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  • Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Adds Hamilton to LMPC Lineup

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    On October 2, 2012 • By

    Roger Wills was originally slated as the third driver for the May 12 race, but another commitment has him unable to attend the six-hour event. Hamilton will be teaming up with regular drivers Mike Guasch and Memo Gidley.  The London, England-born racer is the grandson of 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Duncan Hamilton. He started driving competitively at the age of 11 in karts and progressed to cars five years later. In 2007, he won on his Formula Ford debut at Silverstone.  The following four seasons saw Hamilton drive in Formula Renault and the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship as well as in a variety of other series which has allowed him to extend his experience in different formulas.  He finished on the podium at the famed Le Mans circuit in the Porsche Carrera Cup race in 2010, one of the supporting races for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The following year he was crowned BARC vice-champion in the Protyre Formula Renault Finals on the strength of five podiums, which included three wins, in six races.
    For 2012, in addition to his one-off race with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing at Laguna Seca, Hamilton is competing in the International GT Open Championship.  In preparation for his PC debut with the Muscle Milk team, Hamilton will take part in a two-day private test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park at the beginning of May.
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    Muscle Milk Quotes:

    Greg Pickett, Team owner, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing
    “We’re looking forward to having Archie Hamilton join our PC team for the Laguna Seca round next month. He’s a talented, young, up and coming driver and I think he will fit in perfectly with Mike Guasch and Memo Gidley.  “At such a young age, he has quite a bit of experience in different forms of racing and I’m confident he’ll be able to help our PC team continue to build on its most recent success.”

    Archie Hamilton:
    “My goal for this season was to have a good start in endurance racing, so having secured drives in the Le Mans Aston Martin support race, the International GT Open and now an ALMS drive with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is fantastic!  “My main focus is first on a good result at Portimao. I then have the test and a little time to switch mentally to the Oreca and LMP driving style. Having tested a prototype car last year, it won’t be a completely new experience, which is an advantage. It will be great to experience being part of an American team and I’m really looking forward to tackling the ‘Corkscrew’.”
    Please take the time to visit Memo’s sponsors!

    Muscle Milk
    Cytomax Performance
    Red Line Oil
    Bell Helmets
    MIR Race Line
    Marin Bikes
    Shawn Thomas Automotive at Infineon Raceway

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  • Taap.It and P1 Groupe Ink Deal to Form Partnership

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    On October 2, 2012 • By

    P1 Groupe, who has ties to hundreds of companies all around the world will use the many contacts it has both in the business sector and the motorsports sector to drive traffic to their new counterparts website while, which is headquartered in New York, has offered P1 Groupe the opportunity to equip them with different accounts consisting of goods and services that could be sold online including the goods that are already under P1 Groupe management.  The move comes at a time when both companies are projecting a prosperous 2012.

    President of P1 Groupe, Eric Burch had nothing but positive words to say about the newly formed partnership.  “We are very happy to have partnered with, Inc.  Their mobile app has the ability to change the way companies do business and their lively atmosphere and out-of-the-box mentality fits perfectly with that of P1 Groupe and our stable of Race Drivers under our management.  We are happy that has in turn chosen to partner with P1 Groupe and support the on-track efforts of our drivers to assist them in brand awareness as they branch out further into the marketplace, and expanding into new territories.”

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  • Tim Bell Nets Two Top-10s at Southern National Motorsports Park

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    On October 2, 2012 • By

    Action this past weekend started with Bells practice in the Creation Cope Racing’s #54 Extreme Bidder Chevrolet Impala. The interesting aspect to the weekend for Bell was the double-feature schedule he would be running for the first time in his oval track racing career. After qualifying in the 11th position for the first 35-lap sprint race, Bell did an excellent job keeping out of trouble and running the same constantly fast laps that earned him the seat in the first place. The main goal for Bell was to keep his nose clean and the car intact as he would have a 2nd race later in the evening. Bell worked his way through the field to as high as 5th when a caution occurred forcing the cars to restart. Bell was positioned by NASCAR to the inside line of cars and NASCAR rules state that cars in that line have to wait to begin passing. This unfortunate rule caused several cars to pass Bell on the restart. At the end of the first race the #54 Chevrolet Impala came home in an impressive 9th place. It was now time for a brief break for Bell and his team as the car was prepped for the second race later in the evening. Bell used the break to study how other cars run around SNMP as well as getting to know the competitors he had raced in the first race and would be racing in the second as well. Once every other class stormed around the short track located in Kenly, North Carolina the green flag waved to start the second Limited Late Model event as well as to start the third career race for Bell. He lined up 9th on start and after running a smart yet aggressive race that saw him muscle the car around the short track without power steering, he took the checkered flag in the 8th position giving him two Top-10’s on the weekend. The progress, heart, passion and determination are there and anyone in the paddock this past weekend could see Bell wants this opportunity in NASCAR and will obtain it.

    “This weekend was great for the team and I after a strong night of hardnosed racing at Southern National Motorsports Park and for me to bring the car home clean” Bell stated. “This weekend was a fun experience for me passing competitors on the bottom and top of the track. I was able to run as high up as 5th! Derrike has continued to help me out a lot with spotting and coaching during our down time. If this is a taste of what NASCAR is going to be like, I can’t wait to go play with the big boys. This weekend is my last race for the month and I’m excited to go back to Caraway Speedway and see how I can do my second time around.”

