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  • James French Looking to Finish 2014 with Strong Petit Run

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    On October 1, 2014 • By

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    After riding the high of his career best finish at Virginia International Raceway, the #38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge effort of James French and co-driver David Ostella are looking toward this weekend at Road Atlanta to move past a rough event at Circuit of the Americas.  This weekend marks the close of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship season with the 1,000 mile spectacle that is the Petit Le Mans around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit.  This weekend also marks the final event of the 2014 North American Endurance Championship (NAEC).

    For French, this season was intended to be an abbreviated one, but after three events, things went so well with the team and his co-driver, the option to keep the driver pairing together for the balance of the season made a lot of sense to all parties involved.  The duo has shown pace at every circuit in which they’ve competed together, and this weekend they welcome Jerome Mee who is making his TUDOR Series debut.  Mee has spent the season in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites series this season, and after some initial testing with the Performance Tech team the decision was made to not only do this event, but Mee is also signed on for the NAEC for the 2015 racing season.

    The official weekend kicks off with practice on Thursday, October 2nd at 10:10 a.m. Qualifying can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 5:05 p.m. EST on Friday, October 3rd, with the live race broadcast on www.imsa.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 4th.  The race will then be picked up for live TV on Fox Sports 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The race will also be rebroadcast on Fox Sunday, October 5th for a 2-hour race recap.  Check your local listings for time.

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  • Racers Edge Road Atlanta Race Preview

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    On October 1, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2014

    Racers Edge Motorsports enters the season finale of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series at Road Atlanta coming off the event at Circuit of the America’s that saw both of the teams’ entries finish inside the Top-10.  This weekend the team welcomes Austin Cindric to their GS Class #78 Ford Racing/Gary Yeomans Ford/Keeper Securities Ford Mustang to partner with season long driver David Levine.  Cindric will be making his series and team debut hailing from stints in USF 2000 and Global Rally Cross.

    “I’m looking forward to the new experience of Sports Car Racing and to racing at Road Atlanta again; the first road course I ever drove!” states Cindric.

    Levine is looking forward to Road Atlanta and ending the season on a high note: “I am really excited to get back to one of my favorite tracks in the country!  Our Ford Racing, Gary Yeomans Mustang will be fast in race-trim.  It’s been a year of ups and downs and I’m looking forward to finishing the year on a high note.”

    In the team’s #68 Wheels Up! backed entry welcomes back Ricardo Flores and David Calvert-Jones.  Calvert-Jones will also be competing in the Porsche GT3 Cup, will be making his second consecutive start with the team.  Of the event Flores states; “I am really happy to be part of this important race at Road Atlanta.  This is going to be my first professional appearance at this track and I am looking forward to a great result so we end the season on a high note and start 2015 season even stronger!”

    Calvert-Jones known as ‘CJ’ mentions; “I’m very happy to be back with a professional team such as Racers Edge Motorsports in the #68 Wheels Up! Mustang with Ricardo (Flores).  From their factory ties to Ford to their engineering and strategy, they’ve proven to be a first class operation.  I’m looking forward to a great run at a top racing circuit this weekend.”

    Going into the final round Racers Edge Motorsports is currently tied for 10th in the Team Standings.  Road Atlanta marks the final of 12 scheduled events on the season.  The race can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 1:15 pm EST on Friday, October 3rd with the television broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.

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  • Season Coming to a Close, Titles in the Balance

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    Mitchum Motorsports will have a full work load this weekend as they campaign a single entry in the season finale of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series, and three entries in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo this weekend.  Pounding around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit at Road Atlanta is always a special treat for the drivers, so in the case of Mitchum Motorsports there will be multiple drivers pulling double duty.  Both Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott, who share the teams’ #10 BMW 128i in the Street Tuner class of the CTSC, will also be running in the Super Trofeo.

    In the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship, Mitchum Motorsports as a team goes into the weekend second in the Championship standings, a mere 12 points out of the lead.  With strong results against fierce competition this weekend could see the Mitchum team gain its first series championship.

    Machavern, who is vying for the amateur title in the Lamborghini Series, will campaign the #46 Lamborghini Gold Coast entry.  On the season Machavern leads the Amateur class with a seven point lead after five podium finishes, four wins including one overall in just six events.  “I’m really looking forward to pulling double duty for the final weekend of the season.  I have high hopes for the final two Lamborghini races, and with luck we will come away with the championship.”  Machavern continues; “It’s been an eventful year full of a lot of adversity in the BMW and hope we can have a strong finish after all the hard work put in by the team.”

