KINETIC MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES DRIVER LINEUP AND MAKES KONI CHALLENGE SERIES DEBUT Buford, Ga. -- Kinetic Motorsports has arrived at Daytona International Speedway for the annual Grand-Am January Tests at Daytona. Created by Kinetic owners...
KINETIC MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES DRIVER LINEUP AND MAKES KONI CHALLENGE SERIES DEBUT
Buford, Ga. -- Kinetic Motorsports has arrived at Daytona International Speedway for the annual Grand-Am January Tests at Daytona. Created by Kinetic owners Russell Smith and Nic Jonsson, this will be the first professional appearance of the effort anchored by Jonsson as well as world renowned driver Boris Said. Kinetic has chosen BMWs as the racing platform and will utilize Kinetic Sunbelt Engines for the power under the hood. The new team will field multiple cars throughout the 2007 season and have signed Savvion President and CEO, Shawn Price as well as seventeen year old expert Puerto Rican driver Bryan Ortiz as additional drivers. Tracy Krohn who competes with Jonsson in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve has also signed on with Kinetic and will drive one of the BMWs at select companion events this season along with co-driver John Kotts.
"We have every intention of running up front this season and gunning for a GS championship," said Kinetic General Manager Ed Hall. "We are going to Daytona to stretch our legs and to get the cars on the track in preparation for the upcoming race season. Having signed the drivers that we have, I feel that a championship is quite possible. Nic and Boris have years of professional driving under their belts and even more specifically, BMW factory experience. We have a strong team in place for 2007 with Shawn and Bryan joining us along with Tracy and John and I am eager to see what the future holds for us."
Although the tests at Daytona International Speedway are not quite as fast paced as race conditions, teams will have the chance to see what their "off season" preparations have resulted in giving them the opportunity to make even the smallest of changes if necessary. Not only will the tests give each team an idea of what they are working with, it will prepare crew and drivers alike for the biggest race weekend on the Grand-Am calendar -- the Rolex 24 at Daytona which includes the KONI Challenge 200.
For Jonsson, who competes with Krohn Racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Series in a Daytona prototype, the test days will be a bit different this year as he is embarking on his first appearance in professional racing as both an owner and driver.
"The entire weekend will be spent concentrating on getting acquainted with the new BMWs as well as preparing ourselves for the KONI Challenge Series race here at Daytona," said Jonsson. "To be able to start the season at the perhaps the world's most famous racetrack is something that always impresses fans as well as the teams that compete in Grand-Am. Daytona is an extremely fast track and I think that after these valuable test days, we will be able to dial in the cars for a shot at the podium. Having talented drivers like Boris, Brian, Shawn, Tracy and John on board as teammates is something that I am looking forward to as both an owner and driver. We are all very excited to get behind the wheels of the Kinetic BMWs and especially have the chance to shoot for the championship."