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GARDEN STATE 250 KONI SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
RACE AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK

 5-05-09
Submitted By: Paula Nate

Lakeville, IN (May 5, 2009) Saturday May 2, 2009 in Millville, NJ, Spencer Pumpelly passed Charles Espenlaub during the final 15 minutes of Saturday's two-and-a-half hour Garden State 250 at Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the third round of the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge season, and earned a GT victory for himself, co-driver Duncan Ende and TRG's No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adam's Polishes Porsche 997.  

Chris Gleason and Joey Hand's Turner Motorsport BMW M3 was only 2.505 seconds behind after two and one-half hours of competition on the demanding, 2.25-mile road course.
 

Finishing third were Billy Johnson and Peter Ludwig, who drove the No. 18 Dietz & Watson Porsche 997.
 
In ST, Compass360 Racing swept the Street Tuner podium, with Randy Pobst and Christian Miller gaining the victory in the final four minutes as all three cars led during the final 10 minutes. It was the second straight victory for Pobst and Miller.

Pobst's winning pass in the ST race came in a wild three-wide drag race to Turn 1 with less than four minutes remaining. After watching Eric Curran and Travis Walker - who led an ST race-high 45 laps - battle for the lead, Pobst drove to the inside as the trio drove down the main straightaway on Lap 91. Pobst outbraked both drivers, then pulled away slightly to give himself and Miller a second straight victory.
  
Orange-suited drivers dominated the podium. Walker and co-driver Matt Pritiko finished second in the No. 76 Skunk2/034 Motorsport Honda Civic Si, while Curran and team owner Karl Thomson earned third in the No. 75 Skunk2/034 Motorsport Honda Civic Si. It was the team's first 1-2-3 finish. 
 
The Koni event was serviced by the Hoosier Racing Tire team of: Jim Bartholomew, Eriks Bers, Dave Reppert, Rick Sisk, Mike Walsh, Jeff Yute.  Product Manager, Scott Huffer and Engineering support of Matt Marlow.  

The weather was overcast most of the weekend and in the 60s and 70s.  Although the entire week was overcast, as luck would have it rain never really materialized for Saturdays race.   

This event was the first of five KONI Challenge races within eight weeks.  The next race is the Verizon Festival of Speed, coming up May 15-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey , Calif.   Another race is on the docket for May 22-25 at Connecticut 's Lime Rock Park .  The circuit then moves to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 4-5, followed by the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington , Ohio June 19-21.  

The KONI Challenge, Garden State 250 race will be shown at noon Eastern next Saturday, May 9, on SPEED channel.  

Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the exclusive racing tire provider for the Koni Challenge racing series.  For the rest of the schedule and additional information about the Grand American Road Racing Series please visit www.grand-am.com, www.grand-am.com/koni, or www.konisportscarchallenge.com 

      

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