Automatic Racing Celebrates Driver, Team Championships in Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV -- They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but some things are too good not to share. Last week, the entire Automatic Racing team headed to Sin City for...
Automatic Racing Celebrates Driver, Team Championships in Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV -- They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but some things are too good not to share. Last week, the entire Automatic Racing team headed to Sin City for the KONI Challenge awards banquet at Bally's Las Vegas.
It was a night of celebration for Automatic, who clinched both the Grand Sport driver and team championships this year. It marks the first championships in Automatic Racing's history.
Jep Thornton and Jeff Segal accepted their KONI Challenge Grand Sport driver championship, and the team title went to their No. 09 BMW M3 effort.
"It was truly an honor to accept the driver championship award along with Jeff Segal last week in Las Vegas," said Thornton. "Considering the level of competition in the GS class, we consider it a very big accomplishment. Better yet was the fact that we also won the team championship. I owe a big debt of gratitude to Joe Varde, John Terry and Jeff Segal for bringing the championship home for the 09 car. The entire Automatic Racing team kept their eyes on the ball all year and here we are hoisting the trophies. A big 'well done' to all, especially to Dave Russell, who has brought this team along since the beginning in 2001."
After the awards banquet, Automatic hosted a party at the trendy Studio 54 inside MGM Grand, and over 100 fellow competitors and Grand-Am officials came to help celebrate the conclusion of Automatic Racing's most successful season to date. According to Thornton, the partying went on until the "wee hours" of the morning.
Never a team to rest on its laurels, it's back to business next week with a test at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for both the KONI Challenge and Rolex Series in 2008.