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Cole Morgan represents G. JEZARIAN at SCCA Runoffs

September 26, 2009 by  
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cole3-1ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sept. 26, 2009) – Road America is a legendary fixture in the racing community. Racers relish the circuit’s challenging turns, curves and high-speed straights. The track follows the sweeping, rolling hills of the glacially-formed terrain providing drivers and riders with dramatic elevation changes.  Many world champions have tested their skills here and return yearly to set new records. This year, former pro-F2000 champion, Cole Morgan, put G. Jezarian Fine Jewelry in front of a national audience with a strong showing at SCCA’s most historic and storied event in North America, the  National Championship Runoffs.
Morgan, of Light House Point, FL qualified his G. JEZARIAN liveried Swift DB-6 to a sixth place start in the ultra competitive Formula Continental class at the 4-mile Wisconsin road course but not without problems before the race. Morgan adds, “We spent the week testing and struggled with a power issue. It was frustrating, but we finally got the car running strong on race day.”
Race day saw Morgan take the green and jump up to third spot within two laps and then began to set his sights on second place. “I do a lot of practice on cold tires and it pays off”, said Morgan after the race. The battle was then interrupted when a seven-car accident through the high-speed “Kink” section of the circuit eliminated six cars from the race and brought out a black flag that left the cars sitting on pit lane, awaiting a restart.  Unfortunately, the black flag shortened the race from its regularly scheduled distance of 13-laps to a timed race, with just 20 minutes remaining when racing resumed. When the green flew again, Morgan couldn’t hold off the charge from behind and was passed on lap seven giving up third place. Six laps later, the checker fell and Morgan finished forth place just one second behind the third place podium finisher. 

The Swift DB-6 chassis which Morgan drives was built in the early 1990’s and was one of the oldest cars in the race. Competing against more developed, modern equipment put the team at an immediate handicap which makes Morgan’s performance even more outstanding. “Cole’s entry was a real dark horse.  I told him using this car is like bringing a knife to a gun fight but I couldn’t think of anyone better equipped to handle the task.” Jezarian then added, “The fact that Cole was even able to qualify for the Runoffs by not only entering, but winning the required number of SCCA National races to receive an invitation is amazing. Most people didn’t know that Cole accomplished this feat all while undergoing his infantry training for the U.S. Army. That speaks volumes about him not only as a driver, but as a man. Guys like this don’t come around very often.”
Cole Morgan: “It was a very exciting race and I can’t thank Greg Jezarian enough for his support along with my engineer James Lee and my dad. We’ll be back next year for another shot.”

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