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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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    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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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Mobile 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Recap

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    On July 14, 2016 • By

    CRG Achieves Win in Canada

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14th, 2016 – The CRG-I Do Borrow team took Canada by storm this past weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) for the fifth round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series.  This event marked the midway point in the season, and the team is back in the Top-5 in points following their come-from-behind win in the Street Tuner (ST) class, their second win on the season.

    Due to wet weather conditions the team decided to take the cautious route in the first practice session, only completing one lap to bed in some parts for the weekend following a successful promoter test day.  Things quickly ramped up once the track dried for the second session that saw the #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Nissan Altima Coupe at the top of the time charts.

    Following qualifying, Sarah Cattaneo would take the green flag from the 21st starting position in ST, and as she’s done time and again this season, would drive her way towards the front of the field during her stint.  With the race being mostly caution free, the team would have to make the right strategy calls, and execute a flawless pit stop in order to put her co-driver, Owen Trinkler, out in a position to finish what Sarah started.

    Having done exactly that, Trinkler would have some epic battles during the second half of the race with the leaders, and ultimately with little time remaining took advantage of the lead Porsche going wide in turn 5 to take the lead.  Owen would take the checker and the win, his seventh win the series and the third for Cattaneo, in a hard fought battle where both drivers and the crew all played a huge role in the ultimate result.

    “Mosport (CTMP) was an amazing experience!  I’m still on cloud nine just thinking about it.”  Sarah continues, “The weekend was a struggle for me because I’ve only raced there once, and that was last year, so not one of my better circuits.  However with the encouragement and help of the team, they got me to where I needed to be in order to hand off the car to Owen in a good position.  I can’t thank the crew enough for all the hard work everyone has put in.”

    Owen was equally excited following the achievement.  “This win shows the hard work and dedication Joe (Cattaneo), Sarah and the entire team have.  This was a great win, my second win there with the first being in 2003.  I thought we’d have a chance to run towards the front at the end with this tracks fast turns, and were hoping to get as many points as we could there and at Lime Rock to get to circuits that better suit the car towards the end of the season.  This is a great result, and we’re all proud to take the win back to the States.”

    Richard Kulach, Motorsports Manager, Nissan North America, USA passed along his congratulations to the team as well, “Outstanding effort by the entire CRG team in only their second outing of the Nissan Altima IMSA Street Tuner Car.  Call it luck or faith, but we knew it was only a matter of time before they won.  Congratulations to both Sarah and Owen for their run during the race which was very thrilling to watch.  We’re very proud to have CRG within the Nissan family and representing our brand with passion and excitement.”

    CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are currently fourth in Team and Drivers’ ST Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes a win at Sebring International Raceway in March to go with the win this past weekend.

    The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix can be viewed live via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT.

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

    Photo Credit: Sidelines Sports Photography, LLC

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Mobile 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Preview

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    On July 6, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6th, 2016 – The CRG-I Do Borrow team rolled into Watkins Glen International Raceway this past weekend full of emotion as they debuted their Nissan Altima Coupe.  After time spent testing and developing the car, the thought was Watkins Glen would be the right time to make their debut, and they would come out firing on all cylinders.

    The #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Altima was on pace early as they ran inside the Top-5 in practice.  With the qualifying session run in wet weather conditions, the team knew the race would be in the dry and opted to skip the session and start at the rear of the field with a car set-up both drivers were comfortable pushing towards the front in the race.

    Sarah Cattaneo would start the race from the 27th position, and at the drop of the green flag quickly began picking off her competition.  Sarah would take over the lead in the Street Tuner (ST) class by lap 35 when she would turn the car over to her co-driver Owen Trinkler.  Trinkler would take the wheel before the Nissan entry would ultimately succumb to a failed brake line with some 26 minutes remaining in the race while running fourth.

    Although the team would have liked to have the points a strong finish would warrant, they accomplished many of their goals coming into the weekend.  They arrive to Bowmanville, Ontario this week for the next round of 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) ready to take the fight to the rest of the ST field.

    CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are currently seventh and sixth in Team and Drivers’ ST Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes a win at Sebring International Raceway in March.

    “Watkins Glen was a great experience for us.  The race didn’t end how we wanted, but the crew worked so hard to give us a great handling car, I can’t wait to get to CTMP!” states Cattaneo.

