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Bentley to Drive New ...

Bentley to Drive New #6 Ford Riley & Scott

Veteran race car driver Ross Bentley, of Vancouver, B.C., will join the newly formed Miracle Motorsports/Serta Mattress #6 team in tonight's Sun Automotive 200. Bentley will share driving duties in the Ford Riley & Scott with Russell Racing School Graduate Champion Brent Sherman, of Barrington, Ill. Bentley, who previously drove with the #27 Doran Lista Racing team, was initially slated to run with Miracle Motorsports at the Six Hours at The Glen, but will instead begin his stint with the team this weekend, replacing the seat of team owner John Macaluso. Bentley and Sherman will start from the back of the back of the pack in tonight's race since they missed qualifying to replace their engine. "Starting in the back of the pack does has its benefits," Macaluso said. "We know we have a strong car, hopefully all of the bad luck for the weekend is out of the way.

Muzzy Racing for Leukemia Society of America

For each lap completed by the Muzzy Racing team's #56 Viper, money will be earned for the Leukemia Society of America. All-Cut Concrete Cutting Company General Manager Rob Holladay decided to sponsor the Viper in this weekend's race as a way to help raise money for the foundation. Holladay's granddaughter was diagnosis with leukemia in 1998 and was found to be cancer free earlier this month. Holladay and the Muzzy Racing have been collecting pledges for donations based on laps completed, completing the event, placement and unconditional to go to the Leukemia Society of America. The Muzzy Racing #56 Viper will complete in the GTS class in tonight's event.

X-1R Pole Awards Given Out in All Five Classes

The X-1R Performance Lubricants 'Run With The Best' Pole Awards were awarded to the top qualifiers in all five of the Rolex Sports Car Series classes. Chris Bingham, in the Fordahl Motorsports #5 Saleen S7R, and Andy Lally, in the Archangel Motorsport Services #21 Nissan Lola, were awarded $1,000 for clocking the fastest lap times in the GTS and SRPII classes, respectively. Both Bingham and Lally broke the Phoenix International Raceway qualifying record for their classes. James Weaver, in the Dyson Racing Team #16 Ford Riley & Scott, will lead the pack tonight after recording another track record. He was awarded $500 as the top SRP-class qualifier. Randy Pobst earned his first X-1R Pole Award of the year in the Fordahl Motorsports #15 Porsche GT3 RS for setting a track-record time in the GT class, while Craig Conway earned his second-consecutive pole award for the American GT class in the Flis Motorsports Team X-1R Corvette.

Sun Automotive 200 Live on Speedvision

Tonight's Sun Automotive 200 will be broadcast live on Speedvision at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET). The broadcast will include green to checkered flag coverage, as well as Victory Lane interviews after the race. Fans will be able to see what's happening on the race track from the driver's perspective with on-board cameras and hear all the action in the pits with interviews with drivers and crew chiefs.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , James Weaver , Randy Pobst , Andy Lally , Brent Sherman , John Macaluso , Ross Bentley
Teams Dyson Racing