RICHMOND, Calif., April 11, 2011 – The Gogogear.com Racing Team’s Hyundai Genesis Coupe will make its racing debut at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. on April 16-17, 2011 and be driven by team principal Ali Arsham. The team originally debuted the car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas in November 2010. Since then, the crew at Gogogear.com has been busy setting the car up for the season opener of the Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) with help from Universal Technical Institute (UTI) students.
The car has received numerous improvements and upgrades to make it faster and more reliable for the rigors of racing. BC Racing dampers and mounts have been installed to allow the car to handle the twisty three mile Thunderhill course and carbon fiber parts from ARK Performance have helped reduce weight. An Earl’s Plumbing oil cooler and Moroso Accumulator have been installed to ensure a healthy supply of Eneos synthetic racing oil to the 3.8 liter V6 engine. Additionally, an oil level and temperature gauge by IntelliStick have been installed to monitor the oil level in the engine without having to stop.
Cosmetically, Gogogear.com added an APR Performance carbon fiber splitter for added downforce. In racing, most passes happen under braking so if the brakes are not working well, there is a greater chance of being passed. Consequently, the brakes have been improved by installing high performance Hawk brake pads that are designed to work at very high temperatures generated by the huge StopTech racing brake calipers and rotors. Lighter Konig Kilogram wheels have been installed to comply with USTCC regulation of maximum width shod with the required Nitto NT-01 racing tires. A custom designed Magnaflow racing exhaust boosts power while an AEM engine management system allows adjustments to be made to engine data parameters.
The USTCC competition will be extremely tough in 2011 with lots of new cars and teams joining the series this year. This year, the competition will consist of Honda, BMW, Mini, Mitsubishi, Acura, Chevrolet and Mazda.
“The USTCC competition is fierce with all of our competitors being quick enough to win races,” commented Ali Arsham, team principal, Gogogear.com Racing Team. “The Gogogear.com Genesis Coupe is a fantastic car and we anticipate a strong performance at its racing debut.”
The car recently passed the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA) tech inspection and has been given the approval to race. It is vital that the car meets the NASA safety requirements since NASA is the sanctioning body of the USTCC. UTI students will also play a huge role at the races this year serving as the crew for the car and team. The students will get a real life experience of what it takes to be on a professional racing team. They will have to do everything from setting up the trailer to pit stops to load-up after the race. “Many students would like to get a full time job at a NASCAR or IndyCar team some day and this could be their start,” said Joanna Schlotman of UTI.
This marks the first time that the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has entered professional circuit road racing in the United States. Hyundai just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the United States and has been active in a variety of motorsports such as drifting and rally. Now with the Genesis Coupe and Gogogear.com Racing Team, the potent rear drive coupe will take on the giants from Japan, Germany and the USA.
The season opener for the USTCC and the Gogogear.com Hyundai Genesis Coupe is on April 16-17, 2011 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. The race will be shown on Final Drive TV on a tape delay basis. Tickets are available at the front gate for $5 for adults and kids are free. For more information contact the team by visiting www.gogogear.com.