Laguna Seca: Matt Connolly Motorsports preview

MCM Strives On Matt Connolly Motorsports is proving that consistently running at the front has its rewards. Although the podium has escaped their grasp so far this season, the consistent leadership provided by Matt...

MCM Strives On

Matt Connolly Motorsports is proving that consistently running at the front has its rewards. Although the podium has escaped their grasp so far this season, the consistent leadership provided by Matt Connolly combined with the driving talent of full time driver Diego Alessi and the preparation level of their ultra competitive Pontiac GTO-R is proving to be a consistent package in the 2008 Rolex Grand American season.

To date, the MCM team has run at the front of the order in all four rounds of this still young season, including leading briefly at the Miami Grand Prix. Both the team and Alessi are looking for that right combination of co-driver that will bring the finishing touches necessary to capture the podium early and often as they know they have been steadily knocking on the door this season.

The last time the MCM team could foresee victory was that ill fated day that saw Joey Hand get taken out while leading after an impressive run that began with his pole position start. Connolly decided to go back to the well, only this time with Joey Hands' protege in up and coming driver Ryan Phinny.

Ryan comes from a very strong recommendation by Joey, and that is carrying a lot of weight with Team Owner Matt Connolly: "Joey told me that Ryan is the best driver he's trained to date and coming from Joey that means a great deal to me. I've seen firsthand what Joey could do behind the wheel of one of my cars, and in like Joey knows we'll give Ryan a car to run at the front with."

Of the opportunity Phinny states:"I would like to thank Matt Connolly for giving me this fantastic opportunity to race a GT car with such a great team. I look forward to being partnered with Diego Alessi, as I know he is super quick and I expect to learn a lot from him. My goal is to learn the car as quickly as possible, stay clean and consistent and to be fast!!"

The MCM team is also proud to announce an association with new sponsor for the next two rounds of the series in Baja Cantina Restaurant. The Baja Cantina Restaurant has a long history of catering to the racing world as noted by its world class race memorabilia throughout the restaurant. For more information visit www.bajacantinavenice.com or www.bajacantinacarmel.com.

-credit: mcm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joey Hand , Alessi Diego , Matt Connolly , Ryan Phinny