Breathless Racing Team Year End with Ernie Francis Jr
November 13, 2017
Ernie Francis Jr’s 2017 season was one for the history books, winning 10 of 13 races, one third place podium and 2 DNF’s due to mechanical issues, set seven track records and secured his place in history by capturing the most all time wins in Trans Am’s 51 year history with 33 wins… All at the young age of 19 years old.
Breathless Racing Team 2017 Season actually began back in June 2016 when we realized that Ernie Jr. was well on his way to his third TA Championship in his TA4 Mustang. It was in Detroit that we started thinking what if for 2017 we move up to the TA Class and went for a fourth championship. Our first problem was, we don’t have a car, should we buy a used car or build our own brand new car?
Ernie Sr. decided that if Ernie Jr. was to have a chance in 2017 our only option was to build a brand new car so we went to Mark Meissen of Meissen Enterprises and reviewed his proven chassis and decided that they were a right fit. Of course our good friends at Katech Performance have been supplying Breathless with fantastic Chevrolet and Ford powered engines throughout Ernie Jr’s career so we commissioned them to build us our first of two Ford TA engines. We then chose EMCO Gears as our transmission supplier.
Breathless Racing Team and Ernie Francis Jr. now had a full plan and after several months of engineering the car. We took delivery of our new Ford TA car only days before our first race at Sebring in March 2017. The rest is history as Ernie Francis Jr. continues to prove that he is one of the best race car drivers and has a long and successful career ahead of him!
Our season would not have been possible without the help from our loyal sponsors and we thank each and every one of them…. OUR 2017 SPONSORS are…
Buoniconti Fund – Title Sponsor for first 11 Races
The Original Frameless Shower Doors Company – Title Sponsor for Last 2 Races
R & B Company
Exotic Car Society
BREATHLESS RACING TEAM is…
Erie Francis Sr. – Team Owner / Engineer
Ernie Francis Jr. – Driver
Billy Roper – Crew Chief
Ira Paskow – Track Support Manager
Bill Hofmann – Public Relations Director
Marc Buoniconti – Drivers Agent
Mark Meissen - Engineer