    Dylan Murcott will be making his series debut sharing the #80 Lamborghini Palm Beach backed car with returning young gun Matt McMurry, who will be pulling double duty in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Series.  Murcott states; “I’m very excited for this week at Road Atlanta.  Dillon and I have been getting stronger in the BMW all season long, and hopefully we finish off the year with a great finish! The team has been working very hard the whole year, so hopefully we can get a finis we all deserve.

    “Also, racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series this week for the first time is going to be insane.  I’ve been watching the whole Mitchum team do great in the Lamborghinis all season long, and I’m excited to get my chance in them too!  They look like a blast to drive!”

    For McMurry, who earlier this year became the youngest driver in history to start and finish the famed 24 hours of Le Mans, will be with the team for the second consecutive event.  McMurry is currently sixth in the Lites series, a scant one point out of the Top-5 in the series, and has been taking every opportunity to grow his experience level by adding Grand Touring cars to his resume that already includes an impressive lineup of Prototype machinery.  “VIR was my first taste of the Lamborghini and any form of GT racing and by the end of that weekend I was getting the hang of it.  My goal for Road Atlanta and my second outing is a podium. I know this track and the car is now familiar” states McMurry.

    New to the team will be Casey Carden, who will be joining season long team driver Lee Carpentier in the #07 Lamborghini Atlanta machine.  Carpentier is currently fourth in the Amateur standings and looking to close the gap on the leaders as the season winds to a close.  Carpentier mentions; “It’s been an interesting season, starting in the CTSC BMW and making a mid-season switch to the Lamborghini has been a great move for both the team and I.  I’m very happy to share the car this weekend with Casey, the team has been putting great cars under us, so we’re looking to do our part to not only get on the podium this weekend, but also help the team win the series championship!”

    Road Atlanta marks the final of 12 scheduled events on the CTSC season.  The race can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 1:15 pm EST on Friday, October 3rd with the television broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.

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  • Owen Trinkler Road Atlanta Race Preview

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    On September 30, 2014 • By

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    This weekend marks the end of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season, and for the driving duo of Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo they are looking to put a bow on the season with a strong result in their #44 CRG-I Do Borrow Honda Civid Si.  The Cruise America RV/Thor Motorcoach backed entry has shown pace all season long regardless of which track they competed on, and the team anticipates the same this weekend at Road Atlanta for the finale.

    Although the team has experienced many of the normal first year program hiccups, the team and especially the experienced Owen Trinkler, knows there have been more than one occasion this season where they didn’t put a wheel wrong and were on par for a strong result when elements outside their control thwarted what otherwise would be expected.  This weekend can go a long way towards generating momentum in the offseason the team needs to gear up for another full season effort in 2015.

    “We’ve been fast everywhere this year, I’m really proud of the effort for a first year of our program” exclaims Trinkler.  “Whether in qualifying or in the race the team has put a great car under Sarah (Cattaneo) and I, and we’d like to reward them for a full season of hard work with strong results this weekend.”

    Road Atlanta marks the final of 12 scheduled events on the season.  The race can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 1:15 pm EST on Friday, October 3rd with the television broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, October 12th.

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  • James French Looks to Ride Momentum at Lone Star Le Mans

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    On September 17, 2014 • By

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    James French and co-driver David Ostella gave Performance Tech Motorsports their best finish of the season, as well as French’s career best finish in the last round of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship with a second place finish at Virginia International Raceway.  This weekend, both drivers are back behind the wheel of the #38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas to continue where they left off.

    The team is currently fourth in the Championship point race on the season with two rounds to go.  The driving duo will both make their first trips to COTA this weekend to take on the 20-turn, 3.427-mile circuit, so getting the most out of each and every session will be paramount to accomplish their goals of consecutive podium finishes.

    To date, the driving tandem has enjoyed strong chemistry in and out of the car, and the results have improved each round they’ve campaigned together as a result.  In their three rounds they’ve finished fourth, third and second respectfully.

    Qualifying can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 5:30 pm EST on September 19th, with the live race broadcast on Fox Sports 2 at 12:30 pm EST on September 20th.  The race will also be rebroadcast on Fox on September 21st, please check your local listings for time.

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  • Mitchum Motorsports Circuit of the America’s Race Preview

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    On September 17, 2014 • By

    Mitchum Motorsports returns to Circuit of the America’s (COTA) this weekend for the latest round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series with their two BMW 128i’s ready to take on the competitive field in the Street Tuner category.  Back are drivers Dillon Machavern and Dillon Murcott in the #10 they’ve shared all season, and for the second straight race are Patrick Byrne and Todd Harris in the #11 Explor backed entry.

