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MJK RACING READY FOR 2008 SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA Altamonte Springs, FL - Michael Kern and the crew of the MJK Racing team are celebrating their inaugural entry of the ...

MJK RACING READY FOR 2008 SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

Altamonte Springs, FL - Michael Kern and the crew of the MJK Racing team are celebrating their inaugural entry of the #55 Delta Connection Academy / FuelClinic.com GT-1 Camaro in the 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park, Topeka to be held October 6th thru the 12th.

Each year, drivers race in 70 events across the country to qualify for one last, winner-take-all event in October - the National Championship Runoffs. Some of the most famous American racers have won at the Runoffs, including Bobby Rahal, Boris Said, Paul Newman, Scott Sharp and Skip Barber.

Now that they have secured a spot in the race by finishing 8th in championship points out of 23 drivers in the extremely challenging Southeast Division, the team is busy preparing the car for the race.

Working late into the night, Michael and his volunteer crew are burning the midnight oil to prepare the car for the 1,300 mile trip to Topeka.

"There's a lot to get done in a short period of time; we made our final decision to race on September 15th." says Michael, as sweat drips from his forehead on a cool Florida evening. "We've just received many new parts for the car, and have developed some upgrades into the chassis."

In addition to new equipment and adding new sponsorship logos like FuelClinic.com, Michael has spent all of his free time going over every piece of this car, and he knows what he's looking at - as Michael has literally built this car himself.

"Every bit of it, every nut, every wire, every drop of paint, everything that isn't the most basic frame or body panels - all of it, I did that" he says with a smile. "When I got it, it was barely together and the car hadn't been raced in years; it was basically a frame, some driveline, and the loosely attached body panels."

Michael and his talented groups of friends spent 2003 through 2005 turning the dusty old 1994 IMSA GTO car into the racing machine it is today. It's been competitive against teams with far more resources, full time crews, and much deeper pockets.

"I love to race, it's what I'm supposed to do!" says Michael. About MJK Racing: MJK Racing is a sports car racing team currently competing in the GT-1 Class of the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) National Club Racing Series. MJK Racing has been involved in this SCCA racing series since the summer of 2003. In addition to SCCA racing, MJK Racing actively competes in other specialty and vintage sports car races.

The MJK Racing Chevrolet Camaro began its first season of racing in July of 2005 after two years of extensive restoration, fabrication and development. MJK Racing is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. About FuelClinic.com: FuelClinic.com is a website dedicate to helping people reduce fuel consumption by teaching them improved driving habits and providing tools for monitoring their mileage to provide real feedback on their progress. FuelClinic decided to sponsor MJK Racing in order to help appeal to a wider audience of consumers and automotive enthusiasts who could benefit from the website.

-Credit: FuelClinic.com / MJK Racing

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Series SCCA
Drivers Boris Said , Scott Sharp , Bobby Rahal , Paul Newman , Skip Barber