MX-5: Brett Smrz Laguna Seca preview

SMRZ RETURNS TO MAZDA MX-5 CUP DRIVER'S SEAT IN CALIFORNIA Rising American racer enters Round Two fifth in the title chase MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 14, 2009) -- Left-leg amputee and aspiring professional race car driver Brett Smrz resumes his 2009...

SMRZ RETURNS TO MAZDA MX-5 CUP DRIVER'S SEAT IN CALIFORNIA
Rising American racer enters Round Two fifth in the title chase

MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 14, 2009) -- Left-leg amputee and aspiring professional race car driver Brett Smrz resumes his 2009 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup campaign on May 16th, with Round Two taking place at the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Northern California. The talented American, who is taking part in both closed and open-wheel pro series this season, enters his fourth career series race as one of the pilots slated to challenge for top honors.

Smrz returns to the driver's seat of his Atlanta Motorsports Group prepared No. 6 RaceSimsRus.com/In Touch Physical Therapy Mazda Mx-5 car poised to better his previous series best result of third, earned last season at Mosport International Raceway. The former karting standout, who's left leg was amputated following a freak trampoline accident in 2007, showed great speed in the season-opener at Road Atlanta, overcoming a spin and a broken gearbox to finish a hard fought fifth. Given this result, the fact that Smrz holds the current Formula Ford lap record at Laguna Seca, and that the race facility is the former home track of the Atlanta Motorsports Group, many believe the Idaho native will be quick right from the get-go in Northern California.

"I feel great about this weekend at Mazda Raceway," said Smrz. "Jason Hoover with Atlanta Motorsports Group used to live in this area, and we are all confident that we will be on the podium this weekend. We had a bit of a shaky ride at Atlanta, hopefully this one will be smooth sailing."

The Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca gets underway for Smrz and the rest of the field on Thursday (May 14) via three promoter's test day sessions. One day later, the talented young driver will have two 30-minute practice sessions to further work on fine-tuning his car. The grid for race two of the nine-race season will be set via Saturday morning (May 16) qualifying, followed by the green flag waving for the race in Northern California at 11:25 a.m. local time.

Fans can watch live timing of the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup from Laguna Seca via the series website at www.mx-5cup.com

-credit: www.brettsmrz.com

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