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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Circuit of the Americas 150 Race Recap

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    On September 21, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2016 – The ninth round of a scheduled 10 in the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series got off to a very strong start for the CRG-I Do Borrow team.  Throughout the first two practices team drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler were inside the Top-10, and the prospects of qualifying and the race looked positive.

    Cattaneo was able to put the #44 Nissan Altima Coupe on the front row during qualifying in second place, and the much desired outside position going into turn one for the race start.  This was Sarah’s first front row qualifying effort since the 2011 season, and put a great deal of confidence into the team and fear into the competition.

    At the drop of the green flag Cattaneo had a very strong start and within the first few laps had taken the lead.  After swapping places with the championship points leading Mazda throughout her stint, she was able to take the lead for good several laps before turning the car over to teammate Trinkler.  Following the pit stop Owen was able to pick up where Sarah left off.  Before long he too passed for the lead in the Street Tuner (ST) class.

    Trinklers lead was short lived, he had an electrical issue with 30-minutes remaining that took him out of the lead and ultimately out of the race.  The extreme heat approaching 100 degrees and long laps around Circuit of the America’s (COTA) 3.41 mile road course wreaked havoc on many of the competitors during the race with much higher attrition throughout the field than normally takes place in the ultra-competitive ST class.

    Sarah’s enthusiasm about her and her teams’ performance at COTA rang through in her post-race comments.  “The beginning of the weekend was awesome.  Qualifying on the front row and leading the race, you really can’t ask for anything more than that.  I really happy with my opening stint, and the crew did a great job getting the car prepared.  I really can’t thank the team enough for all they do for Owen and me.  The races don’t always go as planned, which is why we do this, but we’ll be prepared and back at Road Atlanta for the final round.”

    Owen, always the optimist, focused more on the positives of the weekend, then on the disappointment of how it ended.  “Sarah did a great job this weekend in both qualifying and the race.  She’s come a long way with this car in a short period of time.  As a team we expect that she’ll be able to qualify and run towards the front of the field, and she’s doing that.  It’s great to see her confidence grow as the season’s gone on.  The crew executed a great pit stop, and I was able to run the leaders back down to retake the lead before the issue arose.  I’m mostly disappointed for the crew, they work so hard to prepare this car, and they see what the car is capable of.  They know the podium was in reach the past few events, and we want to reward them with that at Road Atlanta to end the season with momentum.”

    The Circuit of the America’s 150 can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 pm EDT.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • Circuit of the Americas 150 Race Preview

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    On September 13, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2016– Rebel Rock Racing enters the gates at Circuit of the America (COTA) tomorrow for the penultimate round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series with their two Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans.  The team welcomes driver Sean Rayhall to the fray to share the #7 Urban Grid backed entry with team-owner Frank DePew, while the lineup of Theo Bean and Robin Liddell remain in the #8 Cayman.

    The picturesque circuit is the favorite of many in the sport, and for those that haven’t had the opportunity to race on it, it’s typically on their individual ‘to do’ list.  DePew is one of those that’s looking forward to checking this one off his list.  “I’m glad I was able to get some time in the Cayman at Virginia the last round so I have a little experience with the platform. Now that I’ve gotten acclimated to the car, I’ll get my first laps at COTA, and I’ve watched some video and reviewed some driving notes so I’ll know my way around after a few laps.  Sean (Rayhall) is a really good driver that’s had a lot of success, I’m looking forward to sharing the car with him.  The teams’ been hard at work constantly improving these cars, and I’d like to reward them with a strong result.”

    Rayhall echoed Frank’s enthusiasm as well about his series debut, “I’m excited to join Rebel Rock Racing for the last two races of the series after a busy season.  I’ve always wanted to race in this series, and I’m thankful they are giving me the opportunity.  COTA and Road Atlanta are two of my favorite tracks here in the States, so let’s see what we can get done!”

    Robin Liddell’s been with the team all season and has played a large part in the continuing development of the program and the cars.  Going into this round he states, “Every track we go to with the Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman this year has been a new experience for me.  In terms of overall performance or track suitability with the car, it’s very hard for me to predict the potential outcome.  That being said, the team has undoubtedly made some major improvements over the last couple of events, and we’ve been consistently able to fight inside the Top-10.  We have a much stronger baseline from which to move forwards as we look to achieve success in these last couple of races and onwards into 2017.”