    For the Mitchum team, this is a lighter load then on most weekends when they also run a full fleet of Lamborghini Gallardo’s in the Super Trofeo.  “We know we can do well at COTA, both cars have talented drivers that can compete at the front of the field” states Team Owner Chris Mitchum.  “That said, this is also going to be a fun weekend for our guys, having only two cars and a two day schedule will enable us to also enjoy our surroundings more than most weekends.  This is a great facility and Austin is a great city, we can’t wait to get started.”

    The team’s results have steadily improved the last few rounds after some initial issues to start the season and everyone seems to be hitting their stride at the right time to end the season strong and go into the offseason with some momentum.  The drivers are equally looking forward to the Circuit of the America’s event, as the team drivers have never been on this circuit prior to this weekend.

    Driver Dillon Machavern states; “I’m excited to add another new track to the list this weekend in Texas.  Having never been to COTA, it will take both practice sessions to get up to speed, but the Mitchum team has worked very hard to put a good car underneath Dylan (Murcott) and I, and we’re looking for a strong result again this weekend.”

    The Circuit of the America’s race marks the 11th round of the 12 scheduled events on the season.  The race can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 1:20 pm EST on Friday, September 19th with the television broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, September 28th.

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  • Owen Trinkler Circuit of the America’s Race Preview

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    On September 17, 2014 • By

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    Owen Trinkler and his teammate Sarah Cattaneo will be back behind the wheel for CRG-I Do Borrow this weekend at Circuit of the America’s for the latest round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series after taking one round off at Virginia International Raceway.  The team will have its drivers behind the wheel of the #44 Cruise America RV/Thor Motorcoach Honda Civic Si instead of their usual #98 machine after a heavy impact at Road America.

    “Sarah and I are really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.”  Trinkler continues; “This has been a really trying first season for the CRG-I Do Borrow team, they always find a way to pull through the adversity, and I’m really proud of this teams’ spirit.  We’ve had some fast cars this year, and Road America was the second straight race another competitor took us out when we were in contention.  We’re looking to finish the season strong and to into the offseason with some momentum.”

    The Circuit of the America’s race marks the 11th round of the 12 scheduled events on the season.  The race can be viewed live on www.imsa.com at 1:20 pm EST on Friday, September 19th with the television broadcast on Fox Sports 1 at Noon EST on Sunday, September 28th.

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  • Ellis Has Strong Run at Richmond

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    Tribute to Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Military Heroes Campaign Big Hit with Fans

    Altamonte Springs, FL/September 8, 2014 – The downpour of showers that rained out much of the initial festivities of the race weekend did nothing to dampen the mood of Ryan Ellis as he prepared for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday evening.  Ellis had a large fan following as his car carried tribute signage of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity for a second consecutive year, thanks to several new sponsors onboard that made it all happen.

    Ellis qualified his #93 JGL Racing Dodge Challenger in the 29th position, and immediately began picking off the competition.  At one point moving up to the 21st position before coming across the stripe to take the checker flag 24th, the race was a strong showing for Ellis and his sponsors.

    Prior to the race start, Ellis participated in a special check presentation by Kappa Sigma and its Military Heroes Campaign to Veterans Moving Forward, a non-profit charity that provides service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veterans.

    “We appreciate Kappa Sigma’s support of military service members, veterans, and their families,” states VMF founder and President Karen Jeffries.  According to Jeffries, VMF spends as much as $35,000 to train and place a service dog, provided at no cost to disabled veterans. “There is a huge unmet demand for service dogs,” she explains.  “Kappa Sigma now makes it possible for yet another veteran to receive one of these highly trained animals. This is life changing for the veteran and his or her family.”

    Discussing both the race and the opportunity to represent Kappa Sigma on and off the race track, Ellis mentions; “The JGL team provided me a fast car all week, especially on the long runs, but we fell off a bit on the last run that cost us some positions.  I was very proud to represent the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Military Heroes Campaign during a very important part of the year for them, college rush!

    “I’m very thankful that our sponsors The Wilton Companies, Ashburn Pub, and Allsports Grand Prix helped us represent them and everything that Kappa Sigma stands for.  I hope that every college student considers Greek options this semester and especially Kappa Sigma!  I want to thank Gregg and Denise Mixon as well as James Whitener for the opportunity to drive their car, and look forward to doing so again in the future.”

    Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign, a primary program of the Fraternity’s A Greater Cause community service initiative, honors and aids the thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has donated nearly $500,000 to non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat. The Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign logo adorned the hood of Ellis’s #93 Dodge Challenger on September 5 under the lights at Richmond International Raceway, which is the closest track to where Kappa Sigma was founded in Charlottesville, Va.

