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  • French Earns Back-to-Back VIR Podiums, Career Best Finish

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    On August 25, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2014

    James French jokes of his ‘curse of third’ place podiums.  While most drivers envy such results, James considered it a rut to get past and move up to one of the two spots higher on the podium before the season ends.  Last year at Virginia International Raceway also ended with a third place podium finish, so this year he was determined for more.

    The Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR would mark French’s third race with the Performance Tech Motorsports team, sharing all three events with co-driver David Ostella.  This weekend marked the first time James would experience the sprint race format, meaning he would qualify the #38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge entry, and would run the first 45-minute race solo on Saturday, then on Sunday his co-driver would run another 45-minute race by starting where French finished.

    James would qualify the car in seventh position to start the race.  He would be up to sixth before the race even began as one of his competitors missed the starting grid and had to start from pit lane.  French would get a good start at the drop of the green flag, and be up to fifth by the first turn.  From there he would have strong battle to gain fourth by working traffic to his advantage, and a spin by another competitor would move him up to third place for his first podium finish of the season…yet another third!

    Ostella would start the second race in the third position that James ended Saturday’s race in, and after battling handling issues during the race would bring the car home in fifth place.  The combined results would actually mean they finished the weekend in second place by combining the results from the two races, for the teams highest finish of the year, their first podium since getting one in the opening round at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona, and James’ first second place finish of his professional career, and thus breaking the ‘curse of third’.

    Following the race James had this to say; “It was a great weekend for us.  As usual the Performance Tech team gave us a great car this weekend, and David (Ostella) did a great job.  I want to thank everyone for helping make this happen especially my Dad for all his support.

    The second place finish would also have the team move up to fourth in the TUDOR United Sports Car Prototype Challenge Team Championship points.  The next round of the series will take place at Circuit of the America’s in Austin, TX on September 20th airing on Fox Sports 1.

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  • Mitchum Motorsports Welcomes New Additions at VIR

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    On August 23, 2014 • By

    Mitchum Motorsports welcomes new talent and cars in both the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series and Lamborghini Super Trofeo this weekend at Virginia International Raceway.

    Back is the #11 Explor BMW 128i with new drivers Patrick Byrne and Todd Harris, joining team regulars Dylan Murcott and Dillon Machavern with their #10 machine.  The BMW’s both showed pace and performance during the Promoter Test Day and in their practice sessions to run towards the front of the field.

    In the Super Trofeo, Dillon Machavern is back behind the wheel of the #07 Mitchum Motorsports entry with his eyes set on the Amateur class Drivers Championship lead, currently just one point back.  “I’m very excited to finally visit one of my favorite tracks where I’ve had a lot of success.  The BMW was strong here when we tested over the winter and the team has worked very hard since the last round at Road America to give Dylan (Murcott) and me a car we can drive to the front of the field.  I’m also happy to be back in the Lamborghini.  We’ve had success in my four races on the year, and the car is quick again this weekend”   states Machavern of his double duty efforts.

    Team driver Lee Carpentier in the #80 Palm Beach/Pirtek Lamborghini, currently fourth in the Amateur Drivers Championship after just four races, is joined this weekend by one of the fastest up-and-coming drivers in prototype ace Matt McMurry.  Carpentier comments; “I’m really looking forward to this seeing how this weekend plays out after gaining three podium finishes in my first four races.  Matt is a welcomed addition that I know will help the teams’ goal of taking over the series championship lead this weekend.”

    McMurry gained fame earlier this year as the youngest driver ever to start and finish the 24 hours of Le Mans, and is also a series regular and consistent podium challenger in the IMSA Prototype Lites and European Le Mans Series in the LMP2 class.  At just 16 years of age he is setting records for just about every series he enters for being the youngest driver to enter, as well as compete for race wins.

    The first ever Dyson Racing Junior Development Driver McMurry exclaims of the opportunity; “I was really excited when this opportunity came up because I’ve wanted to do some GT driving and to hone my skills for the various classes in sports car racing. This will be my first GT race of any kind and it will be in a Lamborghini, which is an unbelievable way to get started.”

    Rounding out the lineup in the series is reining Trans-Am Series Champion Doug Peterson in the #46 Gold Coast Lamborghini.  An upbeat race team owner Chris Mitchum exudes; “To have both BMW’s running along with now three Lamborghini’s and driving lineups in all of them that can fight for their respective race wins is exactly what the doctor ordered.  There has been an air of excitement around this team all weekend, and for a group of crew guys that work non-stop for these drivers, I couldn’t be happier.  It was disappointing to say the least that the light sprinkle washed out the Street Tuner qualifying for our BMW guys, but I think when all is said and done this weekend will be the reward for all the work when my guys are drinking the champagne!”

    The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Virginia International Raceway will drop the green flag at 2:05 pm EST on August 23 with live coverage on www.imsa.com and television coverage on Fox Sports 1 on August 31 at 10:00 am EST.  The first race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo will take place on August 23 at 6:30 pm EST, with the second race of the weekend taking place on August 24 at 1:45 pm EST.  The Lamborghini Super Trofeo races can be watched live on www.squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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  • James French Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR Race Preview

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    On August 21, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2014

    James French will again be behind the wheel of the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge in the latest round of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship at Virginia International Raceway.  However this time will be a new race format, similar to how the series ran at Kansas Speedway, but with a few new twists geared towards improved competition and overall fan experience this weekend.

    French will not have a co-driver this weekend as much as he’ll have a teammate in team regular David Ostella.  There will be two separate 45-minute races and each driver will take his turn to achieve an overall race win. James will qualify on Saturday, which will set the field for the first race, points from both races will be combined, which will determine the official order of finish and points allocation for the weekend.  Since the Prototype Challenge machines will share the track with the IMSA Prototype Lites race cars, with no Prototypes, GTLM or GTD cars to contend with French has his eye on the top step of the podium come Saturday.

    Of the opportunity James states; “Going into VIR this week, I feel a lot of confidence in both myself and the rest of the team to achieve our goals.  Despite some unfortunate breaks in the previous race, we still have had very strong results, and we’re all focused on moving that forward this weekend.

    “This will be my first time racing in the sprint race format in the LMPC, which will be new, yet familiar at the same time.  With newly paved and widened racing surface, I’m expecting an already amazing track to be even better.  I’m privileged to race once again for Performance Tech before my college semester starts back up, and will give it my all to maximize the opportunity for the team.  I have confidence that if I’m not on that top step on Saturday, then I’m certain David (Ostella) will be come Sunday!”

    The Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR race coverage begins on www.imsa.com on Saturday, August 23rd at 10:50 am EST for Qualifying, with James’ race also on www.imsa.com that evening starting at 5:15 pm EST.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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  • James French Ready for Success on Home Turf

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    On August 10, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2014

    Local driving talent James French, residing in nearby Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is ready to take to the track at the famed Road America circuit for today’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase in the latest round of the TUDOR Championship.  French combined with the abilities of teammate David Ostella in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry in the Prototype Challenge class will be starting today’s race in the fifth starting position, and keenly focused on bringing their machine home on the podium.

    French will handle starting duties knowing if he hands his car over to Ostella in a good position, that his teammate will bring home the prize for the team.  Confident not only in his own abilities, and that of his team, James is equally confident in his co-driver in Ostella is evident during qualifying as Ostella came across the line to finish the session leapfrogging over two competitors with a blazing final lap, including that of the championship leading Colin Braun.

    Going into the morning warm-up session confident James French states; “David is a superman behind the wheel.  He always has those last few tenths of a second in his pocket.  He did a great job in qualifying, and I can’t wait to get this race started.  The Performance Tech team did a great job making adjustments to the car to not only make us quicker, but also more comfortable going for those quick lap times.  I’ve been able to make some changes to how I’m entering the corners to not bind up the car, and it took a lot of time off.   David and I are very close in lap times now, and I know we can push to the front today for a strong result.”

