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Bryan Ortiz Joins Turner Motorsport for 2008 Daytona, FL:- Bryan Ortiz-Soto isn't called "The Rocket Kid" for nothing. The 18-year old racer from Puerto Rico has already made a very immediate impression on everyone around him, including the...

Bryan Ortiz Joins Turner Motorsport for 2008

Daytona, FL:- Bryan Ortiz-Soto isn't called "The Rocket Kid" for nothing. The 18-year old racer from Puerto Rico has already made a very immediate impression on everyone around him, including the likes of Boris Said, who was one of Bryan's teammates last during the 2007 KONI Challenge season.

Bryan is no stranger to the podium, as he has had success from day one in his racing career. Bryan got things started off by winning the championship his very first competitive karting season in 2002, then proceeded to take on the Puerto Rico Formula Renault Championship in 2003, where he finished second in the points, and won Rookie of the Year honors. The only way to better that finish was to win it all, which he proceeded to do the very next year, taking the Formula Renault title in Puerto Rico in 2004.

More race wins and pole-positions would follow in various series through 2005 and 2006, including making his United States debut at VIR in the Grand Am Cup championship in 2005. 2007 saw Bryan return for specific races to the KONI Challenge Series, and he was successful every time out, including qualifying his BMW M3 in 3rd at Miami Homestead Speedway and on the pole at Iowa Speedway.

Teams obviously took plenty of notice, as Bryan has been signed on with Turner Motorsport for the entire 2008 KONI Challenge Series. Bryan will be piloting the #97 BMW M3 Coupe to what he hopes will be another championship to add to his already-impressive CV. "I am very pleased with my performance so far in my racing career," Bryan says, "and I hope to be doing this, and winning, for a very long time to come!" Bryan will certainly be at an advantage as he will be with a team that is very experienced not only with the series, but with the car itself. And with veterans such as Bill Auberlen on the team, Bryan will also be able to learn even more valuable knowledge to further impact his career in a very positive way.

-credit: p1g

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Bryan Ortiz-Soto , Bryan Ortiz
Teams Turner Motorsport