Courtesy of Scott Bradley Moto
Circuit City Mazda 6 Takes to the Track for First Time
April 6, 2005 - Santa Clara, Calif. - Scott Bradley was very happy with the way his weekend turned out. Driving the Circuit City Mazda 6 in its SPEED World Challenge Touring Car debut, the young motorsports professional from Santa Clara, California, brought the car home 16th at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.
“This was the first time our Mazda 6 had ever turned a wheel and things went very well,” explained Bradley, who returned to the racetrack for his second season with the Circuit City Protomotive team. “The objective for us was to work out any reliability issues and avoid any crash damage. We accomplished just that and the car ran with no mechanical troubles at all.”
According to Bradley, the biggest challenge he faced on the track was the lack of power steering. Time was tight and the team was unable to fit the power steering to the car, so Bradley was forced to drive without it. Not an easy undertaking on a tight street course. But he was prepared, having spent considerable time during the off season training for peak physical condition.
“As with any new car there are a few bugs still to work out and plenty to learn on the chassis side of the equation,” said Bradley, whose primary focus is competing in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge. “The way the car ran over the weekend was really a tribute to the hard work everyone on the Circuit City Protomotive team has put in over the past few weeks as well as the off season assembling a great group of guys to work on the car. Jim Jordan, Chris Chandler and Johnny Kanavas did a tremendous job to get the car completed and I was blown away with the result.”
The St. Petersburg race during the first April weekend was considered a test session for Bradley and the Circuit City Protomotive team. To leave with a 16th place finish exceeded everyone’s expectations, and offered great optimism for impressive results during the rest of the season.
In the brief time before the next race April 16 at Road Atlanta in Braselton , Georgia , the team will continue to focus on systems reliability. Then with nearly one month before the next competition on May 22 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington , Ohio , they will return to California to start seriously working on the handling aspects of the car and hope to get in some much needed testing.
“I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year as I think the Circuit City Mazda 6 will be turning some heads buy mid-season,” said Bradley. “Thanks to our sponsors Circuit City and Kicker, as well as my personal sponsors Peak Travel Group and Travel Promotions Network, this is shaping up to be an impressive season.”
The April 3 St. Petersburg race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel April 10 at 1 pm (EDT). Come see and support Bradley and the Circuit City Protomotive team at their upcoming races. Event tickets are available in advance by visiting the websites of the raceways. For information and more on Bradley’s race schedule, visit www.speedrcr.com.
Scott Bradley Motorsports
Born in 1976, Scott Bradley is the new generation of racing professional, who expects the highest level of technology, precision and expertise from himself, car and team. He began racing at the age of 13 winning regional victories, continuing on to win national series and professional titles. His speed, adaptability and broad experience driving formula, sedan and prototype sports cars make Bradley a winning contender at races and championships. He lives in Santa Clara , California . For more information and a racing schedule, visit www.speedrcr.com.