    “Kappa Sigma Fraternity is proud to have such an outstanding alumnus as Ryan Ellis representing us in the world of professional sports,” said Mic Wilson, Executive Director of Kappa Sigma. “He is a shining example of a member whose fraternal experience extends far beyond his college years and individual chapter.  Ryan exemplifies the values of our fraternity, and we are extremely grateful to him for providing the opportunity to display Kappa Sigma’s colors at Richmond International Raceway and highlight our Military Heroes campaign.”

    About Kappa Sigma Fraternity

    Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma Fraternity is the most preferred college fraternity in the world — with more than 18,000 undergraduate members on 319 college campus throughout North America, and nearly 200,000 living alumni. Each year, Kappa Sigma undergraduates donate more than $2 million and 1 million hours to charitable causes, pledge more than 9,000 men and welcome nearly 7,000 new initiates to the Order — the most of any college fraternity. The Fraternity teaches its core standards and values through educational programming around the four pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. For more information, visit www.kappasigma.org.

    About Veterans Moving Forward

    Veterans Moving Forward, Inc., is a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code dedicated to providing service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran. The organization’s vision is to be the premier national, not for profit organization for veterans seeking and receiving assistance/service for skilled companion dogs, to be the most effective and trusted resource to provide canine therapy for veterans, to optimize veteran employment in distributing service dogs to veterans to meet growing demands, and to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our veterans, increasing their safety and independence within their environment. For more information visit www.vetsfwd.org.

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  • Ryan Ellis RIR Race Preview

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    Ellis Signed by JGL Racing for Richmond, New Sponsors Include
    The Wilton Companies, Ashburn Pub and AllSports Grand Prix

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    Ellis Car to Again Pay Tribute to Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Military Heroes Campaign

    Altamonte Springs, FL/September 3, 2014 – Ryan Ellis has been signed by JGL Racing for their #93 Dodge Challenger to run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race at Richmond International Raceway.  The race will take place on Friday, September 5th at 7:30pm EDT, and will be televised live on ESPN2.  Kappa Sigma Fraternity is being recognized by Ellis as tribute signage to help advance the values and educational programming of his college fraternity, as well as raise awareness for its Military Heroes Campaign.

    “I am really excited and proud to be able to do this for my fraternity and the Military Heroes Campaign again this year. The timing is perfect as Kappa Sigma chapters across North America begin recruitment, and I hope that we will have brothers from across the area at the race or watching our letters on track on ESPN. As an undergrad, I was extremely proud to wear the letters on and around campus, and I couldn’t be prouder to represent Kappa Sigma this weekend on national television,” said Ellis, who is a 2008 initiate of the Kappa-Phi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at George Mason University.

    Sponsoring the #93 this weekend will be The Wilton Companies, Ashburn Pub, and Allsports Grand Prix, which allows the team to promote the charitable endeavors of Kappa Sigma.

    “I’m very thankful for our sponsorship from The Wilton Companies, the Ashburn Pub, and Allsports Grand Prix for helping us make this happen. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the 93 Dodge Challenger for JGL Racing! Big thanks to James Whitener, Gregg and Denise Mixon for giving me the opportunity to represent Kappa Sigma and all that we stand for!” said Ellis.

    Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign, a primary program of the Fraternity’s A Greater Cause community service initiative, honors and aids the thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has donated nearly $500,000 to non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat. The Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign logo will adorn the hood of Ellis’s #93 Dodge Challenger on Friday night under the lights at Richmond International Raceway, which is the closest track to where Kappa Sigma was founded in Charlottesville, Va.

    About Kappa Sigma Fraternity

    Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma Fraternity is the most preferred college fraternity in the world — with more than 18,000 undergraduate members on 319 college campus throughout North America, and nearly 200,000 living alumni. Each year, Kappa Sigma undergraduates donate more than $2 million and 1 million hours to charitable causes, pledge more than 9,000 men and welcome nearly 7,000 new initiates to the Order — the most of any college fraternity. The Fraternity teaches its core standards and values through educational programming around the four pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. For more information, visit www.kappasigma.org.

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  • CTSCC Program Gaining Ground, Wins Piling Up in Lamborghini

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    On August 27, 2014 • By

    Mitchum Motorsports was filled to the gills this past weekend with the return of their #11 Explor BMW fielded by drivers Patrick Byrne and Todd Harris, and the addition of the third Lamborghini Gallardo in the Super Trofeo series with the #46 Chicago Gold Coast entry of Doug Peterson.  Mitchum, in usual fashion would adapt to the increased work load with flying colors.

