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HOMETOWN DODGE STR4 DRIVERS MAKE SHORT TRIP TO GRAND PRIX OF DENVER FOR SCCA TOURING CAR SERIES COMPETITION Denver, CO. (August 9, 2006) -- Hometown rookies Dan Aweida and Robb Holland headline the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car ...

HOMETOWN DODGE STR4 DRIVERS MAKE SHORT TRIP TO GRAND PRIX OF DENVER FOR SCCA TOURING CAR SERIES COMPETITION

Denver, CO. (August 9, 2006) -- Hometown rookies Dan Aweida and Robb Holland headline the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car competition this weekend at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver for Dodge Motorsports. Aweida, from Boulder, and Holland, from Denver, will race against the other 24 competitors in hopes of being the hometown hero that posts a win for Dodge Motorsports.

Aweida will drive the No. 66 3R Racing Dodge SRT4 while new Dodge driver and fellow rookie Holland will be behind the wheel of the No. 67 3R Racing Dodge SRT4. Holland will be on the hunt for another solid finish to increase his chances of winning the rookie-of-the-year title. After his strong run at Salt Lake City in the series' last stop on the circuit, Holland was confident that he could achieve his goal of rookie-of-the-year honors, and a podium finish before seasons' end.

Denver is another chance for him to do so.

"We've got the Dodge SRT4 dialed in for Denver," said Holland. "We had a great test at Kansas at the SRT Nationals and we'll just get better from there. The Dodge SRT4 is really easy to drive and I'm even more comfortable than before in it. That means I can push it further than before. It's very quick with lots of torque. I don't have to shift as much, which is important on a street course because you can save about ½ second a lap."

Racing at home is the ideal experience for Holland, who is expecting lots of friends, family members and sponsors to join the crowd of 120,000 fans for the event.

"The whole weekend is fantastic," he said. "The track is about three miles away for us, so everyone comes out for the event. We get good media coverage, there are fans in the garage looking for autographs, it's exciting. And I love fast pace of street courses, which makes it even better."

Holland sits 14th in the championship points' standings while Aweida finds himself a bit further back in the 27th position. But with four races left in the season, both have time to mount a strong charge to the top of the board.

"Our goal is to give Dodge a top-five finish," noted Holland. "If the weather stays cool, we'll be shooting for the top five or even better. We're on a learning curve, but we're getting to the top of it. We're expecting good things ahead."

This weekend, the Dodge SRT4s will hit the nine-turn road course in Colorado's capital city for practice on Friday at 12:30 p.m. local time, followed by a second practice at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and conclude the days' events in Denver, until the drop of the green flag on round six of the SCCA Touring Car Series at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The layout of the Grand Prix of Denver encompasses private streets around the Pepsi Center and also utilizes a portion of the Auraria Parkway which runs between Seventh Street and Speer Boulevard. The Dodge SRT4s will run 90 laps on the 1.65 mile road course.

The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will air Saturday, August 19 at 1 p.m. ET on Speed Channel.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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