GT3: Utah rounds three, four preview

PORSCHE DRIVERS HEAD TO UTAH FOR A CONTINUATION OF SEBRING EXCITEMENT BRASELTON, Ga. May 12 --The racing action for IMSA Challenge by Michelin series competitors will soon be heating up as they head to rounds three and four at Miller Motorsports...

PORSCHE DRIVERS HEAD TO UTAH FOR A CONTINUATION OF SEBRING EXCITEMENT

BRASELTON, Ga. May 12 --The racing action for IMSA Challenge by Michelin series competitors will soon be heating up as they head to rounds three and four at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

This will be the third time IMSA Challenge competitors have raced their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machines at Miller Motorsports Park, but 2008 is the first time they have competed on the 3.06-mile "Outer Loop" course.

"This configuration is a little less technical than last year," Gold Cup driver Melanie Snow explained. "They cut off a lot of the turns, but the transition to the outer loop is very fast."

Last year Snow, competing at the track where she is a driving instructor, experienced wiring loom problems. This year she hopes to put the bad luck behind her and repeat her podium performance at Sebring.

Bob Faieta, 2007 series champion, won rounds one and two at Sebring International Raceway in March. Rounds three and four will be a continuation of his battle with Dino Steiner, Tom Papadopoulos and Patrick Kelly in the Platinum Cup.

The IMSA Challenge by Michelin features semi-professional and gentleman drivers racing head to head in Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars -- one of the world's most successful race cars - with sealed motors and transmissions. The latest purpose-built race cars, based on the 2008 Porsche 911 body style, has sealed 420 h.p. engines and six-speed transmissions, providing for close racing where the driver's talents are exemplified.

Porsche Motorsport North America provides technical support for the series with personnel, parts and expertise both away from and at the track

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin.com) employs more than 22,300 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

In 2008 there are 14 rounds at seven famous tracks in North America including Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla., Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with Formula One in Montreal.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Dino Steiner , Gilles Villeneuve , Tom Papadopoulos , Patrick Kelly , Melanie Snow , Bob Faieta