SOURCE: Dan Gardner Spec/Scion Racing

Dan Gardner Spec/Scion Racing

March 16, 2010 15:03 ET

Dan Gardner Spec and Scion to Field Two-Car, Three-Driver World Challenge Effort

Two Scion tC Touring Cars to Charge Ahead for Full-Season of World Challenge

TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -  After three extraordinary seasons spent clawing through the road racing ranks, the Scion team fielded by owner/driver Dan Gardner will launch a new two-car, three-driver program to take on the World Challenge Touring Car series, arguably the highest level of production-based sedan racing in North America.

The team, known as Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec), is built upon the new line of high performance parts Gardner has developed over the last three and a half years racing a Scion. DG-Spec logos will adorn both cars.

"This is a huge step forward for Scion and the team," said Gardner. "I'm excited to launch the DG-Spec line and go both feet (and cars) into the World Challenge series. Huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters that made this happen."

The number-18 Scion tC Touring Car will be driven by MavTV-sponsored driver Robert Stout, 2009 NASA PTA National Champion. 

"Before I drove the Scion tC, I had no idea what to expect from a front-wheel-drive racecar like the Scion," Stout said. "My first time behind the wheel blew me away. The car is seriously fast and it's going to be awesome to race it in World Challenge!"

The number-36 car will be co-driven by veteran club and Grand-Am driver, Tom Lepper, and Gardner himself. Both Lepper and Gardner also have 2009 championships under their belts.

"I'd had some good exposure to Dan and the Scion team over the last few years, and I was impressed at the entire effort," said Lepper. "I'm standing in my seat with excitement to be a part of it all."

The number-36 car, just three weeks ago, was Gardner's commuter car. Today, it's a full-fledged World Challenge Touring Car racecar.

"I honestly don't know how they did it," said Steve Hatanaka, Scion auto shows and special events manager. "This might be the fastest a pro road racing car has ever come together. It's truly a testament to the team. I can only imagine the sacrifice and commitment. Scion is pumped to be a part of this, as Gardner and the DG-Spec team ready for war in the World Challenge series."

The team has chronicled the build-up of the number-36 car in both still and time-lapse format. The process, as well as some testing with Stout, can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ZZ_ElJDY4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVyoj6yhqHM

http://gtrusa.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-challenge-prepartion-after-paint.html

http://gtrusa.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-challenge-preparation-scion-tc-16.html

http://gtrusa.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-challenge-preparation-11-days.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9udd07RgVu4

The first race of the season, the St. Petersburg Grand Prix takes place March 26-28. The event is a double-header with races through the streets of St. Pete on both Saturday and Sunday. Live timing and scoring can be found at www.world-challenge.com. The race will be broadcast on the Versus Network on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

The team's progress throughout the season can be followed at www.scionracing.com and www.facebook.com/scionracing.

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