    Bean states, “Coming off a challenging race in some of the worst rain I’ve ever raced in, where we had a strong car despite the unfortunate yellow flag scenario that dictated the final results, I’m really looking forward to this week and getting behind the wheel at COTA.  I know our Rebel Rock Racing Porsche will be strong there, and the team has been putting in a lot of work to make sure Robin and I have something to take the fight to the rest of the ST field.”

    The Circuit of the America’s 150 kicks off with practice at 2:25 am EDT on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  The race will drop the green flag at 1:40 pm EDT on Friday, September 16, 2016 and can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 pm EDT.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.konicaminolta.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing2

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Circuit of the Americas 150 Race Preview

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    On September 13, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2016 – The penultimate round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series is upon us as the CRG-I Do Borrow team enters the gates at Circuit of the America’s tomorrow.  The team will make a strong push in these final two rounds of the season to enter the offseason with momentum.

    Most racing seasons has its ebbs and flows, and this is no different.  The team led the points championship early in the season following their win at Sebring.  Then they made a car switch mid-season, winning with their Nissan Altima Coupe at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park following their debut.  Team driver Owen Trinkler took over the series all-time starts record just a few races later.

    In between all those highs were the expected lows that come with developing a car that is new to the team.  In all, this season has been an overwhelming success for the drivers and team alike.  Sarah Cattaneo has become a known quantity  in the series for her qualifying and opening stints, and Trinkler has acclimated himself well to the Nissan, and opposing teams dread the moments the development issues don’t take hold, as they know the #44 I Do Borrow backed machine is a force to be reckoned with.  All of this bodes well for the 2017 season as 2016 winds down.

    “I’m really looking forward COTA (Circuit of the America), it should be a really good track for us, and you can’t find a better venue or facility in North America.”  Cattaneo continues, “It’ll be our first time there with the Nissan and we expect to come out with great results.”

    Trinkler states, “The good parts of this season far outweigh the low ones.  Sarah has really come into her own this season, and in a two-driver scenario, you can’t stress enough how important it is to have a strong qualifying and starting driver.  I’d put her against any in the field!  The team has done a great job with coming to terms with the Nissan; it’s a car with great potential that we’re really excited about going forward.”

    The Circuit of the America’s 150 kicks off with practice at 2:25 am EDT on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  The race will drop the green flag at 1:40 pm EDT on Friday, September 16, 2016 and can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 pm EDT.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • Oak Tree Grand Prix Race Preview

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    On August 26, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2016– A race team is an always evolving entity.  It’s about finding the right chemistry within the team to go into battle with.  That exists both in and out of the race car.  The Rebel Rock Racing certainly is a team that’s embracing their own evolution within the sport this season.  This race season the new team owners, Frank DePew and Tom FitzGerald, are determined to ensure a great experience for their fans and sponsors, but also their crew and drivers that have to spend so much time in that team environment.

    This weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for the eighth round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series the process continues.  Again the team will be fielding their two Porsche Cayman’s in the Street Tuner (ST) class, with drivers Robin Liddell and Theo Bean once again behind the wheel of the #8 Urban Grid machine.  In the #7 however, the team welcomes for the first time 2009 World Challenge Champion and 2011 All American State (California) Champion Brandon Davis to the fold to share the #7 Urban Grid backed entry with team owner Frank DePew.

    Team owner Tom FitzGerald states, “We’ve done a lot of development on the cars this year, and feel we have a pretty good product going on the track these last few races. We’ve also done a lot of development within the team itself, and have a number of people within the team now that have come from top programs that are really gelling together as a cohesive unit.  We’re really excited about where we’re going as a team towards the later part of this season to be in a position to fight for a championship in 2017.”

    About this weekend in particular, driver Theo Bean adds, “I’ve never been to VIR, but I’m excited to finally drive there as I’ve heard great things about the track.  I think our car will be strong here, and all the work this team has put into the car during the break will pay off.”

    Frank DePew mentions, “VIR was repaved in the offseason, it’s a really smooth and fast surface.  It’s also my home track, so I’m really excited to drive this weekend in front of our local friends and family.  I look forward to driving with Brandon (Davis), I know he’ll do a fine job in our car.  The crew has been working very hard since Road America, it’d be great to reward them with some good results this weekend with both our cars, and we have the drivers to do it with Theo, Robin and Brandon.”

