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Jason Martinelli: Heading West for Grand-Am Cup Finale FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Martinelli will be on the West Coast for the first time this weekend for the Grand-Am Cup 250 at California Speedway, marking the finale of his first season in the...

Jason Martinelli: Heading West for Grand-Am Cup Finale

FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Martinelli will be on the West Coast for the first time this weekend for the Grand-Am Cup 250 at California Speedway, marking the finale of his first season in the series.

Martinelli will be driving the No. 08 Automatic Racing BMW M3 in the Grand Sports class along with his co-driver Don St. John.

Martinelli made his debut in the Grand-Am Cup Series during round seven at Mid-Ohio. Since then, he has been steadily acclimating to the series, the car and new tracks. This weekend marks Martinelli's introduction to California Speedway's 2.8-mile, 21-turn road course that combines the banked oval with an infield section.

"I'm getting used to learning new tracks quickly," said Martinelli, who also visited Mid-Ohio and Virginia International Raceway for the first time this season. "I like driving on banking and the high-speed corners that they offer. I expect to really enjoy California Speedway. You have to combine two types of driving approaches on a track like this. You have your traditional road course section, but then you have the oval part of the course. The way you handle the turns on an oval is different, so you have an added challenge."

While the heavier, higher-horsepower cars will be strong on the oval, Martinelli says that he and St. John will be using the light weight and agility of the M3 to get them through the infield faster than their competitors.

"We only have two corners on the oval section," he commented. "The road course part is going to be a lot more important for our car. We're really going to make up time over the bigger cars in the tight road course section."

Martinelli is sponsored by JJ Snacks, Good Hill Mechanical Contractors, Inc., and the J.S. Karlton Real Estate Investment Corporation.

"I wouldn't have been able to be a part of the series this year if it weren't for the help of my sponsors," said Martinelli. "Thanks to them, I've had the chance to learn tracks I'll be racing on next year so I can be better prepared and more knowledgeable. This season has provided me with a great foundation for my endeavors next year."

Martinelli will have two rounds of practice on Friday, October 29 to get accustomed to California Speedway. The Grand-Am Cup 250 will start at 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 31.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Don St. John , Jason Martinelli
Teams Automatic Racing