Streetwise Motorsports) and Twitter (@sw_ms) throughout the event. Full coverage of the Global RallyCross Championship “Last Chance” in Colorado will be broadcast on ESPN June 25 at 9 p.m. EDT, with live streaming and video highlights available online at ESPN3.com.   [caption id="attachment_270" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Lauchlin Charging ahead at Round One of the Global Rallycross event at Irwindale"]Streetwise FX-16 on Track at Irwindale GRC[/caption]


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