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Team16 Drives into Virginia International Raceway This Weekend All Grown Up DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 4, 2005) --Colin Braun and Brad Coleman, who set a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series record by being the youngest team to ever finish...

Team16 Drives into Virginia International Raceway This Weekend All Grown Up

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 4, 2005) --Colin Braun and Brad Coleman, who set a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series record by being the youngest team to ever finish the Rolex 24 At Daytona last February at 16 years of age, head into action at Virginia International Raceway this weekend as 17-year-olds, competing in their second Daytona Prototype race of the season in the VIR 400 (LIVE on SPEED Channel, Sunday, October 9, 1:00 p.m. ET).

"Somebody told me we may be too old to drive now", said Braun. "It has been a lot of fun to race in the Grand American Rolex Series as the youngest drivers in their history. More importantly, it has been a great experience for both of us to race with drivers we consider to be among the best in the business."

The No. 5 BottleRocket/Auburn University Ford Crawford will compete in its first Daytona Prototype race since the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park in late July, where Braun and Coleman scored a 13th-place result. The Team16 drivers, who finished seventh in the GT class in their record-setting Rolex 24 At Daytona run in February, will be running for Essex Racing this weekend and have no plans of changing their Team16 nickname, despite the change in age.

"I think you will still see us as Team16," said Coleman. "Our efforts have created quite a brand with that name and logo and I don't think we will be trying to figure out how to make it 17."

The efforts Coleman is referring to include winning the 2005 NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series rookie points championship, an award he received in his first year of late-model stock car racing. Coleman moved near Virginia International Raceway two years ago to be closer to his driving coach Price Cobb, who has mentored him through the early years of his career.

In addition to their exploits in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, Coleman and Braun also teamed up for a 21st-place GT result in the Grand Prix of Miami in March and a 13th-place GT finish at California Speedway in April.

As Team16 heads into VIR this weekend, a host of events are planned to encourage the young drivers in their fifth Rolex Series start of the season. Coleman, who graduates next spring from the Carlisle School in nearby Martinsville, Va., will be joined by Braun for a pep rally at the school Wednesday morning among other activities.

For more information regarding the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series or the VIR 400 weekend, visit www.grandamerican.com or www.virclub.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Colin Braun , Price Cobb