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Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Teams Shake Down At Daytona Cobalt SS Teams Prepare For Months End KONI Challenge Opener Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 6, 2007 - Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series teams exercised their...

Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Teams Shake Down At Daytona
Cobalt SS Teams Prepare For Months End KONI Challenge Opener

Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 6, 2007 - Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series teams exercised their cars and drivers in preparation for the three-hour season opening race to run on January 26.

Team Cobalt California, along with series new comers GS Motorsport, brought a total of three Cobalt SS Supercharge KONI Challenge ST class cars to Daytona to kick-off the 2007 season. The series will be comprised of 11 races, with four of those running stand alone events, each class having their own race.

The Cobalt SS Supercharged race car of Team Cobalt California ran a time of 2:15.887 to put them ninth on the list at the end of the last day of testing in the ST class.

Tom Lepper, owner/driver of the Team Cobalt California team, is guarded about the team's prospects for the race. "We are a little frustrated this weekend. We have our Cobalts running good and really handling. When we get them up on the oval we really get out horse powered around here. We are carrying a lot of weight and you really feel it once you nail the accelerator."

"We got off to a rough start on Friday and missed all of the running," said Gunter Schmidt, owner/driver of the #138 GS Motorsport Cobalt SS. "We were able to do a lot of laps yesterday and today and we are getting comfortable with our new car. The Cobalts are really restricted with the rules and that just makes the oval portion of this wonderful track frustrating. This is my first time driving the speedway and I am not sure what all of the hype is about. The first turn is pretty unique, coming off of the banking and the horse shoe turn is a little different."

Victor Gonzalez, driver of the #98 Cobalt SS likes the handling of his race car. "We are doing well this weekend. The Cobalt has been very reliable. The car is really good under braking and in the high-speed corners. We are carrying about 225 pounds of penalty weight and that just makes you feel like you are crawling around the oval."

Last year's front running Georgian Bay Motorsports team, which logged four wins and finished third in season ending ST points, elected to opt out of the test days. "We had a full plate of work over the winter and couldn't make it to the test," Mike Kuznicki said, team owner. "We will bring one car with drivers Jaime Holtam and Eric Curran for the race at the end of the month. We have been hit pretty hard with performance penalties which showed at VIR last year. We are hopeful for some relief to in time for the race."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric Curran , Gunter Schmidt