    The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will take the green flag at 2:15pm EST today, August 10th, 2014, and will air on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 6:30pm EST.

    About P1 Groupe:

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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  • Owen Trinkler Road America Race Preview

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    On August 7, 2014 • By

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    Trinkler and the entire #98 CRG-I Do Borrow team will be looking to rebound at Road America this weekend for the latest round of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series.  The driving tandem of Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo has been steadily running at the front of the field regardless of track configuration or weather condition, but the end results the team expects haven’t been coming on a consistent basis and Trinkler and team are looking to turn that around with four rounds to go in the season.

    “The CRG-I Do Borrow guys have been giving Sarah and I a fast car every race this year, but it seems like one thing or another holds us out from the results we’re capable of.  Last race a GS car used my car to slow himself down going into Turn 1 at Indy after Sarah had a great run to hand the car over in the Top-10, which was just a shame the way that played out” states Trinkler.

    Clearly focused on changing their luck, the #98 entry sponsored by Cruise America RV/Thor Motorcoach is not leaving any stone unturned to give the team and the sponsors the opportunity to close out the final quarter of the racing season on a high note.  Trinkler and Cattaneo know they can peddle their machine to the podium and they won’t settle for less starting with this weekend at Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

    Qualifying for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase can be viewed on www.imsa.com at 12:15pm EST on August 9th, and the race will be aired on Fox Sports 1 on August 17th at 12:00pm EST.

    About P1 Groupe:

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @P1 Groupe @OwenTrinkler

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  • Mitchum Motorsports Road America Race Preview

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    On August 7, 2014 • By

    Mitchum Motorsports is starting to show consistent results and pace the past few events that they knew they had in them to start the season with a strong car and talented driving lineup.  At Indianapolis Motor Speedway the team overcame issues in both qualifying and the race to bring home their second consecutive Top-20 finish in the very competitive Street Tuner class of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series coming across the line in 16th place.

    Of the result driver Dillon Machavern states; “We had a great handling car in practice and were looking forward to running well in qualifying and in the race, but unfortunately the front sway bar became disconnected on my out lap in qualifying and put us at a major disadvantage.  During the race the motor was running hot and subsequently getting weaker as the race went on.  Fortunately we were able to pick up some spots towards the end of the race for a decent finish.”

    Going into this weekends’ event, Mitchum Motorsports is looking build on consecutive strong finishes to get his talented tandem of Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott into the Top-10 and ultimately on the podium before seasons’ end, and Road America is a great track to get that momentum started.

    Qualifying for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase can be viewed on www.imsa.com at 12:15pm EST on August 9th, and the race will be aired on Fox Sports 1 on August 17th at 12:00pm EST.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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  • Muehlner Motorsports Road America Race Preview

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    On August 7, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7th, 2014

    Muehlner Motorsports America is filled to the gills with talent in the teams’ two Porsche 991’s for this weekends’ Continental Tire Road Race Showecase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the eighth round of the 2014 TUDOR Championship.  Handling driving duties in the #18 Wheels Up/BMG International GT-Daytona class Porsche will be David Calvert-Jones and fellow Aussie Alex Davison.  In the #19 Premiere Copier/Invisible Glass/Schomp Porsche will be Mark Klenin and Christian Szymczak.

    This will mark Calvert-Jones’ third run this season in the MMA equipment.  For Davison, Klenin and Szymczak, this will mark their debut with Muehlner Motorsports as well as in the TUDOR Championship.  Although they are all new to the team and series, they certainly are not new to motor sports!  Davison competes full time in the International V-8 Supercars Championship, while Klenin competes in the Pirelli World Challenge and Szymczak is the reigning 2013 Playboy MX-5 Cup Champion.

