Circuit of the Americas 150 Race Recap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2016– Rebel Rock Racing has been steadily making strides in the second half of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season.  The team knows the rewards for all their hard work and continued development as a team are bound to pay dividends.  This past weekend at Circuit of the America’s (COTA) started to show what the team is capable of with their two Street Tuner (ST) class Porsche Caymans.

Robin Liddell and Theo Bean were quickly up to pace in their #8 Urban Grid Cayman, ending the two practice sessions P2 and P1 respectfully.  While Frank DePew and Sean Rayhall acclimated themselves further in the #7 entry as DePew was making just his second start in the ST class, and Rayhall was making his series debut.

Bean and DePew would take on qualifying and race start duties for their respective Rebel Rock Racing liveried machines, with Theo setting a time to start the race from the 11th position.  Frank would be one of the first in the ST field to pit for the driver change, with Sean stepping behind the wheel to finish out the race.  A fast pit stop was thwarted by a failed air regulator, forcing Rayhall to enter the fray two laps adrift of the race leaders.  Late race braking issues, due to the extremely high temperatures in Austin forced the #7 back into the pits forcing an early retirement, but with enough laps to still maintain a 19th place result.

Rayhall states, “It was great to join Rebel Rock this weekend.  We unfortunately didn’t get a chance to finish due to the issue, but hats off to the team for working hard all week.  I’m really looking forward to finishing out the year at Road Atlanta with the team.”

Meanwhile, in the sister #8, Bean was able to make his way up to 7th during his stint before turning over to Liddell.  Robin was able to take the wheel and started making his way through the field, up to third in the ST class, before a driveshaft failure prematurely ended their run.

“COTA was an exciting, but ultimately frustrating weekend for us at Rebel Rock as we really showed that we had front running pace.  Having posted the quickest time in final practice before qualifying, we were feeling pretty optimistic about our chances for the race given our strong performance.”  Liddell continues, “Theo had his best qualifying to date despite only managing one lap due to the session being red flagged, whilst most had two laps.  Having started 11th, he moved up into the Top-10, and when I took the car over I felt we could take the fight to the leaders.  Unfortunately, after only a few laps I completely lost drive exiting Turn-1, and realized we had lost a driveshaft.  A disappointing end to a competitive showing, and I really hope we can turn the speed we’ve worked so hard to find into a result at Road Atlanta.”

Bean also reflected on the race weekend.  “COTA was a bit disappointing considered we had the pace, but a mechanical problem ended our day early.  I’m excited to see how Road Atlanta goes where we’ll be fast if it’s anything like we were this weekend.  Road Atlanta’s my home track, and I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed each night following the long days at the circuit.”

The Circuit of the America’s 150 can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 pm EDT.

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September 22, 2016

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