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Burton Racing Carrying Confidence to Road America
Posted by: newsla on Aug 06, 2014 - 03:13 PM
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Burton Racing Carrying Confidence to Road America


Following a strong effort by the entire Burton Racing team at their home race just two weeks ago, the Indianapolis-based team heads northwest looking to score a more representative result at Road America this weekend.

 

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For Round 9 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Burton Racing will target strong results with both team entries, as Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum will take on the competition in the No. 22 Gold Eagle BMW 128i, with Mike LaMarra and Terry Borcheller set to share the driving duties in the No. 23 BMW Automotive Chemicals/Excelda BMW 128i at Road America as part of the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase weekend.

The last round of competition at Burton Racing’s home track included highs and lows for the team as both BMW machines showed strong pace throughout the race event. With a lot of forward momentum through each of their stints, all four Burton Racing drivers delivered strong performances and the team combined for flawless pit stops throughout the 2.5-hour race, but in the end the fuel strategy didn’t play out in the group’s favor.

Burton Racing now looks forward to the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase around the 4-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and the opportunity to drive their twin Burton Racing BMW machines to the podium. With 14 previous starts around the circuit, Borcheller brings the most experience, including a class win in his debut at the track in 2000 along with an additional podium in American Le Mans Series competition in 2004. LaMarra adds to the familiarity as he and Borcheller have raced together at the track for the past two years, running all the way to a fourth place finish from a starting position of 15th in 2011.

LaMarra and Borcheller sit firmly in fifth place in the ST championship, just a handful of points out of fourth and looking to move up. With confidence from their combined experience at Road America and momentum from a strong run at home in Indianapolis, the duo remain in the championship hunt.

Strelzoff and Bloum return to the track with fond memories having delivered strong runs in last year’s race. A debut at the track for both drivers, they delivered a strong showing as they expertly navigated all the way to the third step of the podium from a 22nd place starting position. The driver pairing is eager to return to the track again for this weekend’s race and a chance to taste the champagne again.

“We are feeling really strong heading into Road America,” said Team Manager, Keith Burton. “We have learned so much this season and we are really all working well together as a team. All of the guys love the track at Road America, it is a true ‘driver’s track’, so it will be fun to get out there and see what we can do.”

It will be another busy weekend for Burton Racing as they will have just two practices before qualifications on August 8th at 3:05 PM. The 2.5-hour race will go green on August 9th at 12:15 PM (ET) and will be broadcast LIVE on IMSA.com.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will be televised on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 PM (ET) on August 17th.

Be sure to follow @Burton_Racing on twitter for live updates throughout the weekend!

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