Mid-Ohio: Bryan Sellers preview

BRYAN SELLERS' HOMECOMING RACE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE Lexington, OH -- August, 6 Bryan Sellers knows the track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course better than most racecar drivers. But then again, Sellers also knows the state of Ohio...

BRYAN SELLERS' HOMECOMING RACE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

Lexington, OH -- August, 6 Bryan Sellers knows the track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course better than most racecar drivers. But then again, Sellers also knows the state of Ohio better than most of his competitors, having been born in Dayton, and seeing his racing dreams first realized in The Buckeye State. As Sellers prepares for his next race with the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge on August 7, there is something very special and nostalgic about this homecoming event.

Sellers' racing career was born from the world of karting, and facilitated by a supportive family. "My Dad and his family raced Karts when they were kids," said Sellers. "My family has always been very close so I grew up hearing stories about them racing and traveling, hearing about all the fun they had." When the family relocated and a young Sellers found school to be a challenge, it was Sellers' father who found the motivating tool. "My dad tried to bribe me," laughs Sellers. "[He'd] tell me that we would do any sort of family activity that I wanted as long as I kept my grades above a B average." Sellers' grades went up, his racing career began, and as he says, "the rest is history!"

Growing up in Ohio was a geographic blessing for the 27 year-old. "Ohio was a great place to grow up and race," said Sellers. "It had so many great Karting tracks that I was able to compete at, and it was so centrally located that we could travel and race almost anywhere in the Mid-West in eight hours."

Returning to Ohio, and to a renowned track such as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, is an honor for the driver of the #17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. "Mid-Ohio is a special place for me," remarked Sellers. "I grew up watching my heroes drive and race there, and it helped fuel my desire to become a professional driver." Sellers feels confident going into Round 6 of the 2010 ALMS season, and just being back in Ohio has given him and his team some extra motivation. "There is always something special about your hometown race," reflected Sellers. "You are always able to muster a little bit more speed, a little bit more strength, and a little bit more determination."

-source: bryan sellers racing

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bryan Sellers
Teams Team Falken Tire