Friday, December 31, 2010

Fast Forward, Sunday Group Management

A quick look back as we get ready to look ahead!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Michael Shank Racing Generates New Media Coverage





The announcement of a partnership between Michael Shank Racing and United Autosports for the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race created significant media buzz. Coverage expanded to outlets across the United States as well as internationally with the story even appearing on yahoo.com’s UK and Ireland sports site - www.eurosport.com. With story placements on www.speedtv.com, www.racer.com, www.autoweek.com, www.autosport.com, www.motorsport.com, and www.racintoday.com, the story potentially reached 1.95 million readers.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Michael Shank Racing Riley Returns to Action at Homestead

(Homestead, FL) 1 December  2010- Nearly six months and countless man-hours later, the Michael Shank Racing Ford-powered Riley that was destroyed after being engulfed in flames in the closing moments of the Salen’s Six Hour at Watkins Glen returned to action on Wednesday at Homestead Miami Speedway as the Rolex Sports Car Series continued to test with the new specification Continental Tire ahead of the 2011 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in January.

Appropriately enough, the same driver who was aboard the machine when it was sidelined by flames, Michael Valiante, was among the first drivers to take it to the track on Wednesday. While GRAND-AM is not releasing official timing information for the test, the hard work that Michael Shank Racing put into the Riley restoration was on display as the car was right on the pace with Valiante behind the wheel.
More at...http://www.michaelshankracing.com/news/index.cfm?cid=40626

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Bell Gets Daytona Prototype Call-Back

Tooele, UT (7 September 2010) – Every notable career, be it in acting or racing, hinges on what happens in auditions.

And when Matt Bell got his first Daytona Prototype race start with Doran Racing in Rolex Sports Car Series competition at New Jersey Motorsports Park, it's safe to say that he aced the audition.

Despite the fact that Bell had never driven a single lap in a Daytona Prototype before the weekend started, he impressed in qualifying before setting a pace in the race that earned him the Jim Trueman award in a outstanding debut.

More here on Speed.com

Also picked up here at Grand-Am.com...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kelby Breaks The Rule

Ganassi PR wiz (left) Kelby Krauss mugged for photogs after his team took yet another win on the weekend. If only everyone had a secret tunnel in Pennsylvania. Oops. I've said too much.

http://www.autoextremist.com/the-line1/

Q and A With Trevor Hopwood

From http://www.grand-am.com/news/index.cfm?series=k&cid=39069


Q & A With Former Series Champion, Race Winner Trevor Hopwood
Trevor Hopwood (No. 12 Mobis/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup), who earned the 2007 Street Tuner title with Adam Burrows, answered questions about his summer and the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières, which he won in 2008.

Q. - Talk about what you have done this summer outside of racing.

T.H. - It's been a completely flat out but fun summer. I am the Assistant Director of the Adventure Camp in Kittery, Maine. It's a camp for middle school students, and every day we go a field trip. We might go to an amusement park one day, or ice skating or a trip to the beach the next day. This week prior to Trois-Rivières, however, is special; it's the annual camping trip. For two days, we take about 45 kids to Northern Maine. The trip includes a 14-mile canoe trip down the Saco River, plus other games, activities and a talent show. It's a tradition, and something everyone looks forward to each year.
Q. - Let's talk about the Kinetic Motorsports program and the new Kia Forte Koups.

T.H. - It has been quite an interesting season. When the cars rolled off the truck at Daytona we had one goal: to finish that race. We did and we have finished every race since then. We know the Kinetic guys will develop the car like mad and the speed and results will come as we have seen so far. That race at Lime Rock Park was definitely the best of the season; we had a top-five finish and I led. I never had a doubt in my mind that the car would get faster and it is continuing to get faster.

Q. - What sets Trois-Rivières apart from some of the places we visit on the circuit?
T.H. - Obviously, it is a street circuit so that alone makes it unique. But there are many other aspects that make it such a special weekend. It's our only stop in Canada, which is very important for the series. We have many teams and drivers from Canada, so it's great for them to all have a home race. The Canadian fans are incredible as well. It is easily the highest attended race of the year for us. They love their racing there and hopefully we can put a good show on for them. No other city puts as much effort into promoting an event and having all sorts of activities at night downtown.

Q. - What are the chances the Kia can break through for a victory at Trois-Rivières?
T.H. - I think we have a good shot. It will be an interesting race. They have increased the time back to two hours, which will play into our hand a bit. It's a small but strong field this year. The race is going to be all about saving the brakes. Adam is finishing this weekend so hopefully I can leave the car in really good shape so he has something to fight with at the end. Kinetic, Adam and myself have all proven we know how to win here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

AJ News...

AJ SIGNS WITH RPM

Watkins Glen, NY, 6 August 2010-- Arriving at the 2007 Daytona 500 with less than 150 laps of stock car driving experience under his lap belts, AJ Allmendinger faced an uphill battle as he looked to translate a winning open-wheel background into success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks. Deepening the disadvantage as his career progressed was the constant wave of change, as the Californian worked hard to find success while adapting to different manufacturers, teams, and crew chiefs in an entirely new discipline.

But those hard turns made for an even stronger racer, and now AJ Allmendinger will look to translate a stable home at Richard Petty Motorsports into greater glory in the future as the team announced on Friday at Watkins Glen International that Allmendinger has signed a multiyear contract to drive the No. 43 Ford Fusion in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.

Allmendinger first raced with the organization in 2008 as he impressed with strong finishes in a season-ending run of five races, netting him the chance to rejoin the team as Gillett Evernham Motorsports merged with Yates Racing and the Petty organization to form Richard Petty Motorsports in 2009.

AJ launched the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a run to third in the Daytona 500 as he raced to keep racing, using funding from prize money to continue to keep the machine on track despite a sponsorship shortage.

That drive and commitment won him a shot in the famed No. 43 under the watchful eye and guiding hand of The King, Richard Petty, for 2010. With a pole position in Phoenix and a strong mid-season run of top-15 race finishes, that vote of confidence by the team has been repaid as Allmendinger has flourished in the stabilized situation.

Getting the opportunity to drive the No. 43 for the King in a competitive environment, with the chance to lock in a stabilized future, was too much for Allmendinger to pass up.

“I have to say that I'm pretty excited about moving into the next chapter of my career with Richard Petty Motorsports,” said AJ. “There were several other good opportunities out there, but for the first time in my NASCAR career I have the chance to continue building on something good. I really think all of us on the 43 and at RPM can maximize that. We're all pretty passionate about that."

Allmendinger recently made his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup start, and he picks up new supporters every time out.

“We are very pleased to have AJ as a part of the RPM family,” said team owner Richard Petty. “He has proven without a doubt that he is a very talented racer. His passion for the sport is second to none and his desire to be at the top is clear each and every week. I believe in him and what he can do and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports is thrilled to be able to continue the relationship.”

AJ will look to keep the strong runs going this weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup returns to road course action in Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.

New Burrows Voices of Speed

As we arrived at New Jersey Motorsports Park, it struck me how quickly the Continental Tire Series season has gone by. 

 Burrows talks New Jersey...and some motor changes!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Two-For-Two...


Michael Shank Racing awas back on the podium in Daytona Prototype competition today as Ozz Negri and John Pew were third after a long green-flag flat-out run to the checkered flag.

Read about it here...
http://www.michaelshankracing.com/news/index.cfm?cid=38391

Monday, June 28, 2010

BURROWS: For Our Crew

Latest Voices of Speed from Adam Burrows...

Adam Burrows' Continental Tire race at Mid-Ohio was more about the work put in by his crew than how they fared behind in the cockpit.


http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/burrows-for-our-crew/

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Autoextremist.com Covers FRMC...


One of my favorite sites on the web, a Wednesday must-stop with some fresh coffee, is autoextremist.com. Peter De has an incredible point of view on the auto industry and I've been tuned in I think since the very first "issue" back ten years ago when I was working at Skip Barber.

I've pestered him to run my updates about the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, and he was good enough to run one here this week about our event at Mid-Ohio....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Newest SPEED Blog From Burrows...BURROWS: Highs At Home


Sunday Group Management DRIVER Adam Burrows has posted his latest on the Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen rounds...

BURROWS: Highs At Home


http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/burrows-highs-at-home/

Friday, June 4, 2010

Our Freinds up North...


New Canadian website to check out...and they picked up the MSR story!

http://racecanada.ca/Articles/New/2010/10060303.html

Monday, May 24, 2010

Turner Turns 200


Big accomplishment for the leading BMW tuner...

Read about it here!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

“The Way It Is” With BAT Engineering


http://www.gordonkirby.com/categories/columns/theway/2010/the_way_it_is_no233.html

Indianapolis, IN—BAT Engineering’s Alan Mertens and Bruce Ashmore were recently profiled by MotorsSport’s Gordon Kirby in the latest edition of his highly respected insider column, “The Way It Is.” BAT Engineering has made a proposal to the Indy Racing League for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar design.

Kirby, who has seen the full arc of the IZOD IndyCar Series through his decades of contributing to the sport with his journalistic coverage, pressed the designers about their design, the infrastructure that will be required to support the teams, and the various ways to feature efficiency with the design.

Safety is a key focus of the BAT Engineering design, and as the clock ticks on while the process moves forward, the conversation moves to the drastic need to move forward in 2012 before yet another back injury is suffered with the current design.

The two Indianapolis 500-winning designers also shed some light on the comprehensive production, spares, and team integration plans that the BAT Engineering business plan holds as well as the long-term plans for the organization.

Kia Keeps On Trucking...



Sales up once again...

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/05/11/477043.html

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sunday Group Management "Rookie of the Race"



Kyle Gimple won the Sunday Group Management "Rookie of the Race" award this weekend at VIR--He's holding a check that will see $150 be donated to Austin Hatcher Foundation in his name from SGM. Congrats and welcome to the Mustang Challenge, Kyle!

http://bit.ly/9I00an

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Burrows and Hopwood Target Progress at Homestead


Homestead, FL (3 March 2010)—Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will be back in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action this weekend as the series heads to South Florida for the Miami 200 as part of the Miami Grand Prix event at Homestead Miami Speedway.

The duo will return to the cockpit of the No. 12 Kia Motors/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup for Kinetic Motorsports in Saturday’s 2.5-hour enduro on Homestead Miami’s 2.3-mile infield road course.

The Kia program kicked off at Daytona International Speedway in January, and several goals were met as the new machine scored its first race finish after Burrows and Hopwood combined for a 19th place result at the “World Center of Racing.” That solid first step will hopefully be the first of many as the team returns to action this Saturday afternoon.

“This is just the second race for this program and we still have a lot to learn about the car, so our main focus is just getting another race finish with the Koup and continuing to build on what we learned at Daytona,” said Hopwood, who will be particularly pleased to visit Homestead after severe weather in his native New Hampshire has kept the area without power for days on end. “I’m really looking forward to getting down there--it feels like it has been forever since Daytona. We had a great start to the year with Kinetic in Daytona, and I just can’t wait to get down to Homestead and get back in the car.”

The Street Tuner (ST) class has once again attracted a significant field for the Miami 200, with nearly 40 racers entered for the event. The traffic will be dense, as the race will also include the Grand Sports (GS) class machines, making for a field of over 70 cars. But racing in that kind of traffic is old hat for the two, who combined for a run to the championship in their rookie season of GRAND-Am competition. While the ambition is to score the best result possible, the plan for the weekend also includes gathering lots of new data.

“We’ve spent a lot of time with Christian (Rushforth, Kinetic Motorsports engineer) since Daytona talking about how we can make the most of this Homestead weekend, so we have a pretty detailed test plan for the event,” said Burrows. “The Koup has so much potential, and we haven’t even started to scratch that surface yet. Every lap we get, we learn more. Hopefully we can have another weekend like we did at Daytona, because the car was bullet-proof, and that was key to our weekend.”

