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All For One, One For All For Performance Tech At Unique Kansas
Posted by: newsla on Jun 04, 2014 - 07:34 PM
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All For One, One For All For Performance Tech At Unique Kansas


Performance Tech Motorsports is fielding nearly a quarter of the entries for the unique TUDOR United SportsCar Championship/Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda weekend June 6-7 at Kansas Speedway.

 

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For the first time, the team will prepare seven cars in two different classes - one in Prototype Challenge in the TUDOR Championship and six L1 prototypes in the Prototype Lites development series - to be on track together.

The race weekend format will mimic that of Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda event, with two 45-minute sprint races. But the PC cars - including the No. 38 Dash Neighborhoods/ Phillips 66 entry of Performance Tech - will be scored for one event based on the combined points earned in both races. All Prototype Lites cars will be scored per race for a two-race weekend event.

This weekend is all about focus, as there will be no pit stops or driver changes. With no chance to make changes, Performance Tech has been focused on finding an ideal setup for each car.

"The short schedule really works out well for us," Team Principal Brent O'Neill said. "You don't have to get two guys up to speed in the PC car. It'll be hectic, but it's a 45-minute race; we aren't there for two hours. We went there to test, so we won't have to spend a ton of time on setup. We have a good idea of where we need to be. But at the end of the day, it will be hectic."

Kansas Speedway will present Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda drivers with many new challenges. The field will race at night and on banked oval turns for the first time, as the six-turn, 2.37-mile layout uses nearly all of the 1.5-mile oval. Drivers also anticipate more lap traffic with the speed difference on the oval turns.

"The PC car has similar speeds in the infield, but on the NASCAR turns (oval turns), it's a much faster car," O'Neill said. "It will throw off people. People are going to get in the way."

Performance Tech will be represented in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda field by Craig Duerson, Hayden Duerson, Jon Brownson, Joel Janco, Matt McMurry and Robert Alon. McMurry, 16, will race at Kansas before heading to France next week to attempt to become the youngest driver ever to compete in the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.

David Ostella will handle the Performance Tech PC car for both sprint races, which are scheduled for 4:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m (CT) Saturday, June 7. He will qualify at 10:45 p.m. (CT) Friday, June 6 for the first half of his event. The finishing position of the first half will mark his starting grid position for the second half of the event.

"It's definitely different to be back in a car by myself again," Ostella said. "This weekend will be different. The field has a wide variety of experience levels in it. So we'll see how it goes. I'll just be focused on bringing the car home this time."

The weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. with the first practice for Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda followed by practice for the PC class at 4:35 p.m. Prototype Lites qualifying is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. Friday.

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