Morgans Get First Taste of Grand Am Competition April 30, 2005, (Monterey, CA)---The first visit to Laguna Seca by the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series was also the first chance veteran sports car drivers Charles and Rob Morgan to ...
Morgans Get First Taste of Grand Am Competition
April 30, 2005, (Monterey, CA)---The first visit to Laguna Seca by the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series was also the first chance veteran sports car drivers Charles and Rob Morgan to experience Daytona Prototypes in competition. Driving the Number 31 Margraf Racing Pontiac-Riley sponsored by Querencia Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas, Rob Morgan qualified a respectable 15th out of 24 prototypes with a lap time of 1 minute 27.260 around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Fifteen minutes is not a lot of qualifying time. I only got seven laps, so I'm pretty happy with where we ended up. I've gone quicker in each session this weekend. I have to remind myself that I haven't driven in competition for a few years. I'm used to being closer to the front, but the race is another matter. The more I drive, the more comfortable I feel, and so I am really looking forward to the race. With the right pit strategy and a few breaks, we'll have a good finish."
Charles Morgan was equally pleased. "It feels good to get back into a race car at Laguna Seca. It's been a long time since I drove a sports prototype. Every lap I'm getting more and more feel for the car. Tomorrow's race will be a real challenge. Racing the prototypes against the GT class will keep me extremely busy. There will be a lot of passing. I'm ready for it."
Team owner Bill Margraf has been impressed with the professionalism and race sense both Morgans have. "Charles and Rob have been around racing for a long time. They know what they want and how to get it. They're real racers with a lot of race experience and savvy. I predict a strong debut for the Morgans, " said Margraf.
The Number 31 Margraf Racing Pontiac Riley is sponsored by Querencia Golf Club, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Designed to take place among the world's most prestigious private and residential communities in the world, Querencia offers a private Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course nestled within an exclusive 880-acre community along the Sea of Cortez. Other sponsors include Truspeed Motorcars in Costa Mesa, California and Nolte Engineering in Sacramento.