    Trinkler echoed her sentiments, “We knew through testing that the car would be strong.  The team did a great job with the set-up, and as usual called a great strategy that put us in the lead at one point.  It was a small part that took us out of contention, but we’ll be ready this week.  We’re still in the running points wise, and just need to keep clicking off those strong results as the season winds down.”

    The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 10th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.  The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix kicks off with its first practice on Friday, July 8th at 9:30 am EDT, with the race dropping the green flag on July 9th at 12:25 pm EDT.  The race can be viewed live on IMSA.com, or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT.

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

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  • Continental Tire 150 at The Glen Race Preview

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    On June 29, 2016 • By

    Rebel Rock Adds Sponsor and Driver for Season

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28th, 2016– The Rebel Rock Racing team is proud to announce they have added a new sponsor for the balance of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season in Shopify Plus (www.shopify.com/plus) for both Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans.  Shopify Plus is a white-glove ecommerce platform for emerging brands and high-volume businesses.

    The team has also added driver Theo Bean for the balance of the season, Bean will move into the starting role in the #8 Urban Grid/Shopify Plus entry with closing driver Robin Liddell.  Theo is a full-time University of Georgia student majoring in Business Management.  His racing background includes winning two SVRA National Championships and also competes in HSR driving high powered prototypes, and eyes a future in sports car racing.

    “I’m ecstatic to share a car with Robin (Liddell), whom I’ve been a fan of for a while now watching him race on TV, and can’t believe I am getting such a great opportunity now.  Rebel Rock has been a team that I’ve been keeping my eye on as an enthusiastic group with a great desire to win, and I’m thrilled to be a part of their program going forward.  To be getting started at Watkins Glen, one of my favorite tracks, and site of my first racing win, makes it that much more special” states Bean.

    Liddell comments on his new co-driver, improvements both within the team and the racing circuit itself.  “I’m delighted that Theo is joining the team.  Although he’s young, he’s shown a lot of speed in the various cars he’s raced already, so I have confidence he’ll quickly adjust to racing in the CTSC.”  Robin continues, “The team has taken some very positive steps to improve our overall competitiveness, and I’m excited to be working with a new engineer who brings a lot of experience to the team.  I’ve always really enjoyed racing at The Glen, having won there in the past during the 6-hour and in CTSC.  With the track resurfacing I’m sure it’s even better, and will be a lot of fun.”

    Elliott Skeer will now move over from the #8 to the #7 team entry as its closing driver after performing brilliantly starting the year with a Pole position in qualifying at Daytona and several runs within the Top-5 in the ST class.  The team is looking at this move as one that will provide Elliott the opportunity to continue to show off his abilities behind the wheel mixing it up with other top professional drivers in the field, while enabling both team cars the ability to fight for race wins and podium finishes.  Joining Skeer in the #7 Urban Grid/Shopify Plus machine will be Sam Adams returning after a strong showing at Sebring with the team.

    Skeer states, “Watkins Glen should be a good event for our Rebel Rock Porsche.  Sam has shown pace and driving intelligence behind the wheel, and I have a lot of confidence that we’ll be able to push our way to the front of the field and have a successful weekend.  I want to thank Frank (DePew) and Tom (FitzGerald) for their confidence in my abilities to move into the closing role within the team.”

    Looking forward to this race and coming off a birthday celebrated by a podium finish in another series last weekend, an exuberant Sam Adams states, “I’m really excited about having Elliott as my co-driver.  I feel very fortunate to have such a talented co-driver sharing the car, it’s all any driver could ask for.  We’ll certainly be one of the youngest driving lineups in the field, which adds to the excitement.  This will be my first time at the iconic Watkins Glen, and I’m really looking forward to checking that one off my list, we know the new surface is creating a really fast track, and can’t wait to take my first laps there.”

    The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen kicks off with the first practice session on Thursday, June 30th at 3:00 pm EDT.  The race will drop the green flag on Saturday, July 2nd at 12:25 pm EDT.  The race can be viewed live on IMSA.com and via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 10th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.urbangridco.com, www.shopify.com/plus, www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Continental Tire 150 at The Glen Preview

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    On June 28, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June  28th, 2016 – Coming off their recent announcement that the team will be entering a Nissan Altima Coupe for the balance of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, the CRG-I Do Borrow team embarks on their first race with their new machine.  The team will enter the gates of the famed Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 4 of the season confident the new addition will only bolster what has been a strong season to date.

    CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are currently fifth in Team and Drivers’ Street Tuner (ST) Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes a win at Sebring International Raceway in March.  The car, albeit new to the team, will retain the teams’ popular pink and black livery with sponsors I Do Borrow and A&C Properties adorned throughout.

    “I’m very excited to be part of the Nissan family.  It’s a great opportunity for us as a team, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.”  Cattaneo continues, “The time I’ve had in the car has been very positive, and I look forward to the debut at Watkins Glen and see how it shakes out against the great competition in the Continental Tire Challenge Series.”

    Trinkler, a long time veteran of the series, has a renewed level of excitement as though he’s running for the first time.  “I’m really looking forward to getting started at Watkins Glen with the new car.  Sarah and I have really liked it in testing, and I think this now will give us the opportunity to bring the fight to our competition.  We’re the only ones running the Nissan, so we’re on an island, but being a small one-car team, we’re used to that.  We know our destiny is in our hands as we fight against the larger teams towards the championship” states Owen.

    The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen kicks off with the first practice session on Thursday, June 30th at 3:00 pm EDT.  The race will drop the green flag on Saturday, July 2nd at 12:25 pm EDT.  The race can be viewed live on IMSA.com and via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 10th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

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

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  • CRG – I Do Borrow Joins the Nissan Family

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    On June 10, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June  10th, 2016 – CRG, LLC is proud to announce that it will be entering a Nissan Altima Coupe in the upcoming IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen International Raceway on July 2nd for the fourth round of the 2016 season.  After the first three rounds of the season CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are each in fifth place in the Team and Drivers Street Tuner (ST) Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes their impressive win at Sebring International Raceway in March.

    CRG Principle Joe Cattaneo explains the change, “The team had an opportunity to bring Nissan back to the Continental Tire series, increasing the number of manufacturers participating, which will help broaden the spectator appeal and class competition.  Our success with Honda and the support we’ve received from Jeff Barrow, Manager Motorsports-Commercial Division, and Lee Niffenegger at Honda Performance Development was excellent.  Honda will continue to be a tough competitor with excellent teams running the Honda Civic Si.

    “However the allure of bringing back a top manufacturer into the series after the cars sat out the 2015 season, was just too tempting.  Hopefully, we can apply all of the front-wheel drive knowledge that we have to the Nissan, and are excited to see how the car stacks up against the intense Continental Tire ST class competition at Watkins Glen and throughout the remainder of the season.”

    Richard Kulach, Motorsports Marketing Communications for Nissan North America states, “Nissan is pleased that CRG will campaign a Nissan in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge this year.  We are confident their decision to campaign the Altima will further contribute to successful seasons for CRG and Nissan Motorsports.”

    The Nissan Altima Coupe that CRG will campaign was previously run by the popular Skull Candy team in 2013-14.  Skull Candy participated in a different series in 2015.  Look for the Nissan Altima to have the same fuchsia/black livery that was run by the team as their trademark with continued support from I Do Borrow/A&C Properties.

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

    Photo Credit to: Sideline Sports Photography, LLC

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  • Continental Monterey Grand Prix Race Recap

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    On May 5, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5th, 2016– Rebel Rock Racing arrived at the picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the third round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season with their two Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans ready to take the fight to the competition last week.  One of the two entries entered the weekend in the Top-5 in the class Driver and Team championship point standings, and the team wanted to keep the momentum going as they enter the meat of their schedule.

    The #8 Urban Grid entry would again feature season drivers Robin Liddell and Elliott Skeer, but an early issue with a coil pack would force them to miss the opening practice session.  However in the second session of the weekend they were right back to form by ending the session third quick in class.  Switching things up for this event, Liddell would qualify the car and start the race from the fifth position.

    Shortly after the start of the race Robin noticed an engine misfire, and only seven laps into the race the #8 Porsche Cayman would go behind the wall ending their day prematurely.  Skeer states, “Definitely not the weekend we were hoping for, but these are things that you can’t control.  The team made progress throughout the weekend, just like we had each race this season, so we know the potential is there with Rebel Rock to run up front throughout the course of the season.”

    The weekend was different across the board for the sister #7 Buffalo Electric Supply/Handy Candy Cayman as driver Tyler Stone was making his first race of the season, and co-driver Bryan Leonard was a newcomer to the series.  Being new to the team, the car, and never having driven on this track, the initial part of the weekend was all about getting acclimated for Leonard.  Bryan even brought some Handy Candy for the team, and took time to pose for pictures with the team and fans to show support for the brand that made this opportunity possible for him.  Stone drove this round last season with Rebel Rock, and was immediately amazed with the progress the team had made since last season.

