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JEZARIAN TO CAMPAIGN LOTUS IN SOUTH AMERICA

October 29, 2009 by  
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GMR&SC International Race of Champions
Georgetown, Guyana. Caribbean Motor Racing Championships – Skyline Home Loans has tapped driver Gregory Jezarian to pilot the team’s Lotus for November 8 in Georgetown, Guyana. The third and final leg of the 2009 Caribbean Motor Racing Championships are billed for the South Dakota Circuit, a permanent motor racing track at Thomas-Lands, Georgetown, Guyana. The facility is operated by the Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club and hosts international circuit racing including the GMR&SC Skyline Mortgage Caribbean Race of Champions. At last year’s event, even the Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo joined thousands of motor racing fans who turned out to witness one of the biggest events in motor racing in Guyana. This year, November 8 will certainly be one to remember when the region’s fastest cars and top drivers meet in Guyana.
Kawall Deosaran, CEO of Skyline Home Loans, picked Jezarian to drive the team’s race-prepped Lotus Exige shortly after watching his last race at NJMP. “Greg adapts quickly to new circuits and shows maturity and speed in the cockpit. Our Cosworth engine has been rebuilt and the team is working to have the car ready for Greg’s arrival.  We’ve got a solid three days of testing before the race and I’m confident he’ll be able to give us the feedback we need for our race set-up. I’m looking forward to his performance with our team next week.”

SKYLINE JEZARIAN LotusJezarian adds: “Racing in Guyana is an exciting way to finish my season and I have to thank Kawall and the Skyline team for the opportunity. Guyana has some of the best racing fans in the world and I can’t wait to feel the energy. The South Dakota track is quite short and tight I suspect times will be in the 40sec per lap range. I’m thinking Lime Rock Park type speeds.  Even though we’re down on horsepower compared with the other cars in class, we’re lighter and more nimble. After racing Formula Fords I’m used to lightweight, momentum type cars. At only 1500lbs, The Lotus will fit my driving style fine and I’m ready for the challenge.”

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Jezarian Racing Welcomes Big Sid’s Vincati as a Sponsor

October 22, 2009 by  
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big-sid-bookMatthew Biberman, author of the bestselling memoir Big Sid’s Vincati, is now a sponsor of G. Jezarian Racing.

As passionate a motorcyclist as he is an automotive racer, Jezarian felt an immediate connection to Matthew while reading Biberman’s book. Big Sid’s Vincati tells how he and his father learned to reconnect by building together one now legendary custom motorcycle: the “Vincati”. As Jezarian explains, “While reading Matthew’s story, I kept recalling my own relationship with my father, and by the time I had put the book down, I knew I had to reach out to him.”

The two men met shortly after Biberman taped a promotional video with Jay Leno that was shot out in Burbank. The experience had made Biberman realize that he needed to a way to introduce more car enthusiasts to the story of Big Sid’s Vincati. Matthew explains, “Like Greg, I too was struck by our shared experiences. Growing up around cars and bikes really can forge strong bonds between fathers and sons, bonds that are so strong they can draw people together and make them friends. Thanks to this connection, I saw immediately that the opportunity to support Jezarian Racing was one I could not pass up and was delighted to learn that Greg felt the same way about my book.”

The son of Big Sid, a legendary motorcycle tuner, Matthew Biberman has enjoyed immediate success with Big Sid’s Vincati. Stanley Fish, perhaps America’s leading literary critic, lauded the book in his New York Times blog, favorably comparing it to the now classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The American Motorcyle Association awarded the Vincati Best Modern Café Racer at its annual Vintage Days show, where the Bibermans were featured speakers. Among many other awards and appearances, Biberman especially prizes the opportunity to have the Vincati displayed at the 2009 Pebble Beach Car Show and at the Barber Motorsports Museum during its 2009 Fall Fest. In addition to Leno, Barber and Fish, Biberman has received praise from rock legend Mark Knopfler who called Big Sid’s Vincati “a classic.”

Jezarian’s own racing success makes for a good match. In his first outing since outfitting his Formula Atlantic car with the Big Sid’s Vincati logos, Jezarian finished second and won the Optimum Battery’s hard charging Award. The upcoming 2009 season promises to be a memorable one, with Biberman and the Vincati scheduled to make appearances at VIR, Summit Point and Mid Ohio.

