Scotts Valley, California - June 29th, 2011 - A.M. Performance is proud to announce that automotive and motorsports industry veteran Jeff Hecox has joined the team as Managing Director and will oversee the shop operations and the team's two-car entry in the 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship with the #04 and #05 NISMO 370Z GS cars.
Hecox worked for Dinan Engineering for over 28 years focusing on their high performance sales department, and for the last 8 years was the general manager of the Dinan Mountain View, CA facility. By joining the Nissan squad he also brings extensive motorsports experience as a driver, motorcycle rider, fabricator and mechanic. His role will consist not only of managing the team's motorsports operations, but also developing and growing A.M. Performance into a leading brand in the Nissan performance parts market.
After a successful car and team debut during the third and fourth rounds of the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Championship season, the Scotts Valley, CA based team took a break from competition to finish building their second 370Z race car and will now return with a full blown two-car assault at their home race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The team will field the only Nissan machines in the series and will be looking to improve on their strong performance at Virginia International Raceway last month. The driver lineup for the #04 and #05 cars will be announced next week.
The Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by Mazda, round eight of the 2011 CTSCC season, will take place July 8-9 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. The race will be broadcast on SPEED July 17th at 1:00PM Eastern Time.
For more information about the team and its exciting new NISMO 370Z racecars please visit www.amperformanceracing.com and you can also follow us at www.facebook.com/amperformance and www.twitter.com/amperformance.
"I'm very excited about this new opportunity, I want to thank the A.M. Performance team and investor group for bringing me onboard and giving me the tools to succeed. I'm also looking forward to working with Nissan and with Ron Stukenberg and Paul St. Clair as we continue to develop this 370Z racecar.
There is a lot of potential and my goal is to lead the A.M. Performance team