APR Motorsport Rises to the Occasion in Intense Koni Sports Car Challenge Qualifying Daytona Beach FL, Jan.22, 2009: In an extremely close field of 34 ST Class competitors APR Motorsport's qualifying driver duo of Reigning TDI Cup Champion Josh...
APR Motorsport Rises to the Occasion in Intense Koni Sports Car Challenge Qualifying
Daytona Beach FL, Jan.22, 2009: In an extremely close field of 34 ST Class competitors APR Motorsport's qualifying driver duo of Reigning TDI Cup Champion Josh Hurley and APR Motorsport veteran Mike Sweeney both delivered the goods when the pressure was on. Times were very close in the field and hundredths of a second separated many positions.
Josh Hurley will start the #171 Gunther VW GTI from the second row of the grid after qualifying in an outstanding Third position with a time of 2:09.363. Even more impressive was the fact this was accomplished in his first ever Koni Sports Car Challenge qualifying session. "The car was great. I was really on the limit but this GTI was just so smooth" Reported Hurley after the session. Co-driving with Josh Hurley is Ian Baas, winner of the 2006 Rolex 24hrs of Daytona. "I can't tell you how impressed I am with Josh today right from the very first session he was on it setting great times and delivering a qualifying performance like that was perfect." Commented Baas.
Mike Sweeney put on a heroic drive maximizing the performance of the #181 VW GTI. At the start of qualifying, the team encountered a malfunctioning fuel pump which drastically reduced the top speed of the car. In true professional form, Sweeny disposed of all distractions and drove a mistake free run that placed he and his co-driver, Patrick Barrett, in 17th position. Sweeney said, "This result is a real testament to the level of preparation and the car. Even with a crippling reduction in power we were able to qualify in the top half of the field. The race tomorrow is going to be great, I can't wait to charge through the field!"
The team has extensively worked on race setup and development during the offseason. The effort was apparent as APR Motorsport GTIs were in the top three of every practice session today. APR Motorsport Team Principle Stephen Hooks remarked, "Overall we are very happy with today's outcome. It is disappointing that Josh was baulked badly on his last flying lap as he was on pace to improve his position. Mike put on a clinic in determination getting 110% from his car". Crew Chief Jeff Mishtawy was pleased with the performances of the team and drivers, "We were thrilled with Josh's 3rd place and amazed by Mikes performance despite the setback. I think we are in a great position for the race."