Matt Connolly Motorsports Prepares for Big Jump in 2006 After racing BMWs for five years in the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring (ST) class and a championship in 2001, Matt Connolly Motorsports has decided to take his team in a new direction. After ...
Matt Connolly Motorsports Prepares for Big Jump in 2006
After racing BMWs for five years in the Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring (ST) class and a championship in 2001, Matt Connolly Motorsports has decided to take his team in a new direction. After meeting with Prototype Technology Group (PTG) owner, Tom Milner, Connolly has purchased two of the current PTG BMW M3s. The Matt Connolly team plans to campaign as a privateer in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Grand Touring (GT) class.
"I've been fortunate this year to have Tom Milner, Jr. as my co-driver in ST and do some testing in the GT car as well. My goal was always to run a GT car in the Rolex series and the ST class has been an excellent training ground for that. When it came down to choosing cars for the effort, the M3 was the obvious choice. Tom Milner, Sr. offered me two of their current cars including technical support and a complete spares package. This made the decision very simple," says team owner, Matt Connolly.
The PTG owner is very pleased to have another BMW effort in the GT class. Since 1995, PTG has been the premier BMW development team in the United States. To Milner, bringing in another BMW team can only mean more excitement for BMW team owners and fans.
"Matt has raced BMWs before, so it is a logical step to make. We are very happy to have him compete and I feel strongly that this will help him, our team, and other BMW teams. The more BMWs the better. We are willing to help him on the track, off the track, and with technical issues. Having another BMW team win makes us just as happy to win ourselves," states Milner.
In 2006, Connolly will be focusing solely on his GT class entries with plans to sell his ST cars and spare parts. Although no driver line-up or sponsor list has been finalized, Connolly plans to move forward with his transition into the GT class as early as the September Watkins Glen International race.
"All of my ST equipment will be up for sale after VIR, where I will be running one GT car on my own. My crew chief, John, and I will worked with the PTG team at Watkins Glen to further familiarize ourselves with the new equipment. We want to be completely prepared for Daytona next year. With this in mind we are also looking forward to bringing on new drivers and sponsors for 2006," added Connolly.