    “After four years of racing, and three of them at the pro level, the Rolex 24 has been on my bucket list since the beginning.  I’m very excited to take the next step in laying the groundwork for my Rolex 24 ambition going forward.  I’m optimistic of my performance in the new Porsche 991 America that Muehlner is fielding this weekend” states Klenin.

    Christian Szymczak, the reigning 2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup champion and Mazda scholarship winning driver, hopes to represent the Muehlner Motorsports team this weekend with a strong finish.  Of the weekend he states; “I am very excited and extremely grateful to Bernhard Muehlner, and Eric Burch of P1 Groupe for this awesome opportunity!  My goal is to get acclimated as quickly as I can to the team and their Porsche 991 GT America race car.  I hope to deliver some good results for the team, and most importantly have some serious fun this weekend!”

    Coverage of the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will kick off with Qualifying on www.imsa.com at 4:20pm EST on August 9th.  The race will be carried on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30pm EST on August 10th.

    ABOUT MUEHLNER MOTORSPORTS AMERICA

    Mühlner Motorsport has become a significant global player in the world of professional motorsports since their early days in 1978 when Bernhard Mühlner and his brother Hartmut built their first competition Volkswagen Golf GT1 Rally race car. Originally founded in Germany the team moved its headquarters in 1998 to Spa-Francorchamps, home of the famous F1 Grand Prix track nestled in the heart of the Belgium Ardennes forest. From this base of operations the team prospered and expanded their activities worldwide, finding success racing in Europe, Asia and the Middle-East.

    Mühlner Motorsport has become a close-knit, family operated and highly professional race organization, under the direction of the husband and wife team of Bernhard and Renate-Carola assisted by their son Martin and daughter Michelle.

    To date the team has earned about 250 podium finishes, more than 100 victories and eight Championships and Mühlner Motorsport is now recognized as one of the world’s most successful race teams in existence. The hunger for even broader success led in 2010 to the  establishment of a new division, Muehlner Motorsports America, LLC, with headquarters in DeLand, Florida close to the iconic Daytona International Speedway.

    For more information, visit www.muehlner-motorsports-america.com. Be sure to follow Muehlner Motorsports on Twitter at @MUEHLNERMOTORS and “like” the team’s Facebook page, MUEHLNER MOTORSPORT

    ABOUT P1 GROUPE

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.
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  • The Fire Truck is Back at Pocono

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    On August 1, 2014 • By

    Altamonte Springs, FL/August 1, 2014

    Ryan Ellis is back behind the wheel of the #28 FDNY Racing Chevrolet Silverado for the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway for the latest round of the 2014 Camping World Truck Series.  This weekend will mark the debut at the famed tri-oval for driver Ryan Ellis, but even more importantly is the return of the fan favorite ‘Fire Truck’ after being taken out by a competitor at Charlotte Motor Speedway and heavily damaged.

    The fans stepped up following the Charlotte damage in a campaign spearheaded by Ellis to help raise funds to allow the team to be ready for this weekend.  The fans let their voice be heard that they want the truck back on track, and Jim Rosenblum’s FDNY team put in the work to get the truck ready for Ryan Ellis for this weekend with their never say die attitude.

    The FDNY Racing #28 truck will also carry the names of those that donated to the campaign to get the truck back on track, and the entire team is thankful for those donations so they can continue to be on track and raise funds for their FDNY Family charities.  “Running at Pocono Raceway makes for an exciting weekend for me and the entire FDNY racing team.  A lot of the team’s volunteer crew members are based in this area, and being FDNY Racing, we are raising money every race weekend to support the families from the 9/11 attacks in New York City.”  Ellis continues; “The proximity to the city makes it a very special weekend for us and we hope to get to the front of the pack to do our part in raising awareness and money for these great charities.”

    After the first practice session Ellis had this to say; “The truck is good so far, we have been working on finding a consistent and predictable balance before working on qualifying trim.  We know that aero is very important at this track so finding clean air while maintaining a close enough distance to gain a sniff of a draft will be important in both the race and in qualifying.”

