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  • 2015 BMW Performance 200 Race Review – Rebel Rock Racing

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    Rebel Rock Racing went into the opening round of the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season with a lot of new faces, new challenges and optimism for great accomplishments.  Anyone that knows the Grammy award winning team owner Jim Jonsin, also knows he and his team are always up for the challenge that’s put in front of them head-on.  This past weekend at Daytona International Speedway was no different.  The team welcomed many sponsors to the event that included the teams’ ultra-competitive stable of Porsche race cars in the very capable hands of the team drivers.

    In the top Grand Sport (GS) class would be two-time Trans Am TA2 Class champion Cameron Lawrence with former series champion Andy Lally behind the wheel of the #08 Blik Porsche 997.  The pairing would consistently run at the pointy end of the field throughout the weekend, and looked strong early on in the race.  Lawrence would start the car from his 12th grid position and through the pit cycles would come into pit lane to hand the car over to his co-driver Lally in the Top-5.  During the stop however, two wheel stud bolts would break during the tire change and end a very promising day far too early.  The team ended up with a 20th place finish in the GS class for the Blik liveried entry.

    Drivers in the #87 Western Star Trucks/Alliance Truck Parts Porsche Cayman would have an almost opposite weekend of their sister car, albeit in the Street Tuner (ST) class.  Initially battling handing issues early in the weekend, the pairing of Ramin Abdolvahabi and Mark Pombo found form during the race after the team put in the work to completely change the set up that allowed the drivers to run a fast, but comfortable race pace.  Ramin would start the car from the 27th position and turned the car over to Pombo within the Top-20 for a great first stint with the team.   Mark would pick up where Ramin left off, running a steady pace that allowed him to pick his spots for gaining positions and the #87 Western Star Trucks/Alliance Truck Parts pairing would end the day with a 13th place finish for a very strong start to the season.

    Team owner Jim Jonsin would share the #88 Ingersoll Rand Products Porsche Cayman with actor Erik Valdez.  Both drivers showed strong pace throughout the weekend, and in the race itself.  Valdez showed great early form, and quickly picked up five spots, steadily running in the 19th class position from his 24th position on the starting grid.  Erik would take advantage of a few yellow flag conditions to perform quick restarts and continue picking off his competition before turning the car over to his team mate.  Jonsin would jump in the #88 machine at the race midpoint, but Jonsin’s timing of the yellow flags and performance of his car in the second half of the race weren’t as much in his favor as they were early on for the pairing.  The Porsche was losing power, but Jonsin was able to use his driving prowess to hold off the competition to maintain a strong result as the #88 IR Products machine would cross the line in the 19th position in class.

    Although the results on track were mixed, the Rebel Rock Racing team had a very productive start to the 2015 racing season that ended with all three cars with Top-20 results on the weekend.  The team was also able to not only entertain the fans at the track, but also their sponsors in an amazing pre-race hospitality event that allowed the sponsors to interact and meet the team and drivers alike.

    Team Manager Mike Morgan: “I’m very happy with how the team came together this past weekend.  There were a lot of moving parts, but we made it all happen, and all had a blast doing it.  Our guys did a great job adapting to new drivers and setting up the cars to how they drive, and our drivers were strong behind the wheel all weekend.  I can honestly say that we plan on being a force this season in both classes.  Next time out if we reverse some of the bad luck from this weekend, we’ll show the fans, our sponsors and our competitors what we’re capable of….Winning the Rebel Rock way!”

    #08 Driver Cameron Lawrence: “Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned, but it was still a great opportunity to run up front and work with Andy Lally and the very talented Rebel Rock Racing team.  The team did a great job and make progress all weekend, it’s a shame we weren’t able to bring home the result everyone involved worked so hard to achieve.”

    #08 Driver Andy Lally: “Although it obviously wasn’t the result we were looking for, I had a great first weekend with Rebel Rock Racing.  I gelled well with the guys, and was very happy with the amount of effort put into our Porsche to make it a very strong race car for Cameron and I.  I can’t wait to get another shot to prove what we can do with this car!”

    #87 Driver Ramin Abdolvahabi: “Good start to the 2015 season.  A Top-15 finish for new co-drivers getting used to a new car and new team is not bad at all!  We would have finished Top-10 if we didn’t run into some mechanical problems.  The team, the drivers and the whole crew pulled together and we had a solid result.  My co-driver Mark is a true professional with lots of knowledge, and I’m glad that I can learn from him every step of the way.”

    #87 Driver Mark Pombo: “Daytona was a solid start to the season.  We had some gremlins pop up in the race, but the team rallied and we managed a solid finish.  We developed a lot of chemistry for race weekend #1 and have the tools, people, and plan to make this a successful season.  The Rebel Rock guys are committed to getting results and so am I.

