Patrick Barrett, Recent High School Grad, Returns to Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Los Osos, Ca - June 16, 2008 - Patrick Barrett celebrates his graduation from high school with a return to competition in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 GT class this coming weekend, June 20-21 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 2 hour Emco Gears Classic will be broadcast live on SPEED TV from 2-5 PM PT, 5-8 PM ET on Saturday the 21st.

Pat Barrett PR1 Motorsports
(Photo: John Barrett)

Barrett and PR1 Motorsports co-driver Canadian Mike Forest will share the Pontiac GXP.R at Mid-Ohio and will attempt to top their 10th place finish at Virginia International Raceway in April, the rookie team's best result so far this season. Forest was paired with another PR1 driver, Thomas Merrill, in the Six Hours at the Glen at Watkins Glen, New York on June 7th and scored a very respectable 12th place in the team's longest race to date.

"I've never been to Mid-Ohio, but I have been told it's a classic road course and is quite technical. The team had a positive result in their previous event so I look forward to continuing our good progress."

Pat Barrett PR1 Motorsports
(Photo: John Barrett)

Barrett from Los Osos, California, at 18 the youngest driver in the GT field, graduated 5th in his high school class on June 11. He raced in England as a member of 2007 Team USA Scholarship and ended the 2007 Pacific F2000 Championship as its' champion and all time race win record holder.

"Graduating from high school is a great feeling. I know it's not race related, but it is positive energy that I am carrying into this weekend," said Barrett. "I've been improving my physical training since Virginia so I'm interested in seeing what difference there will be in my performance." "I want to thank my personal sponsors Kolliner-Long Gallery based in Cambria, California and Alpinestars for their tremendous support. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today doing what I love."

PR1's road racing car is a rear wheel drive Pontiac (G6) GXP.R with a tubular space-frame steel chassis and carbon-fiber and steel body which is home to a 6.0L LS2 V-8 that produces 450 brake horsepower and is mated to a 5-speed manual sequential gearbox.

Visit www.PatrickBarrettRacing.com for more on Patrick, and his sponsors at www.KollinerLongGallery.com and www.Alpinestars.com. You can go to www.Grand-Am.com and www.PR1motorsports.com to find out more about Grand-Am and PR1.


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