Insight Racing Heads East to Lime Rock Park

Insight Racing Heads East to Lime Rock Park

Lakeville, Conn. (26, May 2011) – Racing at Virginia International Raceway for round four of the 2011 championship, Insight Racing drivers Nico Rondet and Tyler McQuarrie raced to a second place finish in the Street Tuner (ST) class with the No. 18 BMW 328i, finishing just .621 seconds adrift of the winner. Looking to achieve even better results, Insight Racing will return to GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition this weekend at Lime Rock Park.

While the first four races of the season have seen the usual combined class format of both the ST and GS cars running simultaneously, the 2.5 hour race will see each class stage their own separate races. Unfortunately, some bad racing luck in the previous round will prevent Insight Racing from participating in both.

While the duo have shown race-leading pace in the opening races of the 2011 season, the drivers of the Insight Racing No. 19 BMW M3, Martin Jensen and Paul Gerrard have suffered from contact from competitors in the last two race outings. At Barber Motorsports Park, an overly ambitious passing move from another driver saw Jensen’s outing severely hindered after being hit. Looking to rebound at VIR, the BMW was once again knocked out of contention when a competitor experienced brake failure.

The incident caused significant damage to the No. 19 BMW M3 and forced the team to retire early. Following the race weekend, it has been determined that the damage was significant enough to require that the team make the decision to not enter the Lime Rock Park round with No. 19 BMW M3 machine. The setback is a double-blow to the team’s GS effort, as the back-to-back race weekend schedule of Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen will not see the No. 19 machine back in action until round seven at Road America.

“VIR was an interesting weekend for us because on one hand, we were so pleased with the performance of the No. 18, yet we were all also disappointed after experiencing such a frustrating day for the No. 19,” said Insight Racing Team Principal & Director Gilbert Lynagh. “It is far from ideal with the short turn-around between races, so we’ve elected to make this decision. We would prefer to arrive at Elkhart Lake with a car that is ready to fight for a win than having to compromise our preparation for Lime Rock and the Glen. The podium result at VIR certainly was a positive indication of what this group is capable of. But we are not satisfied with second place, so we will look for even better results this weekend.”

Insight Racing returns to on-track action Friday, May 27 for official practice and qualifying. The ST machines will take the green flag for the 2.5-hour race on Saturday at 10:30 AM (ET).

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