Tuesday
Oct302012

Merchant Services Racing Extremely Pleased With First Year Results

After putting another top-5 in the books and qualifying for the pole at Petit Le Mans, Merchant Services Racing team's third place in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón PC Championship was the icing on the cake for the teams successful first year. Among some of the toughest sports car racing competition in the world, Merchant Services Racing, owned and operated by BAR1 Motorsports, has quickly solidified their position in the series earning the respect of their competitors, series officials and fans alike.

The 2012 American Le Mans Series drew to a close with the 15th  Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Merchant Services Racing driver Kyle Marcelli qualified the #8 Lamex/ Butterfield Farms car on the pole position in the LMPC category. Marcelli shared the driving duties for the 10 hour endurance race with Matt Downs and Chapman Ducote. 

Downs took opening stint in the driver's seat showing a good competitive pace running within the top five. Later, a spin off track dropped the car a lap down.

Kyle Marcelli took the second sting and proceeded to do what Kyle Marcelli does.  Setting the fastest lap of the race with a 1:15.859, the fastest LMPC on track, he was unable to get the car back on the lead lap. Marcelli continued to pour the on pressure performing a double driving stint. 

Chapman Ducote climb aboard for the fourth session. Though showing excellent speed and pace, Ducote came into turn seven only to find a GT car losing control. In an effort to avoid contact, Ducote was forced off track. Chapman was forced to make a pit stop to check over the car resulting in the loss of another lap to the leaders.

Marcelli jumped in for the final and nighttime session of the race. After 10 hours of competition, in an event where merely finishing is a victory, the MSR crew were thrilled to celebrate the top-5 finish.

"The final race of the season is one of the toughest," noted team owner, Brian Alder. "The key to doing well in a 10 hour race is to being consistent and keeping the car on the track. The car never missed a beat all day. We ran without mechanical issues and the crew did a great job.  Our pit stops were flawless."

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