Millville: Matt Connolly Motorsports preview

The Matt Connolly Motorsports team is reaping the benefits of fighting though the rigors of a long season. With a slow start to the season, not finishing with a Top-10 in the first four rounds, the team has bounced back with five Top-10's, ...

The Matt Connolly Motorsports team is reaping the benefits of fighting though the rigors of a long season. With a slow start to the season, not finishing with a Top-10 in the first four rounds, the team has bounced back with five Top-10's, including four Top-5's and two Podiums in the last seven rounds of the 2008 Rolex Grand American Series.

One element that contributed to the recent success was the addition of California based driver Ryan Phinny, who rejoins the team with season long driver Diego Alessi in the #21 MCM Pontiac GTO-R after a one race break for Ryan. This will be the first race all season that the MCM drivers will be on an equal footing with the rest of the field. Alessi has had to learn new circuits all year, this being his first full season racing in the States and with a facility that will be new to the entire field, it has the team and drivers alike equally excited about starting off on good footing and coming off an exciting 3rd place finish in Montreal.

Diego mentions: "Thunderbolt is a circuit we all now must discover for the first time, and thanks to the Thursday test day that will mean an equal drivers performance. New Jersey looks to be a very smooth track with the new asphalt, so I believe it will ideal for the Porsche's." Alessi continues, "As with any new track surface the grip will increase each session, so there will be no reason to push too hard at the beginning, which is my normal routine as I'm learning each of the American circuits this season. The team is running well and will to continue that trend while continuing to develop our performance level. I know we can still improve our results before the end of the season, and still have the goal of a win before the end of 2008, this seems like a track you can pass on and we're looking to put on a great show for the fans."

The MCM team and drivers are looking to end the 2008 racing season on a high note these final two rounds and building on the recent success to take into a new 2009 season. The MCM team is currently working on many facets of the team to improve upon their most successful Rolex Grand Am season since joining the GT ranks full time in 2006.

-credit: mcm

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