RSR Motorsports Signs KONI Champions Burrows and Hopwood for 2009

(25 November, 2008)--2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Champions Adam Burrows of Canton, CT and Trevor Hopwood of Durham, NH have been signed to drive a Mini Cooper S for RSR Motorsports for the 2009 KONI Challenge season, which will open with the KONI Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway on January 23.

Based in Mesa, Arizona, RSR Motorsports campaigns three Mini Cooper S entries in the ST Class of KONI competition.

The ride with RSR Motorsports marks another new opportunity for Burrows and Hopwood, who have impressed since moving into the KONI Challenge ranks. Despite their rookie status in 2007, Burrows and Hopwood took a record number of podium finishes racing a BMW 330i on the way to a remarkable Championship.

The duo's stock rose further during the 2008 KONI Challenge season as their quick adaptation to front wheel drive machinery saw Burrows and Hopwood score two wins while generating a points total good for second in the drivers championship. The move to the Mini represents a new challenge for the two, who first forged their fast friendship in the Spec Racer ranks.

"We've been keeping an eye on Trevor and Adam for the past few years, and we're really excited to be bringing them into this program," said RSR Motorsports Team Owner Randy Smalley. "This is our third season in KONI Challenge and our team keeps getting better and better, so we feel like having two experienced champions like Trevor and Adam involved is only going to help as we keep raising the bar with this Mini."

The move to RSR Motorsports marks a new change of scenery for Burrows and Hopwood, who have been co-drivers since moving into KONI Challenge full time in 2007 with Turner Motorsports before being signed by Compass 360Racing for their multiple-race winning 2008 season.

"I can't thank Randy Smalley enough for creating this opportunity," said Burrows, who qualified on the front row at Mid-Ohio to start alongside an RSR Motorsports Mini. "I'm glad to be able to race with Trevor again as well as getting the chance to learn the ins and outs of a new team. It's also cool to be racing back in the BMW family of brands, and we are certainly hoping to bring Mini some new successes."

"I've known Randy (Smalley) ever since I made my first KONI Challenge start in a Mini at Lime Rock Park and I am really excited about the opportunity that RSR Motorsports has created for Adam and I," said Hopwood. "The Mini is a blast to drive, and there is a lot of potential for this program, so hopefully we can deliver the first KONI Challenge win for a Mini this year."

Fischer Skis was an integral element of the sponsorship program for Burrows and Hopwood in 2008, and the "Best Alpine Ski Brand" will continue to be involved in 2009, with an announcement of the full sponsorship program expected in the coming weeks.

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