The Miami 200 is slated for a 1:05 PM ET green flag on Saturday, and the 2.5-hour event will be carried on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED Channel March 13th at 1:00 PM ET.


PR inquiries about Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood should be directed to Matt Cleary at Sunday Group Management; 317.908.2975 (mobile) or media@ sundaymanagement.com

 

For additional information:
 

 www.trevorhopwood.com  
www.konichamps.wordpress.com  
 www.sundaygroupmanagement.blogspot.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunday Group Management--GA.com


GRAND-AM's First Time Winners Were a Long Time Coming--

http://bit.ly/brdFEu

Friday, February 19, 2010

AJ talks Daytona


While waiting for the rain to clear in Daytona ahead of the 24, Autosport sat down and got the low-down on how to get around Daytona International Speedway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup machine...

So don't miss the upcoming issue!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Grand-Am Video Clips


Some highlights from the opening round of the 2010 GRAND-AM season, which featured the debut for KIA as well as Rum Bum Racing!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Impressive Rolex 24 at Daytona Debut for Turner Motorsport


DAYTONA BEACH, FL - January 31, 2010 - The 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona threw 24 hours of constant curveballs at Turner Motorsport as the team made a debut Rolex Sports Car Series race outing in one of the toughest events on the calendar. But the experienced team responded with the same kind of dedication, preparation, and focus that has earned the organization countless wins and championships in races across the country.

The team, which was making its 192nd start in professional racing with a BMW, was making its very first start in the Rolex Sports Car Series, although one would be hard-pressed to feel accurate in calling the organization a “rookie” outfit.

And that showed.

Read the rest here...
Impressive Rolex 24 at Daytona Debut for Turner Motorsport

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mustange Challenge nets $275,000 for charity!


(Scottsdale, AZ—23 January 2010— There was hardly a dry eye in the house as the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge FR500S went across the stage and was sold for an astounding $275,000 at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction.

One might suspect that the price was the source of all the eye-watering, but that was not the case as the reason for the emotion was clear as scores of young children, along with their families and a rousing contingent of Mustang Challenge racers and staff, were up on stage with the SPX-donated FR500S as the entire amount will be donated to St. Jude.

Read more here

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Turner Assembles Dream Team

TURNER'S DREAM TEAM SET FOR DAYTONA 24 HOUR RACE

NEW CAR, NEW SERIES, TOP DRIVERS, WINNING TEAM: THE INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS

The news sweeping throughout the BMW racing world is that Turner Motorsport has expanded into the GT class of the Rolex / Grand-Am Sports Car Series. They are entering a BMW M6 to compete in 2010 season, starting with the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Turner Motorsport brings with them championship winning experience, a race-proven crew, and a "Dream Team" driver line-up that means business.

...check out the video here...
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/video-gallery.shtml

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

AJ Takes the lead...


AJ Allmendinger has moved to the front in the voting as Grand Am looks to find out what Cup Driver will have the biggest ippact on the Rolex 24...


Vote here...

Monday, January 11, 2010

What do you think?


AJ Allmendinger is but one of several NASCAR Cup drivers entered in the 24 this year. GA.com is asking "Which NASCAR driver will have the biggest impact on the Rolex 24 At Daytona?"

AJ has lead the race every single year he has been entered (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), and will look to do it once again this year, although there is only one lap that he really is interested in leading.

What do you think? Let them know HERE

New livery breaks cover...



With the news that Michael Shank Racing and Crown Royal Extra Rare have teamed up, the cameras were focused on the sharp new livery for the No. 60 machine...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Nasty in Daytona...




It's some nasty weather in Daytona as the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Sports Car Challenge teams convene to kick off the 2010 season. But the weather is not cooperating as sleet and snow and gray skies have greeted the racers on Saturday.

Several teams and drivers will be making announcements in the coming days...