Successful season complete for 2013 Continental Rookie of the Year

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Joined with co-driver Marc Miller, McAleer earned one pole position and two wins.

New York, NY. (Oct. 4). The 2013 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season concluded last weekend at Lime Rock Park and the finale was a special one for 29 year old scot Stevan McAleer. Not only did he make his GS class debut in the final event, but McAleer entered the event already clinching the 2013 Monticello Motor Club Rookie of the Year title in the previous race round.

After winning the 2012 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship with CJ Wilson Racing, McAleer signed for another stint with the team in 2013 for the team's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST class efforts. Joined with co-driver Marc Miller, McAleer earned one pole position and two wins.

"Marc has the whole package, which very few drivers do," said McAleer of his co-driver of the #5 Mazda MX-5. "Some are fast but can't pass. Others are great for interviews but have no personality. He's very fast, smart and has a great race craft."

#5 CJ Wilson Racing Mazda MX-5: Stevan McAleer, Marc Miller
#5 CJ Wilson Racing Mazda MX-5: Stevan McAleer, Marc Miller

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

His first year in endurance racing, McAleer found himself learning a new race craft of his own. After eighteen years of sprint racing, Stevan never learned the art of conserving fuel while battling for position.

"Being told on the radio to slow down and conserve fuel is very hard to judge," said McAleer. "In sprint racing, the maximum time is 50 minute races. Endurance races adds a whole level of competition."

Growth and development came with each race, but the highlight of the young racer's season came in round two in a final lap battle against Terry Borcheller. A daring pass by Stevan on Borcheller led to the Scot's first CTSCC win. A hometown win for CJ Wilson racing, it strengthened the team's outlook for the season as McAleer pursued the Rookie of the Year title.

"I have raced with some great race car drivers this year, and even with two wins in my rookie season there is a tremendous amount of talent out there. It was an honor to stand up on the stage at the banquet and represent the team."

McAleer's 2014 plans are still under development as sports car racing in North America changes from two merged series to the Tudor United SportsCar Series.

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