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Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series
at Miller Motorsports Park

9-23-08
Submitted By: Paula Nate
Lakeville, IN (Sept. 23, 2008) – In Tooele, Utah September 21, 2008 Bill Auberlen drove underneath Kris Wilson in Turn 1 on Lap 40 of Sunday's 44-lap Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series race and held on to give himself, co-driver Matthew Alhadeff and the Turner Motorsport its second straight Grand Sport (GS) victory at Miller Motorsports Park and the team's first victory of 2008.

With Spencer Pumpelly and Billy Johnson, in the No. 39, Porsche 997 fighting for second place, Auberlen easily drove away, winning by 4.009 seconds. Pitting at the completion of the race's pace lap due to a shredded engine belt, Duncan Ende moved into the top 10 during his stint, and co-driver Pumpelly, a former GS race winner at Miller, moved to second at the checkered flag in the No. 39 TRG Carlsen Porsche/The DigiTrust Group Porsche 997.

Third-place finisher Billy Johnson earned his third straight podium finish and co-driver Ray Mason his second podium in three races in the No. 52 Rehagen Racing Columbus Truck & Equipment Ford Mustang GT

Eric Curran and Jamie Holtom win KONI Challenge ST race

Eric Curran returned to KONI Challenge Series Street Tuner (ST) class for the first time since July at Watkins Glen International, but showed no signs of rust in giving himself and point leader Jamie Holtom their second straight Miller victory in the No. 01 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Curran took the lead when Matt Plumb pitted for fuel on Lap 33, then earned to a .872 second victory over Ian Baas in the No. 171 APR Motorsport APR/BBS Volkswagen GTI. It was the first-ever podium finish for APR Motorsport and Baas's co-driver Dion von Moltke.

Georgian Bay's success wasn't limited to Curran and Holtom's triumph. The team's No. 00 Georgian Bay Motorsports T.T.L. Chevrolet Cobalt SS, co-driven by Kirk Spencer and Ashley McCalmont, finished third. McCalmont, in her first season on the KONI Challenge circuit, was running fifth when she turned the car over to Spencer during the team's final pit stop.

Twelve GS drivers remain mathematically in contention for the championship with only the six-hour race next month at Virginia International Raceway. The season finales for the KONI Challenge Series GS and ST classes, both six hours, are Oct. 4 and 5 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the sole racing tire provider for the Koni Challenge racing series. This weekend race was serviced by Hoosier’s service team of: Scott Huffer, Bill Fox, Troy Mow, Mark Record, Nick Saygen, Jim Bartholomew and Jeff Yute along with engineering support from Matt Marlow.

The weather was in the mid-70’s to around 85 degrees all weekend with a bit of cloud cover most days, making for good racing conditions, along with great tire performance.

For more information about the Grand American Road Racing Series please visit www.grand-am.com.

      

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