    The Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway kicks off with practice today at 10:25 am EDT.  The race will drop the green flag at 1:55 pm EDT on Saturday, August 27, 2016 and can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00 am EDT.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.konicaminolta.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing2

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Oak Tree Grand Prix Race Preview

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    On August 25, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25th, 2016 – Next up for the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series is the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for round eight of a scheduled 10 on the season calendar.  The CRG-I Do Borrow team bring their Nissan Altima Coupe to the picturesque landscape of Alton, VA to take on the Street Tuner (ST) field with drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler ready to do battle against the best the series has to offer.

    The paring has had a strong showing this season with multiple wins and podium finishes, and makes a final push in these last three events in their quest to bring home the small teams’ first Team and/or Drivers Championship.  VIR is a track that’s very familiar to them, and one the team has marked on their calendar.  Their #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Altima has turned a number of laps around the circuit leading up to its debut in the series, and both the team and drivers are confident their efforts and knowledge will pay dividends come the checker flag.

    Cattaneo mentions, “I’m very excited to be heading to VIR.  We’ve done a fair amount of testing there and feel good about the weekend.  Being a Nissan Sponsored track, I think we have a good chance at  bringing it home for them, and will certainly do our best to make Nissan proud.”

    Sarah’s co-driver Owen Trinkler echoed her sentiments, “Our team feels good about the set-up going into this weekend.  Sarah and I both have a lot of time on this track, so we should be up to speed relatively quickly.  This being Nissan’s track, we obviously want to show well for them, and look forward to putting on a good show for all the Nissan fans and guests in attendance.”

    The Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway kicks off with practice at 10:25 am EDT on Friday, August 26, 2016.  The race will drop the green flag at 1:55 pm EDT on Saturday, August 27, 2016 and can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00 am EDT.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America Recap

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    On August 11, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2016– The Rebel Rock team anxiously passed through the gates at Road America this past weekend anticipating the opportunity to continue both the development of the team and their Porsche Cayman race cars.  Returning behind the wheel would be local driver Sam Adams and Elliott Skeer in the #7 Urban Grid Cayman with Robin Liddell and Theo Bean once again in the #8 machine.

    A great deal of time was dedicated to the set-up of the cars during the promoter test, which continued well into practice.  Due to red flag conditions during practice meant less time on track, and the Rebel Rock crew had to make do with the time they were allotted to get ready for qualifying.

    Adams and Bean would qualify the #7 and 8 respectfully in the Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche’s.  An immediate issue forced the #7 to stop on the circuit during qualifying, ending its’ session prematurely.  The rest of the field would have a one-lap shoot-out to finish qualifying, and Bean had a Top-10 run going, but a miscommunication thwarted his effort and left him with a time fast enough for 18th in the ST class.  With that, Adams would start from the rear of the field, but being his home track, and confident in the car the team put under him, knew he’d be able to make up spots once the green flag dropped.

    At the start, both drivers immediately began picking up positions on their competition, and setting up their teammates for strong results.  Adams would go from 24th in class to ninth before turning over to Skeer, while the team had a great strategy call to pit the #8, and when the field cycled through their stops, Liddell would be up to fourth in the ST class with a great shot at a strong result to finish it out.

    As Sam was about to turn over the car to Elliott, he noticed a brake issue, and the car had to go behind the pit wall to render a quick repair.  Liddell had an incident where one of the Audi’s checked-up in front of him in one of the turns, Robin had nowhere to go, and hit the S3 in the rear, damaging the front of his Porsche Cayman.  The nose damage sustained would hinder the car’s performance the balance of the way, but Liddell was able to hold on for a very respectable 11th place finish, while Skeer was able to pick up a few more spots during his stint to bring the #7 home in 17th.

    “When the car was at its best, the weekend went really well.  I had limited time in practice and wasn’t able to get a qualifying lap, but the Rebel Rock crew gave me a really fast car for the race, that allowed me to drive from 24th to ninth during my stint.” Adams continues, “Unfortunately on my pit-in lap we had a problem with the brakes, which put us down a few laps from the leaders.  I’d like to thank the Rebel Rock Racing team for giving me the opportunity to drive with them this season.”

    Skeer adds “Road America was another strong race where the result doesn’t show the performance.  We were able to sort out the car for the race, and Sam did a great job getting through the field on his stint.  The Rebel Rock guys performed an amazing pit stop, but mechanical issues brought down the performance after that.  I’d like to thank the team for all their hard work.”

    Bean sums up his weekend, “The car has made huge gains since Watkins Glen, and due to a bold strategy call we were able to get the car up to fourth place, but weren’t able to hold on in the end.”

