Merchant Services Racing returns to action this week at historic Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia for the 2012 season finale, the American Le Mans Series presented by Patrón 15th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.

#8 Merchant Services Racing Oreca FLM09: Kyle Marcelli, Matt Downs, Chapman Ducote
#8 Merchant Services Racing Oreca FLM09: Kyle Marcelli, Matt Downs, Chapman Ducote

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Deciding to focus all their energy on a single car effort, the team will field the No. 8 Butterfield Farms PC Oreca with Kyle Marcelli, Chapman Ducote and Matt Downs sharing the driving duties. Marcelli lead last year's Petit Le Mans right down to the last lap only to get caught in traffic just fractions of a second from taking the checkered flag.

"We are excited about running one car," said BAR1 Motorsports team owner and manager of the Merchant Services Racing program, Brian Alder. "It's like stacking the deck, so-to- speak."

The team has continuously improved in every area imaginable throughout the season. By putting the emphasis on one car, the team hopes to see thier efforts pay off in the final race of the season.

"We're concentrating on winning the race and finishing 2nd in the team championship," added Alder. "I've personally had lots of success at Petitt…I'm hoping for more of the same this year."

Source: Merchant Services Racing