Daytona 24 Hour Race Notes: Owen Trinkler
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Owen Trinkler and his RSR Motorsports teammates went into the weekend at Daytona with strong expectations. Knowing full well that the Mini Cooper S wasn't well suited for Daytona, they were anticipating starting the season off in positive fashion with a good points result to build on as they venture into circuits more suited to the cars' strengths.

For Trinkler and co-driver Jade Buford, that anticipation took a step backwards with a crash in the final practice session. It meant not being able to do the final tweaks to the car for a good race set up, and not being able to make the qualifying session meant a certain handicap for the race by starting at the rear of the grid. In the end the #196 RSR Motorsports entry would stop only 5 laps into the Fresh from Florida 200 finishing in 31st position in the ST class.

"The weekend at Daytona was huge disappointment for us because we've never had any kind of problem like this before, and the crash that happened in practice put us behind all weekend." Trinkler continues, "We knew we could not win the race because the of the pace of the other cars, but we wanted at least to start off right in the championship with some good points and a Top ten result for the team, but unfortunately that's not the way it played out this weekend."

The RSR Motorsports team now gears up for the 200 mile long event at Homestead-Miami Raceway on March 13-15. Trinkler states "RSR and I will be back stronger and better than ever for the race at Homestead."

Owen would like to thank sponsors Cruise America and P1 Groupe for their continued support for the 2009 racing season. View,, and for more information.