Watkins Glen II: Beyer Racing preview

BEYER RACING CROWN ROYAL 200 AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW Watkins Glen, New York - August 5th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team returned to Watkins Glen International today for the second time this year to prepare for Friday's Crown Royal...


Watkins Glen, New York - August 5th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team returned to Watkins Glen International today for the second time this year to prepare for Friday's Crown Royal 200, Round 9 of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season. Entering the last quarter of the season the rookie two-car team has shown steady progress and flashes of brilliance with both their #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford and #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley Daytona Prototypes. The #5 car driven by Jordan Taylor and Jared Beyer turned some heads at Barber Motorsports Park only a few weeks ago by consistently lapping within tenths of the leaders in only the second time that the Beyer team used their Crawford chassis. Mike Forest and Ricky Taylor became protagonists at the July Daytona race after leading the Rolex Sports Car Series field with their #13 car for several laps and fighting the top positions for most of the race.

However despite their quick progress the team has also been plagued with problems and bad luck which has kept them from achieving their full potential. But the Beyer Racing squad will be looking for their best result of the season as they return to the historic Watkins Glen International where in June Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Mike Forest had a strong top ten run at the Six Hour event. Jared Beyer took on the role of test driver that same weekend and spent a full day testing and fine tuning the setups that will be used this Thursday and Friday.

Practice for the Crown Royal 200 begins at 12:30 p.m Thursday, followed by qualifying at 4 p.m. The field takes the green flag at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday for two hours of racing (SPEED, 8 p.m. ET).

Jared Beyer #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"I'm very excited for this weekend as it is the first track we will be returning to that we have been to before other than Daytona. After the Six Hour in June I had a full day of testing on the short course where we made a lot of progress. I'm very excited to start the weekend and get into the race. Although testing is much different than racing I believe that if we can pick up where we left off on the test day we should have a very good car to develop throughout the weekend, and very competitive for the race.

The season is coming to an end and I have nothing but positive things to say about the Beyer Racing Team! We have such a great group of guys working for us and to make the progress we have this year is quite an accomplishment. We have come along way since last April in our first team debut at VIR and we have not stopped developing. As we start to prepare for next year, the Beyer Racing team should be back for another full competitive season of Gran Am road racing looking for our first win!"

Jordan Taylor #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"I think this race at the Watkins Glen short course can be a very strong event for us. We know that the Crawford has been good in most high speed corners at the previous tracks, and Watkins Glen is all high speed. The team has been progressing well throughout the year, and I believe I have also. The last race at Barber was my best one to date. Running in the top five, and around some of those top guys was really nice. I learned a lot following the more experienced guys through traffic, and that helped my overall lap times throughout an entire stint. Hopefully I can carry all of what I have learnt into this race."

Mike Forest #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"This will be the first time that I return to a track where I've run before with the DP car, this should definitely have an impact on how quickly w can get up to speed and the ultimate speed that we reach as a team. With the tight schedule it's definitely going to be important to make the most of our limited track time and be confident with what we have, so I'm pretty grateful of all the things we've learned over the year and I plan on putting them all to use here.

The track is fast and a lot of fun, the forecast looks like its going to be nice and comfortable and having a late afternoon race should make it for a cool race. I think we'll have a pretty good starting setup, but we still need to be able to maximize every corner and every lap, it's a short track so we need to make sure that we make no mistakes and that we can stay on the lead lap so we can fight for a good position at the end."

Ricky Taylor #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"We've been to Watkins Glen before, not the exact same track but it's very similar. We also did a test here after the Six Hour so we should have a good starting setup and all the drivers know the track which will help us get up to speed right away.

The difference in length from last June where we had a six hour race to a two hour race this time definitely will change our strategy and the way we approach the race. Track position and qualifying will be a lot more important and something that we need to focus on, this is going to be a sprint race and we will need to be quick and aggressive right off the bat."

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jordan Taylor , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor , Mike Forest