Patrick Barrett Sets Sights on Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Finale in Utah
Los Osos, Ca - September 15, 2008-
Patrick Barrett looks to carry the momentum from his excellent GT class performance three weeks ago in New Jersey to the Grand-Am
Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season finale this coming weekend, September 18-20 at Miller
Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
The SunRichGourmet.com 1000 will be contested on the long 4.486-mile, 24-turn Miller Motorsport Park circuit located south of Salt
Lake City. The race will run for a distance of 1000 kilometers or a maximum of seven hours. You can see the race live on SPEED
Channel from 10 AM to 5 PM Pacific, 1-8 PM Eastern on Saturday September 20th.
In only his second Grand-Am race opportunity Barrett led the 25 car GT field for 16 laps plus ran another 34 laps in the top three
during the opening 90 minutes of the race last month at the recently completed New Jersey Motorsports Park. This, after setting the
fourth fastest time and placing the car on the second row of the GT starting grid during the previous day's qualifying session,
which also happened to be his 19th birthday. This was a season high qualifying position and the most laps led by the rookie PR1
PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
(Photo: John Barrett)
When asked how his strong performance at New Jersey could translate into success at Miller Barrett replied, "I don't expect to
perform any differently going into Miller in terms of driving the car. It's going to be a long race so I know I need be a little more
patient with traffic and not take too many risks, but at the same time I can't afford to hold back because that might mean the
difference between a good result or going a lap down."
Barrett and PR1 Motorsports co-driver Canadian Mike Forest will share the #32 Miracle Sealants/Konica Minolta/Kolliner-Long Gallery
Pontiac GXP.R in their longest event of the season. They expect to do approximately 900K or 560 miles while the faster Daytona
Prototype class will do 1000K or 620 miles.
In considering what goals he has set for himself and the team for the Miller weekend Barrett stated, "PR1 is a very competitive team
and we want to do well, regardless of our somewhat limited experience in Grand-Am. I myself want to succeed and perform my best in
the season finale, so we will be pushing hard to walk away with a victory, or a podium for that matter. We've shown how fast we are
and that we can lead, so now I think we're ready to finish well."
Barrett is not a newcomer to Miller. He won a Pacific F2000 event last July on the shorter 3 mile course, on the way to winning the
2007 season championship for PR1 Motorsports. Later that year he raced in England as a member of the Team USA Scholarship
"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.