    #88 Driver Jim Jonsin: “We didn’t have the best finish at our first race, but we definitely showed up ready to win, sometimes things happen that are out of our control and therefore show different results than we are hoping for.  The Rebel Rock crew and drivers put there best efforts into the week, it was just not in the cards for us at the Daytona race, however, we had a great experience and we learned a lot.  Friday before the race we had the pleasure of hosting a lunch for our partners at Ingersoll Rand, it was nice to see the expressions on their faces when we walked through the paddock, peaking in the race cars, and over to pit wall where the action takes place.  Racing cars at these venues is one of the coolest things ever and we were happy to share the experience, we are preparing for Sebring and hope to have a different outcome!” 

    #88 Driver Erik Valdez: “What an amazing week!  We had a few gremlins pop up with the car, but the crew worked through it, and the car was good for my stint on race day.  Unfortunately, it didn’t hold out for Jim and we didn’t get the result we wanted, but I’m confident we’ll get it sorted for Sebring.  I want to thank Jim, the entire Rebel Rock Racing team, our sponsors Ingersoll Rand, Justice Brothers, Blik and everyone at Continental Tire and IMSA who made this possible.  To my old fans that came out to support, and the new ones I met at Daytona, thank you…you are all amazing!  It just feels so good to be back in a race car!”

    The second round of the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series takes place on the weekend of March 20, 2015 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL.

    About Rebel Rock Racing: Jim Jonsin founded Rebel Rock Racing in 2011. Jonsin’s dedication and vision to unite the entertainment and motorsport industries has created a more exciting environment for motorsport enthusiasts as well as attracting new fans. “Rebel Rock is going to be responsible for developing new, fresh, young drivers similar to the way we develop an artist.” Jonsin said.

    Jonsin’s passion for cars and racing developed as a young boy. His appreciation for all things automotive and true love of motorsport has led Rebel Rock to a new approach in racing. Jonsin strives to bring a young and refreshing energy to the sport thru exciting new programs like Rock The Grid. Rebel Rock Racing is looking forward to an amazing season on the track with new opportunities available to partners completely new to the sport of racing!

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.irtools.com, www.alliancetruckparts.com, www.westernstartrucks.com, www.p1groupe.com, www.oakley.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.olloclip.com, www.madeyoufamous.com, www.totalmd.com, www.justicebrothers.com, www.planetpit.com and www.whatisblik.com.   Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing

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  • Sunoco 200 Challenge Race Review: BMW Performance 200 at Daytona

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    On January 27, 2015 • By

    Altamonte Springs–For the fourth straight season the Sunoco 200 Challenge winner was hosted by Mitchum Motorsports in their #6.2 Sunoco liveried Chevrolet Camaro GS.R on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway this past weekend.  This years’ winner, Swedish driver Oskar Krüger, shared the Sunoco Camaro with team driver Dylan Murcott.  The weekend had its ups and downs, but in the end was a success.

    Krüger would start the car from the 15th grid position and show great early form during the first race of the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season.  About midway through his stint, the serpentine belt would break apart due to debris on track, which the team quickly addressed and returned to the fray some eight laps adrift from the front runners in the field.  Oskar ran very strong lap times upon the return to the field before turning the car over to his teammate.  Murcott jumped in and was immediately up to pace with the race leaders, however it became apparent that when the belt came apart earlier, it also damaged the differential cooler hose, creating a slow leak which ultimately ended the teams day earlier than anticipated, but still with a solid 17th place finish in the competitive Grand Sport (GS) class.

    Murcott states: “It was great to have Sunoco on board this past weekend at Daytona.  The weekend didn’t start as planned with losing a transmission during the first practice, but the team rebounded and gave us a good car for the race.  Oskar did a great job in the beginning part of the race keeping the car clean and running mid-pack.  Unfortunately we had the serpentine belt break which caused us to lose eight laps.  The car was an absolute rocket ship this weekend though, and it’s a shame we didn’t get the Top-10 finish we were aiming for.  It was great running with Oskar, and looking forward to doing it again in the future.”

    Of the opportunity, Krüger mentions; “Of course I feel badly that we couldn’t finish the race because of the mechanical failure, but I am still very pleased overall with the experience that I’ve been provided.   It has been an amazing journey, I’ve had a really good time and it has been a great experience for me in my career.  I am very grateful to Sunoco for giving me the opportunity, thank you!”

    The event was also a success for Sunoco as Anders Hildebrand of the Anglo American Oil Company explains: “It is again proven that to win the Sunoco 200 Challenge you need to possess a lot of speed and talent. Oskar adapted quickly to the Daytona banking, the Sunoco Camaro, the race format, a new team on another continent.  He was consistent, listened to advice from the Mitchum Motorsports team, was just tenths off his more experienced team mate, but most importantly impressed everyone with how quickly he adapted.  The build up to the race and the race was not smooth as it was marred with technical gremlins reducing Oskar’s seat time but despite that he was in a good spirit – a future star!”

