Multinational Driver Entry to Race Marcos Mantis And Two BMW 120s In 24-Hour Race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 6, 2009) – SPEEDCOM Communications, Marcos Racing International and a multinational lineup of drivers are heading to the United Arab Emirates this week as part of a three-car entry in the fourth edition of the Toyo Tires 24H Dubai at Dubai Autodrome, January 8 – 10.
The Holland-based Marcos team has prepared a pair of BMW 120 Diesels for the D1 (Diesel 1) class as well as one of its potent Marcos Mantis sports cars for the top tier SP2 (Specials 2) class for the day-long race that starts this Friday. The team’s race cars and equipment have already arrived in Dubai where they will soon be joined by more than a dozen drivers from the United States, Europe and Latin America who will drive the SPEEDCOM/Marcos entries.
The driver lineup includes several experienced sports car endurance racing veterans who will compete under the colors of six different countries in each of the team’s entries. Each car will race under the leadership of Marcos Racing International Team Owner and Manager Cor Euser, who is electing not to drive this weekend in order to run the team’s biggest effort yet for the Dubai 24H.
The No. 95 Marcos will be driven by experienced Marcos team veteran J.L.B. DeCastro, of Spain, Richard Verburg and Hennie Klarenbeek, both of Holland, and Rolex 24 At Daytona veteran Jim Michaelian, of the U.S. The No. 93 BMW will be driven by Americans Van Zannis and Woody Perkins, Karolina Czapka, of Poland, Mateo Konopka, of Slovakia and Frank Nebig, of Holland. The No. 94 BMW will be handled by four more U.S. veterans of the Rolex 24 At Daytona – brothers Steve and Keith Goldin, their longtime teammate Scott Finlay and accomplished worldwide endurance driver Jim Briody – as well as SPEEDCOM principal and experienced sports car endurance racer Toto Lassally, who races under the colors of his native country of El Salvador.
The team has also asked Briody to be listed as an additional driver on the No. 95 Marco Mantis. Briody has extensive experience in IMSA and Grand-Am in the U.S. and is also one of the premier Americans to race on the international production-car endurance racing circuit. He has competed in 45 worldwide 24-hour races, winning his class 18 times and earning more than 30 podium finishes.
In addition to being a partner in this weekend’s Marcos effort, SPEEDCOM is also the Official Communications Supplier of the 24H Series and will provide service and support to the entire starting field in this weekend’s race. PerformanceDrink, the “Official PerformanceDrink of the 24H Series,” will also be available to competitors at this weekend’s race through its partnership with SPEEDCOM and event organizers Creventic BV.
SPEEDCOM offers a variety of technology and support options to 24H Series competitors, from full systems and new installations to servicing the existing radio components currently used by teams. Among SPEEDCOM’s innovative products are the exclusive Dual-Talk and Multi-Talk radio systems that allow several members of a racing team, including the driver, to communicate on different channels by simply pressing on one of several PTT (push to talk) buttons. SPEEDCOM also offers a variety of more traditional two-way radio systems, as well as custom microphone, ear piece and head-set units.