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Automatic Racing/Skinny Cow Milk BMW M3 Moves Up 22 Places During Grand-Am Cup 200 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Automatic Racing began their Grand-Am Cup season on Friday, but the 200-mile race at Daytona International Speedway did not go...

Automatic Racing/Skinny Cow Milk BMW M3 Moves Up 22 Places During Grand-Am Cup 200 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Automatic Racing began their Grand-Am Cup season on Friday, but the 200-mile race at Daytona International Speedway did not go as hoped for the four-car Grand Sport class team.

A number of technical issues affected three of the BMW M3s, forcing them to retire from the race. The No. 90 BMW M3 of Jeff Segal and David Russell was running near the front of the 83-car field for much of the race. Segal started third on the grid and was maintaining sixth place until he pitted to hand the BASE Energy Drink-sponsored BMW over to Russell. The pit stop lost the team some positions, but Russell was soon holding down 11th place and looking to move back into the top ten when problems developed that brought him into the pits and back to the garage.

On a positive note, the No. 09 Automatic Racing/Skinny Cow Milk BMW "Moo3" ran flawlessly throughout the race. Matt Mullins qualified the car, but he got only one lap in because of a broken differential.

As a result, Mullins had to start the race in 43rd. He and co-driver Jep Thornton were able to work their way past the ST and slower GS cars to eventually finish 21st, gaining 22 positions.

"Matt did a great job," commented Thornton. "Our car was good. If we hadn't broken in qualifying I think we would have started much closer to the front and had a better finish. We'll have our cars ready to go for VIR and we look forward to giving Skinny Cow a top finish."

"It was an awesome car," added Mullins. "Like any M3 it's a blast to drive. The traffic and pit strategy really made things interesting. You're never by yourself out there. I'm glad to have my Grand-Am Cup debut under my belt and I'm ready to do more."

The No. 09 BMW got a lot of attention during the weekend thanks to its unique look- the car is wrapped in graphics depicting Skinny Cow Milk's curvaceous bovine. "We had so many people stopping by in the paddock," said Mullins. "It seems to be a favorite with kids and adults alike. We hope everybody with Skinny Cow had a good time being a part of the race."

Automatic Racing will have a three-month break before round two of the Grand-Am Cup Series, which will be held April 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , Jeff Segal , Matt Mullins , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing