Posted (09/06/2010) -
TOOELE, Utah—After winning the previous two Street Tuner races in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, RSR Motorsports doesn’t have anything to prove heading into this weekend’s season finale at Miller Motorsports Park. Still, the team would like to end the season with three MINI Cooper S wins in a row.
RSR Motorsports owner Randall Smalley is cautiously optimistic. “I think we could pull it off, but I don’t want to jinx it!” he jokes. On a serious note, he adds, “We could do really well at Miller, but it always takes a little luck. It was the great pit strategy that really won it for us at New Jersey and Trois-Rivieres.”
That great pit strategy was paired with superb driving and a reliable No. 198 MINI Cooper S that performed flawlessly from green to checkered flag. Smalley and Trinkler were the victorious co-drivers at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Trois-Rivieres, but the driver line-up is changing for the season finale.
RSR Motorsports will have three MINI Cooper S entries at Miller. Sarah Cattaneo will join Trinkler in the defending No. 198 MINI. “Sarah has done great in qualifying and her stints, especially considering it’s her first full season in the series,” says Trinkler, who put RSR Motorsports on the pole at Miller in 2008. “I’m excited to see what she can do in her opening stint.”
For Cattaneo, who normally co-drives with VJ Mirzayan in the No. 197 entry, the season finale at Miller represents the culmination of a year of growth. “Working with VJ and Owen this season has been great. I’ve grown tremendously as a driver because of those two. I can’t thank them enough for that. We’re getting better finishes, the cars have been great and we’re progressing,” she says.
Mirzayan will co-drive the No. 197 RSR Motorsports MINI Cooper S with Dicky Riegel, who has driven select rounds with the team this year. Mirzayan is quick to note how the team has developed since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
“We saw improvement with each race as the season went on, and I’m hoping this last race will be our best so far,” says Mirzayan. “I want to thank our team owner Randall Smalley and the crew for all they’ve done, and I’ve really enjoyed driving with Sarah this year. Whatever our results at Miller might be, we’re finishing on a high note.”
Smalley will co-drive with longtime RSR Motorsports driver BJ Zacharias in the No. 196 MINI Cooper S. This is the first time the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series has run the outer course, and the different layout presents a new opportunity for the MINIs.
“The outer course makes it a momentum course,” Smalley notes. “I think the race could be a replay of Trois-Rivieres, where we battled with the leaders at the end.”
That battle begins at 4:45 p.m. MT on Saturday, September 11. The 2.5-hour race will be broadcast on SPEED at 9:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 18.
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.