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Ian Baas added to already strong Autometrics Motorsports effort for the "Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen" June 5, 2008 -Watkins Glen, NY - Ian Baas, of Noblesville, Indiana has been hired by Autometrics Motorsports for this weekends Rolex GT ...

Ian Baas added to already strong Autometrics Motorsports effort for the "Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen"

June 5, 2008 -Watkins Glen, NY - Ian Baas, of Noblesville, Indiana has been hired by Autometrics Motorsports for this weekends Rolex GT "Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen" race.

Racing with Cory Friedman and Mac McGehee in the #14 Autometrics/May Papers/Mac Business Products/Team Janica Racing and EP Works Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, Baas brings his many years of Porsche racing success to an already strong and experienced Autometrics team. Baas has over 60 starts in Porsche race cars, competing in series such as Grand Am, ALMS, Carrera and SuperCup.

Baas, only 25 years old, has many successes in Porsche race cars, including winning the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona in a 996 (with TPC Racing and co- drivers Pobst, Pumpelly and Levitas) and achieving the highest ever finish and only podium ever for an American driver in the Porsche SuperCup,finishing third at Indianpolis Motor Speedway in 2006.

Last season, Baas raced with Farnbacher-Loles at select races in the Rolex GT series, when not racing a STaSIS Audi A4 Touring Car in the Speed World Challenge series.

Besides racing for Autometrics, Baas currently co-drives with South African touring car driver Dion von Moltke in the #171 APR Motorsport VW GTi in the KONI Challenge ST series.

Baas said about his first race with Autometrics "I can't thank Gordon (team owner Gordon Friedman) enough for the opportunity to drive what is undoubtedly one of the best 997's in the series. Gordon's crew has so much 997 experience and I really look forward to racing with such great guys as Corey and Mac. With the mixed field and the durability testing Watkins circuit, I like our Porsche's chances for a podium, as long as we keep our nose clean."

Joining Baas at the race this weekend will be women's advanced driving school pioneers, Dave and Janice Stevoff of Team Janica Racing. Baas noted "Team Janica is my good luck charm, so it's great they could make it. They are great and long time sponsors and I hope to give them a good show and hopefully a podium."

-credit: Ianbaasracoing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Cory Friedman , Ian Baas , Mac McGehee , Gordon Friedman , Dion von Moltke
Teams Autometrics Motorsports