RACE: SCC: Automatic Racing to make debut

Automatic Racing Team takes aim on Grand-Am Cup Series. Orlando, FL. Entering The Citrus Enduro Classic as a warm-up for the brand new Automatic Racing Team proved successful in more ways than just winning their first ever event because they...

Automatic Racing Team takes aim on Grand-Am Cup Series.

Orlando, FL. Entering The Citrus Enduro Classic as a warm-up for the brand new Automatic Racing Team proved successful in more ways than just winning their first ever event because they gained essential information about their newly-acquired BMW M3 racecar which will assist them in setting up the car for various races this season--a fact that is as good as its weight in gold to a race team.

Automatic Racing began recently when Skip Barber Racing School Graduate Jep Thornton contacted an instructor, David Russell, Jr., about putting together a team to compete for the championship in The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Russell had been looking for just the right team to work with in Grand-Am Cup, so it was an easy decision to take Thornton up on his offer to be a part of building the new organization. The Grand-Am Cup road racing series itself has grown in popularity not only because of its unsurpassed competition level, but also because the cars are manufactured by the most recognized names in sports car racing history, including the BMW M3 to be campaigned by Automatic Racing, beginning with the next event at Watkins Glen Raceway on June 21-23, 2002.

Putting a completely new team on the track and expecting to do well is certainly a tough proposition, which is exactly why the team entered in the SCCA-sanctioned Citrus Classic. Now when they arrive at The Glen in just two short weeks, the team already has the all-important data needed to make an educated move to set the car up to perform optimally for both Thornton and Russell. Leading the Florida warm-up event from start to finish certainly gives the new team a confidence level that it can use to get positive results in Grand-Am Cup competition.

"Running the car at an SCCA event is a great way for the whole team to see where we stand with the set-up," commented Thornton."Obviously, we are thrilled with the outcome but even more importantly, we have a good take on exactly how the car will work and the team have had the chance to get familiar with each other."

"Bob Turnage and the whole crew gave us nothing less than a superb race car-- especially for the first time out together," said Russell."We're lucky to have a Team Manager of his experience level and I just can't wait to get the car to New York (Watkins Glen) to see what we can all do together then."

Automatic Racing will campaign the remainder of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series in a 1995 BMW M3 while evaluating its options for cars to run in its first full season in 2003. Visit www.grand-am.com for more information about this truly exciting form of pure road racing competition by cars and drivers known for endurance racing that leaves the fan on the edge of their seat for the complete length of each event.

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Series Grand-Am , SCCA
Drivers Skip Barber , Jep Thornton , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing