Martinelli Motorsports to Take on Grand-Am Cup's Grand Sport Class in 2006
ROXBURY, Conn. -- The 2006 Grand-Am Cup season will have a new competitor in the Grand Sport class with the emergence of Martinelli Motorsports, who have announced that they will run the entire season in a BMW M3.
Jason Martinelli and Jeff McMillin have teamed up to co-drive the orange-liveried M3, marking the first time that the two have shared the driver's seat. Martinelli has already gleaned experience driving a BMW M3 in Grand-Am Cup. The 29-year-old drove in the series in 2004, making his step up to professional racing after honing his skills in Historic Sportscar Racing and BMW CCA events. Martinelli also competed in the SPEED World Challenge Series in select rounds throughout 2004 and 2005.
McMillin will be making his debut in Grand-Am Cup, but the veteran driver has been driving street stock machines for over a decade. In 1997, McMillin took the Speedvision Cup Championship. He then followed it up with the series' GT-class championship in 2000.
"I'm really excited about driving with Jeff," Martinelli commented. "He and I were teammates in World Challenge. I have a lot of respect for the experience and knowledge that he brings to the team."
"I started out with street stock endurance, then went on to sprint racing," said McMillin. "As a driver it rounds you out. Endurance teaches you how to conserve the car, but sprints help in the last five minutes of the race when you're really dicing it out. The competition next year will be intense. Dependability and consistency will be key."
Martinelli and McMillin have been busy testing their E46-model M3 in preparation for the coming race season. Crew chief Kent McCray has handled the preparation of the car and will continue to oversee Martinelli Motorsports next year. McCray and McMillin have worked closely on previous projects, and McCray was an easy choice for the team.
Martinelli Motorsports will next be on track during test days at Daytona International Raceway, January 4-7.