Circuit of the Americas 150 Race Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 13, 2016

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