    The Sunoco 200 Challenge puts hundreds of European racing drivers, from various Sunoco-fueled championships, against one another using a unique points system. The winner of the Sunoco 200 Challenge is awarded a seat in a Mitchum Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GS.R for the 200 mile Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (CTSC) endurance race at Daytona.

    About Mitchum Motorsports: Founded in 2001, Virginia Beach, VA-based Mitchum Motorsports comes from a variety of professional road racing backgrounds spanning over 50 years.  Since 2010 Mitchum Motorsports has become a mainstay in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with their Chevrolet Camaro GS.R and BMW 128i race programs.  The team has also seen numerous Daytona 24-hour campaigns.  In 2015 the team will defend their championship title in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series; as well as competing in club venues such as NASA, SCCA, and Porsche Club of America.  Mitchum Motorsports is an Official Partner Team with Automobili Lamborghini for the Super Trofeo series.

    Mitchum Motorsports are the reigning Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo US Team Champions and Amateur Driver Champions.  Mitchum Motorsports specializes in: racecar construction, development, preparation, support and performance street car service.

    About Anglo American Oil Company Ltd.: Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. was founded in June 1999 by former racer Anders Hildebrand and celebrated their 15th year of trading in 2014.  Exclusive distributors of Sunoco Race fuels through European and Middle Eastern distributors.  AA Oil are also European agents of Driven Race Oils, PJ1 track compounds (drag racing strip treatments), Tuff Jugs (fuel cans), ISC Racers tape and Kleers cleaning products.  Additionally manufacturing the R racing fuels and oils that are distributed world-wide.  Introducing products from the PETRONAS range to our portfolio for 2015 and adding to the main business that is built on a dedicated customer base of over 6,500 racers and high performance garages that buy products on a daily basis.

    Since 2006, our knowledge of clean fuel technology resulted in a new department focusing on cleaner burning fuels for hand-held petrol driven machinery.

    For more information visit www.Mitchum.ms or www.P1Groupe.com.   Follow us on Twitter:  @MitchumMtrsprts, @DylanMurcott, @Sunoco_UK, @P1Groupe

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  • Sunoco 200 Challenge Race Preview: BMW Performance 200 at Daytona

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    On January 22, 2015 • By

    Altamonte Springs–Mitchum Motorsports will again host the winner of the Sunoco 200 Challenge as it takes on the stout competition of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series GS class, and the high banks of Daytona International Speedway this weekend.  This years’ winner is Swedish driver Oskar Kruger, and will share the #6.2 Mitchum Motorsports Sunoco Camaro with team driver Dylan Murcott.

    The pair having already performed a shakedown at the Roar test two weeks ago, battled gearbox issues in the first session of the weekend yesterday, but found their form in the second practice and go into the race feeling good about the outcome of Friday’s race.  Murcott states; “The team has been great, in between sessions they swapped the gearbox and changed the ratios.  The car is much better as we have more power coming off the slow turns so we don’t have to downshift as much.  We went out on older tires and were on pace, so on stickers and with a bit more time in the car, we should be in good shape for the race as long as we keep our car clean and out of pit lane.”

    Kruger, who is making the transition from a paddle shift sports prototype to conventional H-Pattern gearbox in the heavier Camaro regarding the weekend stated; “The car felt good, I don’t have too much time in the car, so not completely used to it yet, but the team has it feeling comfortable to drive.  For the race I’m looking to improve my pace, I know I have to run my race and pace I’m comfortable with, and hoping that puts us in contention.  My job is to take care of the car and give Dylan an opportunity to finish at the front.”

    The Sunoco 200 Challenge puts hundreds of European racing drivers, from various Sunoco-fueled championships, against one another using a unique points system. The winner of the Sunoco 200 Challenge is awarded a seat in a Mitchum Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GS.R for the 200 mile Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (CTSC) endurance race at Daytona. 2015 will mark the fourth year of the partnership between Anglo American Oil Company and Mitchum Motorsports for the Sunoco 200 Challenge.

    The BMW Performance 200 at Daytona drops the green flag at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2015 and can be viewed live on IMSA.com.  For more information visit www.Mitchum.ms or www.P1Groupe.com.   Follow us on Twitter:  @MitchumMtrsprts, @DylanMurcott, @Sunoco_UK

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  • 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challege – Rebel Rock Racing

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    On January 16, 2015 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2015

    Rebel Rock Racing finished off the best season in the teams’ short history in 2014, and is using that success to build for an even stronger 2015 campaign.  The eye is clearly on the prize of being in the hunt for the championship in both the Street Tuner and Grand Sport classes from the drop of the green flag at Daytona in one weeks’ time, until the drop of the checker at Road Atlanta to finish the season in October.