    The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge program with their Street Tuner class BMW 128i has been gaining momentum, now finishing with Top-20 finishes in the last four rounds of the series.  The weekend started strong for the pairing of Dylan Murcott and Dillon Machavern in the #10 BMW 128i with Top-10 times in practice.  The team was almost giddy getting ready for qualifying as they felt it would be their best of the season until the series decided the standing water on the back of the track was too much to allow the session to take place, meaning the grid would be set on point standings on the season.

    The #10 would start in 21st position with the #11 in 27th to take the green flag.  Starting that far back meant making the most of traffic and strategy to make up ground.  The #10 of Murcott/Machavern would move through the field quickly, with the team being the first to make their final stop.  It would be a gamble, with the team needing one yellow to get to the finish, a yellow that would never come.  Machavern towards the end of the race would suffer a torn axle boot that sprayed grease on his right rear tire, forcing him to come into the pits for a new tire, and final splash of fuel.  The #11 would be on a completely different strategy, and with the drivers picking their spots for passes and keeping the car clean to the end would bring their Explor backed entry across the checker for a strong finish on the day.  In the end both cars would finish inside the Top-20 with the #10 finishing in 14th and the #11 in 17th.

    For the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Drivers Dillon Machavern and Lee Carpentier, who came into the weekend in second and fourth respectfully in the Amateur Drivers Points on the season, would welcome new teammates in Matt McMurry and Doug Peterson, a new sister car in the #46 Chicago Gold Coast entry, and very welcomed results on the weekend.  Machavern, pulling double duty in both series’ for Mitchum, would finish fourth overall and first in Amateur class in the first race and second overall and first in Amateur class in the second race.  The two wins would move Machavern into first place in the Amateur class standings on the season.

    “I had another successful weekend in the Lamborghini and in the BMW.  The Mitchum team gave us good cars this weekend and that allowed us to run strong in both series’.”  Machavern continues; “The Lamborghini field was very tight, making for some exciting races, it was great to bring home two wins for the weekend.  The Continental race was very hot and we were struggling with grip, but we came home with a solid Top-15 finish.”

    In the first race Lee Carpentier and 16 year old, up-and-coming driver Matt McMurry would be paired together.  Carpentier would make a nice drive up to third place before handing the car over to McMurry.  Carpentier assessed an unfortunate drive through penalty moved them back in the order where they would finish 10th overall and fifth in the Amateur class in the #80 Lamborghini Palm Beach/Pirtek Gallardo.  Doug Peterson would have a mechanical issue with his #46 Lamborghini Chicago Gold Coast machine and retire the first race early from the 16th position.

    Of new team driver Matt McMurry, who in June became the youngest driver in the history of the 24 hours of Le Mans to start and finish, Team Owner Chris Mitchum had this to say; “Matt was a complete surprise showing a level of calm and maturity in and out of the car that I’ve never seen in a 16 year old.  He shows a level of patience that allows us as a team to trust pushing him more than we would for a drivers first time in a Gallardo typically.  His pace was strong out of the box, and continued to improve as he got more seat time.  He is rapidly gaining experience in a lot of different cars to rival that of much more tenured drivers, he’s a welcomed addition to the team for sure!”

    Peterson would have to miss the second round of the series due to business commitments, meaning Carpentier would move over to the #46 car for the second race of the weekend with McMurry handling the driving duties for the #80.  Due to the early retirement in the first race, Carpentier would have to overcome starting in the back of the field for the second race, and would handle himself well by moving up to sixth position overall and a third place podium finish in the Amateur class.  A jubilant Carpentier added; “I had a blast at VIR!  The team was spot on with the setup of the car which helped a lot.  Since we started last, it was tough to pass, but we were able to pull off a podium in our class and gained solid points in the championship.  I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel at Road Atlanta!”

    The race for McMurry, who was also pulling double duty this weekend with two races in the IMSA Prototype Lites where he gained one pole position and two podium finishes, was gaining valuable experience with each passing lap.  His race in the #80 Gallardo was going very well running just outside the Top-5 overall when his car stopped on track causing a late caution flag.  “It was my first time at VIR and first time in a GT car, so I was mostly focused on learning a different dynamic than what I’ve been used to in single seaters and prototypes.  I really had a lot of fun, especially in the second half of Race 2 where I ran nose-to-tail with Shane Lewis lap-after-lap. Mitchum provided a great environment for me and I hope to have another opportunity to drive for them in the future” states McMurry.

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