While the average person might think of Volvo as a safe, but boring brand, the truth is, Volvo has been involved in racing for a long time.
In recent years, K-PAX Racing has successfully entered an S60 in the GT Class of the World Challenge Touring Car championship, winning both the driver’s and teams championship in 2010.
For 2011, they want to repeat their achievement and will be running two Volvo C30 hatchbacks in the Touring Car class. No driver’s have been announced yet, but K-PAX team owner Jim Haughey is excited about his new race cars. He said, “The C30 is a front-wheel drive, two-door hatchback with a 5-cylinder turbocharged engine. It’s relatively aerodynamic and makes for a great platform to race in the Touring Car class.”
The vice-president of public affairs at Volvo, Geno Effler is similarly enthused and said, “K-PAX Racing’s Volvo S60 surprised a lot of people by winning the GT championship last year, and I think winning a Touring Car title in 2011 with a C30 is a legitimate goal.” They are hoping to win both class titles this year with the S60 and the C30.
The 2011 World Challenge season begins with two races in St. Petersburg, Fla., the weekend of March 25-27. Check your local listings to see which TV channel is showing the race.
[Source: World Challenge]