    Team Owner Jim Jonsin feels he’s assembled a strong lineup throughout his three entries heading into next weeks’ season starter, and knows that with the talent he’s amassed both behind the wheel and over the wall, Rebel Rock Racing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015.  The crew is equally as excited as Team Manager Mike Morgan states: “I’m really looking forward to the 2015 season with Rebel Rock Racing.  We have great driver line-ups across the board in each car, and our crew is one of the best in the IMSA paddock.  Our engineer Louis Milone has the cars really dialed in for Daytona, and I can’t wait for the drop of the green flag!”

    Engineer Louis Milone echoed Mike’s sentiments; “I’m confident that the work that the Rebel Rock team has done in the offseason, combined with the rock solid driving talent that has been secured, should be the launching pad for a strong start in the season opener.  We’ve gotten our feet wet in the Roar test, and now it’s time to prove ourselves in the race!”

    In the #87 ST-class Porsche Cayman will be Ramin Abdolvahabi and series veteran Mark Pombo.  Marks brother Mat will share Mark’s seat throughout the season.  The #88 ST-class Porsche Cayman will feature an all-celebrity lineup in Grammy Award winning music producer Jim Jonsin with actor Erik Valdez.  The lone bullet in the GS class gun for Daytona and hopefully more events will be two-time Trans Am Series Champion Cameron Lawrence and renowned Porsche driver Andy Lally sharing the #08 Porsche 997.

    #87 Driver Ramin Abdolvahabi: “After a great test weekend with RRR at the Roar, I am very pleased and excited to start the new season in CTSCC with RRR at Daytona.  During the test I got to know the team better and am highly impressed with their professionalism and team spirit.   On top of that they know how to have fun doing what we all love. We meshed very well and I am certain we will do well in the race.  These guys work hard to be the best and I will work hard to represent them the best.  I’m  proud to be welcomed as part of the RRR family.  Hey Jim (Jonsin): Let’s get racin’ !!!”

    #87 Driver Mark Pombo: “After crossing paths with Jim and the Rebel Rock Racing team the past few years at the track, the opportunity for the Pombo’s to join the Rebel Rock Racing family has finally arrived.  I would like to thank Jim for making sure it happened.  I have had the pleasure of working with several of the Rebel Rock crew guys in the past and I am looking forward to getting some success with those guys again, as well as meeting and working with the rest of the team.  The team had some great results last year in their first year with the Cayman’s.  The offseason development and planning going into 2015 is exciting as evidenced by a successful Roar test.  I’m thrilled to be joining Ramin at Daytona and I look forward to helping continue the team’s momentum into the 2015 season.”

    #87 Driver Mat Pombo: “I cannot express how excited I am to get the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season under way.  Joining the Rebel Rock Racing team is a perfect fit for Mark and I.  Mark is joining Ramin in the #87 Rebel Rock Cayman to go for some wins and challenge for the championship.  My role this year will be more in support of the 87 and filling in where I need to, and if the opportunity arises in the 88 with Jim and Erik.  I look forward to working with the Rebel Rock team and drivers and watching the IMSA paddock take notice of what we’re going to accomplish this season.  Jim has really put a lot into this program and I appreciate the opportunity he has given us.  The cars have both been super competitive during testing and I can’t wait to get back on track and have some fun this year in one of the most competitive road racing series in the world.”

    #88 Driver Jim Jonsin: “As the Daytona Rolex 24 race weekend approaches I find myself felling like a kid again waiting to go ride my new BMX bike with friends from the Neighborhood.  I have known some of the guys on the race team since we were young teenagers, it’s a blessing to share these race weekends with my buddies, when I look at our driver lineup, I have to pinch myself!  I mean, Andy Lally and Cameron Lawrence in the 08 GS car, Mark Pombo and Ramin Abdolvahabi in the 87 ST car, and I get to co-drive with TV star and badass race car driver Erik Valdez; we couldn’t have put this team together without a lot of hard work over the last three seasons.  I want to thank all of you that have helped us along the way, too many names to mention, but you all know who you are!  A special thanks to our 2015 partners in crime, Ingersoll Rand Tools, Western Star Trucks, Alliance Truck Parts, Oakley, OMP, Olloclip, Made Communication, Fab Law, Total MD, Blik Studio, IMSA, Continental Tire, and all the amazing Fans, we love ya’ll, see you at Daytona.” 

    #88 Driver Erik Valdez: “Racing in Daytona is a dream come true!  I’m beyond excited to be doing it as part of the Rebel Rock Racing team! They’ve welcomed me with open arms, worked with me to get me up to speed during the Roar, and already treat me like family.  Simply put, these guys are the best in the biz!”

    #08 Driver Cameron Lawrence: “I’m really happy that things worked out and that I’ll be running with Andy Lally.  I think Jim and his crew will give us a strong car and will give us a chance to run up front and fight for the win.  It’s going to be a tough race, and I’m sure will be a great race for the fans as usual!”

    #08 Driver Andy Lally: “I’m thrilled to be racing with Rebel Rock!  I’ve been friends with Jim Jonsin for a while now and we’ve been talking since the end of last season.  I’m looking forward to working with a team that I know is capable of winning.  On top of being reunited with my old friend Louis Malone, I am also very much looking forward to working with Cameron as he has shown big speed in everything that he is in.  I can’t wait for Daytona!”

    On track activities at Daytona International Speedway start at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  The BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway will drop the green flag on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 2:10 p.m. ET.

    About Rebel Rock Racing: Jim Jonsin founded Rebel Rock Racing in 2011. Jonsin’s dedication and vision to unite the entertainment and motorsport industries has created a more exciting environment for motorsport enthusiasts as well as attracting new fans. “Rebel Rock is going to be responsible for developing new, fresh, young drivers similar to the way we develop an artist.” Jonsin said.

    Jonsin’s passion for cars and racing developed as a young boy. His appreciation for all things automotive and true love of motorsport has led Rebel Rock to a new approach in racing. Jonsin strives to bring a young and refreshing energy to the sport thru exciting new programs like Rock The Grid. Rebel Rock Racing is looking forward to an amazing season on the track with new opportunities available to partners completely new to the sport of racing!

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.irtools.com, www.alliancetruckparts.com, www.westernstartrucks.com, www.p1groupe.com, www.oakley.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.olloclip.com, www.madeyoufamous.com, www.totalmd.com, www.justicebrothers.com, and www.whatisblik.com.   Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing

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  • Rebel Rock Racing Kicks Off Pre-Season at Daytona

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    On January 9, 2015 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2015

    The 2015 season kicks off this week for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series at Daytona International Speedway with on-track testing for both the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes.  Joining the fray will be series regulars Rebel Rock Racing and their stable of Porsche’s in both classes.

    The team, which was founded by Grammy Award winning music producer Jim Jonsin, is aiming on accomplishing several team and driver goals this week with three of the teams’ four cars participating.  They will be working on gaining the right set ups for the official start to the season later this month, testing updates and working out drivers that are testing with the team for the first time.

    For the test in the Street Tuner Porsche Caymans will be Team Owner Jim Jonsin sharing the #88 machine with actor Erik Valdez, along with Ramin Abdolvahabi and James Vance in the #87 entry.  For Valdez, this will be his team and series debut as the actor plans to campaign throughout the season with the team as his filming schedule allows.

    Team Owner Jim Jonsin states; “We had a great season in the IMSA CTSCC in 2014, and I’m looking forward to a strong start to this season as we have some great drivers in the lineup.  I’m super stoked to have Erik Valdez co-driving with me this weekend; he and I share a great passion for motorsports and entertainment, it’s nice to pair with a guy like Erik.  We are welcoming Ramin and James to the team for the first time, these two guys are very talented and they have some series experience from this past season, we hope to have them both on board for the 2015 season.”

    Valdez can’t contain is excitement and anticipation for the season to start as he exclaims enthusiastically; “Super stoked to be making my pro debut in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series at such a legendary circuit…Daytona!  I want to thank Jim Jonsin and the entire Rebel Rock Racing team for giving me an opportunity to jump back in the car.  I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I’m going to do my best to make everyone proud.”

    Both Abdolvahabi and Vance competed in the ST class in 2014 with other teams and are using their first runs with the Rebel Rock Racing team to try their hand at the Porsche Cayman and to gain chemistry with the team.  Ramin states; “Roar 2015, Daytona, testing a Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman alongside my good friend/co-driver James Vance!  Am I excited?  You bet!

    “My 2014 rookie season went by blazing fast and amongst all I learned is that there is much more to learn.  What better opportunity to do so than ushering the 2015 season with a competitive, established team such as RRR alongside a seasoned, amazing co-driver such as James.  I am looking forward to a great test weekend and hopefully a successful and exhilarating season.  Many thanks to Eric Burch (P1 Groupe) and Jim Jonsin (Rebel Rock Racing) for making it possible.  You guys ROCK and I plan to do the same.”

    Team mate and co-driver James Vance echoes those sentiments; “I am extremely excited to get back on track for the first time in the 2015 season, and am even more pumped to get to work in the Rebel Rock Porsche Cayman. It’s the pre-season test, so we aren’t going out there to break any records, but we definitely want to get the car working well and make sure that we can build a good synergy within the team.  I am also very happy to be driving alongside my friend, and now co-driver Ramin Abdolvahabi.  It is just as important to me that Ramin benefits and learns as much as he can over the next three days in relation to the program and car, so we can hit the ground running. A big thank you to Exposystems, P1 Groupe and RRR for making this happen.”

    Returning to the team for the Daytona test is former Pirelli World Challenge champion Robert Stout being joined in the #08 Porsche 997 GS car by two-time Trans Am Series champion Cameron Lawrence for his first outing with the team.  “It’s nice to have Cameron joining the team alongside my good friend and former Rebel Rock celebrity Robert Stout, those two are a force and should kick some ass out there!” states Jonsin.

