Martinelli Motorsports Ready to Take on Grand-Am Cup Field at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio- After leading both of their most recent Grand-Am Cup races, Martinelli Motorsports hopes that the third time is the charm for bringing home top honors in...
Martinelli Motorsports Ready to Take on Grand-Am Cup Field at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio- After leading both of their most recent Grand-Am Cup races, Martinelli Motorsports hopes that the third time is the charm for bringing home top honors in the No. 14 Grand Sport BMW M3.
Jason Martinelli and Jeff McMillin will be back behind the wheel of the orange BMW for Sunday's 200-mile race. Their last event was at Martinelli's home track of Lime Rock. McMillin handled the qualifying for that round, setting the second-quickest time and starting the race from the front row.
McMillin led the early part of the race before making his first pit stop. As the race went on, however, mechanical problems dropped the team out of contention for the win.
Still, Lime Rock marked the second time in two races that the rookie team has held the lead. Martinelli led for nearly an hour in the rainy event at Virginia International Raceway before contact from another car took the team out of the race and the next two Grand-Am Cup rounds.
With the potential that Martinelli Motorsports has shown, the team is looking forward to being back in the action at Mid-Ohio. "We've proven that we have a competitive car, and we're looking forward to getting our best finish yet," said Martinelli. "We'll try to get through the traffic clean- it's going to be crowded out there. We need to get our bad luck behind us."
For McMillin, Mid-Ohio is more than just his favorite track. "Mid-Ohio is a home track to me because it's the closest track on the schedule to my home," said the Erie, Pennsylvania resident. "I've got a lot of time there and I like it a lot. The layout of the track is great."
Martinelli agrees that Mid-Ohio is a highlight of the season. "Turns seven through ten are my favorite. They're challenging, but they're also a lot of fun to drive. I haven't been to Mid-Ohio in two years, and I'm looking forward to going back. Jeff goes really fast at Mid-Ohio; he's like lightning there."
Qualifying for the Grand-Am Cup race at Mid-Ohio will be on Friday, June 23. The 200-mile race will get underway at 1:00 on Sunday.