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Canney and Plumb Ready To Get Back On The Horse In Iowa Newton, IA (6 August, 2008)-- After their Ford Mustang was thrown off course on the very first lap of the race in the last round of KONI Challenge competition at Barber Motorsports Park,...

Canney and Plumb Ready To Get Back On The Horse In Iowa

Newton, IA (6 August, 2008)-- After their Ford Mustang was thrown off course on the very first lap of the race in the last round of KONI Challenge competition at Barber Motorsports Park, Mike Canney and Hugh Plumb are looking forward to getting back on the horse and making up lost ground in the championship standings with a strong effort in the No. 60 Sunset Hills Vineyard Ford Mustang FR500C prepared by Rehagan Racing on Sunday at Iowa Speedway.

The 250-mile race will feature nearly fifty entries as the KONI Challenge stages a combined ST and GS class race for round seven of the 2008 season. The 1.3-mile circuit boasts both ends of the racing spectrum, with a flat-out oval section as well as a very confined road course layout within the oval.

The Iowa event marks the first visit to the oval-based road course for Canney and Plumb as teammates. Plumb qualified second for the 2007 event and led over ninety laps of the race, giving the duo extra optimism for the race weekend.

"I'm looking forward to re-visiting the area, said Canney. During my college years, I rode a bicycle across Iowa 4 times as a part of RAGRAI (the Des Moines Registers Great Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa), and I am sure we passed through Newton."

"Our last race at Barber produced a disappointing result for us, but we are only midway through the season, and we have a great team to get us back on track and in to the points. As a driver, I'm looking forward to racing the next two weekends and we should be back in contention for the championship. I am ready to produce a strong finish at Iowa."

Further buoying the outlook for the weekend is the hope that the Ford Mustang, which took first and second in the 2007 event, is once again well suited for the track as the No. 60 looks to move up from fourth in the championship standings.

"The biggest thing will be for us to just stay out of trouble and get into a good pace early on," said Plumb. "Iowa and then next week at Trois-Rivieres are two tracks where you have a lot of concrete around you so that doesn't leave any room for errors like we were victims of recently. Quinn Conda (crew chief) has both the No. 58 and No. 60 cars ready to go, and everyone on the team is ready for this fast weekend."

The weekend race schedule features a promoter test day on Saturday, with an early morning practice session and then qualifying before a Sunday afternoon race to close out the weekend, which will also see the USAC Silver Crown Machines featured on Sunday afternoon.

-credit: www.mcanney.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Canney