Pioneer Electronics, the established leader in car audio electronics, expands its elite "Team Pioneer" car audio competition team by adding seven new members. Team Pioneer now has a total of 15 competitors that will contend in many sound competitions around the United States. Pioneer began the program last year to assist in the development of its competition line of car audio products.
1999 proved to be very successful for its number of wins at the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA) Finals. All Team Pioneer competitors who competed and qualified for this "top gun" event placed in the top five of their respective classes with a big First Place win by Dale Fontenot in the Expert 1-600 class.
Pioneer's newest team members include veteran competitors in the Expert class such as Scott Buwalda and Bryan Wilkinson as well Pro competitors Scott Campbell, Brian Morris, Steve Cornell, Dwayne Blackwood and last year's IASCA Pro 1-150 National Champion Frank Rougeau. Moving up from his 1st place victory at the IASCA finals last year in Amateur 301-600 and new to Team Pioneer is Chuck Barbosa, filling a slot in the Pro 151-300 division. Team members were chosen for their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm in the car audio arena. "The team enables us to field test prototype products and new ideas in the grueling environment of sound competitions, much like what professional racing does for automotive engine manufacturers," says Todd Goodnight, brand manager, car electronics division.
The team was expanded to maintain even representation throughout the United States in many of the IASCA and USAC competitions. "We should have Team Pioneer representation in most events throughout the year," adds Goodnight. Team members give their feedback on the performance of the products after each event. "Feedback from our competitors give us the ability to refine the products before it's actually released to the general public. It also gives us an indication of how we measure up against our competitors."
Team Pioneer will showcase products from its multi-branded product mix from Pioneer, Premier, ODR (Optical Digital Reference) and TAD (Technical Audio Device).
The team will participate in key car audio events such as regional events and IASCA finals, as well as local events in each competitor's territory.
In all events, Team Pioneer will promote the Pioneer brand, provide tuning assistance to fellow Pioneer competitors and promote friendly competition. At some major IASCA events, Pioneer will provide a "tweak and tune" area where all competitors with Pioneer products can obtain tuning assistance and advice from Team Pioneer.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of audio and video products for the home and car.
TEAM PIONEER 2000
|Chuck Barbosa||Pro 151-300||'90 Plymouth Laser||Kansas City, MO|
|Dwayne Blackwood||Pro 301-600||'89 Ford Mustang||Lake Worth, FL|
|Scott Buwalda||Expert 2||'95 Nissan 240 SE||West Palm Beach, FL|
|Scott Campbell||Pro 601+||'94 Honda Accord LX||Lawrence, KS|
|Larry Chijner||Pro 601+||'93 Cadillac Seville||Weirton, WV|
|Steve Cornell||Pro 301-600||'96 Chevy Impala SS||Cox's Mill, WV|
|Mark Liggett||Expert 1||'95 Nissan Truck||Steubenville, OH|
|Frank Monaghan||Pro 301-600||'99 Ford Explorer||Levittown, NY|
|Brian Morris||Pro 151-300||'93 Ford Probe GT||Mentor, OH|
|Chad Peterson/Josh Fullen||Expert 1||'94 Acura Legend||Phoenix, AZ|
|Frank Rougeau||Pro 1-150||'90 Honda Civic||Bosier City, LA|
|Teddy Surya||Pro 151-300||'98 Volvo S70||Tempe, AZ|
|Bryan Wilkinson||Pro 151-300||'87 Pontiac Fiero||Indian Trail, NC|
|Nick Wingate||Expert 2||'99 VW Bug||Orange, TX|
|Jerry Ziegler||Pro 1-150||'90 Honda CRX||Lexington, K|