SCC: LNS Motorsports, Knobel Racing join forces

LNS Motorsports and Knobel Racing join forces for Grand-Am Cup LNS Motorsports of Knoxville, TN and Knobel Racing of Ft. Lauderdale, FL announced today their intention to join forces and compete as a single team for the remainder of the 2005 ...

LNS Motorsports and Knobel Racing join forces for Grand-Am Cup

LNS Motorsports of Knoxville, TN and Knobel Racing of Ft. Lauderdale, FL announced today their intention to join forces and compete as a single team for the remainder of the 2005 Grand-Am Cup season. Both teams compete in the Grand Sport division of the Grand-Am Cup series with Porsche 996s, Knobel Racing with the number 88 entry and LNS with the number 89.

In addition to the 88 and 89 cars that have competed in first three rounds of the 2005 series, the team has indicated they plan to field a third entry, the number 85 car possibly as early as the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca.

The Knobel Racing 88 car will continue to represent Hop-A-Jet Worldwide Jet Charter, Cayman Overseas Development and Gemstar while the LNS number 89 entry will carry "The Skin Wellness Center" of Knoxville, Tennessee as primary sponsor.

According to Barry Ellis of Knobel Racing, "I believe this was a logical progression for both organizations. We operate the same type of equipment and have found we work very well as a team. Mike Grande and LNS Motorsports put together some very talented people and showed up at Daytona looking like seasoned veterans. With the level of competition in Grand-Am Cup this year, having two teams working together on development of the cars is the only way to expect success".

Michael Grande of LNS stated, "We are thrilled that LNS Motorsports and Knobel are teaming up for Grand-Am Cup. Their experience coupled with our technical expertise should give us the potential to become a force in this series.

Although new to Grand-Am Cup in 2005, LNS Motorsports has campaigned cars in SPEED World Challenge as well as many club racing series over the past three years focusing their efforts mostly on the Porsche marque, but also supporting efforts in BWMs and Ferraris.

Knobel Racing, having enjoyed success at the club racing level in their Porsche 993 and 996, entered the Grand-Am Cup scene at the 2004 Miami 250 at Homestead Florida. In the teams initial event they scored a second place finish in the GS class and have targeted the 2005 season to gain experience in the series and familiarize themselves with the many new tracks they will compete on.

-KR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Barry Ellis , Michael Grande