    Leonard would qualify the Porsche Cayman, and start the race 23rd on the grid.  Just over an hour into the race Bryan would pit from the 16th position to turn the car over to Stone.  With just over 30 minutes remaining in the race the #7 entry would suffer a suspension failure entering the corkscrew, and their day ended early, but not without having accomplished a great deal throughout the course of the race weekend.

    Of his series and team debut, Leonard states, “Everything went well as I was able to make up a number of spots in the race.  As I got more seat time, I was able to be much more comfortable in the car.  It was a disappointing end of course, but this has been a great event overall.  I learned a lot coming from high horsepower, high downforce cars to a momentum car like this; I thought I’d be faster right away, but realized how much talent it takes to drive these cars at speed.  I was impressed with how aggressive I could be under braking, the car had great turn in.  This track is absolutely amazing and can’t wait to get the chance to race here again.  The team did a great job all weekend, I want to thank Handy Candy for their support, and looking forward to doing more races with Rebel Rock.”

    Tyler Stone mentions, “Overall we accomplished a lot this weekend.  I was very impressed with the strides made by the team since last year both with the car and in the level of talent of the crew.  During the race we started really bringing our times down, the car was dialed in, and the team did a great job with the set up.  Bryan had a strong first stint in the car to make up a lot of spots early.  We’re disappointed a suspension failure ended our day, but proud of how well the Rebel Rock team performed this weekend.  I’d like to thank Buffalo Electric Supply for making this all possible, and thank Frank (DePew) and Tom (FitzGerald) for allowing me to drive their car; I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel for more races this season with them.”

    The Continental Monterey Grand Prix kicks can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on May 8th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

     

    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.

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  • Continental Monterey Grand Prix Recap – CRG – I Do Borrow

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    On May 4, 2016 • By

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4th, 2016

    Coming into the weekend leading the Team and Driver points championships, the CRG – I Do Borrow team arrived for the latest round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a great deal of momentum.  But at times in a racing season you encounter obstacles that test your metal both as a driver and as a team, and this would turn out to be one of those weekends.

    Throughout the course of the weekend the #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Honda Civic Si would encounter electrical issues that would render it difficult to put together a string of good laps to bring the fight to the rest of the Street Tuner (ST) class.  When the car would run consistently for a full lap, it showed strong pace, and the drivers knew the set up was very good, as it had been all season.

    True to form the team kept battling throughout each session to solve the issue.  Sarah Cattaneo would be tasked with qualifying the car and starting the race.  Still encountering the electrical gremlins, she would begin the race from the 21st starting position, and quickly began making up spots on the rest of the ST field until she was forced off track by one of the Grand Sport entries.

    After recovering from the off track excursion, she would turn the car over to her co-driver Owen Trinkler to do his best to salvage the race and gain as many points as possible to remain in the championship hunt.  Trinkler would have moments during his stint where the car was very fast and able to make up positions, but then would encounter the electrical issue, which would eliminate his ability to have the power necessary to keep moving up through the field.

    In the end, he would cross the finish line in 18th position, a spot good enough to remain in the Top-5 in both Drivers and Team points on the season.  Cattaneo dubbed this “The weekend of survival”, and goes on to state “We had an electrical issue that we fought all weekend starting in practice and on through the race. Due to the issues we had during practice, the Qualifying session was really my first time in the car this weekend.  We knew we had to take what we could get this weekend results wise.”

    Of the weekend Trinkler states, “Our guys tried everything they could this weekend to solve our electrical issues, I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.  Although the car never ran to its ability all race, it was still really quick handling wise.  We minimized the damage results wise, so we can stay in the fight going forward.  We’ll do a test prior to Watkins Glen to make sure we solved the issue, and we’ll be ready.”

    Following the third round of the season Sarah and Owen are currently fourth in the Driver Points standings with CRG-I Do Borrow fifth in the Team standings.  The race can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on May 8th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

     

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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  • Continental Monterey Grand Prix Race Preview

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016– The Rebel Rock Racing team takes to the track again this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the third round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season with their two Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans.  Following a strong start to the season for the team and driving tandem of Robin Liddell and Elliott Skeer, who share the #8 Urban Grid Porsche Cayman, they enter this weekend in fifth place in Team and Driver points standings respectfully.  The driver pairing is poised to keep the momentum going as they make their run towards the 2016 Championship.

