FALL-LINE ANNOUNCES 2010 CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE ROSTER
Northbrook, IL (Dec.18, 2009) Following the exciting announcement that the former Grand-Am Koni Challenge will be known as the Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Challenge, Fall-Line Motorsports is pleased to announce that it will campaign the 2010 season with three BMW E92 M3 Grand Sport cars.
A familiar pairing will drive the #45 BMW E92 M3, as they competed with Fall-Line for the final race of the 2009 season at the Virginia International Raceway. Grand-Am veteran Terry Borcheller will team with rookie Andrew Hendricks. Borcheller is also the driving coach for Hendricks, helping the duo to a second place finish in the final Koni Challenge race at VIR. I think Andrew and I will have a fun, competitive season." Borcheller knows Hendricks has a steep learning curve in his first full season of the Continental Sports Car Challenge, but both are ready. Hendricks has competed in the Mustang Challenge for the past two years. Borcheller has coached him through the experience, and in 2009, Hendricks finished 8th in the Championship, accomplishing his goal of being in the top 10. Hendricks added, "Running with Terry is a big dream of mine, so doing it this season is pretty great. Fall-Line has a great program running out of their shop, and I'm pretty excited for doing this next season with them." When Terry asked about his relationship with team owner Mark Boden, he said, "My introduction to Mark was to coach him and get him ready for the Runoffs, which he ended up winning. I had a good time working with him and we hit it off from the beginning. I respect the way he runs his programs, he wants to do things the right way, and he wants to win. The more I get to know him, the more I like him."
The team of Charles Espenlaub and Charlie Putman will pilot the #48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW. These two are no strangers to racing with one another in Continental Sports Car Challenge competition, as both have co-driven with each other for the past two and a half seasons. Both drivers are looking for their first championship together, and they have a lot of experience to help them out. Espenlaub, who also races in the SPEED World Challenge and occasionally fills in for Grand-Am Rolex Series driver Patrick Dempsey said, "I'm pretty excited. From watching them run for the last couple of years to seeing how the cars are built and the organization behind the team, I'm pretty excited to get some elements in there, and hopefully make a run at the championship. I really think the elements are there." Putman, who is an instructor at the Miller Motorsports Driving School, added to Espenlaub's sentiments, "As a solid front running team, we are hungry to move into contention for a Championship. We feel that Fall-Line Motorsports will be a great partner in helping us realize our potential and are looking forward to working with the Fall-Line guys. Mark Boden's commitment to quality in building and prepping the cars is apparent; and we are anxious to be a part of the team's ongoing development effort on the new BMW E-92 chassis."
Fall-Line owner Mark Boden will once again drive the #46 BMW, and will co-drive with Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge rookie Brian Kubinski. At this time, Kubinski is slated to only run at the Fresh From Florida 200 at the Daytona International Speedway on January 29th, but coming off a season where he scored his first podium in SPEED World Challenge at Autobahn Country Club, this team also looks to be a contender. Boden, the defending SCCA National Championship Runoffs GT2 Champion, said, "I'm very excited about having new teammates this year. Everyone here at Fall-Line is excited about having a strong year in the Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Challenge and being able to contend for wins on a regular basis."
Another new element to the Fall-Line team will be team manager Carl Murgas. Murgas comes from multiple times 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 winner team Risi Competizione, and will bring his experience to Fall-Line. "I've been lucky enough to work with Risi over the past few years, and we were in and won the 24 Hours of LeMans and the ALMS championship," said Murgas. One of the assets he brings to Fall-Line is successfully running a team at a professional level. Murgas added, "I've had a great record of not having a car drop out with mechanical difficulties over the past three years and I'm looking forward to bringing that skill set to the team."
Fall-Line Motorsports builds and provides top quality race cars for club level, as well as professional level racers, and has been successfully racing within the SCCA national and Grand-Am Continental Sports Car Challenge series for 8 years.