Virginia (VIR): King Motorsports preview

Sullivan, WI -- As King Motorsports heads to its next race, it will be looking for precious Championship points. The team sits only four points out of the lead in the Team Championship with four races remaining. Expectations are understandably...

Sullivan, WI -- As King Motorsports heads to its next race, it will be looking for precious Championship points. The team sits only four points out of the lead in the Team Championship with four races remaining. Expectations are understandably high for the team as they return to the site of their June win at Virginia International Raceway. Although the venue is the same, the track will be different. The June race was held on the Virginia North Course, a 17 turn, 2.25 mile course. This 250 mile // 3 hour race will be held on the 3.27 mile, 17 turn Full Course.

"I think the long course is better for us," commented Scott Zellner, owner of King Motorsports, which won the Team Championship in 2000. "The Integra Type R is good on the straights, and is strong on medium to fast sweepers. It has a problem with turns where you really have to stop the car though. Those promote big understeer for us and it immediately kills our tires. The longer straights on the Full Course should pay off in tire wear for us."

"I think we will go the entire race without a yellow," added Zellner. "There is ample run-off at this track. The Sports Touring classes will be running by themselves this weekend, and these two classes (Sports Touring I and Sports Touring II) seem to be pretty clean."

With four races remaining in the season, it isn't only the Team Championship that is up for grabs but also the Driver's Championship. King Motorsports drivers Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen sit tied for third place in the points. The duo will have to make up seventeen points in four races.

"We are three quarters of a way through the season, and these cars and driver combinations are at the top of their game right now," explained Van Sicklen. "All the manufacturers and teams are right there in the hunt - Acura, BMW, Hyundai, Lexus. The cars are ready. The teams are ready. The drivers are ready. I wouldn't want to go out to Vegas and bet on the outcome of this race. There is no way to tell what car or driver combination could win this race. We're trying to do what we can, but it is tough being a single car team against multiple car teams. "

The racing excitement will get underway at Virginia International Raceway on Friday, August 30 with practice sessions. Qualifying for the Grand-Am Cup Twin 250s will be on Saturday, August 31 at 9 a.m. The green flag will fall on the Sport Touring 250 at 1:45 p.m.. Tickets for Saturday's races are available for $20 and may be purchased by calling 888-RACE-099 or online at www.virclub.com. You can catch live timing of the race on www.grandamcup.com. The race will be aired on Speed Channel at 5:00 PM on September 14th.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Endicott