Posted (05/25/2010) -
LAKEVILLE, Conn.—RSR Motorsports heads to Lime Rock Park this weekend for the fifth round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and they are ready to race on a track that was made for MINIs.
“Lime Rock’s tight track really serves the MINI well because of the car’s cornering and maneuverability,” says Dicky Riegel, who will co-drive the No. 196 RSR Motorsports MINI Cooper S with Owen Trinkler. “The corners at Lime Rick are fairly demanding, yet they present passing opportunities for the MINIs that other cars may not have.”
Riegel, who lives just one hour away in Bedford Hills, New York, considers Lime Rock his home track. He will really live the “Lime Rock experience” during the weekend: Riegel and his children will arrive in a 1954 Chevy pick-up towing a restored 1954 Airstream trailer. They will camp in the infield all weekend in vintage style.
Riegel’s co-driver Trinkler has been busy preparing the new RSR Motorsports shop in Kissimmee, Florida. The team moved into the 8,000-square foot facility last month.
“The team is really excited about this opportunity and what (team owner) Randall Smalley has done with the facility,” says Trinkler. “I think we’re all looking forward to preparing the cars in-house at this new shop.”
VJ Mirzayan and Sarah Cattaneo have suffered a string of misfortunes at the past two rounds, but they feel the No. 197 RSR Motorsports MINI Cooper S is a contender for the win at Lime Rock.
“We’ve got to take our recent experiences, learn from them, and move on,” says Cattaneo. “Lime Rock is probably the best track on the schedule for us. It’s all about cornering and the balance of the car, and the MINIs are perfect in those aspects.”
“Lime Rock isn’t a simple track. There is no room for errors there,” adds Mirzayan. “I think we’re due for an opportunity to showcase what we’re really capable of, and hopefully this race will afford that opportunity.”
BJ Zacharias and Craig Conway will be back in action in the No. 198 RSR Motorsports MINI Cooper S. They missed round four at Virginia International Raceway following a fire at Barber Motorsports Park.
“I am looking forward to driving the No. 198 MINI: now that it has the new wiring and Bosch system, it should be more reliable and faster than ever,” says Conway, whose Lime Rock credits include a class win. “The RSR team works hard and I think we will win soon.”
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Four Winds International, Onan RV and Mobile Generators, Performance Friction Rotors, OS Giken Racing Clutches and Limited Slip Differentials, Midway Ford Truck Sales, Mini North Scottsdale, Motul USA, and Cobalt Racing Pads.
Keep up with the team online at www.RSRMotorsports.com.