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Igor Sushko Takes Three Checkered Flags at Virginia International Raceway

05-05-2005, 03:22 PM
<table border="0" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="100%"><tr><td valign="top"><font face="verdana" size="2"> <img src="http://www.automotiveforums.com/inc/img/logo.gif"><br>; <img src="http://www.automotiveforums.com/img/logo.gif"><br>; <b><u>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</u>:</b><br> <b>May 3, 2005</b> </td><td><font face="verdana" size="2"> <b>CONTACT:<br> Igor Sushko<br> Automotive Network<br> <a href="http://www.automotiveforums.com/corporate/contact.php">Contact</a><br>; <a href="http://www.automotiveforums.com">http:www.automotiveforums.com</a><br>; <br> OR<br> <br> Dan Gardner<br> Gardner Automotive<br> Communications<br> 310-489-3094<br> <br></b> </td></tr></table> <center><i><b><font size="+2">Rookie Racer Igor Sushko Takes Three Checkered Flags in the Skip Barber Series Season Opener at Virginia International Raceway </font></b><br><br>Automotive Network President Proves Business Sense and Racing Sense Can Go Hand in Hand in His First Ever Race</i></center>
<p> <b>GEORGETOWN, Kentucky</b> - In what will likely prove to be a continuing occurrence, Igor Sushko, president and founder of Automotive Network, Inc. (ANI), showed off his racing skills as he piloted a Formula Dodge R/T 2000 to victory not once, but three times. The victories came at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) during opening race weekend for the Skip Barber Race Series at the end of last month. <p> Sushko competed in the Sportsman bracket, winning races in both the Eastern and Midwest regions. This was no small feat, considering Sushko's rookie status. Even more impressive is the fact that the 19-year-old driver also had faster lap times than not one, but two, professional drivers in his career racing debut. <p> "He definitely has a future in motorsports if that's what he wants," said Divina Galica, senior vice president of racing at Skip Barber. "He has huge talent." <p> That talent should come in handy as Sushko and his company proceed full-steam ahead with their Skyline GT-R Speed World Challenge effort for 2006. With three wins now in his pocket, it's clear to see that Sushko possesses more than just an exotic, proven racecar. <p> During the first qualifying at VIR, Sushko took pole position, placing him up front along the inside for the first race in the Eastern region. Racer Jimmy Holden got out in front of Sushko and held the lead for but a single lap. Coming into the second lap, Sushko successfully passed Holden in turn one and, although hounded, managed to hang onto the lead for the duration of the race, bringing home his first series race win ever. He would then go on to win race two as well. <p> <b>-more-</b> <p> <b>Automotive Network, Inc./ Rookie Racer Sushko Tastes Victory at VIR <br> 2-2-2-2</b> <p> "Igor shows a lot of promise. He's going to be very good," said Don Harple, instructor for Skip Barber. "He's a young kid with great enthusiasm, and he's shown he knows how to get it done in the cockpit." <p> During Midwest region racing, Sushko learned about racing in the rain. Though he went off track, he claimed the fastest lap of the race, and would regain glory in race two. Starting the race at the very back of the pack, he carefully picked his way through the field, after staving off a possibly serious collision. When he crossed the finish line, he won his third race, taking home glory in a truly impressive three out of four outings. <p> "This was a phenomenal experience for me, and stands as further evidence that we're on the right track for our 2006 Speed World Challenge effort," said Sushko. "Yes, I'm a new driver, and I'll have to prove myself repeatedly before people really start to pay attention. That's just fine by me; I've always loved being the underdog." <p> More information on the Skip Barber race weekend can be found at http://www.skipbarber.com/news/article.a sp?AID=1505 (http://www.automotiveforums.com/sponsors.cgi?http://www.skipbarber.com/news/article.asp?AID=1505). <p> Automotive Network, Inc is the leader in connecting auto enthusiasts via the Internet. ANI operates AutomotiveForums.com, which was launched in November of 2000. The site has seen tremendous growth since then. Currently, more than 333,000 members enjoy Automotive Forums, with 500 new users signing up daily. <p> <p> <center>-###-</center>
<center><img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/3872-2/photo12.jpg"; border="1" alt="Rookie Igor Sushko wins 3 races in his career debut"><br><br> <img src="http://files.automotiveforums.com/media/main.php/d/3908-2/photo136.jpg"; border="1" alt="Igor Sushko on the podium at VIR"> </center>

05-05-2005, 03:38 PM

05-05-2005, 04:09 PM
Congratulations on your victorys!! I am eagerly looking forward to seeing you on TV crossing the checkered flag in 2006!

05-05-2005, 04:14 PM
Congrats Iggy :thumbsup:

05-05-2005, 05:16 PM
Congratulations man - :) A victory well-deserved.

05-05-2005, 09:02 PM
Job well done :thumbsup:

Layla's Keeper
05-05-2005, 10:27 PM
A good step in the right direction. Let's see more.

05-06-2005, 06:32 AM
Way to go Igor...Good Job!!!

05-06-2005, 09:33 AM
way to go igor cant wait to see you racing the skyline

05-06-2005, 12:04 PM
Awesome. Well done, smoking the pros. :thumbsup:

05-06-2005, 12:50 PM
nice...wich i would have know...would have drive up there

05-06-2005, 12:51 PM
well done :sunglasse

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05-06-2005, 11:44 PM
Molodets Igor!

05-07-2005, 01:26 AM
That is awesome, congrats. Good luck with the Speed World Challenge as well :bigthumb:

05-07-2005, 02:10 AM
Great job Igor. Represent. :smokin:

05-07-2005, 03:45 AM
I would like to thank everyone here for the kind words. Things are definately coming together. Please stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments.

05-07-2005, 09:56 AM
wow, that's awesome dude. way to go.

05-07-2005, 05:24 PM
Top work.

05-07-2005, 08:27 PM
Geez! Three out of four victories, first time driver, and the fastest lap time there. Congratulations Iggy :thumbsup:. I had no idea you were only 19 years of age. So were you the youngest out there or what? Anyway, I can't wait to hear about how well you do in future events. Good luck with all your upcoming challenges.

05-07-2005, 08:55 PM
Igor, congratulations! Keep it up, good things will come your way for sure.
I look forward to you piloting the Skyline.
Stay focused. You have the world by the proverbial "balls" right now.
Good Luck

05-08-2005, 11:27 AM
great job igor this definity proves that your not just talk and alot of hope like what a few people think. i was alittle skeptic at first as well, but you've proven yourselve so far. keep up the good work. at this rate you truely are a genius.

05-08-2005, 01:44 PM
Great Job Igor! I can't wait to see you you racing the Sklyine in 2006!

05-08-2005, 02:23 PM
Congrats Igor.

05-08-2005, 02:43 PM
Congrats Igor, that is freakin awesome!

05-09-2005, 01:09 AM
I told you! :grinyes: Great Job!

Now stop sandbaggin' and let see what your real car can do :D

05-10-2005, 01:20 AM
way to go Iggy

05-10-2005, 10:34 AM

05-12-2005, 02:27 AM
Anyone going to be around for SEMA IAS in New Jersey ?

I just put the R34 on a truck today, New Jersey bound.

I heard that Igor had some spare passes laying around somewhere.

05-12-2005, 02:34 PM
Yay for Igor!!!

I wish I had known! I was in Virginia, too!

05-13-2005, 04:12 PM
:thumbsup: :ylsuper: :bananasmi

05-15-2005, 01:43 PM

A future Indy 500 winner.

TS out

05-15-2005, 02:19 PM

A future Indy 500 winner.

TS out


05-17-2005, 03:19 PM
It's good to be the boss, huh? If your operation is getting into racing and you just happen to be the boss and get to choose the driver, then why not pick yourself? See, there are perks with the job!

I would like to remind everyone that even though the driver gets all the credit, he would be nowhere without the rest of the team. People seem to forget us, the mechanics, when they watch a race. They only think about the driver and other highly visible parts. Most people never seem to think about how many hours of prep other team members, like the mechanics for one, spend getting ready for just one race.

Not to steal anyone's thunder, but a victory for a driver is really more a victory for the less-visible team members; everyone from the engine builder, to the mechanic, to office staff, to the pit-crew, etc.

05-19-2005, 09:37 AM
Good Job Igor!

More than winning races, you help us all to remember what your detractors seem to have forgotten is that you are embracing the true strength of our country. America is the land of “Opportunity”. Sometimes it takes someone from another shore to remind us that “Opportunity” is a blessing of democracy. You have just embraced an “opportunity”. It is important to me that you take this “opportunity” to excel, not that you will always win.

Keep up the good work. By the way I am taking my son back to Putnam next month for his first DE where you so graciously showed me the line last year. Tomzz - KY

05-22-2005, 05:03 AM
Holy crap.

A bit late, but great congrats. Hope to see ya on TV soon.

05-22-2005, 10:34 PM
Congrats Igor

05-25-2005, 12:16 PM
Very impressive! ... wow :)

07-19-2005, 05:58 AM
Hey, Sushko is like one of those Ukrainian names. He must be Russian or Ukranian. Am I right?

07-19-2005, 12:14 PM

01-20-2008, 07:03 PM
Thank you for that wasted post.

Next time, check the dates.

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