Bryan Sellers - Driver
Bryan Sellers, 21, of Centerville, Ohio, was the 2002 Formula
Ford Zetec champion with seven pole positions and eight wins.
He drove four Atlantic races with the Lynx team in 2003, and
will succeed the graduating Michael Valiante as the team's
full-time driver for the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship.
"I grew up dreaming about someday driving for Lynx
Racing, and I'd like to thank the team owners, Peggy Haas
and Jackie Doty for the opportunity," says Sellers. "Now
my goal is to live up to the faith that the team, my sponsors
and my parents have all demonstrated by working hard, driving
fast and winning races. Being the Lynx driver is a total immersion
experience, so I'll be moving to Sonoma to live and work with
the team. I'll be going to the gym and the race shop every
day, driving a kart several times a week and spending lots
of time getting in synch with my engineer, Rick Cameron. Lynx
offers a lot, but they also expect a lot, and I wouldn't have
it any other way."
In 2002, driving for Cape Motorsports in the Formula Ford
Zetec Championship, Sellers scored eight wins and started
from the pole seven times on his way to the championship.
As a result, he was named to the American Auto Racing Writers
& Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-American First
Team, joining such notable drivers as Cristiano da Matta,
John Force, Sam Hornish Jr., Boris Said and Tony Stewart.
His championship also earned him a test at Sebring in Christian
Fittipaldi's No. 11 Lilly Newman/Haas Racing Toyota Lola.
Prior to racing cars, Sellers competed in karts for eight
years, winning the World Karting Association National Championship
in 1998. That same year, he competed in two STAR Formula Mazda
races, winning both. The following year, Sellers competed
in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series, winning 15 of 26
races en route to capturing the 1999 Midwest championship
and the Rookie of the Year honors. In 2000, Sellers finished
second in the Skip Barber Dodge National Championship, winning
"Bryan impressed us with his focus, speed and technical
feedback in testing and during the four races he drove with
the team last year," says Lynx team manager Steve Cameron.
"He's smart, fast, hard-working and a proven winner with
a bright future in both Atlantic and Champ Cars. He has things
to learn, of course, but that's what this team is all about,
and we're confident that Bryan will be a top contender for
the 2004 Atlantic championship."
"There needs to be a certain chemistry between a team
and driver, and Bryan 'clicked' immediately with the team
last year," says Lynx co-owner Peggy Haas. "He definitely
has that certain 'something' that marks a rising star,
and we're very happy to have him in the car full-time next
Bryan is very much in the Lynx mode, and it will be interesting
to watch him develop on all levels," says Lynx co-owner
Jackie Doty. "He has the technical savvy of an Alex Barron
combined with the natural driving talent of a Memo Gidley.
We're all excited about his future.
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