Burrows and Hopwood Ready For New Jersey Motorsports Park Looking to build on 7th at Homestead MILLVILLE, NJ (29 April 2009)--Since scoring a season-best finish of 7th at Homestead Miami Speedway in March after starting from 17th in the field,...
Burrows and Hopwood Ready For New Jersey Motorsports Park
Looking to build on 7th at Homestead
MILLVILLE, NJ (29 April 2009)--Since scoring a season-best finish of 7th at Homestead Miami Speedway in March after starting from 17th in the field, it's been over a month since Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were behind the wheel of the No. 198 Fischer Ski MINI Cooper S, so the two are naturally anxious to get back to work this weekend in round 3 of the 2009 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
The 2.25-mile natural terrain circuit is one that the 2007 KONI Challenge Champions are looking forward to racing on after starting the season on two highly horsepower-centric oval-based tracks as the two look to make the most of the MINI's strong braking and handling characteristics.
"Our race at New Jersey last year was a bit of a tough one because we basically didn't get any laps on the track until the race started," said Hopwood of the duo's run to 7th in the 2008 NJMP lid-lifter. "It was a fun track, but it just needed to be finished up a little bit so it sounds like that's exactly what they've done now with the changes to the curbing and the pit entrance and exit. It's not exactly a home track for us, but it is close to home. Of course, we'll probably start calling it our home track if we get up on the podium!"
RSR Motorsports, which will again post a three-car entry for the Saturday afternoon race, has continued to look for ways to optimize the suspension set-ups on the car. Both Burrows and Hopwood have made visits to the RSR Motorsports shop in Connecticut, and have been impressed with what they have seen.
"Nothing against the big tracks like Daytona and Homestead, but I'm really excited to be going to a proper road course this weekend," said Burrows, who is also already looking forward to racing the MINI on his home track at Lime Rock Park at the end of May. "We know the RSR guys have been working really hard since we left Homestead, and hopefully we can make the most of that effort with a good result this weekend. We were targeting an 8th place finish at Homestead, and were able to do that so we're going to look for a top five this weekend. We know that the MINI has some strong points that just haven't had a chance to shine on the tracks we've been to so far and we're hoping to change all that in New Jersey."