    “I’m really looking forward to getting back into a GS class car at Daytona.”  Lawrence continues; “I’ve driven with Robert before in a Cayman and confident that Jim and the whole team will give us a good car that’s capable of running at the front.  I believe a good test at the Roar will allow us to gain momentum to carry into the race at Daytona later this month.”

    Of the group Robert Stout is the veteran of sorts, albeit still a young driver, he is the one with the most experience with the Rebel Rock Racing team and the series.  “I love the competition in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series.  There are some great drivers and teams that compete here.  I’m very happy to be rejoining Rebel Rock Racing in their Porsche for this test, as I know they will give us a strong car right off the truck.  Also being in an iconic brand like Porsche at the famed Daytona circuit is a big part of racing history, who couldn’t be excited about that!?” states Stout.

    On track activities at Daytona International Speedway start at 9:00 a.m. ET tomorrow, January 9th, 2015 with the final session on 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.

    About Rebel Rock Racing: Jim Jonsin founded Rebel Rock Racing in 2011. Jonsin’s dedication and vision to unite the entertainment and motorsport industries has created a more exciting environment for motorsport enthusiasts as well as attracting new fans. “Rebel Rock is going to be responsible for developing new, fresh, young drivers similar to the way we develop an artist.” Jonsin said.

    Jonsin’s passion for cars and racing developed as a young boy. His appreciation for all things automotive and true love of motorsport has lead Rebel Rock to a new approach in racing. Jonsin strives to bring a young and refreshing energy to the sport thru exciting new programs like Rock The Grid. Rebel Rock Racing is looking forward to an amazing season on the track with new opportunities available to partners completely new to the sport of racing!

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit www.exposystems.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing

    Team Partners: Ingersoll Rand, Alliance Truck Parts, Western Star, P1 Groupe

     

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  • Sunoco 200 Challenge Winner & Co-Driver Announced for Daytona 200

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    On January 7, 2015 • By

    Virginia Beach, VA–19 year old Swedish driver Oskar Krüger, winner of the 2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge, will take to the high banks of Daytona in January accompanied by Mitchum Motorsports’ team driver Dylan Murcott. The Sunoco 200 Challenge puts hundreds of European racing drivers, from various Sunoco-fueled championships, against one another using a unique points system. The winner of the Sunoco 200 Challenge is awarded a seat in a Mitchum Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GS.R for the 200 mile Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (CTSC) endurance race at Daytona. Oskar follows in the footsteps of three previous winners of the Challenge to test the high banks with American V8 power. “Winning the 2015 Sunoco 200 Challenge is fantastic.” Says young Krüger. “I’ve won lots of trophies in my career but this is the best prize I’ve ever won. Thanks to Iracing.com I’ve managed to “do a lot of laps” which I’m sure will help me get off to a flying start at the ROAR test before the Rolex 24 weekend when I get to try out the Sunoco Mitchum Camaro for the first time. I can’t wait!” continued Krüger.

    Dylan Murcott is no stranger to the team, or the car, having piloted the modern Sunoco Camaro around the tight Lime Rock Park circuit in 2014. “I’m excited to get back into the Camaro and at Daytona of all places. The car is really neat to drive, and was a lot of fun around Lime Rock. But, Daytona gives opportunity to stretch out the legs of the Sunoco Camaro beast, and it will certainly be a rush. It’s going to be a good time, and I look forward to working with a good European driver in Oskar as well” says Murcott.

    2015 will mark the fourth year of the partnership between Anglo American Oil Company and Mitchum Motorsports for the Sunoco 200 Challenge. Previous winners have been young promising drivers from the Radical Clubman’s Cup, Legends Championship and F3 Cup. Oskar Krüger is another winner coming out of the Radical Clubman’s Cup, and the first repeat winner representing a championship.

    The #6.2 Mitchum Motorsports Sunoco Camaro takes to the banks and infield of Daytona International Speedway on Friday January 9th, 2015 to kick off Daytona Test days.  The team returns to the fabled oval later in the month to contest the first round of the CTSC Championship on Friday January 23, 2015.

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  • Ryan Ellis Talladega Race Preview

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    On October 16, 2014 • By

    Altamonte Springs, FL/October 16, 2014

    NASCAR Driver Ryan Ellis is about to step behind the wheel of the #28 FDNY Chevrolet for the final time in the 2014 Camping World Truck Series season for the Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.  To date, the fan favorite “Fire Truck” has generated a lot of interest among the fans, results for both driver and team, and funding for the FDNY charities.

    Ellis considers the task of driving for FDNY as an honor and one of the highlights of his 2014 racing season.  “Making my return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the final time this year will without a doubt be exciting for both me and the entire #28 FDNY Racing team.

