Continental Tire's Newest Race Compound Have Strong Debut at New Jersey

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  • The newest compound for the GT class receives outstanding reviews from teams and drivers at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
  • The DP and GT winners from Homestead-Miami repeat at New Jersey.
  • Both the GS and ST classes win in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series from the pole.

Mid-70 degree temperatures made for near-perfect race conditions at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Continental Tire rolled out the newest race compound for the Grand Touring (GT) class to rave reviews while the Rolex Series saw back-to-back wins in both the Daytona Prototype (DP) and GT classes. The No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari, piloted by Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato, came from the ninth position to post their second win in a row in the GT class. The win came with the help of the new Continental Tire compound that proved to have greater speed and longevity for the entire 16-car field.

"We're really happy about it,"said race winner Segal. "It's (the tire) clearly been faster and the times this weekend were tremendously faster compared to last year and the longevity is good. So it's really a good step in the right direction."

The DP class saw a spirited battle for the lead for the duration of the 2.75-hour race which proved to be a challenge for all drivers as they worked to manage their tires. The SunTrust team led for a majority of the race with the Gainsco and Ganassi teams contending for the lead until about an hour to go when the two tangled sending both cars behind the wall. It was then the Starworks and Action Express teams that moved in to compete with the SunTrust team but the two Ford Riley's couldn't quite catch the Corvette. Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli went on to claim their second victory in two weeks, 20th overall for the team.

It was a clean sweep for both pole-winning teams in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series (CTSCCS) Saturday afternoon. Bret Spaude and Andrew Aquilante rebounded from two pit-road penalties to score their first Grand Sport (GS) victory in the No. 35 Subaru Road Racing Team Subaru WRX-STI, also Subaru's first podium in the series. Spaude locked in the pole but the team wouldn't take the lead for the win until just nine laps to go.

"The Continental Tires definitely performed without any problems for us this weekend,"said Spaude following the race. "I think at one point we were thinking about just gassing and going. I think Andrew (Aguilante, co-driver) felt confident enough we could do it with no tires and then the caution came and we were able to get four tires."

The duo of Tonis Kasemets and Scott Maxwell behind the wheel of the No. 55 Astin Martin were able to double stint on their Continental Tires for the Multimatic team but a late race penalty sent them from the front of the field to the rear with no time to make up the difference. Corey Fergus and Ownen Trinkler looked strong in the Street Tuner (ST) class after winning the pole and leading laps in the beginning of the race. Ryan Eversley took the lead at one point but a terminal mechanical failure placed Trinkler back up front for the checkers and a win for the No. 197 Cruise America/Thor Motorcoach Honda Civic Si.

Robbie Davis led every lap from the pole in the TOTAL Performance Showcase for his first win in the series in the No. 37 Mini of Charelston Mini Cooper.

The Rolex Series is back on track June 1-2 for the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. Speed will carry the Rolex Series race live on June 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET. MRN will also broadcast the race live on radio and at www.motorracingnetwork.com

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