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ProMoMo Speed and Sick Sideways have joined forces to become the newest team competing in the 2012 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup in a shared effort to take on the hotly contested championship. Scientific consulting firm, Projections Research, Inc. will be the team's primary sponsor, with drivers John Dean, Christian Szymczak, Diane Mould and Steve Molnar.
The team will debut at the season opener at Sebring International Raceway Sebring, a doubleheader during the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend, March 14-17.
"Although our teams will be new to the pro ranks, we think this symbiotic relationship will really help advance our efforts to the point where we can come out of the box swinging in Sebring," Team Manager Glenn McGee said. "We are really looking to upset some of the more established teams, fight for wins, and perhaps even take the 2012 driver's title. It won't be easy, but we think we will be competitive our first year out."
Of the four drivers, three are rookies to pro racing, but all have plenty of time behind the wheel of a race car.
Starting his career in karts at the age of 10, Dean moved on to Skip Barber and SCCA Club Racing, where he won several races and regional championships. Dean became a motorcycle racer before moving on to a testing role with a manufacturer and exhibition drifter. In 2012, he'll drive the No. 16 Projections Research/Sick Sideways Mazda MX-5.
"Racing professionally is a goal I have worked hard towards my whole life," Dean said. "It is really hard to get your break in this sport, and I owe this amazing opportunity to my sponsors, Projections Research, Inc. and Sick Sideways. To finally get a chance to prove myself, and start a career, is something I'll never forget.
"As a pro series, the Mazda MX-5 Cup probably has the least amount of barriers for entry, which I know contributed significantly to me finally getting this break. Mazda is also known for giving talented drivers that perform well the chance and means to move up through the ranks which is perfect for those of us who don't have bags of money and rely purely on results and sponsorship. This makes for a great starting point for me. In any other series, your career is over before it starts."
Szymczak, driving the No. 34 Sick Sideways MX-5, will return to pro racing