Austin, Texas - In just three years of racing sports cars, 24-year old Michael Marsal has had the opportunity to take on some of the most daunting and iconic corners in racing including Long Beach’s Turn 1, Laguna Seca’s famous Corkscrew and Lime Rock’s ‘Downhill’. He will add to that growing list this weekend as GRAND-AM makes its first appearance at the stunning Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Marsal once again returns to double-duty race action as he is set to join Turner Motorsport in Rolex Series competition in addition to his full-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) effort. He returns to the No. 71 Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin co-driving with Tonis Kasemets and he will share driving duties in Turner Motorsport’s No. 93 BMW GT with Gunter Schaldach.
In December, Marsal gained valuable track time when he tested both the BMW and Aston Martin machines at the state-of-the-art circuit.
“Circuit of the Americas is an incredible track – it is very technical, and there are some corner combinations that are pretty unusual,” said Marsal of the new facility. “It is really wide–enough room to go four wide on the straight, which could get interesting going into the really big braking zones. So I think it is going to make for a good race. It is a wide open track, but there are also a lot of things to hit so it’s not like you can just go off without any consequences. It is different from any other track that we have in the States.”
Marsal comes off of a successful outing in the CTSCC season-opening event at Daytona last month in which he led his first Daytona laps around the prestigious track. Making his Aston Martin debut, he qualified 14th in an abbreviated qualifying session with he and Kasemets running among the top-10 through most of the race. Unfortunately, a late-race penalty for a pit lane speed violation saw Kasemets fall to 17th in the order and without enough laps left in the race, was only able to make his way back to 11th before the checkered flag.
“It was a great car and fun to be leading at Daytona,” offered Marsal. “I have to thank all of the Multimatic guys for giving me such a great car. It was a great race and fun to be back racing. I’m really excited to go racing at Circuit of the Americas. I think the Aston is going to be an awesome car for that track, and I’m really looking forward to racing there.”
It will be a busy few days of on-track action for Marsal as the event opens with a promoter test day on Thursday with official practice and qualifying for both series taking place on Friday. Michael Marsal