SCC: Daytona: Automatic Racing driver lineup

Jep Thornton and Matt Mullins Team Up to Drive the Automatic Racing/Skinny Cow Milk BMW M3 in Grand-Am Cup ORLANDO, Fla. -- Automatic Racing has announced that Matt Mullins will complete the team's lineup of eight drivers for the...

Jep Thornton and Matt Mullins Team Up to Drive the Automatic Racing/Skinny Cow Milk BMW M3 in Grand-Am Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Automatic Racing has announced that Matt Mullins will complete the team's lineup of eight drivers for the 2006 Grand-Am Cup season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Mullins will be joining team owner Jep Thornton, who is returning to the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3.

In addition, the No. 09 BMW will also carry a new sponsor at Daytona: Skinny Cow Milk. The fat-free milk can be found in grocery stores throughout the country, and samples will be available to fans at Daytona. The car will be emblazoned with the company's mascot The Skinny Cow- a cow of very different proportions.

The sponsorship is the first for Skinny Cow Milk, which is produced and marketed by Dean Foods, the largest distributor of milk in the nation. Skinny Cow, a Dreyer's brand, is well known for producing a line-up of ice cream products, and boasts making a healthy life a happy one.

"We understand the power of motorsports marketing, and look forward to delivering a marketing program through the Grand Am Cup Series that will add value to our retail customers," stated Tom Murrin, Vice President of Private Label sales for Dean Foods.

During last year's Daytona event, Thornton started on the front row of the grid and went on to a fourth-place finish. Thornton will be aiming for the podium this year, along with co-driver Mullins.

"Matt is a BMW Performance Center Instructor up in Spartanburg (South Carolina), and that's a big advantage," commented Thornton. "He's an accomplished racer, and he knows BMW M3s inside and out. Our hope is that Matt will continue with us for the rest of the year."

Mullins will be making his debut in the Grand-Am Cup Series, but he is no stranger to the world of racing. Mullins has been racing since 1990, primarily in stock car series. He last raced the high banks of Daytona with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"I've been wanting to go racing again at Daytona," said Mullins. "I'm at BMW every day driving these cars, and Grand-Am Cup is an awesome series. The competition is great, and I'm looking forward to the race."

Thornton and Mullins will join the six other Automatic Racing drivers for the 250-mile Grand-Am Cup race on Friday, January 27.

Fans can keep up with Automatic Racing at www.AutomaticRacing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , Matt Mullins
Teams Automatic Racing