Performance Tech Motorsports Team News

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 18, 2013)- The 2014 racing season is still a few months away but Performance Tech Motorsports is already stacking the timing stand with new drivers and preparing for another run at a Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda team championship.

With that goal in mind, Performance Tech is pleased to announce the return of Joel Janco for a full season in 2014 in the Masters Championship.  The Florida-native has an impressive racing resume that began with SCCA Spec Racer Ford in 1995. Janco made his way through multiple series along other Mazda roads, specifically the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and more recently the Cooper Tires USF 2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. Janco’s Prototype Lites debut came during the 2012 Petit Le Mans, making 2013 his first full season in an Èlan DP02 machine.

Janco chose to become a Performance Tech driver because of the team’s upstanding reputation in the paddock. Performance Tech is recognized for having a hard working staff that prepares podium-worthy cars.

“I chose Performance Tech because, well they won the championship,” Janco said. “Their shop is a little more than an hour drive from my home. They are located close to three good tracks for testing. I know that Brent (O’Neill) is a winner!”

Janco has set strong personal goals for the 2014 season, believing Performance Tech to be the best team to help him grow and achieve his goals.

“My goal is to improve in every category,” Janco said. “I need to finish every race, improve my lap times at every track, and communicate how the car feels more accurately to the team. I need to be a good teammate and try to stay cool while driving. I also want to have a blast as it is a hobby for me!”

Performance Tech owner and manager Brent O’Neill envisions Janco’s attitude toward the sport will add to the team’s already persistent attitude.

“We look forward to working with Joel (Janco),” O’Neill said. “He has a lot of dedication and passion for racing. We will start testing in the next few weeks to get ready for the first IMSA Lites event in March.”

Janco will bring a very unique sponsor platform to the racing paddock, as he is an advocate for the non-profit deathtolionfish.org. The organization raises awareness about Lion Fish and the threat they pose to the ecosystem of the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds the eastern United States. The invasion of the non-native, highly carnivorous species has reduced their fish prey population by up to 90% and are subsequently destabilizing coral reef ecosystems.

Janco has become a great spokesperson for the organization’s campaign, as he has logged many hours of research and preparation for the many questions he receives about deathtolionfish.org at each of the racing venues across North America. 

“So many people have asked about it,” Janco explained. “We have handouts to further educate them. These fish are from the South Pacific so there are no fish in this part of the world that can kill and eat them. The only known way to eradicate these predator fish is for humans to kill and eat them. Interestingly they are very tasty and can now be found in many restaurants in South Florida.”

Another perfect “platform” to raise awareness for the growing non-profit organization, a Podium finish is yet another targeted goal in 2014.  Sebring International Raceway is just around the corner on March 13, and through his relationship with Performance Tech Janco feels his chances to take the top step are high. 

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