SCC: Laguna Seca: Hopwood, Burrows preview

"There's a first time for everything..." as Hopwood and Burrows take KONI Challenge points lead to Laguna (Indianapolis, IN) 17 May 07--The last time Turner Motorport racer Adam Burrows drove at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Major League...

"There's a first time for everything..." as Hopwood and Burrows take KONI Challenge points lead to Laguna

(Indianapolis, IN) 17 May 07--The last time Turner Motorport racer Adam Burrows drove at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Major League Baseball was on strike, some guy named Kevin Smith was working on a movie about two dudes behind a cash register, Whitney Houston took Album of the Year Grammy honors for "I Will Always Love You," and ninety-five million people watched the worlds slowest car chase involving a white Bronco.

So while he can say he's driven Laguna Seca before, it has indeed been quite some time for the Connecticut resident.

"The last time I actually drove on track here was during a racing school when I was first getting into the sport," said Burrows. "Recently, I've been spending a lot of time running Laguna on PS2, so I know which way the turns go, which should be pretty helpful. Seriously, though, some of the reference points have changed since I was there in a formula car, but I think my mental familiarity should help me get comfortable. I'm certainly looking forward to the test day on Thursday to get some extra time out there."

And even though it's been some time, at least Burrows has been to Laguna before, which gives him bragging rights over his teammate, Trevor Hopwood. The Laguna weekend marks the furthest west that Hopwood has competed after establishing an impressive resume racing in the Northeast.

"I feel like a little kid coming out here," said Hopwood. "I've always wanted to drive this track and I'm sure that I'll have a huge smile on my face every time I turn down the corkscrew this weekend. I hope that Adam and I can maintain the momentum we've built in the first few races."

Burrows and Hopwood have some momentum indeed, as the two former Spec Racer teammates scored third place at Iowa Speedway to go two in a row on podium results and emerge from the weekend as points leaders in the ST Class of Grand-Am KONI Challenge competition. The duo is looking to keep the Turner Motorsport legacy of championships alive in their rookie KONI campaign.

"The main thing is we know we are going to have a good car this weekend," said Hopwood. "(Will) Turner's guys do a great job. This BMW is really well balanced and the Stoptech brakes are fantastic so hopefully that will play into our hands for the race."

The 112-lap ST-Class only KONI race will go green on Saturday afternoon. Grand-Am.com will provide live timing and scoring for the event.

-credit: SGM/BurrowsHopwoodRacing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Adam Burrows
Teams Turner Motorsport