SCC: Utah: BGB Motorsports preview

BGB LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN UTAH WITH 3 CARS (Salt Lake City, UT, USA - September 16, 2009) With only two races remaining on the 2009 Koni Sports Car Challenge Series schedule, every team is looking to put their best foot forward and ...

BGB LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN UTAH WITH 3 CARS

(Salt Lake City, UT, USA - September 16, 2009) With only two races remaining on the 2009 Koni Sports Car Challenge Series schedule, every team is looking to put their best foot forward and produce strong results going into the approaching off-season. BGB Motorsports brought 3 Porsche 911s and a bullpen of seasoned road racing veterans 2400 miles across the country to try and make this a reality.

While both classes of Koni cars will be racing on track simultaneously at this event, it shouldn't present any issues for the 23 Grand Sport and 19 Street Tuner cars. The fresh state of the art Miller Motorsports Park facility features the longest race track in North America. With 24 turns and nearly 4.5 miles of pavement to provide some breathing room, it will make for great competition. The event begins on Thursday September 17th with a promoter test day. Qualifying for Friday's race will be at 4:00pm on September 18th. Teams will not have much turnaround time, however, to get ready for Friday's 2.5 hour race that begins at 6:00pm and run into the darkness.

David Riddle of Vancouver, BC, Canada and Kris Wilson will return in their #26 Porsche sponsored by C-Max Racing. Following a very successful test of the car last week, everyone seems is positive about the car's chances. In 2007, the pair finished 3rd at this race. Last year Kris Wilson qualified on the pole and led a fair chunk of the race before being hit by another competitor. Both Riddle and Wilson certainly seem to be at home at this track and they certainly have some unfinished business here.

Returning again will be Scott Russell of Conyers, GA and Guy Cosmo of West Palm Beach, FL. The duo joined together to finish 12th this past July at Barber Motorsports Park in their first race in the #83 BGB Motorsports Porsche sponsored by PerformanceDrink.com. Anxious to improve on that finishing position and show even better, the two are excited to be back again with BGB after such a long hiatus. Guy Cosmo had more to say:

"I'm excited about the Utah event. I've raced here several times before and really enjoy the track. I ran out here earlier this year in a Porsche on the outer loop and was able to learn a few more things. Even though we haven't been testing, the team has and they're continuing to learn. I know that Scott has been working on his road racing and came out here to see the track before running it. He did well in the car at Barber. I'm very optimistic."

Returning for the first time since the opening round at Daytona International Speedway will be BGB alumni and Porsche driver Craig Stanton. Stanton will team with David Thilenius of Howell, Michigan. The event will Mark Thilenius' first time driving a Koni Challenge Porsche in anger, but the driver is not concerned about getting up to speed. No stranger to street stock racing, Thilenius has been at it a long time and with the BGB crew and Craig Stanton working with him, he'll be dialed in come qualifying. Usually seen driving a Honda Civic Si for Bill Fenton Motorsports, the team is not entered to run the Utah event, so Thilenius was able to finally get into the Porsche. Team Manager John Tecce had more to add:

"We are very fortunate to have a driver lineup like this for this event. I think that "seasoned" is a great word to describe our driver lineup; in this series, race craft counts for everything and we've got it. Each one of our cars has a realistic shot at doing very well. It will be nice to see all of them back running out there together, having been out the game for nearly all of the season."

-credit: bgbm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Cosmo , Scott Russell , Craig Stanton , Bill Fenton , John Tecce , David Thilenius , David Riddle , Kris Wilson