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Automatic Racing's Miller and Trinkler Driving for a Cause at VIR Jon Miller and Owen Trinkler have more than just a win on their minds as they head into this weekend's KONI Challenge season finale at Virginia International Raceway. The drivers...

Automatic Racing's Miller and Trinkler Driving for a Cause at VIR

Jon Miller and Owen Trinkler have more than just a win on their minds as they head into this weekend's KONI Challenge season finale at Virginia International Raceway. The drivers of the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3 have pledged to donate one dollar for every race lap they turn to their chosen charities.

The six-hour Grand Sport race means that Miller and Trinkler may each be digging deep as the laps add up. They will both have two opportunities to raise money: they are also slated to drive in the six-hour Street Tuner race together.

Miller's donation will be going to Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for seriously ill children. Trinkler, who has used his racing for philanthropic causes a number of times, will be donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Both Miller and Trinkler are also accepting donations from fans who would like the opportunity to participate. Donations can be made either as a pre-designated gift or a per-lap pledge. Email Miller at jon@jonmillerracing.com for details.

Miller competed in a 13-hour endurance race at VIR last year, taking home a podium finish. "VIR is one of my favorite tracks and this is a great way to end the season," he said. "I'm really excited to be driving with Owen again. I've learned a lot from him this year. I think we can finish the year on a high note and have a really positive end to our season."

Another pair of Automatic Racing drivers with more on their minds than a win are Jep Thornton and Jeff Segal in the No. 09 Fresh from Florida M3. The pair enter the weekend with a 25-point lead in the driver championship, but they know anything can happen after a very uncharacteristic weekend at Miller Motorsports Park kept them from clinching the title early.

Tim George, Jr. and Conrad Grunewald will be in the No. 91 Automatic BMW M3. George put in a strong qualifying effort at Miller last month, and the team was looking forward to a solid finish before contact from another car brought their momentum to a halt. George and Grunewald will also be pulling double duty, competing in the ST race on Saturday as well as Sunday's GS race.

David Russell and Tom Long have nothing to lose in the No. 99 Automatic/Fresh from Florida M3, and they are both ready to earn top results. "For us it's going to be about getting on the podium," noted Russell, who was fourth in last year's VIR enduro. "Since we're not in a points battle, we don't have to worry about being conservative. Of course, with a race this long, it's won or lost before you load the cars up. Preparation is key since these cars aren't used to running for six hours."

The four Automatic Racing BMW M3s sponsored by Fresh from Florida will get the green flag for the last time this season on Sunday, October 7, beginning at noon.

-credit: automaticracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tom Long , Jep Thornton , Owen Trinkler , Jeff Segal , Conrad Grunewald , Jon Miller , David Russell
Teams Automatic Racing