Huntington, NY – TechSport Racing is eager for the long trek to Utah for rounds 9 and 10 of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships. Momentum is on their side as a championship hangs in the balance for current points leader PJ Groenke in the teams #25 TCB Chevrolet Sonic. Canaan O’Connell, son of GM and GT racing legend Johnny O’Connell is set to make his pro racing and Pirelli World Challenge debut piloting the #24 Chevrolet Sonic.
“We are very excited to get a chance to work with Canaan and honored that his very first professional event will be with us. It’s always a treat to when you get to be a part of the start of what will likely be a long career in motorsports for someone, especially with the family pedigree he has. He’s a young, fresh, talented young man, he gets regular seat time as an instructor for Bondurant, and we know he can fight for a podium and that’s fully what we expect.” Said team owner Kevin Anderson.
Canaan O’Connell has this to say about the opportunity: “Making my pro racing debut is something I’ve thought about for as long as I can remember. To finally achieve that dream is an amazing feeling, as it means I’m on course. It’s a feeling I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Obviously I’m very grateful to TechSport Racing and the team owners Deborah Popolizio and Kevin Anderson for putting the faith in me.” When asked about the significance of the opportunity coming in a GM product the 22 year old said “It’s even more special because I get to do it in a GM Product. Not only because of my Fathers success within the company, but because of the incredible people that are a GM. Jim Campbell, Mark Kent and of course Gary and Robin Pratt have all been huge influences on my life.”
Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Full time team driver and TCB veteran PJ Groenke is in a heated battle for the TCB Drivers Championship. Groenke is the current Points Leader on the strength of six straight podium finishes. P.J. comes to Utah looking to make a stamp on the championship and grab his first race win of the season.
Along with the teams Duet of TCB entries, for only the Second time this season since the opening weekend COTA, TechSport will have all 3 of its TCA class Mazda Mx-5 machines in action at UTAH. The Teams Lead Driver Eric Powell remains in the #23 Mazda and is extremely hungry for his first victory. Powell has 4 podiums, 2 fastest laps and a pole this year unfortunately along with some bad luck. “Expect no less than a win from me for the rest of the season, that’s all I care about as are championship hopes have pretty much washed away. I’ll do whatever it takes” says Powell. Kevin Anderson is also excited about getting back into his #22 Mazda and looks to return to the podium after two podium finishes this season. Driving the #21 machine team newcomer and Trans-Am regular Steve Streimer. “Steve is an experienced driver currently racing a Dodge Viper in the Trans Am series. I am really excited to finally have Steve driving one of my cars, it has been in discussion for a long time now. I am fully confident in Steve’s ability to be competitive.” said Kevin Anderson.
Tech Sport Racing, established in 2013, is a professional race team based in Long Island, New York. Founded by longtime racer Kevin Anderson and Deborah Popolizio, Tech Sport Racing won both Team and Driver Championships in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge TCB class. Tech Sport Racing is once again poised for success in 2016 with multi-car campaigns in both the TCB and TCA classes. For more information on the team or associated programs please visit http://techsportracing.com/