SCC: Automatic Racing Moroso test notes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Automatic Racing got an early start to their off-season testing program, taking the No. 09 BMW E46 M3 to Moroso Motorsports Park on Thursday, November 13. The team raced in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup ...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Automatic Racing got an early start to their off-season testing program, taking the No. 09 BMW E46 M3 to Moroso Motorsports Park on Thursday, November 13.

The team raced in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup Series in 2003, but they will be in the feature Grand Sports class next season, and Automatic Racing is already preparing to be on the overall podium.

Jep Thornton and David Russell both drove during the test day, concentrating on the brakes and setup of the M3. They also broke in the car's motor, which was rebuilt following mechanical problems during the Grand-Am Cup race at Virginia International Raceway in October.

Thornton handled much of the driving, testing various brake compounds in order to further develop the car's overall brake balance and to gain more corner entry speed.

"The track is suited for what we were trying to accomplish with the brakes and making sure the motor issues have been resolved," commented Russell. "Jep is the perfect one to test the brakes because he's really aggressive on them."

"I think the day went fine," added Thornton. "We did all we set out to accomplish and we got some seat time in the car."

Automatic Racing will be doing further testing throughout the off-season before heading to Daytona International Speedway for the season opener on January 30.

-www.AutomaticRacing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing