Top ten finish for LNS Motorsports/Knobel Racing on Grand-Am Cup season opener in Daytona DAYTONA, Florida. - January, 2006 - The 2006 Grand-Am Cup season got started in Daytona this past weekend, fielding a record 88 cars from both GS and ST ...
Top ten finish for LNS Motorsports/Knobel Racing on Grand-Am Cup season opener in Daytona
DAYTONA, Florida. - January, 2006 - The 2006 Grand-Am Cup season got started in Daytona this past weekend, fielding a record 88 cars from both GS and ST classes. It was a perfect weekend to race. The weather was spectacular and the mood around the track was phenomenal, which could only mean one thing, a great race.
The LNS Motorsports/Knobel Racing #88 "Hop-a-Jet" Porsche 996 driven by Fraser Wellon and Barry Ellis managed to put on a show on the last five laps of the race. It came down to the 8th place fight between famed driver Boris Said and our own LNS driver Barry Ellis. How LNS moved up so far in the grid was another nerve wrenching performance by Fraser Wellon, who started the race in the 41st grid position and put on a show of his own to move the car up, putting the #88 car in contention for a podium finish. Despite the amazing fight for 8th place, Barry Ellis managed to finish in 9th place. "Finishing in the top ten in this race is something to be proud of", Ellis said. There was no doubt that everyone in the team was proud of this result.
The #88 car was not the only one having a good day out there. The LNS Motorsports/Knobel Racing #89 "Skin Wellness Center" Porsche 996 driven by Jeff Courtney and Frank Rossi had a brilliant day also. The car qualified in the 44th spot, only three back from its sister car, and in no time, thanks to the resilient driving skills from Rossi, the car was soon enough in the middle of the pack. A flawless pit stop allowed Courtney to get in the car and take over leaving pit road in a good position to move up in the grid. Jeff Courtney would finish the race in 24th place.
After the race, it was clear that the team was happy with the results. Team owner Mike Grande was visibly proud of his team's effort and of the results. "To finish in the top 10 is one amazing thing, but to be the only team in the top 10 with no pro-drivers is another thing", said Grande. Drivers that finished in the top ten include Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, Sebastien Bourdais.
"I think it is pretty clear that we came here with a wining mentality and it paid off", said mechanic Tomas Silvani. The team had a brilliant effort with three flawless pit stops that allowed both cars to push for podium finishes.
The season continues in April at Virginia International Raceway and hopefully, we will come out on top.