SCC: Mont-Tremblant: Automatic Racing preview

Automatic Racing Looking Forward To The Challenges Of Mont-Tremblant VILLE DE MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec- Automatic Racing will return to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant from May 20-21 for the Grand-Am Cup's Mont-Tremblant 250, hoping to build on their...

Automatic Racing Looking Forward To The Challenges Of Mont-Tremblant

VILLE DE MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec- Automatic Racing will return to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant from May 20-21 for the Grand-Am Cup's Mont-Tremblant 250, hoping to build on their success at the track over the past two seasons.

Jep Thornton and David Russell drive the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 in the Grand Sports class of Grand-Am Cup. The team had their third race ever at Mont-Tremblant in 2002, finishing an impressive second.

In 2003, Automatic built on their year of experience and drove to a sixth-place finish. The team then competed in the Rolex Series race at Mont-Tremblant, gaining valuable track time and improving the car's setup on the tight 2.65-mile, 15-turn road course.

Thornton and Russell hope for an even better finish this year. The team recently completed a day of testing at Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., and they were pleased with the progress made on their E46 M3.

"We're really confident going into Mont-Tremblant," commented Russell. "We should be a top five car on all of the time sheets. Our car's handling should make Mon-Tremblant a good track for us."

"Mon-Tremblant really suits my driving style," said Thornton. "Last year, I ran as high as second in the race. I'm confident that we can get a top-five finish, especially with all of the progress we've made on the car over the past year."

Automatic Racing has been battling against the Porsches all season, but an increasing number of BMW entries will make the competition even more exciting for the team. There are two other BMW M3's entered in the Mont-Tremblant round, and Automatic hopes to be leading the way for the manufacturer.

Thornton will qualify on Saturday, May 22 at 11:20 am. The Mon-Tremblant 250 will start later that day, at 2:00 pm. The race is 250 miles in length, with a three-hour time limit.

Automatic Racing is sponsored by Automatic Commercial Aircraft, LandAir, Engine Music Studios, Moton Shocks and Fikse Wheels.

Fans can keep up with Automatic Racing by visiting www.AutomaticRacing.com for news on qualifying and the race, as well as audio clips from Thornton and Russell.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jep Thornton , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing