SCC: VIR: Patrick Barrett debut preview

Patrick Barrett Makes His Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Debut at Virginia International Raceway this Sunday, April 27th Los Osos, Ca - April 21, 2008 - Patrick Barrett will make his Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the Bosch ...

Patrick Barrett Makes His Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Debut at Virginia International Raceway this Sunday, April 27th

Los Osos, Ca - April 21, 2008 - Patrick Barrett will make his Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway this Sunday, April 27th.

2007 Team USA Scholarship winner and 2007 Pacific F2000 Champion Barrett will co-drive the PR1 Motorsports/Kolliner-Long Gallery Pontiac GXP.R with Canadian Mike Forest. The 18 year old from Los Osos, California will contest the premiere North American endurance sports car road racing series with the team that he dominated the Pacific F2000 Championship in 2007.

"I'm really excited about competing in my first Grand-Am race this weekend. I've been working extensively with PR1 Motorsports throughout the off season to develop our knowledge of the Pontiac GXP.R." says Barrett. "The car is a big step up from the much lighter open wheel cars that I competed in last year, but I've been learning a lot about driving the heavy GT."

Drivers in the dual class series share driving duties in the 2.75 to 24 hour Grand-Am races. The VIR race will run 2 hours and 45 minutes or 250 miles on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course.

"I tested a Star Mazda formula car at VIR last October and enjoyed my time on the circuit. It's very fast, flowing and smooth, so I'm happy that I have some knowledge of the track. It could be a tough race though because the weather can be hot and humid at VIR, and we do stints of up to 1 ½ hour with in-car temps at around 125 degrees. I've been training really hard during the off season and have been building my physical endurance, so I feel real good about the weekend."

Barrett's race car is a rear wheel drive Pontiac G6 GXP.R with a tubular space-frame steel chassis and carbon-fiber and steel body which is home to a 6.0L LS2 V-8 that produces 450 brake horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual sequential gearbox.

-credit: PatrickBarrettRacing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Patrick Barrett , Mike Forest