SCC: VIR II: Blackforest Motorsports preview

Blackforest Motorsports looking to close out 2006 with strong showing in Virginia Champ Car star Alex Tagliani rejoins Blackforest for VIR finale DeLand, FL (5 October 2006)-The 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series season will race to its conclusion this...

Blackforest Motorsports looking to close out 2006 with strong showing in Virginia

Champ Car star Alex Tagliani rejoins Blackforest for VIR finale

DeLand, FL (5 October 2006)-The 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series season will race to its conclusion this weekend with a six-hour enduro at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.

Blackforest Motorsports, which recently announced plans for a 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series GT campaign with a Prep2 Ford Mustang Cobra, will bring a three-car assault to the event with nine drivers sharing the driving duties in the Ford Mustang FR500C. The VIR round marks the final race of Valerie Limoges' rookie Grand-Am Cup season and the Canadian, who sits 15th out of over one hundred Grand Am Cup drivers in the points standings, is looking to close out her rookie year on a high note.

The team nearly added to the Ford Mustang win tally earlier this season, as the USG Sheetrock entry of David Empringham and Limoges crossed the finish line in first position at VIR in April, but was subsequently penalized after the race and relegated to a tenth position in the final results. Limoges will once again team with fellow Quebecois Alex Tagliani as well as Travis Walker of Ontario.

"It's been an up and down year for us for sure, but I've learned a lot and after nearly winning here earlier this season, it would be great to come back and be able to get that victory," said Limoges. "I know that our team is going to be strong here again so long as we can save the car for the finish. I'm glad to be driving with Alex and Travis this weekend and I think the Blackforest cars should be fast."

Team Australia racer Tagliani has proven to be a quick study in the Mustangs in his two previous outings with the team, as he has led races and run competitively, although his results have been damped by some procedural penalties.

"I am looking forward to racing the Mustang again with Blackforest," said Tagliani. "Brian Nott does a fantastic job, and we've run up front every time. If we can just avoid getting any penalties this time, I think we should be strong. I've never been to VIR, but it looks like a great track, so hopefully we can get a win for Blackforest and Ford to finish their season."

The sister Blackforest entries will boast Ian James, Tom Nastasi, and David Empringham in the No. 6 USG Sheetrock/ Ramset Tools/ OMP/ Palm Coast Ford/ Ford Credit machine, with Forest Barber, Terry Borcheller, and Scott Turner sharing the No. 2 Mustang.

A promoter test day on Thursday will open the weekend, with Friday providing three practice sessions before Saturday's 10:00 AM qualifying session to set the grid for the 3:00 PM race start.

-credit: www.blackforestms.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Ian James , Terry Borcheller , David Empringham , Tom Nastasi , Forest Barber , Valérie Limoges , Scott Turner , Travis Walker