FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2017– The Rebel Rock Racing team heads to Daytona International Speedway for the first round of the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series (CTSC) season loaded with talent both over the wall and behind the wheel. Daytona will mark the first occasion the team will take the green flag with three Porsche Cayman Street Tuner (ST) class machines for the inaugural 4-hour endurance event. Each of those entries will feature star power with drivers that have won the famed Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. Additionally, the team has added top crew members to each car that hail from some of the top teams in sportscar racing today, with an impressive win list to their collective credit.
The #6 HPS Jardine/Jarddesign.com entry will have CTSC newcomer Trevor Knight of Windsor, England share driving duties with sportscar veteran Shane Lewis. The #8 Urban Grid Cayman will feature David Roberts of Los Angeles, CA bringing his winning history over from the Radical series to make his CTSC debut at Daytona with Rolex watch barer, Dion von Moltke, for the season. The #22 Esmark Steel Group/PPG/Wright Automotive Group entry will strap up-and-coming driver Kris Wright behind the wheel with the third Rolex 24 winner Leh Keen.
Tony Jardine, Chairman, HPS Jardine: “We are delighted to support Trevor at such a prestigious event in the US, his enthusiasm and commitment should prove a valuable combination on this tough but famous venue.”
Shane Lewis: “It’s Daytona! How could I not be excited to jump in a Porsche at the World Center of Racing! I’m looking forward to joining my friend Trevor behind the wheel of the Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman. I think the team assembled a strong crew, and across each of the three cars, think it’s as strong a driving lineup as there is in the ST paddock. I have six wins in the Continental series over the years, including one of those at Daytona, and I’d love to add another win to that list.”
David Roberts: “Racing at Daytona has always been a dream of mine, I can’t believe it is finally happening! I am extremely happy to be with such a great organization, all the guys at Rebel Rock Racing are fueled with passion and I’m confident in our entire team. I have a lot to learn and I couldn’t be happier with the foundation that is around me. My teammate and co-driver, Dion von Moltke, is a talented driver. I think we make excellent teammates, there is already great chemistry between us just from one test day.
I am looking forward to a successful year, developing as a person, race car driver, teammate, and bringing in positive vibes along with wins for the Rebel Rock Racing team. I am thankful to Eric Burch of P1 Groupe for setting up the opportunity, I am thankful to Ed Hall for running our program, and of course the team owners Frank DePew and Tom FitzGerald.”
Dion von Moltke: “I can’t wait to get to Daytona and get to work with Rebel Rock Racing and David! We had our first test together last week and I was really impressed with the group of guys our team manager, Ed Hall, has been able to put together. The Continental series has some tough competition and we will really need to bring our best to compete for wins this year, but I’m confident we have the right people in place to get there.
David came to our test and had the perfect attitude, hopped in the car for the first time and was on pace right away. I was really impressed with how he carried himself and his abilities in the car. I think we will work great together, and I can’t wait to see how he progresses in his first pro racing season! It has been 8 years since I was consistently in the Continental series, and I missed racing there. Some of my favorite racing memories are still from my time there, I hope we can kick off the year strong and continue to improve as a team throughout the year!”
Kris Wright: “I’m very excited to be driving with Leh as well as Rebel Rock. I have worked with a few guys on the team in the past and I feel very confident in their ability to execute.”
Leh Keen: “Really happy to be heading south at the end of January. Excited for the change of pace and new adventure in my career. We had a good test and I got to know Kris well and saw his skill in the car. So really looking forward to getting out there and running bumper to bumper in the ST class especially in a Porsche. I think we will be very strong and looking for a podium or a win for sure.
The BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona kicks off with practice on Thursday, January 26th at 9:00 a.m. EST. The green flag will drop for the start of the race on Friday, January 27th, at 12:15 p.m. EST. The event will be covered live on IMSA.tv, with tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, February 11th at 11:30 a.m.
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