SCC: Birmingham: Mike Canney preview

Canney and Plumb Ready For Alabama's Barber Birmingham, AL (14 July, 2008)--After taking a hard-fought fourth place finish in round four of Grand-Am KONI Challenge competition at Watkins Glen, Mike Canney and Hugh Plumb will target another ...

Canney and Plumb Ready For Alabama's Barber

Birmingham, AL (14 July, 2008)--After taking a hard-fought fourth place finish in round four of Grand-Am KONI Challenge competition at Watkins Glen, Mike Canney and Hugh Plumb will target another top-five run in the No. 60 Sunset Hills Ford Mustang GT campaigned by Rehagan Racing this weekend at Barber Motorsports park outside of Birmingham, Alabama.

The No. 60 entry currently holds second in the KONI Challenge Team Championship standings, with Canney and Plumb tied for third place in the Driver Championship rankings. After racing at a fabled facility in Watkins Glen, the Series' visit to the South will see the 36-car KONI Challenge field racing on a track that is much newer to the motorsports scene, but has still made quite an impression.

"The spectator viewing areas at the track are just amazing-you can see nearly the entire track from almost anywhere, and that is really a rare thing in road racing," said Canney, who scored 16th in the 2007 KONI race at Barber. "So I'm looking forward to our race of course, but it's also a great experience to go up on the hills and see some of the other races that are going on this weekend. I try to learn something from every experience, so it is entertaining as well as helpful."

Plumb has scored both Rolex Sports Car Series GT and KONI Challenge victories at Barber, and took ninth in the KONI Barber event in 2007 driving a Porsche entry as he looks to go even better in his first Barber event co-driving with Canney this weekend.

"Barber has some really technical corners and the surface is just fantastically smooth, but the layout doesn't really let our Mustang stretch its legs so it might not be our best track of the year," said Plumb. "Still, KONI Challenge racing can certainly make for some surprises, and we keep improving what we are doing with our set-up's so we're not giving anything up quite yet!"

With Porsches, BMW's, and Ford Mustang's all taking to victory lane so far in the 2008 KONI Challenge season, Canney also feels as though this weekend could be anyone's race.

"Even though some tracks would seem to favor one kind of car or maker over another, it seems as though we see each brand represented up front no matter where we go, so we are certainly not going to change our expectations for the weekend," said Canney. "There is a rhythm to the track, and it takes experience to go quickly there. We will just try to get a comfortable set up and hopefully I can qualify the car well and get off to a good start before turning it over to Hugh to keep doing a great job in the car and take it to the finish like we've been doing."

The 109-lap race is slated for a 2:15 PM ET green flag on Saturday, with qualifying slated to get underway at 4:40 PM on Friday.

-credit; www.mcanney.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hugh Plumb , Mike Canney