SCC: Daytona: Martinelli Motorsports preview

Martinelli Motorsports Ready to Begin First Season in Grand-Am Cup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.--Martinelli Motorsports will be making their debut in Grand-Am Cup this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, competing in the Grand Sport class with...

Martinelli Motorsports Ready to Begin First Season in Grand-Am Cup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.--Martinelli Motorsports will be making their debut in Grand-Am Cup this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, competing in the Grand Sport class with the No. 14 BMW M3.

Jason Martinelli and Jeff McMillin have teamed up to drive the BMW. Martinelli, of Roxbury, Connecticut, is no stranger to the series. He drove an M3 during the 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series, and felt that the ever-increasing competition made Grand-Am Cup the ideal series for Martinelli Motorsports.

"With 88 entries, qualifying up front will be key. That responsibility will rest on my shoulders," said Martinelli. "The traffic is going to be a big factor in this race, but we'll have an advantage if we get a clean start. We're looking forward to seeing a lot of fans turn out for this one."

Martinelli arrived in Florida a week early to compete in a six-hour endurance race at Sebring International Raceway. Martinelli and his co-drivers won their class in the PBOC event driving a BMW M3. For Martinelli, who drove the final two hours, it was a warm-up for Friday's 200-mile Grand-Am Cup race.

Jeff McMillin will be competing in his first Grand-Am Cup race this weekend, but the former champion in both Speedvision Cup and SPEED World Challenge GT has tasted victory at Daytona twice before.

"The level of the teams is considerably higher now," commented McMillin. "It's the same with the drivers. The competition is incredibly strong. But it's not always the fastest guy who wins. The BMW doesn't have the horsepower for the banking at Daytona, but it handles better and should go easier on fuel and tires. We'll try to use both to our advantage."

News and updates about Martinelli Motorsports and their progress in the Grand-Am Cup Series can be found at www.MartinelliMotorsportsLLC.com.

The Grand-Am Cup 200 begins at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, January 27. The orange No. 14 Martinelli Motorsports BMW M3 will be there to mark the team's first Grand-Am Cup race with panache.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jeff McMillin , Jason Martinelli