2007 Race Season for Igor Sushko


igor@af
02-23-2007, 04:59 AM
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<p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <br> Release Courtesy of AutomotiveForums.com</b></font><font size="3" face="Arial"><b> </b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Verdana"><b>The 2007 Race Season for Igor Sushko</b></font></p>
<p align="center"><font size="2" face="Verdana"><i>The Ukrainian made history in 2006 with the first ever Nissan Skyline GT-R road racing program in North America. In 2007 he goes a step up... in Japan.</i></font></p> <a name="0.1_table01"></a>
<p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b><table align="right" width="300"> <tr valign="top"><td width="100%" bgcolor="#CCCCCC"> <font size="2" face="Verdana"><b><img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/7973-2/r34_nissan_skyline_gtr_igor_sushko.jpg"; alt="The AutomotiveForums.com R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R at Laguna Seca. Driver: Igor Sushko"></b></font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#CCCCCC"> <font size="1" face="Verdana">The AutomotiveForums.com R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R at Laguna Seca in 2006. </font> <div align="right"><font size="1" face="Verdana">Photograph © 2007 AutomotiveForums.com</font></div></td></tr> </table>Tokyo, JAPAN. (Feb. 21, 2007) </b>- Last year, Igor Sushko's AutomotiveForums.com race team made history by campaigning an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R in SCCA's Speed World Challenge GT series. Throughout the year, millions of automotive enthusiasts learned about the extraordinary journey through print, internet, and television outlets including <i>AutoWeek</i>, <i>Automobile Magazine</i>, SpeedTV, ESPN2, AutomotiveForums.com, and IgorSushko.com.</font></p> <p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Verdana">But the 2007 season is sure to bring even more excitement. Sushko will be racing with Shyuji Maejima, a veteran ace driver, in the famous Japanese Super Taikyu Endurance series with a brand new NISMO-built Nissan Fairlady Z (Z33). </font></p>
<p align="justify"> <font size="2" face="Verdana">Sushko's test with the team brought excitement in itself. Location: Sugo Circuit. Weather: Snow. Visibility: Poor. <table align="left" width="300"> <tr valign="top"><td align="center" width="100%" bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/7976-2/super_taikyu_race.jpg"; alt="Super Taikyu Race"></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><font size="1" face="Verdana">The Super Taikyu Endurance race series even features a 24-hour race at Tokachi, Hokkaido.</font> <div align="right"><font size="1" face="Verdana">Photograph © 2007 Super Taikyu Organization</font></div></td></tr> </table>Behind the wheel of a car he had never driven at track he had never seen, Sushko quickly impressed the owner and the team in just five hot laps. Immediately, Sushko was named co-driver for the entire '07 season in the Super Taikyu series.</font></p>

