Peter Cunningham, Former World Challenge Champion, Joins the Audi Certificed Champion RS 6 Squad at Road Atlanta
POMPANO BEACH, Fl. – Peter Cunningham, one of SPEED World Challenge’s most respected and victorious drivers, will team up with the Audi Certified Champion RS 6 team this weekend at Road Atlanta to contest a 3rd car in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series September 23-24.
With recent adjustments mandated to the Audi RS 6 “Competition” cars of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati, Audi and Champion Racing decided to “pull out all the stops” in their quest for their third Manufacturer’s Championship. Audi currently leads the Manufacturer’s Championship with 48 points with Cadillac in second place with 39 points and Chevrolet in third with 30 points.
“Peter Cunningham is one of the most respected and competitive drivers in the SPEED World Challenge Series,” said Louis Milone, Audi RS 6 Team Leader. “Adding Cunningham to our team was an obvious choice for us and makes a clear statement to our competitors just how serious we are in achieving our goal of winning the Manufacturer’s Championship.”
Peter Cunningham, resident of West Bend, Wisconsin, has competed in the World Challenge Series since 1990, six years in the GT class and nine years in the Touring class. In 2001 Cunningham was recognized as the all-time winning North American professional road racer and currently is the leader in nearly every statistical category in World Challenge racing. Cunningham won his first World Challenge Driver’s Championship in 1995 and again in 1997. In 2002, he captured the SPEED Touring Car Title with one win, six top five finishes and ten top-10 finishes. Cunningham also broke the World Challenge record for most wins at Sebring recording 20 wins during his professional career.
“I am honored to be chosen by Champion Racing to race a third car for them this weekend at Road Atlanta,” commented Peter Cunningham. “I look forward to being a part of Champion Racing’s efforts as they seek their third Manufacturer’s Championship. I am both a former teammate and adversary to both Randy and Michael and it will be great to be on the same team with them at Road Atlanta. I recently had the opportunity to test the Audi RS 6 with it’s highly acclaimed quattro system and am amazed how the all-wheel-drive system gets the power down off the corners. While performing a standing start, it literally forces you back against your seat.”
“I’ve been a teammate and a competitor to Peter Cunningham,” said current SPEED World Challenge GT points leader, Michael Galati. “I think he will be a huge asset to our team as we continue to achieve our goal of winning the Manufacturer’s Championship. It will be great to be racing again with Peter.”
“I won my very first World Challenge race with Peter as my co-driver,” added Randy Pobst, reigning World Challenge GT Champion. “Peter is an excellent driver and an obvious choice. I am so pleased with the effort Audi and Champion Racing are making to secure this year’s quest for the Manufacturer’s Championship.”
Cunningham is owner/driver of RealTime Racing and campaigns a Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Series and is currently 5th in points for the Drivers’ Championship.
The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Road Atlanta, Round nine of the 2004 Championship, is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at 3:55 p.m. (EDT). Qualifying is scheduled for Thursday, September 23 at 1:50 pm (EDT). The race will be broadcast the following Sunday, September 26 on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).