Late Yellow Spells Early End to Burrows and Hopwood Charge

Late Yellow Ends Burrows and Hopwood Charge Early at Road America

Strong sixth after leading the race midway

Contact: Matt Cleary, Sunday Group Management
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Elkart Lake, Wis (24 June, 2011)– Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows finished Friday’s Road America 200 in sixth place after a caution period effectively ended the race 20 minutes early and cost them the chance to fight forward any shot at a podium finish.

Hopwood started the No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup from seventh on the grid, and worked in tandem with the sister team Kinetic Motorsports No. 10 entry as the duo were well-placed in the top five. The sister machine took the first opportunity for pit service, and returned to run to the race win.

Meanwhile, Hopwood moved to the front of the pack as the field accepted one of the five yellow flag periods. With the Kinetic crew now ready to service the No. 12, Hopwood turned the car over to Burrows to take to the finish.

“The handling on the car was great–I said this morning in qualifying that the car was as good as it has ever been, and that was true again in the race,” said Hopwood. “It was really neutral, and I was really just saving the brakes for Adam.”

Burrows returned to the pack mired in 17th position as the pit stop timing didn’t net the desired track position. But he, too, was relishing all the braking and handling that the Koup had on offer, moving all the way back to 6th with 25 minutes to go. As the 2.5 hour event hurtled toward the finish, the former series champ was well-situated to make the most of others’ fading brakes in the closing moments of the race. Unfortunately, a competitor’s significant impact with just over 20 minutes to go cost him the chance to charge further. Conversely, the long yellow flag sealed the fate of the sister No. 10 machine, which scored a second race win on the season.

“Congrats to Nic and Michael on the win tonight,” said Burrows. “Trevor and Michael ran nose to tail in the first half of the race and we were certainly hoping to do that in the second half as well. I had just a great car tonight, have to hand it to Christian and all the boys. I was comfortably reeling in the competitors ahead, and it really felt like we had a car that was better than sixth place. It is just the best we’ve ever felt in this Koup in nearly two years of racing for Kia and it’s another big step forward for this whole program to take a win. Hopefully we can do that again soon, and just help push the team to a championship any way that we can.”

SPEED will broadcast the race July 3rd at 1:00 PM ET.

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

For additional information:

www.trevorhopwood.com
www.adamburrowsmotorsport.com
You can also follow the teams progress at www.facebook.com/kiaracing.

www.Sundaymanagement.com

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Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
media
http://www.sundaymanagement.com
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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