<p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Verdana">Yet, there is more. Sushko has also been accepted into the prestigious Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ) development program. Organized by Japan Race Promotion, the same entity that promotes the Formula Nippon series, the FCJ program consists of an 18-race season in an open-wheel formula car. The vehicle, weighing in at 490 kg (1080 lbs), features a full carbon composite FIA chassis, a 2.0-liter engine, and a 6-speed sequential gear box. The series is augmented by coaching and advising by some of the best in Japan, including such names as Masanori Sekiya, first-ever Japanese to score an overall win at Le Mans; Tetsuya Tanaka, Group C Prototypes and Super GT driver; and former Formula One and CART driver, Naoki Hattori.<br><br>"I am always looking for ways to stretch myself professionally," said Sushko. "Racing in two series as disparate as FCJ and Super Taikyu should prove plenty challenging."</font> <br></p> <center> <table width="400"> <tr valign="top"><td width="100%" bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><font size="2" face="Verdana"><img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/7975-2/formula_challenge_japan.jpg"; alt="Formula Challenge Japan Race"></font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#CCCCCC" height="18"><font size="1" face="Verdana">The Formula Challenge Japan race series - the 1080 lbs cars with 200 hp and downforce are faster than the Super GT GT300 class.</font> <div align="right"><font size="1" face="Verdana">Photograph © 2007 Japan Race Promotion</font></div></td></tr> </table>
<table width="300"> <tr valign="top"><td width="100%" bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><font size="2" face="Verdana"><img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/7978-2/igor_sushko_fuji_speedway.JPG"; alt="Igor Sushko at Fuji Speedway."></font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#CCCCCC" height="14"><font size="1" face="Verdana">Igor Sushko at the Fuji Speedway - a circuit he will revisit many times in 2007.</font> <div align="right"><font size="1" face="Verdana">Photograph © 2007 AutomotiveForums.com</font></div></td></tr> </table>
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<p align="center"><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b> Igor Sushko's 2007 Race Schedule</b></font></p> <a name="0.1_table05"></a> <div align="center"><center> <table width="0" border="2" cellspacing="0">
<tr valign="top"><td width="34%" bgcolor="#00FFFF" height="12"> <font size="2" face="Arial"><b>Series</b></font></td> <td width="13%" bgcolor="#00FFFF"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b>Round</b></font></td> <td width="27%" bgcolor="#00FFFF"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b>Date</b></font></td> <td width="24%" bgcolor="#00FFFF"><font size="2" face="Arial"><b>Circuit</b></font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"> <font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ (Formula Challenge)</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Test 1</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">March 3-5</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Fuji</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Test 2</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">March 13-14</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R1/R2</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">March 17-18</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Test 1</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">March 20th</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R3/R4</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">March 31-April 1</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Fuji</font></td></tr>
<tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R1</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">April 21-22</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Highland</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Test 3</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">April 25-26</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Motegi</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R2</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">May 12-13</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R5/R6</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">May 19-20</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Motegi</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R7/R8</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">June 16-17</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Fuji</font></td></tr>
<tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R9/R10</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">July 7-8</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R3</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">July 14-16</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Tokachi 24hr</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R4</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">August 4-5</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Fuji</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R11/R12</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">August 25-26</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Fuji</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R5</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">September 1-2</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Okayama</font></td></tr>
<tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R13/R14</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">September 15-16</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Sugo</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R15/R16</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">October 20-21</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Motegi</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R6</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">October 27-28</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Sugo</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#969696" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">Super Taikyu</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">R7</font></td>
<td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">November 10-11</font></td> <td bgcolor="#969696"><font size="2" face="Arial">Motegi</font></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td bgcolor="#C0C0C0" height="12"><font size="2" face="Arial">FCJ</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">R17/R18</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">November 17-18</font></td> <td bgcolor="#C0C0C0"><font size="2" face="Arial">Suzuka</font></td></tr>
</table> </center></div> <hr noshade width="80%"> <p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Verdana">Launched in November of 2000, AutomotiveForums.com is today a leader in connecting the auto enthusiasts via the Internet. Currently, more than 500,000 members enjoy Automotive Forums, with 200 new users signing up daily.</font></p> <hr noshade width="80%"> <p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Verdana">Igor Sushko's motorsports career began when he had a pole-and-win in his first ever race at Virginia International Raceway in Skip Barber Formula Dodge series. In 2006, Sushko competed in SCCA Speed World Challenge GT with R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R.</font></p> <hr noshade width="80%"> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>Contact: Bruce Ashmore / Automotive Network, Inc. / 317-496-9909</b></font> <br> <br> <br></p>
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</table> </div> <br> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>Photographs for media use are available at the AutomotiveForums.com Media Gallery</b></font></p> <p><a href="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/v/MagazineCoverage/photos/"; target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana"><b><u>http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/v/MagazineCoverage/photos/</u></b></font></a>; <br> </p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>SCCA Speed World Challenge</b></font></p> <p><a href="http://www.world-challenge.com/"; target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana"><b><u>http://www.world-challenge.com</u></b></font></a>; <br>
</p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>Super Taikyu</b></font></p> <p><a href="http://www.so-net.ne.jp/s-taikyu"; target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana"><b><u>http://www.so-net.ne.jp/s-taikyu</u></b></font></a>; <br> </p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>Igor Sushko</b></font></p> <p><a href="http://www.igorsushko.com/"; target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana"><b><u>http://www.igorsushko.com</u></b></font></a>; <br> </p> <p><font size="2" face="Verdana"><b>Automotive Forums</b></font></p> <p><a href="http://www.automotiveforums.com/"; target="_blank"><font color="#0000FF" size="2" face="Verdana"><b><u>http://www.automotiveforums.com</u></b></font></a></p>;

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BLU CIVIC
03-20-2007, 10:10 AM
hopefully we got those problems ironed out :thumbsup:

and now that i have cable, i can watch the races

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