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JEZARIAN Earns Podium & “Hard Charger” Award at NJMP

October 4, 2009 by  
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SVRA-FeatureMillville, NJ (Oct. 4, 2009) — The OPTIMA Batteries Sprint Series race came to an exciting close at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s 2.25mi , 14 turn Thunderbolt circuit. The action-packed race that saw the No. 40 BigSid.com Swift Formula Atlantic driver, Gregory Jezarian, earn a podium spot and win the prestigious Optimum Battery Hard Charger Award. Jezarian took the green in forth spot but lost two positions before turn one. “As soon as we went green, somehow the box got hung up between first and second gear,” Jezarian said, “that lost me two spots before I could get it going.”

As the field stretched out, Jezarian pressed on and out braked the sixth place car going into turn one and then reclaimed a few more spots before his car got noticeably loose. Crew chief Marco Santiago said, “When we saw him sideways coming on the straight, we knew it was time to change the strategy. I told him to soften the bars and try and stick it out. There’s not much we could do from from the tower but we could see most of the track and where he was losing time.”

As the remaining laps unfolded, the Jezarian began using more and more track and kicking up dirt when running wide. Despite the close calls and several particularly lurid slides, he manage to hang on until the checker earning a second place in class and the Hard Charger award for his car control.

“I went into the race knowing we didn’t have the tires to compete up front. By lap 5, I felt the tires just go away and my times dropped considerably. The crew had me soften the bars all the way and adjust my lines accordingly. I did the best I could with what we had and I’m happy with the result. Thanks to Matthew Biberman and his Big Sid’s Vincati support, we couldn’t have done this without your help.”

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.”

 
Tune in to www.SpeedcastTV.com to watch this exciting race in its entirety.

JEZARIAN to Race Rolex 24 at Daytona

January 19, 2009 by  
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rolexJEZARIAN to Race Rolex 24 at DaytonaMonday, 19 January 2009
New York, NY–Greisiger Motorsports driver Gregory Jezarian is in the final stages of negotiations for a seat in the prestigious Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona. Gregory will join four other team drivers campaigning a Porsche 997 for the 24 hours long endurance race. Driver coach and current Rolex GT pilot, Andy Brumbaugh (www.andybrumbaugh.com) began intensive track coaching sessions with Jezarian and will be on hand at Daytona to assist and get his newest protege acclimated to the race.
 “I am excited to be a part of this event and working with Greg through his first race at this level,” stated Brumbaugh.  “I know he will excel and represent his partners well.  This is a long race and it is more about your mental strength than anything to make sure you stay sharp in the car; Greg understands this and is really excited for the event to start.  I know with his passion and eagerness to learn he will be a natural in these cars.” 

The Rolex 24 is the most prestigous event in North American road racing.  It is an all-time endurance racing classic.  This years field includes notable drivers such as Jimmie Johnson—3 time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Hurley Haywood—sports car legend and multiple Daytona 24 winner, Buddy Rice, Scott Dixon, and Dario Franchitti—all former Indy 500 champions, and even more superstars.   
 
Jezarian, an open wheel pilot with a Pro Formula 2000 and Formula Atlantic background will enter a professional sports car race for the first time. “I’m excited about the transition from a formula car to the Rolex GT car.  We’re trying to beat the clock to get in on time. I just received my Grand-Am and FIA driver’s credentials yesterday. Endurance racing and the Rolex series are amazing and it fits in with my partners needs really well.  AZAD Watches and Skyline Lending Private Banking  are wonderful partners for me and I’m honored to introduce their names to crowd at Daytona. I can help them with their businesses.”  

Jezarian will wheel a Pro F-2000 car in the F-2000 Championship Series for Greisiger Motorsports, Inc. in 2009. GMI will also field and a Formula Atlantic car in the SCCA National Championship.  Kurt Greisiger states: We are thrilled that Greg has this opportunity to expand his professional driving career to sports cars. Our sponsors, shareholders and management wish Greg well on this new adventure.”

Follow Jezarian and the Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Fox from 3 to 4:30pm Eastern on Saturday January 24th and then on SPEED Channel from 4:30 to 10pm.  Continuing coverage on SPEED Sunday January 25th at 7am to 4pm for the conclusion of the twice around the clock classic.

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