SCC: Phoenix: Automatic Racing race notes

Automatic Racing Finishes 8th At Phoenix International Raceway PHOENIX, Ariz.- Automatic Racing drove to a finish of eighth in the Grand-Am Cup's Grand Sport race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, finishing in the same place where...

Automatic Racing Finishes 8th At Phoenix International Raceway

PHOENIX, Ariz.- Automatic Racing drove to a finish of eighth in the Grand-Am Cup's Grand Sport race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, finishing in the same place where they qualified.

Jep Thornton and David Russell co-drove the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 in the 200-mile race around Phoenix's 1.51-mile road course.

Thornton started the race from the eighth spot on the grid. He worked his way up into fifth place during his stint.

Shortly before Automatic Racing made their one pit stop of the race, Thornton was passing lapped traffic and he and another car made contact, damaging the front alignment of the BMW.

Thornton pitted at the end of his stint, and Russell got in the car for the remainder of the race. He and Spencer Pumpelly had a close battle for seventh in the final laps before Russell crossed the finish line in eighth.

"Well, it was a good race after Homestead, not being able to finish after a short period," reflected Thornton. "I'm glad we finished the race. We started eighth after that weird qualifying. We managed to do it on one fuel stop and stayed in eighth place, but all these cars are really strong. The Porsches are unbelievably strong. We're happy with the result, a top ten. We wish we could have gotten a little better, but on to Montreal."

"I guess we've got to look at the optimistic side for us here at Phoenix. It's a little frustrating, but the optimistic side is we finished," said Russell. "We collected some good points today. We did the best we could with what we had, and we got out of here with points for eighth place. So all in all, not a horrible weekend."

The next event for Automatic Racing will be the Mont-Tremblant 250, May 21-22.

Fans can listen to audio clips of Thornton and Russell, as well as keep up with the latest Automatic Racing news, at www.AutomaticRacing.com.

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

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