Patrick Barrett and PR1 Finish a Season Best Fourth at Miller Grand-Am
Los Osos, Ca -- September 21, 2008. Patrick Barrett and co-driver Mike Forest finished 4th in the GT class in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season finale this past Saturday September 20th at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The 6 ¾ hour long event was held on the 4.486-mile, 23-turn endurance road course.
Their excellent performance in the SunRichGourmet.com 1000K was PR1 Motorsport's highest place finish in their seven race rookie season. The duo emerged literally unscathed from their longest event of the season, a race that saw plenty of contact, off track excursions and mechanical problems within the field of 16 Daytona Prototypes and 21 Grand Touring cars.
The six man crew performed flawless pit stops and consistently gained positions for the #32 Miracle Sealants/Konica Minolta/Kolliner-Long Gallery Pontiac GXP.R throughout the race. The nineteen year old Barrett's fourth Grand-Am start proved to be very productive as he improved his track position in each of his three driving stints; 11th to 6th in the opening, 16th to 6th in the middle and 8th to 4th in the final stint.
When asked to describe his feelings about the team's fourth place finish Barrett stated, "We went through all kinds of obstacles today. We had a problem with our first pit stop/driver change when the door didn't shut, which with a return to the pits, set us back quite a few positions. Then the rain sent everyone in pit lane into a frenzy, but we came through it well in the end. We just had to keep reminding ourselves that it was a long race. Everyone on the team did a great job. Our pit stops were practically perfect, and Mike's performance on slick tires in the rain was amazing."
Barrett described what happened during key sessions and how that ultimately contributed to their best finish of the season. "A big key to today's result was a combination of the team's pit strategy, and Mike and I staying out of trouble. In my first thirty minutes in the car, I went from eleventh to sixth because of a couple of overly aggressive drivers, and by patiently working my way through the field. Our biggest break came when it rained though. We thought about coming in for rain tires but decided against it, and the track dried up pretty quickly. That kept Mike in the lead group for a long time, and when he handed the car over to me for our final driver change, I did what I needed to do to bring it home. After the final restart I took the opportunity to get by as many cars as possible and eventually got out into clean air and controlled what pace I needed to finish. Probably the best part of the race came when I got the white flag and was running by myself. I asked the team what position I was in and they said 'P4.' I was shocked!"
"PR1 supplied me with a great car all year long. We learned so much every race and continue to learn more, but more importantly we've made ourselves known here in the sports car community, and it would be great to continue our progress in the future. After the race I received a lot of personal congrats from people in Grand-Am and the GM group. I'm just going to continue working on funding, improving my fitness level, and staying in touch with everyone I've met this year."
"I want to thank my personal sponsors Kolliner-Long Gallery based in Cambria, California and Alpinestars for their tremendous support. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today doing what I love."
PR1's road racing 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.