Canney Ready for a New Challenge at Miller (17 September, 2008)-- Just three weeks after a disappointing Grand-Am KONI Challenge race outing at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Mike Canney will look for better fortune this weekend as he adds...
Canney Ready for a New Challenge at Miller
(17 September, 2008)-- Just three weeks after a disappointing Grand-Am KONI Challenge race outing at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Mike Canney will look for better fortune this weekend as he adds another race track to his racing resume in the SunRichGourmet.com event at Miller Motorsports Park.
Canney will have a good resource in his first race visit to the 4.486-mile facility outside of Salt Lake City in the form of co-driver Hugh Plumb, who scored second in the 2007 edition of KONI Challenge competition at the track. The two will look to break a run of three consecutive hard-luck races with the No. 60 Sunset Hills Vineyard Ford Mustang FR500C in the penultimate round of the 2008 KONI Challenge season.
The race weekend comes at a busy time for Canney, who is also overseeing the harvesting process now commencing at Sunset Hills Vineyard. The Virginia vineyard has already started to harvest grapes for the two white wine varieties on offer, with the harvest for the four red wines that Sunset Hills produces lasting well past the KONI season-finale race at VIR in October.
Canney and Plumb made thier way to Utah earlier this week to take advantage of some seat time in a Ford Mustang in the Miller Motorsports Park Performance Racing School to be better prepared for the tracks' 24 turns. After Thursday's promoter test session, Canney was glad that he had.
"It's a long lap but it's a lot of fun," said Canney. "The team did a great job to have the entire front end of the car fixed for us after the crash in New Jersey, so we are ready to go this weekend. We've had a few frustrating races lately, but we want to just put that behind us and have a good race here at Miller and hopefully get back on the podium. It was really good preparation to be in the Miller school Mustangs. There is a lot to this track so I felt a lot more comfortable today because of the laps we were able to get in earlier this week, so hopefully that pays off in qualifying."
The Sunset Hills Vineyard machine will start the race from 17th on the grid, with the two hour and thirty-minute race slated for a Sunday green flag at 11:15 AM local time.