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KnightHawk Racing has signed Chad Block as the third seat for the team’s entry in the Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Fosters on May 19.

Block will share driving duties with Steve Knight and Mel Hawkins in the team’s #11 MG Lola 675 LMP for the second round of the American Le Mans Series’ 2002 Championship season.

The trio’s previous pairing occurred at this year’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, where they produced a 2nd in class and 6th overall in a Nissan Lola B2K/40 – quite an accomplishment considering this was Block’s very first sportscar race.

The 23 year-old racer from Pennsylvania is making a lot of headway in the Prototype class – after Daytona with KnightHawk, Block found himself behind the wheel of the #00 Panoz LMP 900 with Panoz Factory Driver Gunnar Jeanette at the 12 Hours of Sebring last month.

At KnightHawk’s test session with their new MG Lola in February, Block had an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the purpose-built LMP 675 at Road Atlanta.

“The car is very fast – and very capable. I had the chance to lap the circuit more than a few times and I felt fairly comfortable,” says Block. “The KnightHawk team is where I’d like to be, and where I hope to stay for the season. Steve and Mel have shown me tremendous support and I would love to bring them some LMP 675 Championship points. Having a team that has confidence in you, and you having confidence in them – as I do with KnightHawk – is a great recipe for success. I hope Steve and Mel are as happy to have me as I am to represent them.”

The KnightHawk MG Lola will be transported by air to Sears Point directly from the team’s Le Mans Preliminary Practice Session on May 5. The team’s is looking forward to the Sonoma classic circuit and hope that the twisty uphill and downhill circuit will suit the handling of their smaller and lighter car perfectly. Immediately following the race, they car will be sent back to France for the 70th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Chad has really shown well so far, especially considering his short time in sportscars,” says his Sears Point teammate Steve Knight. “I was impressed with his talent at Daytona and Sebring and look forward to having him on-board for Sonoma.”

“I saw first-hand what Chad could do, both at Daytona and in our test at Road Atlanta, “ remarked co-driver Mel Hawkins. “Based on what I’ve seen so far, it was time to team up with him and Sears Point presented itself as the perfect opportunity.”
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