    Team Owner Derrike Cope was very pleased with Bell’s progress after the event. “I am extremely pleased with the results from this weekend’s test and race at Southern National Speedway. Tim continues to adapt quickly to this form of racing and is making major strides in understanding the key elements of oval track racing and how they relate to his continued success in his pursuit of a NASCAR career.”

    Creation Cope’s Team Manager Andy Woolgar shared his thoughts and comments on the two sprint races following the checkered flag of race two. “”Tim executed two very good, clean races this weekend, the second event under trying circumstances when his car lost power steering. These LLM races are teaching Tim a great deal about what it takes to become a NASCAR driver, and I can honestly say that watching him this weekend was like watching someone who had discovered their talent for racing all over again. We could see that he was more confident than ever before from the positioning of the car on the track and the conviction shown when passing other cars and finishing the races. This weekend we’ll go back to Caraway Speedway, a track that he knows, so it will be interesting to see progress made”.

    Stay tuned for updates on, and to see when and where you can check out Tim Bell behind the wheel of the Creation Cope Racing #54 Extremebidder Limited Late Model.

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  • Swiss Sunglass Company Exalt Cycle and P1 Groupe Form Partnership

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    On October 2, 2012 • By

    Swiss based but Italian at heart Sun and Eyeglass Company Exalt Cycle has signed P1 Groupe to become the brand’s American Distributor. This will be Exalt Cycle’s second term being present in the States after the first one albeit short, was very successful, and with the wealth of contacts and opportunities P1 Groupe has created over its 5 years of operation, the partnership between the two companies creates an even greater winning position for everyone involved. Having an avenue to market and sell the sun and eyeglasses utilizing motorsports to promote the brand, is one of the many reasons why P1 Groupe earned this position. Other reasons include the company’s professional demeanor, sales techniques and ability to market any product. Being a respected company with a number of clients within different racing series, Exalt Cycle Sun and Eyeglasses will be worn by drivers all over the country. This endeavor is one that President and CEO of P1 Groupe, Eric Burch finds exciting, challenging, and humbling as his company was tagged for the responsibility.

    “We are very happy that Exalt Cycle chose P1 Groupe to handle distribution of their product in America” stated Burch. “We are proud that we stood out for our professionalism, marketing savvy and sales techniques during their selection process. We look forward to re-launching their line in the US, and exceeding their expectations as we create sales and brand awareness for them. The lineup of P1 Groupe race drivers will be integral in creating this exposure as an overall marketing alliance created via their fan following and exposure during race events nationally.”

    Andrea Trevisol, Exalt Cycle General Manager comments “I strongly believe in the synergy with P1 Groupe: We established a partnership which will help us to reintroduce the brand in the U.S market with innovative and creative communication in the eyewear scenario in line with our XY DNA! I’m personally impressed with Eric Burch’s capability to understand how to present Exalt Cycle collection to the best U.S optician. This, together with the strong managerial ability makes P1 the perfect partner. Exalt Cycle is one of the few true lifestyle brands in the world and with passion, energy and innovation capability, we can build together a successful positioning, providing the brand the value and role it deserves”.

    The relationship between Exalt Cycle and P1 Groupe has already generated a great deal of buzz at last month’s International Vision Expo in New York City. A number of buyers,  professionals in the industry and fans alike expressed their excitement for the re-launching of Exalt Cycle in the States. The process between the two companies begins now. Look for Exalt Cycle and P1 Groupe to make splash here soon!

    About Exalt Cycle:

    Exalt Cycle is the expression of a contemporary lifestyle, symbolic of belonging to an exclusive and selective world. XY chromosomes, not just as a decorative feature but as a central element around which the architecture of each model is developed, a unique visual element that has a strong impact. Design, comfort and technology are the three founding principles for Exalt Cycle’s positioning in their market.

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  • Is Matt Bell Today’s Version of Mark Donahue?

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    On May 8, 2012 • By

    Mark Donahue and Matt Bell started their professional racing careers at age 22, both possessing engineering backgrounds, and both running the No. 6 Sunoco Camaro. There are many parallels between the late, great Mark Donohue and sports car pro-driver Matt Bell. Donahue put Camaro racecars on the map in Trans-AM, and Bell put Camaro on the map again in Grand-AM, after a 30-year hiatus.

    Matt Bell quickly began making a name for himself as both a driver and an articulate engineer. The ability to put a racecar at the front of a grid, among the best drivers and teams in the sport, showcases many attributes. Matt has an innate ability to understand exactly what a racecar is doing and engineer a setup from the driver’s seat. Having established his reputation in BMW’s, it was driving the famed No. 6 Sunoco Camaro in Grand-AM, which caught rival team’s notice.

    Bell has driven for some of the great teams in sports cars today. Daytona Prototype team owners, Kevin Doran and Michael Shank, both team winners of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, have campaigned cars with Bell driving. Bell impressed both owners with his knowledge, feedback and engineering prowess, particularly unusual in a young professional. Bell currently drives Stevenson Motorsport’s (factory) Camaro, in the Continental Sports Car Challenge and in the Rolex GT Series. Bell also holds a NASCAR Nationwide Series competition license for road courses.

    Bell, who creates engineering projects in his spare time, has multiple patents on parts he’s designed. The final story has yet to be written as a promising career, with interesting parallels to one of the all-time greats, continues to unfold.

    Orignal Post Date: May 7, 2012


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