    “We have had solid finishes this year especially considering the size of our team and budget.  The team is comprised of all volunteers and to be able to compete at the NASCAR level is truly astonishing.  I’m proud that we’re able to bring awareness to the great charities that our team supports, like that of the widow’s and children’s funds from the 9/11 attacks.  My goal for this weekend is to stay out of the ‘Big One’ that Talladega is known for, and to keep the truck clean till the end…hoping for a Top-15 finish!”

    The Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway airs Qualifying on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, October 17th at 5:45 pm EST, with the race airing Saturday, October 18th at 1:00 pm EST on Fox Sports.

    About FDNY Racing:

    The outpouring of support from all Americans for the 9/11 victims and their families and the special emphasis for firefighters has evolved in many forms. It was this by the heroes of the fire department that created the Firefighter Racing Team, by Lt. Mike Bolnik, Ret., FDNY and Jim Rosenblum from Jim Rosenblum Racing and Bob Rahilly from RAHMOC Racing Engines. They established the official NASCAR racing team to honor the fallen heroes and their families and raise funds for the Widow’s and Children’s Fund . FDNY Racing’s team members hail from New York, Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. During the week they are firemen, salesmen, utility workers, building contractors, business professionals and avionics manufacturers. On the weekends, they come together as FDNY Racing to raise funds for Greatest America’s Heroes.

    More information on Ryan Ellis please view www.ryanellismotorsports.com, orwww.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @ryanellisracing @P1Groupe

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  • Racers Edge Road Atlanta Race Recap

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    On October 8, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2014

    The 2014 racing season came to a close this past weekend for the Racers Edge Motorsports, and leading up to the finale at Road Atlanta for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series (CTSC) the team had multiple Top-10 finishes with their cars, and looked to accomplish the same to close out the season.  The team had a driver line up that Team Owner Jon Mirachi knew could compete with any on the grid, and the team overall had a positive feeling going into the event.

    Sharing the #78 Ford Racing/Gary Yeomans Ford/Keeper Securities Ford Mustang 302R would be season long driver David Levine and team and series newcomer Austin Cindric.  In the #68 Ford Racing/Wheels Up! Ford Mustang would be Ricardo Flores and David Calvert-Jones.

    Cindric would have to get used to the new car and first time on the Road Atlanta track having made the transition from USF 2000 and Global Rally Cross, but did so in fine fashion by qualifying his car in the seventh position to start the race.  In the sister car Calvert-Jones would qualify and would power the American muscle car to a 10th place result in qualifying to start the race.

    With a wet race track to start the race, it would be up to both drivers to settle in and handle both the conditions and busy traffic well in order to keep their respective cars in good order for their co-drivers to take over and finish the race high in the order.  Both drivers would bring their cars into the pits under yellow flag conditions in the Top-10, following the overall plan to a tee.  Levine took over the #78 and Flores in the #68.

    At the finish, the #78 machine of Levine/Cindric would cross the line in seventh position, and the #68 of Flores/Calvert-Jones would finish in the 13th position.  Of the event Levine states; “Our race at Road Atlanta was pretty good. We are very happy to come home in seventh on the weekend.  Austin drove a great race and kept the car clean which made my job a lot easier.  I have to say thanks to my mechanics this weekend, Joe and Tyler, for prepping the car for the finale.  It was nice to end this season of ups and downs with another Top-10!”

    Ricardo Flores, who was debuting in the series this season, and learning each track as they went, states; “I really like the series, the tracks we race on are some of the best in North America.  I’m really looking forward to 2015 where I’ll know the tracks and series better next year.  I want to say a big thank you to the Racers Edge Motorsports team, Ford Racing and Gary Yeomans Ford for their support this season.”

    In the end, David Levine would finish 12th in the Drivers’ Championship, with Racers Edge Motorsports 10th in the final Team Championship standings.  The race can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.

    For more information, visit www.racersedgemotorsports.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/racersedgemotorsports

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  • CTSC Season-Best Finish, LST Team Champions, Amateur Driver Champion

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    On October 8, 2014 • By

    The Mitchum Motorsports team went away from Road Atlanta this past weekend with a lot of new hardware and wearing champagne after a massively successful weekend to generate momentum heading into the offseason.

    In the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship (CTSC) Street Tuner class, full season drivers Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott piloted the #10 BMW 128i to a season best 11th place finish after an up-and-down year.  The pairing ended the season with multiple Top-20 finishes on the season to show the potential of the program, car and drivers in the ultra-competitive series.

    The true rewards came for both drivers and the team in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo as Machavern and Murcott would run both in series’ on the weekend.  Machavern went into the weekend leading the Amateur class drivers’ standings, with Mitchum Motorsports second in the team standings.

