VJ Mirzayan and Sarah Cattaneo to Co-Drive an RSR Mini in Continental Tire Challenge

MESA, Ariz.--RSR has announced that VJ Mirzayan and Sarah Cattaneo will co-drive one of the team's Mini Coopers in the Street Tuner class during the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season.

The announcement comes just three weeks after RSR announced that team owner Randall Smalley and veteran competitor Owen Trinkler will share another of the Automatic Racing-prepared Minis. With their team roster complete, RSR is ready for testing at Daytona next month.

Mirzayan and Cattaneo have both driven under the RSR banner in the past, but this will mark the first time that they have been co-drivers. Mirzayan is optimistic about the pairing. "I'm excited to co-drive with Sarah," he says. "She's very focused, and we'll be working together to accomplish the same goal. Good chemistry is very important and I think Sarah and I will have that."

For Cattaneo, it's also important to have good chemistry with the team itself. Returning to RSR was an easy choice for the Scottsdale, Arizona resident. "Randall (Smalley) is wonderful! He's from Arizona, too, and we met in 2007 through local racing there," says Cattaneo. "He runs a great team and I'm thrilled to be back with RSR."

Mirzayan is no stranger to the Street Tuner class of the Continental Tire Challenge: he's been competing in ST since 2006, with a long list of top-ten finishes. His accomplishments include a trio of second-place finishes at Iowa Speedway, Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway. The Fresno, California resident is also a driver coach.

Twenty-three year old Cattaneo got her first taste of Continental Tire Challenge competition in 2008, when she raced at Virginia International Raceway with RSR. Cattaneo returned in 2009 for select rounds, earning a best finish of sixth at Barber Motorsports Park, which she names as her favorite track on the schedule. Although she used to enjoy a different kind of horsepower--jumping horses competitively--Cattaneo is right at home behind the wheel of a race car, and already has two NASA regional championships to her name.

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