Posted (08/11/2010) -
TROIS RIVIERES, Quebec—RSR Motorsports will make the long drive from their shop in Kissimmee, Florida, to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, for this weekend’s Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. It’s a lot of miles, but the street course will be a welcome sight for the RSR Motorsports drivers.
In 2009’s race there, RSR Motorsports took the Street Tuner pole in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series and led much of the race. The two RSR MINI Cooper S entries finished eighth and eleventh.
Now, not only does the team return with last year’s success on their mind, but they are also coming off their first series win. Randall Smalley and Owen Trinkler were victorious at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and they are eager to put the No. 198 MINI Cooper S out front again.
“I feel really good about the next two races because we’ve had the pole at both tracks and proven we can run up front,” says Trinkler, who is already anticipating a great season finale at Miller Motorsports Park. “We’re carrying a lot of momentum from our win. That’s not just for Randall and myself, but for the whole team.”
“The MINI is a very nimble car, so it performs well on a tight, technical course like Trois-Rivieres. The layout is very hard on the brakes, and the MINI is great on the brakes. It won’t be an issue for us like it is for some at this track,” notes Smalley.
Sarah Cattaneo and VJ Mirzayan are also coming off their best finish of the season after earning seventh in the No. 197 RSR Motorsports MINI at New Jersey. Cattaneo enjoyed racing at Trois-Rivieres last year, but feels that the team is poised for even better results this weekend.
“Last year was so much fun, and the crowd was amazing,” says Cattaneo. “We’ve gotten better since last year. The cars are working great and the team is working so hard. The handling and braking of the MINIS fits perfectly with Trois-Rivieres.”
Following practice and qualifying on Friday, the two-hour Street Tuner race gets underway on Saturday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. RSR Motorsports showed their road course prowess at New Jersey, and now they’ll be looking to dominate at the street course
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Four Winds International, MINI USA, 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.