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FastMD Racing Expands to Two-Car Audi TCR Program

FastMD Racing to return to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with two Audi RS 3 LMS TCR entries…

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FastMD Racing will expand into a two-car Audi RS 3 LMS TCR operation in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition next year, having confirmed James Vance as its first driver.

The second-year team, owned by Dr. Farhan Siddiqi, will be looking to build on an up-and-down rookie season that saw a class win at Virginia International Raceway and podium finishes at Daytona and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The team’s cars will again be operated by Florida-based Speed Syndicate, led by team manager Chris Vallee.

“2019 was learning season for us,” said. Vallee. “We had some good races and we had some off races but we are going to carry the momentum that we had during the second half of the last season into 2020.

“We will be returning with the same crew in both the mechanical and engineering staff and our team is coming into the season with more information and knowledge from lessons learned last season.

“I’d really like to thank the crew members involved in the FastMD Racing/Speed Syndicate Motorsports team for their hard work and dedication to seeing this program through into the 2020 season.”

Canadian driver Vance, meanwhile, has been confirmed in the No. 23 Audi TCR.

“I cannot thank the FastMD brand enough for bringing me on-board for our second season of IMSA TCR competition,” said Vance. “It is an honor to be trusted in this role and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

“Our team owner, Dr. Farhan Siddiqi, has a passion for our sport that is extremely rare. It is awesome to share our passions and yet build this epic team in pursuit of a title.

“We have a plan to be the very best and I know with the support from the FastMD team, we will do so. It makes me extremely proud to be able to play a small part in representing the entire team at FastMD and there’s nothing I would love more than to bring them some more trophies in 2020!”

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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