“Scion Racing’s Michele Abbate to campaign an FR-S in the Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship series in 2014”

For Immediate Release on February 28, 2014

                Michele Abbate will campaign a new Scion FR-S in the Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship series for the 2014 season.  Continuing her partnership with Scion Racing since 2011, Michele has spent the last two years racing in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Challenge Series, in which she was the first female to compete in and take the championship in 2012 as a rookie.  Abbate states, “I am very excited to transition into the USTCC series; there are some great tracks on the schedule and this series offers some really great exposure for our sponsors.  I look forward to learning the new FR-S chassis and showing its potential on the race track.”  Michele Abbate is the first driver to bring a Scion to the Nitto Tire USTCC competition.  The Scion FR-S has won the SEMA Hottest Compact Car Award the past two years and has proved to be a very competitive platform.

The first race on the schedule will be at Buttonwillow Raceway and is a 2 hour endurance race on April 5th, 2014.  It will be Abbate’s first endurance race in her career but she is confident because she has raced at Buttonwillow for years; including time trials, time attack, and super lap battle.  “There will be a lot to learn with strategy, but our team has significant knowledge and it will be an awesome experience for us, especially as a season opener”, Abbate says.

Announcements to follow regarding who will be partnering with the Scion Racing team to support Michele Abbate in 2014.  Follow Michele Abbate on instagram, twitter, and facebook with user name M1cheleAbbate or on www.M1cheleAbbate.com.  Visit www.ScionRacing.com for more information regarding Scion and the new FR-S chassis.

2014 USTCC Race Schedule
April 5 – Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA – (2 hour race)
May 3-5 – Spring Mountain Raceway, Pahrump, NV
May 24-25 – Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA
June 28-29 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
September 13-14 – Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA (with WTCC & Maserati Trofeo)
November 15-16 – Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA (5 mile course)

About the Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship
The Nitto Tire USTCC is America’s most exciting touring car racing series. Cars are production-based sedans, coupes and hatchbacks with chassis and suspensions modified for maximum performance.

The USTCC has two classes, GT & TC and the series utilizes a combination of sprint race format of 30-50 minutes, as well as an enduro format of up to two hours. Every USTCC race utilizes a standing start, which is one of the most exciting thrills in all of motorsports and the on-track action is always intense and hard-fought.

No less than eleven different makes are campaigned currently including: Acura, Honda, BMW, Mini, Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, VW, Toyota, Audi and Subaru . . . and now Scion will compete as well.

About Scion Racing
The Scion Racing program was developed in 2008 as the performance and motorsports arm of the Scion automotive brand. Through its support of drivers specializing in disciplines including drift, drag, road, and rally racing, Scion Racing has dedicated itself to advancing the grassroots racing culture that the Scion marquee has come to define. Teams competing under the Scion Racing banner have set track records, captured podium finishes, and earned championships in series such as Formula Drift, Rally America, NHRA, World Challenge, Global Time Attack, MPTCC, and Redline Time Attack.

About Michele Abbate
Michele Abbate is a Las Vegas native, born into a family of motorsports.  During her childhood, all motorsports related things were carried on by her father and brother.  When Michele was 15 she put herself into the sport through SCCA Autocross.   Since earning a podium at her first national event behind a national champion at 16 years old, she has gone on to compete in series including 600 Racing/INEX, Redline Time Attack, MotoIQ, and  NASA.

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