Daytona 24: Autometrics Motorsports preview

Autometrics Motorsports to Make Team History at Rolex 24 CHARLESTON, South Carolina (January 23, 2007) -- For the first time in team history, Autometrics Motorsports will campaign a second Porsche GT3 Cup in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona...

Autometrics Motorsports to Make Team History at Rolex 24

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (January 23, 2007) -- For the first time in team history, Autometrics Motorsports will campaign a second Porsche GT3 Cup in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Saturday, January 27 at the Daytona International Speedway. Joining the team's race-winning No. 14 BL Patch / Mac Business Products / Lexaire Porsche GT3 is the No. 89 Hop-a-Jet / Skin Wellness Center / Gemstar Group Porsche GT3.

"Bringing this second Porsche to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona marks a significant moment in the history of Autometrics Motorsports," said team manager and owner, Gordon Friedman. "It stands as a symbol of our continued success, both as a business and as a team."

Piloting the Autometrics Motorsports GT3s is an experienced cast of Grand American and Porsche Club of America stand-outs. Team drivers Bransen Patch and Mac McGehee will be joined by Wes Allen and Jim Hamblin behind the controls of the No. 14 Porsche GT3, while Koni Challenge regulars Barry Ellis, Michael Grande, Frank Rossi and Fraser Wellon will drive the No. 89 car.

Though all drivers have their sights set on strong performances, this year's Rolex 24 bears particular importance for No. 14 driver Bransen Patch, who is raising awareness and funds for the fight against Myeloma--a treatable, but currently incurable bone marrow cancer.

Patch helped organize "Team Joey" when close friend Joey McNeill became one of the nearly 16,000 Americans diagnosed with Myeloma each year. The "Team Joey" livery which Patch will carry on-track includes the web address www.lls.org/teamjoey where fans can learn more about the disease and make a donation to benefit cancer research. JLook for the No. 14 and No. 89 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3s when the Daytona International Speedway hosts the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 27. Better yet, purchase tickets online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and watch the race in person.

Autometrics Motorsports has won races in the Grand American Rolex Series, the Koni Challenge Series, the Sports Car Club of America, the Porsche Club of America and a host of other series using a wide array of Porsches from the venerable 962 and RSR to the contemporary 997 GT3 Cup. In addition to their in-house team, Gordon, Adam and Cory Friedman build, engineer and campaign cars for private individuals. With nineteen years of experience, they are one of the premier Porsche race-prep facilities in the US. Schedule your own race preparations and follow their season at www.autometricsmotorsports.com

-credit: am

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