Early End to Promising Day For Burrows and Hopwood at Lime Rock Park

Early End to Promising Day For Burrows and Hopwood at Lime Rock Park

Contact: Matt Cleary, Sunday Group Management
(317) 908-2975-Mobile

Lakeville, Conn. (28 May, 2011)– Kinetic Motorsports drivers Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood had long been looking forward to the home race and round five of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship as the series hit the halfway mark on the season with a return to Lime Rock Park for the Memorial Day Classic.

But after racing up into a strong podium position early in the event, Saturday’s 2.5 hour race ended short of the potential on offer as the No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Koup suffered a mechanical set-back that saw the former champions’ day end early.

“It started to smoke a bit in the corners and it just developed a big push so I felt like we might be in trouble,” said Hopwood, who had been hoping to show particularly well with so many friends and several members of the Hop clan on hand. “That ultimately ended up causing a brake problem, and I had no brakes coming into the uphill but I was at least able to spin it and slow down enough to get away with just hitting the wall a little bit. But our shot at a podium was done at that point.”

Not done at that point though was the fighting spirit of the Kinetic Motorsports crew as the Lee Webb-led No. 12 car group worked to refit an entire left front section of the suspension. Despite losing some time on pit lane with the repairs, it was back to the battle for Burrows as he rejoined the field to harvest as many points as possible toward the Kia Manufacturer Championship aspirations.

Alas, the previous contact had caused more damage than was initially clear and unsettled some mechanical fixtures as Burrows’ run was ultimately stopped short when he pulled to the side of the track to clear the race traffic.

“It is a shame to have our day end so early here at the home race, particularly when we were right on track with our race strategy,” said Burrows, who with Hopwood finished fifth in the most recent round of GRAND-AM action. “Ultimately, I just couldn’t make it back to the pits so I had to stop out there. It’s not the outcome we were looking for. But on the other hand, we were running right in the lead pack, and now we’re headed to a place where we’ve won (Watkins Glen) before, so hopefully we can bounce back from this next Friday. Thanks to the Kinetic guys’ hard work to get me back out there, hopefully we can bring them the championship points that their effort deserves next weekend.”

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

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Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

Based in Indianapolis, Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm.

Sunday Group Management works with clients in a variety of motorsports categories, including NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Riley Technologies, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series organization Michael Shank Racing, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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