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EDWARDS AND MAGNUSSEN CLAIM
SECOND WIN OF 2005 SEASON IN PHOENIX GT 250

9-12-05
By: Paula Nate
PHOENIX (September 9, 2005) -- Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen, in their No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO. claimed their second victory of the season in convincing fashion in the Phoenix GT 250 under the lights Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Winning Car No. 64 and team in the GT class. (Photo courtesy of www.grandamerican.com)Paul Edwards and Jan Magnussen, running in just their third race together this season, finished 36.036 seconds ahead of their closest competitors, Tom Milner and Kelly Collins in the No. 21 F1 Air BMW M3.

"We were a lot faster on the banking, and the BMWs seemed to be going pretty wide," Edwards said. "We were able to hold it tight and get a run out of there. We started out on scrubbed tires, and I overshot it a bit on the first couple laps, expecting too much from them. The balance of the tires came back and I was able to charge forward and give the car to Jan with the lead."

Edwards qualified the No. 64 machine on the pole position--the Pontiac GTO.R's first-ever pole--and led the first 27 laps of the race. Joey Hand, driving the No. 16 F1 Air BMW M3 that finished third with Ian James, battled with Edwards for the lead in the last few turns of Lap 27 before taking it outright in Turn 2 of the following lap.

SPEED Channel will provide tape-delayed coverage of all Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series races from Phoenix International Raceway. The Phoenix 250 for the Rolex Series GT machines will air at 12:00 midnight ET on Friday, September 9, while the Phoenix 250 for the Daytona Prototypes will air at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 11. The Grand-Am Cup ST 200 will air at 2:00 p.m. ET on October 15, and the Luke Air Force Base 200 will be televised at 1:00 p.m. ET on October 30.

Live coverage throughout the weekend, including live timing & scoring data and audio web casts, will be provided on the official web site of the Grand American Road Racing Association, www.grandamerican.com.

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