Unlucky Lottery in Qualifying For Burrows and Hopwood in 50th Start

Unlucky Lottery in Qualifying For Burrows and Hopwood in 50th Start

Monterey, Calif (8 July, 2011)– Racing drivers are urged to look as far down the road or through the corner as they possibly can to best navigate through a fast lap time. Unfortunately for Adam Burrows, he’ll have over 20 cars that he’ll need to look through to see just about anything after a truncated qualifying session prevented him from setting a proper lap time on Friday. The result will see the 2007 Series Champ start the race from 22nd on the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival grid.

He’ll have some speedy company with him back on row 11 as Le Mans 24 Hour podium finisher and IndyCar rookie runner Simon Pagenaud will start next to Burrows in the 2.5-hour race, set for a 10:45 AM local green flag time.

The race marks the 50th GRAND-AM start for Burrows together with co-driver Trevor Hopwood as the duo hope to make it a special one in the No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup, but will have an even bigger hill to climb than the one that leads to the corkscrew as they look to move up at race time.

“What can I say? We just got unlucky and didn’t get to set a time before the session was stopped,” said Burrows. “It’s a shame because we’d made solid progress with the car–which was great at Road America–and were looking to show that in qualifying. But Christian and Lee and all the Kinetic guys are pretty clever so maybe we’ll look at some of the other areas of our strategy to make up some track position. The main goal is to get as many championship points for Kia as we can. This is a fun track, and has been a great car so even we have a lot of work to do, hopefully it will turn our way tomorrow.”

While the No. 12 suffered from the twist of racing fate, it was full ‘Yahtzee!’ for the sister No. 10 machine, which entered the track early in the session and nabbed third on the grid before qualifying was shut down.

“Congrats to Michael (Galati) on a great grid spot,” said Hopwood. “Obviously this isn’t where we wanted to be at the start of the race tomorrow, but I’ll admit that I’m a little bit jealous of Adam–it’s fun to start at the back. Hopefully, though, he’ll do all the hard work at the start! We’ll see what happens–Nic and Michael started from way back in the pack last time out and won, so maybe we’ll get some breaks and make up track position to be where we need to be at the finish to bring some points home for Kia again.”

TV Information: SPEED, July 17th, 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

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



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.

For additional information: www.sundaymanagement.com, http://sundaygroupblog.com, www.facebook.com/sundaygroup, or twitter.com/Sundaygroup

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