Marino Franchitti to race in Birmingham

Marino Franchitti will team with his co-driver in the ALMS Panoz Esperante GTLM, Gunnar Jeannette, in this coming weekend's penultimate round of the Rolex Series Grand-Am championship at Birmingham in Alabama. Marino and Gunnar will be driving...

Marino Franchitti will team with his co-driver in the ALMS Panoz Esperante GTLM, Gunnar Jeannette, in this coming weekend's penultimate round of the Rolex Series Grand-Am championship at Birmingham in Alabama.

Marino and Gunnar will be driving the Gunnar Racing Brumos Porsche GT3 RS at the Barber Motorsport Park venue. The No. 60 Porsche, which finished second in class when Gunnar and Kyle Petty were at the wheel at it's last outing at the Food City 250 at Phoenix in April, is prepared by Gunnar Racing at their facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. They have had a tough time just recently with the hurricane's that have passed over Florida's eastern coastline in the last month or so, but that has not held up Gunnar Racing who are the largest Porsche racing and restoration facility outside of Porsche AG.

"I am so looking forward to competing in Grand-Am with Gunnar at the weekend" said a delighted Marino, "since winning the British GTO title in a Porsche GT3 RS in 2001 I've managed to get back into a Porsche each year since then, and picked up some great podiums along the way both in Europe and in the States, this will be my first opportunity in the States this year to do it again, and I can't thank Gunnar and his father, Kevin, enough for giving me that opportunity. Then straight on to Laguna with Gunnar to race the Panoz again the following weekend - it doesn't get any better does it!?"

Along with the racing this weekend the team are involved in the making of a reality TV promotion pilot for a new TV series in the States. "It's a great recipe for a fun weekend" said Kevin Jeannette "and hopefully it will include some success too" he added.

The green flag will drop on the Grand-Am Porsche 250 at 12 noon local time (1.00pm Eastern Standard Time) on Sunday, 10th October.

-kwa-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , Gunnar Jeannette , Marino Franchitti