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Kyle Gimple to Make Debut at Continental Tire Challenge Series Alex Talbot to Join Gimple in the Matt Connolly Motorsports Mazda Miata MX-5 Altamonte Springs, FL/July 14, 2010 Young up-and-coming Mustang Challenge Series driver, Kyle Gimple of...

Kyle Gimple to Make Debut at Continental Tire Challenge Series
Alex Talbot to Join Gimple in the Matt Connolly Motorsports Mazda Miata MX-5

Altamonte Springs, FL/July 14, 2010 Young up-and-coming Mustang Challenge Series driver, Kyle Gimple of Minden, Nevada is making his Continental Tire Challenge Series debut this weekend in the Garden State 250 taking place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park for the eighth round of the 2010 GRAND-AM season. The 18-year old driver will be joined by Alex Talbot of West Dundee, Illinois in the Matt Connolly Motorsports Mazda Miata MX-5 that is being sponsored this weekend by Interconex, A2Z Racer Gear, and P1 Groupe.

"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity to drive for MCM in the Continental Tires series," said Gimple. "What I am looking to gain from this opportunity is the experience driving in a series higher then what I am driving in now (the Mustang Challenge). The MX5 I will be driving is a great car to take this next step in my career. I have driven a similar car before so I'm hoping there won't be a big learning curve, although I know there will be a lot of traffic to contend with this weekend."

Gimple, although young, has already achieved success in his short career. Taking Rookie of the Year honors in the 2009 Skip Barber Western Regional Championship, and finishing 3rd in Driver Championship points. This was followed up by winning the 2010 Skip Barber Western Regional Championship with an impressive 6 Wins and 11 Podium finishes in just 12 events before signing with ICY Racing of the 2010 Miller Cup Mustang Challenge. To date Gimple sits 10th in the Driver Points Championship in the Mustang Challenge although he missed the opening round of the series. Kyle has competed in four of the five events in 2010 with all four starts inside the Top-10 with two Top-5 finishes, including one podium finish at Lime Rock Park.

Alex Talbot is still in his first year racing professionally, but has acclimated himself nicely to the team and the Miata MX-5. Team owner Matt Connolly thinks the tandem will have a strong race weekend, and give the team a boost going into the final rounds of the series.

"I am quite pumped up for this weekend and I think MCM has put together the perfect platform for a successful weekend!" Alex Talbot. "We have a new motor with all the updates we have been missing, we are at the closest thing for a home track and we have the very talented Kyle Gimple as my co-driver now. Really, this weekend is going to put the Interconex, Inc. MX-5 back in the hunt and help Mazda get some very valuable manufacturer points!"

"Everything I've heard about Kyle, both as a young man and driver, have been very positive," said Matt Connolly, team owner of Matt Connolly Motorsports. "He's accomplished a great deal in a very short time and I'm looking forward to seeing what he and Alex can do behind the wheel this weekend. The car is a former race winner in this series, and my guys have worked so hard to give Alex and Kyle the best car they possibly can. It would be a great debut for Kyle and great progression for Alex to get their first podium together."

-source: p1groupe

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Skip Barber , Matt Connolly , Alex Talbot , Kyle Gimple