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Hopwood and Burrows Look For Bounce Back at Miller Tooele, UT (16 September, 2008)--Entering this weekend's round nine of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge season at Miller Motorsports Park, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood are experiencing two...

Hopwood and Burrows Look For Bounce Back at Miller

Tooele, UT (16 September, 2008)--Entering this weekend's round nine of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge season at Miller Motorsports Park, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood are experiencing two different seasons so far this year with the No. 76 Fischer Skis Compass360 Racing Acura TSX.

One of those seasons looks markedly like the championship-winning season they had last year. In fact, it nearly looks even better, as the two have combined for two wins in the last four race outings as they've quickly mastered the move to front wheel drive racing.

The other season, though, is decidedly less attractive. While six top-tens from eight race starts is a healthy statistic in such a competitive field, the two that were not top-tens (29th at Mid-Ohio after a hub failure sent Hopwood hurtling down the back straight on just three wheels, and a DNF at Iowa as the duo were podium-bound before a driveshaft gave out) have been the most costly in the championship chase.

In the last four races, the duo have experienced both the highs of victory and the lows that racing can create. But the two will look to bounce back from a disappointing New Jersey outing to return to the KONI Challenge podium this Sunday in the penultimate round of the 2008 season. The Miller weekend is staged just outside Salt Lake City, setting the nearly five-mile track at over 4,500 feet above sea level.

"We are probably going to be at a disadvantage to the turbo cars running at this altitude, but hopefully we can be best of the rest this weekend," said Burrows, who qualified on the front row for this event last year. "Having Ray Lee call our race could well help us make up for that in terms of strategy, and we know that the Compass360 guys will have a great car for us again this weekend. We've experienced some up and down weekends lately, so we figure that we should look for an 'up' weekend at Miller since New Jersey was far from an ideal event for us."

"We were really fast at New Jersey and moved up from 25th to be fighting for a podium before we were penalized," said Hopwood. "You have to forget about how frustrating that kind of situation is, and just focus ahead on how we can make the most of this race weekend. We are probably at a disadvantage this weekend power-wise, but there is no question we are going to try to make the most of it. We don't have to be conservative with our calls because of any championship concerns, so we will be going at it full tilt."

A promoter test day will open the weekend on Thursday, with Friday practice preceding Saturday's early morning qualifying session. Sunday is scheduled for an 11:15 AM local time race start.

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Trevor Hopwood , Adam Burrows
Teams Compass360 Racing