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Owen Trinkler Legacy Credit Union 200 Race Preview This is like 'Old Home Week' for the drivers of the ...

Owen Trinkler Legacy Credit Union 200 Race Preview

This is like 'Old Home Week' for the drivers of the #196 RSR Motorsports Mini Cooper S. For Jade Buford, this is his home circuit where he does all his offseason testing and training to gear up for the rigors of the Koni Challenge Series ST Class competition. His co-driver, Owen Trinkler, is a full-time instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School at the circuit and the pairing has a good bit of confidence going into this round of the series. In fact, Trinkler was Buford's instructor at the school when deciding to start his career in motor sports.

The team has had a roller coaster season so far, and is looking to build off this weekends' event to net the good results on a more consistent race- to-race basis. States Trinkler; "At Watkins we had a great run going, leading by over 11 seconds at one point, only to have a bad radio put us out of sorts and cost us the win, but the car was great. We really thought we had a good car for Mid Ohio, but chased the set ups all weekend long."

For Barber however, Trinkler knows the car is good, and for he and his team mate there is no lack of knowledge of their surroundings. "ST Class didn't run at Barber last year, but in '07 this was a good track for the Mini having run and finishing near the front of the pack. I think we have the car, team and ultimately the driver pairing to push to the front again."

This is the third season developing the Cruise America Mini Cooper S's for the RSR Motorsports squad, and on the tighter circuits such as Lime Rock Park, they have been a force to be reckoned with and that only bodes well for the 3-car team this weekend. The same holds true when looking at the upcoming races as the following round at Montreal's Trois-Rivieres circuit for the Grand Prix would favor these well sorted short wheelbase cars on its twisty road course.

The two and a half hour race will kick off at 2:50 pm on Saturday, July 18th. This will be a split-class weekend, so the bigger GS Class cars will host their race at 8:20am on Sunday.

-credit: otPR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Owen Trinkler , Jade Buford