2017 Lotus Cup USA Champion Nicolai Elghanayan takes on Pirelli World Challenge GTS season
Laguna Beach, CA – A new year for Marco Polo Motorsports and newcomer Nicolai Elghanayan launches their racing campaign for the Pirelli World Challenge Championship with a pair of KTM Xbow GT4s prepared by third generation champion racer John Mueller, and the Muellerized team. Nicolai has been testing throughout the winter months to acclimate himself to the new cars and the Pirelli tires to ready himself for the challenges that await him in PWC. The last three seasons Nicolai has successfully competed in the Lotus Cup USA series, rising from the 2015 series most improved driver to dominating the 2016 and 2017 series championships. 2017 also saw SCCA race experience gained with 5 victories and his PWC touring class debut at the season finale at Laguna Seca.
Pirelli World Challenge GTS will be a significant year for the Elghanayan organization, both in racing and personal achievement, for Nicolai Elghanayan will be graduating from USC Architecture School while actively campaigning in the 2018 season. Nicolai said, “I am excited to step up in class from Lotus Cup USA and into PWC, I know exactly what I am getting into. It is the chance of a lifetime, and a commitment from my parents has certainly been a motivating factor. I have done more testing this year with the new KTM Xbow GT4 car’s development and perhaps and most important, I trust John’s valuable set-up judgment for my first PWC GTS series race start in Texas.”
Muellerized Inc. is a southern California race shop that specializes in developing, installing and mail order shipping pre setup automotive suspension systems. During the 14 year history of the company, the race preparation side of the business has been a strong championship contender in every series they have participated in. Muellerized clients have won 9 season championships between SCCA and Lotus Cup USA competition, including winning 24 consecutive races and multiple automotive media contests. Team leader John Mueller is really excited and inspired by this opportunity, “My family has been winning races for the past 54 years and getting the chance to mentor the sublime talent of such a fine young man as Nicolai Elghanayan, as he takes the next step up in his racing career is such a special privilege to me. Bringing the Mueller brand back to one of the top racing series in North America has been a lifelong goal for me personally, to do so with my Muellerized teammates and Marco Polo Motorsports is such the icing on this Pirelli World Challenge cake!!”
Marco Polo Motorsports is a multi-generational motorsports racing/collection/restoration family. Beginning in the early 1980s racing historic motorcycles, Marco Polo Motorsports strives to race, preserve and present rare and valuable racing vehicles. With that drive to get some of the finest collectibles from any part of the planet, Marco Polo Motorsports also has partnered with Scuderia Rare Parts and Ferrari Electronics to service, refurbish, and manufacture rare components for Ferrari® vehicles. Team owner Jeff Elghanayan looks forward to the adventure that Pirelli World Challenge brings to each competitor, “the Marco Polo Motorsports mission is to challenge ourselves and our competitors with thoughtful, clever innovation and execution both on and off the track. Like our namesake we continue exploring the racing landscape.”
About Marco Polo Motorsports
Marco Polo Motorsport started in the 80’s as a self-funded independent race organization that participated in vintage motorcycle racing. As of 2014, Jeff Elghanayan founder of Marco Polo Motorsports acted on his family’s enthusiasm with Lotus, and purchased 3 Lotus race cars to participate in the Lotus Cup USA events with his older sons Nicolai and Bryson for the 2015 -2017 season. As the 2017 season ended in Lotus Cup USA with a championship for Nicolai, Jeff set his sights for the Pirelli World Challenge 2018 season. Marco Polo Motorsports purchased 2 KTM X-BOW GT4 cars for Nicolai to campaign and expand his talents. Marco Polo Motorsports is on the search for additional corporate partners to grow the brand for the 2018 PWC season.
For more on Marco Polo Motorsports please visit www.MarcoPoloMotorsports.com
Facebook – @MarcoPoloMotorsports, Twitter/Instagram – @MarcoPoloRacing
About Muellerized Inc.
Muellerized Inc. is a suspension and chassis specialist shop founded in 2004 by third generation champion racer John Mueller, who draws upon his 34 years of road race driving experience to identify and implement many unique solutions. The Muellerized Team offers a full range of vehicle services, for street, competition and also track day vehicles in their well-equipped 5600 sq. ft. headquarters located in Santa Ana, California.
For more on Muellerized, please visit. www.muellerized.com
About Tahirih Justice Center,
The Tahirih Justice Center, or Tahirih, is a national charitable non-governmental organization headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, United States that aims to protect women and girls fleeing gender-based violence and persecution. Tahirih’s holistic model combines free legal services and social services case management with public policy advocacy, training and education.
For more on Tahirih Justice Center, please visit.www.tahirih.org
About Scuderia Rare Parts,
Rod Drew from FAI founded Scuderia Rare Parts in partnership with Jeff Elghanayan to create a cutting-edge rapid prototyping machining company to re-create the unavailable, and often obsolete Ferrari vintage parts. Scuderia Rare Parts is capable in reproducing automotive, motorcycle and aviation components for any rare vehicle in need of this service.
For more on Scuderia Rare Parts please visit www.ScuderiaRareParts.com
About Ferrari Electronics,
Rod Drew from FAI founded Ferrari Electronics in partnership with Jeff Elghanayan to repair, refurbish, and restore electronic dash clusters for Ferrari vehicles including any rare Ferrari electronic components that is need of this service.
For more on Ferrari Electronics please visit www.FerrariElectroncs.com
About KTM Reiter Engineering
REITER Engineering is the only manufacture worldwide of Race – Lamborghinis, Camaros and KTM X-BOW GT4 vehicles. Its core business sectors are the race team division and engineering unit. The company is able to provide a full range of race services and development services for racecars. It covers the full range of motorsport service from design, development, prototyping, testing and manufacturing. Up to now, the race cars developed by Reiter Engineering fight on 4 continents in several championships (e.g. Blancpain GT Series, ADAC GT Masters, Asian GT, Pirelli World Challenge) and in the History (24h von Le Mans)
For more on KTM Reiter Engineering please visit www.reiter-ktm.com/en/
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