Jason Workman returns to action this weekend with a different co-driver in the shape of young James Gue, as the Essex Racing team prepares its Lola-Nissan LMP675 for the Road America 500.

"I'm looking forward to racing with James," Workman said, "This event is one that I have long looked forward to but, like nearly all the tracks of the ALMS season, I have never visited Road America. As a road racer at heart, however, this is the track that appeals to me most. It is the one most like the famous tracks of Europe, and I know that James and I are both looking forward to the opportunity to compete here."

Both Workman and Gue gained early experience in their racing careers by competing in Europe. In fact, both raced in Europe at the same time, Workman competing out of Denmark, racing and winning the 1999 Scandinavian FF2000 Championship, while Gue, who was based in Italy for two years, competed in Formula A European and World Championship karting events, considered the pinnacle of kart racing. As a result of his competition record, Gue is one of only four Americans who qualified for the World Championships in the last twenty years.

"I think our European experience will help us both," Workman added, "We understand and have competed in the European arena, which is a different style of racing, and I think we can get down to business in a shorter time frame than most Americans.

"I know that James is an aggressive competitor and I think our mutual styles of racing will compliment each other as we approach the fast turns and long straight-aways of Road America."

Workman is currently seventh in the LMP675 points battle, having lost three spots after his fourth place finish at Mosport. However, three drivers are now tied for fourth place, with Dyson drivers James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace all sharing the same points, and Workman sits only three points away.

Road America is Gue's first ALMS event in 2003, and poses step up from the USFF2000 series in which he is currently competing. He most recently finished fourth at the Mid-Ohio round.

 

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