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FastMD Announces Audi TCR Program

FastMD enters IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with Audi RS 3 LMS TCR…

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FastMD will enter IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition with an Audi RS 3 LMS TCR car, with the newly formed organization confirming Nick Galante, James Vance and Jared Salinsky as drivers for the TCR class effort.

The team, operated by Chris Vallee’s Florida-based Speed Syndicate operation, had previously worked with VOLT Racing prior to its switch to Park Place Motorsports for 2019.

All three drivers, including 2018 Pilot Challenge ST class champion Galante, will step up to the TCR class for the first time, with Salinsky slated for a partial season effort in the the Audi, which is sponsored by Florida Advanced Spine and Sports Trauma centers (FastMD).

“FastMD does amazing things both in the operating room and now in professional racing,” said Salinsky, who is an orthopedic surgeon. 

“It’s a privilege to be part of a team with two incredible drivers like Nick Galante and James Vance. I definitely think we will be a seriously competitive team and will win our share of races this year.”

Vance added: “Nick and I got a call from Jay asking what we were up to for the season and the timing just worked out.

“We have some amazing companies involved with us this season. My long-time partner ExpoSystems along with FEL, Nick bringing Legistics and the Racing to End Alzheimer’s charity and welcoming the FastMD guys to the racing game, we can’t wait to bring home some hardware this season.”

Galante, meanwhile, has previous experience with Vance in Grand-Am competition in 2011-12.

“To be back together with him and in an Audi, it’s looking to be a team to watch this season,” he said. “I am excited to be a part of this new IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season and see where we stack up against this fast growing TCR field.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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