SCC: Birmingham: Automatic Racing preview

Automatic Racing returns to Barber Motorsports Park BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Automatic Racing will head to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend for the Grand-Am Cup Barber Park Grand Sport 200 race. Although this is the inaugural Grand-Am Cup event at...

Automatic Racing returns to Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Automatic Racing will head to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend for the Grand-Am Cup Barber Park Grand Sport 200 race. Although this is the inaugural Grand-Am Cup event at Barber, the team is already familiar with the track, a fact that they hope will help them earn their fourth consecutive podium finish.

Automatic Racing tested their two Grand Sports II BMW M3s at Barber Motorsports Park for two days in March. Jep Thornton and David Russell shared the #09 car, while Terry Earwood and Eric Van Cleef took the #90 E46 M3 on track for the first time. The test was a success as both BMWs were properly set up for race conditions there and the drivers became familiar with the new 2.3-mile, 16-turn track.

In just three races, Automatic Racing has earned three podium finishes. They are the only GSII team that has been on the podium in every race this season. Thornton and Russell earned second place at Daytona International Speedway and third at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earwood and Van Cleef then took a third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in only their second race with the new E46.

Automatic Racing hopes to continue their streak of podium finishes when they arrive at Barber Motorsports Park this week.

"The team learned not only the racetrack at Barber Motorsports Park, but also the all important setup necessary for a top finish," commented Thornton. "This track suits our BMW's well as it is composed mostly of medium- to high-speed corners that emphasize a balanced car. The team has worked very hard testing and preparing for the Birmingham event."

Qualifying for the Barber Park Grand Sports 200 will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 11:20 am CDT. The race will be later the same day at 4:00 pm. It will be 200 miles long, equaling 87 laps around the Barber Motorsports Park circuit.

Automatic Racing is sponsored by Automatic Commercial Aircraft, BBS, LandAir and Engine Music Studios. More information about the team, including updates throughout the race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, can be found on the Internet at www.AutomaticRacing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , Terry Earwood , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing