Automatic Racing earns 3rd at Homestead. HOMESTEAD, Fla.- Jep Thornton and David Russell put the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 on the podium at the Miami 250, finishing third in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup event. Thornton ...
Automatic Racing earns 3rd at Homestead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla.- Jep Thornton and David Russell put the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 on the podium at the Miami 250, finishing third in the Grand Sports II class of the Grand-Am Cup event.
Thornton qualified eighth among the other Grand Sports II (GSII) cars. He started the race, held at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and worked his way up to fourth position before pitting and handing over to Russell.
Russell moved into third and held onto the position until the end of the race. The No. 09 BMW finished 11th overall.
This is the second time in as many races that Automatic Racing has earned a podium finish. Thornton and Russell were second in the GSII class at Daytona International Speedway. They are currently first in the GSII points standings.
"Another podium, which is basically our goal, just to finish top five in the first few races to accumulate some good points," commented Russell. "It was all strategy. We caught two cautions, and some other guys didn't have that luxury. Typical BMW reliability, great brakes, and that's what put us on the podium today."
"We just kept clicking off consistent laps. My goal was to get a good position and to give David a good car," said Thornton. "The car ran great, the crew was fantastic. We're really happy with our second podium of the season in two races."
The No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3 ran its first race ever on Sunday, with Terry Earwood and Eric Van Cleef co-driving. They finished eighth in class and 20th overall.
"It was a great start," reflected Earwood. "We didn't hit anything, we didn 't bend anything, we didn't win anything, but we've got a great foundation to go to Phoenix."
Van Cleef was also pleased with their first race with the new BMW. "We struggled a little bit the first day we were here with some new car problems, but the car has a lot of potential. We're looking forward to a great year. The 09 car did great and this is a good way to start a two-car team effort."
The next event for Automatic Racing will be a 200-mile race at Phoenix International Raceway, May 1-3.
Automatic Racing is sponsored by Automatic Commercial Aircraft, LandAir, BBS and Engine Music Studios. More information about Automatic Racing can be found on the team's website at www.AutomaticRacing.com.