WestCoast Racing signs Gleason for TCR campaign

Publicerad 26 februari 2015, 12.35 av WestCoast Racing.

WestCoast Racing is delighted to announce that American racer Kevin Gleason will form one third of its attack on the inaugural season of the highly-anticipated TCR International Series.
WestCoast Racing was created in 1994 by Dick Jönsson-Wigroth and has gone on to establish itself as the world’s leading Swedish touring car team by accumulating several championship titles over the course of two decades in the highly esteemed Swedish Touring Car Championship (STCC).

Five Drivers’ and two Teams’ titles make WestCoast Racing the most successful STCC team ever, although it has reigned supreme in other high profile forms of motor racing, including the Porsche Carrera Cup, Swedish GTs and German ADAC GT Masters in recent years.

Naturally, with such a remarkable record, the Halmstad-based operation has high standards and lofty ambitions, and it will continue striving for perfection and pursuing spectacular results when it embarks on a brand new programme in the fledgling TCR International Series.

A brand new global touring car racing concept, the TCR International Series is designed to be marketable, profitable and a spectacular, yet cost-effective competition platform and will encompass 12 rounds, including three slots on the Formula 1 support package in Malaysia, China and the floodlit streets of Singapore.

WestCoast Racing will field a trio of Honda Civics built and developed to the new TCR technical regulations by JAS Motorsport and the team has today confirmed that American wheelman, Kevin Gleason, will join the fold for the inaugural TCR season in 2015.

With a background in US-based touring cars, Gleason has demonstrated skill and adaptability by seamlessly transitioning between different specifications of racecar and accumulating various high profile race victories along the way.

The Business Management graduate’s key achievements include a win in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge VIR 13 Hour and the 2014 ADAC Nürburgring 6 Hours, and the Pennsylvanian is relishing the opportunity of contesting a full season in the TCR International Series under the WestCoast Racing banner.

“I feel very fortunate to be a part of the WestCoast Racing team for the inaugural TCR International Series season,” said Gleason. “The team is well proven and brings a vast array of experience that I’m sure will help see it quickly adapt to the new challenge it faces in 2015. Beyond the team itself, I expect the Honda Civic TCR to be a competitive package, especially with the support of JAS Motorsport and Mugen. I look forward to building these relationships into a successful campaign.

“The TCR International Series, meanwhile, is brand new so it’s difficult to have any expectations. I believe the vision of creating a worldwide platform with a cost sensitive structure is a great idea that will help grow touring car racing globally. I’m just excited to be contesting a full season for the first time since 2011 and I am looking to soak up as much information as possible and apply it to maximise my chances for success. Let’s start off with scoring points and build on that.”

WestCoast Racing Team Manager, James Nixon, said: “WestCoast Racing is delighted to welcome Kevin Gleason to the team. His pace and hunger to succeed is very apparent and that was a big appeal when we started our conversations. The TCR International Series is the ideal category to start a full season campaign and to perfect his racecraft on some of the best tracks in the world. I have no doubt Kevin will soon be a name we all know and remember in touring cars.”

The 2015 TCR International Series is due to commence at the Sepang International Circuit as part of the illustrious support package for the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix (29 March) and will tour many of the world’s greatest motorsport venues in Europe, South America and Asia.

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