    Having been with the team since the start of the season, Liddell has seen how far the program has come in a short time.  “As Elliott mentioned, the results don’t show how competitive the program was this weekend.  We had a few little issues come up that held us back, both in qualifying and the race, but I know this teams’ on the verge of coming through the other side and get the results to reward them for all the hard work.”

    The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing2

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Recap

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    On August 11, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10th, 2016 – Road America was the event that the CRG-I Do Borrow team had circled on their calendars since they debuted their Nissan Altima Coupe as a track that would fit them to a tee.  It also marked the record for race starts in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series for driver Owen Trinkler with 124 dating back to 2002.

    The weekend got off to a strong start with good pace in practice for both drivers, and laid the ground work for what Sarah Cattaneo would accomplish come qualifying.  Cattaneo, fully confident in the car the team put under her, set a time in an abbreviated qualifying session good enough to start the race from the fourth position in the Street Tuner (ST) category.

    At the drop of the green flag, Sarah was quickly into the Top-3, and would find herself in the lead of the race prior to turning the car over to co-driver Owen Trinkler.  A great strategy call, and pit stop put Trinkler out in a strong position, and he would immediately start to run down the leaders in ST.  Owen would make it up to second in place, right on the bumper of the leader when he began experiencing issues with the gearbox.

    “I can’t thank the CRG guys enough for their effort this weekend.  Engineer Jim Haaser, Rich Trombley, and Crew Chief Brian Buttler, they just did an incredible job on the car this weekend.  I can’t say it was an easy weekend for us, but it was great to be able to race our way back to the front of the class again” states Cattaneo.

    In the end, Trinkler would lose two gears, and with the Road America circuit being over 4 miles in length, it would be too much to overcome to attempt to limp around the track to the race finish.  Trinkler would pull behind the wall to end their day early, but not before he was able to set the record.

    Of the event Trinkler states, “I’m really proud of Sarah and the crew, the car was really quick right off the truck.  She did a great job in qualifying and was able to lead the race, which was great as she’s just getting more confident in the car.  I see her just getting better every weekend from here on.  In my stint, we got up to second and thought we had something for the RS1 car, but ultimately ended up breaking the gearbox.  We’ll get that sorted as we move forward to create a better plan for the transmission.”

    Trinkler expands on the achievement accomplished this weekend over his distinguished career, “This is a great achievement, but it’s really about everyone that’s been involved to get me to this point.  I’m so proud of all of them, and appreciate all they’ve done to help my career.  I thought we’d be able to celebrate this record from the podium here, but we’ll rebound at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  VIR is a Nissan track, and we’ll get past these new car blues.”

    The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America can be via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America Preview

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2016– This weekend marks the sixth event of a scheduled 10 in the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season with the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  Rebel Rock Racing will again be on track with their two Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans.   Sam Adams and Elliott Skeer return behind the wheel of the #7 Urban Grid backed entry with Theo Bean and Robin Liddell piloting the #8 machine.

    The team looks forward to Road America, a circuit that should suit the Porsche well with its long straights and high speed turns.  They’re ready to get back on the podium again as they were earlier in the season, following an outing at Lime Rock Park that saw the Rebel Rock crew work through the night to repair the #7 that was badly wrecked in practice.  Not only did the team make the race after working through the night to render repairs to the significant damage, but ran the entire race with solid lap times to a respectable finish.

    About his return to the drivers’ seat at his home track, Sam Adams states, “I’m really excited for the opportunity to race with Rebel Rock Racing at my home race at Road America.  This is a really special race for me personally, and I feel like I’m prepared well for it.  I know the Rebel Rock crew has been hard at work getting the #7 car ready for battle, and can’t wait to get behind the wheel!”

    Adams teammate in the #7, Skeer mentions, “I think that Road America can be a promising race for Rebel Rock.  I enjoy racing there, and will do what I can to bring home a good result for Sam in his home race, and reward all the hard work this crew does for us every weekend.”

    Theo Bean is happy to return to some familiar confines this week, after having to learn some new tracks so far this season.  “I’m excited about Road America.  It’s a track I’ve always loved, and I think the race will be both fun and exciting with all the straights allowing for some drafting and passing throughout.”

    Liddell is also no stranger to the Road America circuit, and is looking forward to continued success at the famed circuit, “Doing some testing and development recently we feel will benefit us as the season wears on.  Road America is very different than recent tracks; it’s a long lap with low grip.  We’ll just keep developing the car to be able to compete at the front of the ST field again.”

