USAR: Valdosta: George Brunnhoelzl preview

George Brunnhoelzl III Has Something to Prove in Pro Cup Sophomore Says 2005 Will Make Him a Better Racer & It Starts This Weekend CONCORD, NC (March 9, 2005) -- It's his time to shine. That's the feeling many have about 21-year-old Hooters...

George Brunnhoelzl III Has Something to Prove in Pro Cup
Sophomore Says 2005 Will Make Him a Better Racer & It Starts This Weekend

CONCORD, NC (March 9, 2005) -- It's his time to shine. That's the feeling many have about 21-year-old Hooters Pro Cup sophomore George Brunnhoelzl III. The third-generation driver and his Tucson team are on the verge of his first breakthrough victory in the highly competitive series. This Saturday, George and his cast set their sights on the brand new, ultra-fast Georgia Motorsports Park with the USAR Pro Cup Series Southern Division.

"It is important to gain some momentum early this year," said George. "If you have one good race, you will carry that momentum into the following week and that's how you get better. We feel confident in our team and know we can win some races. Yet, if we cannot win at Valdosta (the hometown of Georgia Motorsports Park) this week, it is important for us to come out of there with a top-10 or top-5 finish and I know we can accomplish that."

Brunnhoelzl speaks about setting the tone for the rest of this season beginning with this week's race due to the fact that the team hit some bad luck at the series opening event a couple weeks ago in Lakeland, FL.

"We were disappointed coming out of Lakeland," admitted Brunnhoelzl, whose 28th-place finish does not dictate how well he ran. "We had a good car in practice. We just had some mechanical problems with a set of gauges in the race, but we learned from it and that's a positive. Now we are just looking ahead instead of looking in our rearview mirror."

Brunnhoelzl's positive attitude is partially due to the fact that he is working with a sponsor for the 2005 season. And although he admits the team is still searching for more backing, being involved with Tucson is a big boost for his career.

"It's nice to have a sponsor and it is great to be working with Tucson," explained the former Modified racer. "Everybody knows that you need sponsors to race and the more sponsorship you have, the faster you can go. With Tucson's help, we feel we can be up front every week."

This week won't be Brunnhoelzl's first trip to the new, state-of-the-art South Georgia Motorsports Park. His team tested there a couple weeks ago. That, plus the fact that nobody else in the series has raced at the facility, will level the playing field for the sophomore racer.

"The track is beautiful," Brunnhoelzl stated. "The surface is very nice and smooth. There is a ton of grip to it so it should provide a very good race for the fans. There are probably two or three lanes you can choose from. You just have to get the car to turn through the center of the corner.

"I like this style of racetrack, because you get in the gas real early and you are carrying a lot of speed coming out of the corner. It's not a banked track; it is more of a flatter track and it will provide some pretty good racing, I think. It will be a lot of fun."

The Hooters Pro Cup 250 at South Georgia Motorsports Park will take place Saturday, March 12th. The race can be seen on SPEED Channel the following Saturday, March 26th, at 10pm.

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