    Skeer states, “I feel that Rebel Rock have shown the pace needed to succeed so far this season. Frank, Tom, and Chris (Nott) have done a lot of great things with the program since Sebring, so I am feeling very confident about the possibilities heading into Laguna Seca. History show’s this race being very successful to a certain manufacturer, but I feel that Robin and I can give them some strong competition! I enjoy this circuit, it has become a special place to me; I hope to continue the good Monterey vibes through the weekend!”

    Robin Liddell knows there something left in the tank at Sebring and is eager to get the program back on the podium steps, “I’m really looking forward to Laguna Seca, as it’s one of my favorite tracks on the calendar. The Rebel Rock Porsche Cayman is a great handling car and I’m sure it will be well suited to the twists and turns the circuit offers. We are excited to get back racing after the layoff and to make up for the disappointment at Sebring, so we are all very motivated and hoping we can get back into a podium position in California!”

    This weekend the team will welcome back Tyler Stone in the #7 Buffalo Electric Supply/Handy Candy entry, having driven for the team in 2015, and sharing the car this weekend will be team and series newcomer Bryan Leonard.

    “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to rejoin Rebel Rock.  The team really seems to have the Caymans dialed in, and I cannot wait to get behind the wheel to see what we can do.  I’m obviously encouraged by the results the teams’ put in on the season so far, and confident we’ll have a good car under us this weekend.”  Stone continues, “It’s apparent new owners Frank (DePew) and Tom (FitzGerald) have had a significant impact on the program, and it’s pointed in the right direction.  I’m also really happy that we were able to work it out to have Bryan Leonard in the car, he’s a talented young driver, and new comer to the series that I think will do good things behind the wheel this weekend.”

    About joining the team for the first time, Leonard states, “I’m absolutely ecstatic to be a part of the Rebel Rock program this weekend.  I was approached by Tyler Stone a few weeks ago about this race.  Everything came together just as planned thanks to John Kontos and his team at Handy Candy. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to Rebel Rock and Handy Candy for making this happen.  I’m also looking forward to meeting Robin (Liddell) and Elliot (Skeer) and learning as much as I can. I’m ready to get to work.”

    The Continental Monterey Grand Prix kicks off with practice on Thursday, April 28th at 2:05 pm EST.  The race will drop the green flag on April 30th at 4:25 pm EST, can be viewed live on IMSA.com or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on May 8th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

     

    For more information, visit www.rebelrockracing.com, for sponsor information, visit: www.ompamerica.com, www.borla.com, www.euroclassics.porschedealer.com, www.guardtransmission.com, and www.oakley.com.

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  • Continental Monterey Grand Prix Preview – CRG – I Do Borrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26th, 2016

    The CRG-I Do Borrow team comes into this weekends’ event on the California coast riding the wave of momentum following their win at Sebring International Raceway last month.  This weekend marks the third round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season with the Continental Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    Drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are prepared to climb back behind the wheel of their #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Honda Civic Si to take the fight to the always tough Street Tuner (ST) class as they continue their hunt for their first championship title.  Following the first two rounds of the season, Sarah and Owen are leading the Drivers’ Championship Standings and CRG-I Do Borrow rests atop the Team Standings in the ST class.

    Cattaneo states, “After coming off such a high at Sebring, I couldn’t be more excited to head to Laguna Seca, where we have done really well in the past, to keep that momentum going!  Being the only west coast race, it’s the only one I don’t have to travel very far for.  We proved last year that we can run with the Mazda MX-5’s at their home track and we are excited to give them a run for their money.  I have full confidence in our team to do the best possible job we can.”

    Trinkler echoed Sarah’s sentiments by stating “That was such a big win for us at Sebring.  We’ve usually had rough starts and started coming into our own at this event.  We finished fourth here last year, and our goal would be to continue with the Top-5 finishes that will keep us in the Championship conversation as the season progresses.”

    The Continental Monterey Grand Prix kicks off with practice on Thursday, April 28th at 2:05 pm EST.  The race will drop the green flag on April 30th at 4:25 pm EST, can be viewed live on IMSA.com or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on May 8th, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. EST.

    For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.

    Follow us on Twitter: @IDoBorrow @SarahCattaneo @OwenTrinkler @P1Groupe

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