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Car Count Tops 70 Again In Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge The car count for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge remains strong. Seventy-five cars are entered for the sixth round of 2010 at Watkins Glen International - 36 in the...

Car Count Tops 70 Again In Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

The car count for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge remains strong. Seventy-five cars are entered for the sixth round of 2010 at Watkins Glen International - 36 in the Grand Sport class and 39 in the Street Tuner class. Seven of eight GS race-winning drivers and all eight ST race-winning drivers are entered.

Season's Second Half Starts At The Glen: The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge has completed the first five races of its 10-race season in 2010. So far, there have been five different pairs of drivers to win in GS, while in ST, four different pairs have won five races. Leading the GS championship are Joey Hand and Michael Marsal (No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3), who have won the last two races, while Lawson Aschenbach and David Thilenius (No. 74 Skunk2/HPD Honda Civic Si) have owned the ST championship lead from the season opener.

Turner Motorsport Seeking Third Straight Win: Turner Motorsport celebrated its 200 professional motorsports start last Saturday at Lime Rock Park. This Saturday, the team will look to tie a legendary Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with the most series class victories.

Joey Hand and Michael Marsal have boosted Turner Motorsport to 21 series victories, one shy of SpeedSource's all-time mark of 22, spread across a slue of classes. The pair's teammates, Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana (No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3). Turner Motorsport already leads all Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge teams in overall victories and overall and class pole positions.

Kinetic Taking Steps To Put Kia On Podium: Kinetic Motorsports has a good chance to improve again with its two Kia Forte Koups. Kia joined the series this season, and in its fourth race, scored fifth in the Street Tuner class at Virginia International Raceway with Andy Lally and Nic Jonsson (No. 10 HD Radio/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup). Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows (No. 12 HD Radio/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup) matched that at Lime Rock Park. What boosts Kinetic's chances at giving Kia its first podium, or victory, is that all four drivers have won in GRAND-AM at Watkins Glen. Lally won last year's Grand Sport race with TRG and earned the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen crown in GT in 2007, also with TRG. Jonsson won his first career Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race at The Glen in 2005. Burrows and Hopwood earned their first Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge victory together in ST in 2008.

Driver, Team Ties To Empire State: The Empire State will be well-represented in Saturday's Continental Tire 150. Among those New York natives or New York born drivers include Scott Panzer (No. 11 Strategic Occupancy Solutions Ford Mustang GT; South Salem), Mark Ackley (No. 17 CMA Motorsports Ford Mustang GT; Horseheads), Andy Lally (Northport), Peter Ludwig (No. 17 CMA Motorsports Ford Mustang GT; New Paltz), Bret Seafuse (No. 37 Trumansburg ShurSave Ford Mustang Boss 302R; Trumansburg), Michael Marsal (Bedford), John Weisberg (No. 20 Matt Connolly Motorsports Mazda MX-5; Webster), John Bosch (No. 39 Next Generation Motorsports BMW 330i; Fairport), Joe Sahlen (No. 43 Mazda RX-8; Elma), Rick DeMan (No. 71 DeMan Motorsport Boxster; Nyack) and John Kuitwaard (No. 76 Honda Civic Si; Huntington). Teams from New York that are entered include CMA Motorsports (Horseheads), JBS Motorsports (Trumansburg), Next Generation Motorsports (Rochester), Team Sahlen (Elma) and DeMan Motorsport (Nyack).

-source: grand-am

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Kinetic Motorsports , Turner Motorsport , SpeedSource