    Machavern would show his form the entire weekend, clearly focused on the task at hand.  He would qualify his #46 Lamborghini Chicago entry first in the Amateur class and sixth overall for the first race of the weekend.  That race he would end up taking his second overall victory of the season, and be on pole position for the second race.  Dillon would make a conservative start to the second race knowing he had to conserve his tires for the strong finish, and following his pit stop, that’s exactly what he did.  Machavern would cross the line second overall and win yet another race in the Amateur class, and in doing so won the 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Amateur Drivers’ Championship.

    “I’m really proud of the entire team and how much work they have put in this season.  We had an awesome end to the season with our best finish of the year in the BMW, and of course winning in the Lamborghini and taking the team and drivers’ championship is amazing.”  Dillon continues; “I want to thank my parents for providing me with such great opportunities and the team for all their hard work this year.  I’m looking forward to big things in the 2015 racing season!”

    In the teams’ #80 Lamborghini Palm Beach machine would be Matt McMurry making his return and team driver Dylan Murcott making his series debut.  They would qualify in the eighth overall position leading into the first race, and second in the Amateur class.  A tough run in the first race after repairing the car from an off in the qualifying session moved the pairing down to 11th finishing position overall, and sixth in the Amateur class in the first race, which would also serve as their starting position for the second round of the weekend.  The second round went far better, with both drivers making up ground on the competition, and also greatly assisting the team in their quest in the championship by finishing on the podium in third place.  This would mark both drivers’ first podium in the series and for McMurry establishes yet another record by being the youngest driver in series history to start and podium in the series at just 16 years 313 days old as he hoisted the trophy.

    McMurry states; “Achieving a podium finish in my fourth GT race ever was very special. I’ve really enjoyed the GT experience with Mitchum and Lamborghini, and I’m looking forward to more GT racing in the future.”  McMurry adds to an impressive record of being the youngest to also start and finish the 24 hours of Le Mans, and compete in the European Le Mans Series among others.

    Rounding out the lineup on the weekend in the #07 Lamborghini Atlanta would be team driver Lee Carpentier and Casey Carden making his series debut.  The pairing would qualify their entry fourth in the Amateur class to start the first event, and cross the finish in fifth position in class and eighth position overall.  In the second race of the weekend, the pairing would run strong and assist the team in their quest for the championship.  In the end, Carpentier, who had multiple podium finishes on the season, would end the season third in the Amateur Drivers Championship for a fitting end to a difficult beginning of the season.

    “After a long and trying season I am very happy to see the Mitchum team come away with the Team Championship title in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo series.  I’m also ecstatic to bring home third in the Amateur class after all the hard work put in by everyone to make this season happen” states Carpentier.

    For team owner Chris Mitchum, the series championship is truly a team effort.  The entire team will celebrate a much deserved ending to the grueling season and take this momentum into the 2015 racing season.

    The race can be viewed on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.

    For more information visit www.P1Groupe.com or www.Mitchum.ms

    Follow us on Twitter: @P1 Groupe @MitchumMtrsprts @LeeCarpentier @MachavernRacing @McMurryMatt @DylanMurcott

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  • James French Petit Le Mans Race Recap

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    On October 7, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2014

    James French came into the Petit Le Mans weekend focused on a strong result as he and his team has proven capable of in the #38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge effort of Performance Tech Motorsports already this year.  Having reached the podium in two of the previous four rounds in which French has been with the team, drivers James French, David Ostella and Jerome Mee were confident the ingredients were there for more of the same at Road Atlanta this past weekend.

    With the team missing the practice just prior to qualifying due to some red flags due to heavy rain, the team opted not to risk the car in wet conditions when they knew the race would be run in the dry the following day.  This cost the trio of drivers another hour to get better acclimated to the circuit and traffic of such a rigorous event.  In qualifying driver David Ostella would have the car in the ninth position for the start of the grueling 10-hour endurance event.

    Ostella would start the race, and have the car up to fourth position in class before a compressor wire broke sending the car to the paddock for repairs.  French would enter the car and run his entire stint trouble free, albeit some 19-laps adrift of the class leaders.  Next up would be Jerome Mee, who would be new to the TUDOR Series for the event, although he’s tested with the team successfully prior to the race weekend and showed the ability to compete at a high level.

    The teams’ effort would come to a halt when Mee was passing a GTLM car on the outside leading up to Turn 12, which would push him wide for the turn.  This is a turn that has caught out even the best in the sport over the years, and once Mee got into the dirt just off track to the outside, he was along for the ride, which sent him back across the racing surface just missing oncoming traffic and into the inside wall on the front straight.  Mee would be o.k., and continue around the track to bring the car into pit lane, but the damage to the car was too severe to continue, thus ending their seasons five hours earlier then all had hoped.

    For French, his personal goals going into the season were met, and some even exceeded.  Now he focuses on his college coursework and his season ahead in 2015.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @JFrenchRacing @P1 Groupe or on Facebook at Facebook.com/JamesFrenchRacing

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