    The Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway will drop the green flag at 1:00pm EDT on Saturday August 2nd, 2014 on Fox Sports 1.

    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.

    About P1 Groupe:

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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

    Follow us on Twitter: @ryanellisracing @P1Groupe

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  • James French Season Debut at Indy a Success

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    On July 28, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014

    James French has raced in the Prototype Challenge class before, five times with two podium finishes in fact.  But this would be his first foray into what is now the new TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, and he would make his series debut with the strong Performance Tech Motorsports team in their #38 Dash Neighborhoods/ Phillips 66 entry sharing the car with co-driver David Ostella.

    French would take his time getting up to speed with the new team, new co-driver and for the first time in his career a driver coach in Jonatan Jorge.  James came to grips with his new surroundings quickly as he took 1.4 seconds off his time from his first practice to his second.  This would be his last time in the car until the morning warm-up session on race day as Ostella would handle the qualifying duties.

    Ostella would qualify the car with a very quick 1:20.208 time that would put the entry in the fourth position to start the Brickyard Grand Prix.  James would start the race from third position as the class pole sitter had an issue on the formation laps and had to start from the rear of the field.  French would quickly make his way to the front of the class and took over the class lead briefly before settling into the top four for the duration of his stint.

    During a long yellow the team would wait one lap longer than the rest of their PC class competitors so they would be able to safely make it the rest of the race on fuel, and swapped drivers to have Ostella take the car to the checker flag.  Ostella would take charge as he restarted in fifth position in the class, and immediately started clocking fast times and making up ground.

    By the end, the team would come across the line in fourth position in the Prototype Challenge class, a great debut for French as they next go to his home race at Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on August 10th.

    A happy James French gives his impressions of the weekend; “This was a good start to get off to.  David (Ostella) did an amazing job in qualifying.  That gave me the opportunity to do well and stay clean at the start, and even lead at one point.  I was able to keep the car in one piece thanks to JJ’s (Jonatan Jorge) words of wisdom during my stint.  The team did a great job giving us a fast car that felt good right off the truck.

    “David ran some of the fastest times in the class during his stint, and although I think we were good enough today to be on the podium, we’ll take the fourth place finish and get ready for Road America where our goals are certainly to taste the champagne at the end!”

    About P1 Groupe:

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

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

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  • Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Race Review – Owen Trinkler

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    On July 28, 2014 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014

    The #98 CRG-I Do Borrow Honda Civic Si driving duo of Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo would show pace in each session on the new track layout at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the latest round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series in their Street Tuner machine.  Sarah would handle the qualifying and start of the race duties, and performed well by putting their #98 Honda Civic Si in 9th place to start the race.

    The initial stint for Cattaneo would go well and the race was clean for most of her stint.  She was able to settle in and pick her spots for passes, getting up to 7th place in the running order when she turned the car over to co-driver Owen Trinkler.  Moments after a great pit stop that could have put them in the class lead once a Grand Sports class competitor hit Trinkler from behind causing a spin and rear damage.  Trinkler would do his best to stay out and pick up as many spots as possible, but the damage was limiting his ultimate pace until the end.

    “This was a tough race for the CRG-I Do Borrow team at Indy.” Trinkler continues; “It was a great pit stop by the Rum Bum crew, we would have been in the lead after all the pit stops happened, but a GS car wanted to use my car as his brakes going into turn 1.  The car was never right after that, but I’m still proud of Sarah and our entire team, they gave us a fast car right off the truck.”  The next round of the series will take place at Road America in two weeks.  The team will work to not only fix the damage from Indy, but get the results they have been working towards since the season began.

    The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take the green flag at 2:35pm EDT will re-air on Fox Sports 1 on August 3rd at 12:00 PM EDT.

    About P1 Groupe:

    P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world.  P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races.  Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency.  For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @P1 Groupe @OwenTrinkler

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