    The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America kicks off with the first practice session on Friday, August 5th at 9:00 a.m. EDT and drops the green flag to start the race on Saturday, August 6th at 12:35 p.m. EDT.  The race can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing2

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Preview

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    On August 4, 2016 • By

    Trinkler Sets New Standard with Record

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4th, 2016 – The CRG-I Do Borrow team enter the gates at Road America this week looking forward to another strong result after an early race end at the last outing at Lime Rock Park.  The team has their sights still squarely on the Championship going into the final four rounds of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series season.

    This weekend will also see team driver Owen Trinkler set a new standard for the series as he breaks the record for race starts with 124 to his credit.  The record is a testament to a drivers’ consistency and dedication to his craft to have such a storied career.  Trinkler also now has seven race wins in the series, including two this season at Sebring and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with teammate Sarah Cattaneo.

    “I can still remember my very first race start in this series back in 2002” states Owen.  “This series has been very good to me and my family, it’s been a great ride that I’m hoping isn’t stopping anytime soon.  I can’t thank all the team owners and co-drivers enough for their belief in me and my abilities over the years.  A special thanks to Joe and Sarah Cattaneo.  I’ve driven with Sarah for a good many of those race starts and wins.  It’s been an absolute pleasure seeing the driver she’s become in that time.”

    For the team, they know coming into this event, the tracks the rest of the way are all ones that suit their Nissan Altima Coupe well compared to some of the circuits they’ve been on recently.  Their goal was to gain as many points as they could during the stretch run, and now this small team is working very hard to bring home the results to put them in contention as the seasons end is in sight.

    Going into the event Sarah states, “I’m super excited to be heading to Road America, it should suit the Nissan very well, and can wait to get back on track after a disappointing Lime Rock race.  All we can do is look forward and the next few races should be good for us.  I can’t thank our crew guys enough for all the hours they put in making the car the best it can be.  The race schedule has been grueling, and the guys have kept up every step of the way!”

    With four rounds remaining, CRG is ninth in Team Standings with Owen and Sarah resting seventh in the Driver Standings on the season.  The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America kicks off with the first practice session on Friday, August 5th at 9:00 a.m. EDT and drops the green flag to start the race on Saturday, August 6th at 12:35 p.m. EDT.  The race can be viewed live on IMSA.tv or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.  Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix Race Recap

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    On July 29, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29th, 2016– Anyone that’s been in racing for very long can tell you how small the racing world is, and how close of a bond not just the teams have internally, but also among the competitors as a whole.  This past weekend the racing family bonded together after the #7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman was badly damaged in practice.  The show had to go on, not just for the series and the team’s competitors, but also for Rebel Rock.  They still had another bullet in the gun with their #8 Urban Grid Cayman of Theo Bean and Robin Liddell to get ready for the next session, qualifying and the race respectfully.

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    Photo Credit: CJ Danielson

    That said, the team assessed the significant damage and decided quickly to work as hard as they could, up until the green flag dropped for the race if necessary to repair the #7 eEuroparts.com/Spectro Oils/Blipshift entry of Lee Carpentier and Kieron O’Rourke.  The team inventoried all the parts required to fix the car, and although Rebel Rock had 95% of the required parts in their hauler, no team can inventory all parts of a race car for every circumstance.  Then something amazing happened, their competition came to the rescue!

    All the other teams that field the same Porsche Cayman Street Tuner (ST) class cars offered what parts they could.  That was all the motivation this team needed.  The crew worked through the night to piece together the racecar, and when the drivers arrived the next morning saw something they couldn’t believe, they would be in the race!  The car rolled off the set-up pad just in time for the fan walk with parts from several teams they would compete against once the green flag fell.

    Not having the opportunity to shake the car down or do a practice prior to the race, the team had to change strategies a bit.  Already having to start from the back of the field in 28th position, the team opted to start Carpentier, who would normally have the second and final stint in the car, and adapt a two pit-stop strategy.  The sister car of Liddell and Bean would be started by Bean before turning over to Liddell to close.

    Carpentier would take the green flag, and almost immediately radio in his excitement that not only was the car sound, but was in fact very good.  After only a handful of laps, Carpentier was able to bring the car inside the Top-20 in class, and running a very respectable lap time of 1:00.9 before turning over to O’Rourke. During Lee’s second stint one of the rear shocks broke, and fell off pace a bit.  In the end, the #8 entry would cross the finish line in the 18th position, with the #7 finishing in 22nd, but for this car, which looked like a total loss the previous day, it felt like a win.

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    Photo Credit: MotorSportMedia Halston Pitman 2016

    Frank Depew, team owner of Rebel Rock Racing, was impressed by the effort put in by the crew.  “The entire crew did a great job, went over the top of what’s expected on a race weekend.  The crew rarely gets the appreciation they deserve or the spotlight, but they were clearly the stars this weekend.  Thank you to everyone that put in the extra effort to get the car on the grid and make the race for Lee, Kieron and our sponsors.”

    Team co-owner Tom Fitzgerald states, “We’d like to thank Bimmer World, Gold Crest Motorsports, Body Motion and RS1, those are our competitors most days, but they stepped up and offered to assist where they could, and in some cases provided some of the parts necessary to fix our #7 car.  Lee and Kieron did a great job in the race, and put on a great show for the fans as they charged towards the front at Lime Rock Park before suffering the broken shock.”

    Driver Quotes:

    Kieron O’Rourke, #7: “I enjoyed running in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series for the first time.  An incredible job by the team to put our car together overnight, under very difficult circumstances, to be track-ready for the race.  Lee performed brilliantly, and set some very good times in the car, but fell off a bit once one of the shocks began to fail towards the end.  I’m already looking forward to coming back into the series again later this season with the team.”

    Lee Carpentier, #7: “We had limited running in the #7 Rebel Rock car, and the guys thrashed through the night to get the car ready.  Rebel Rock did a great job getting the car back together, and although we started last in the field, we didn’t finish there, so it was a great result.  I’d like to thank our sponsors in eEuroparts.com, Spectro Oils, and Blipshift for giving us the opportunity.  I’ll be counting the days on the calendar until I can get back behind the wheel.”

    Theo Bean, #8: “It was a really short weekend, but the car rolled off the truck with a good baseline set-up.  We had a brake issue in the second practice that hurt us in qualifying, but had it resolved for the race.  As the race wore on the grip fell off as tire wear became a factor.  The Mazda’s had our number this weekend, but the Caymans raced well overall.  I have some time at Road America, and feel confident that we’ll have a good car there.”

    Robin Liddell, #8: “Theo was hit during his stint, and thought there was a puncture, so we pitted a bit earlier than we wanted to.  That hurt us in the end as we had more time on our tires toward the end of the race.  The car felt good for the first half of my stint, but then the rear tires went away the final 30-minutes.  I was happy overall how we came into the weekend, and we had a good car in practice coming off some difficult weekends.  We learned a lot about the car leading up to this event, which was productive.  Ultimately the car performed better than the results indicate.  We have a bit of work still to do to continue moving forward.  Great job by Theo to move the car forward in the field during his stint.  We’ll continue improving and look forward to Road America which suits the Porsche well.”

    The IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 31st, 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT.

    About the sponsors:

    eEuroparts.com: eEuroparts.com offers an extensive catalog of Original Equipment, Aftermarket, and Performance parts for your German or Swedish automobile.  It is our pleasure to stand behind Lee Carpentier and Rebel Rock Racing with parts and support as they take on the IMSA field at Lime Rock Park on July 22nd and 23rd.  With a distribution center offering local pick up in Windsor, CT, we are proud to have Lime Rock as our home track.  We consider ourselves lucky to be able to support Lee, an area local, as he battles for the Checker.  Go Lee!

    Spectro Oils: With 50 years of performance oil experience, Spectro Oils is proud to be teaming up with Rebel Rock Racing and Advance Motorsports with Lee Carpentier for the IMSA race at Lime Rock Park.  Having worked with Lime Rock Park for the past three years to promote our MOTORGUARD High Zinc Automotive Performance Oils, we realized it was a great opportunity to team up with Lee for this race.  MOTORGUARD is specifically built for Vintage and Racing applications, so the chance to work with this team was a perfect way to show how Spectro Oils performs.

    Blipshift: It’s summertime, and it’s hot.  Some days really, really, hot, and on those days you might want to go shirtless.  The thing is, you may also want some service and that means you need a shirt (shoes will help too).  So if you’re going to wear a t-shirt, make sure you’re doing it with BLIPSHIFT torso covering awesomeness.  We’re super excited to team up with Lee Carpentier and Rebel Rock Racing at Lime Rock Park ‘cause when they’re done racing, even rebels need exquisite upper body comfort and style.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.  Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rebelrockracing2

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