Press Release - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Preview, Grand-Am Rolex
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The Battery Tender-MCM Racing team went into the New Jersey round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series looking to turn things around after a very disappointing Virginia race. With the inclement weather on the way, the team had mixed feelings. The combination of the rain, the car and driving lineup had the #21 Battery Tender/Baja Cantina Pontiac GTO-R of Romeo Kapudija and Ryan Phinny looking like early favorites and very excited. On the Porsche side, the #31 Battery Tender/South African Airways car wasn't as confident however. There was a lot of development taking place with the car as a byproduct of the team having more time with the new piece, new engineering staff, and would only be the second event in a Porsche for drivers Hennie Groenewald and Dion von Moltke.

Things quickly started on a positive note for the Pontiac with a top-5 in practice, and the Porsche was making up ground on the field as everyone worked to make the car drivable for a potential wet race. Having qualified 8th, Hennie would drive the car up to P2, with Romeo not far behind in P9. "For both Dion and I, the New Jersey event was a huge improvement over Virginia in the performance we were able to get out of the car due to the efforts of the whole team." Groenewald continues, "We really enjoyed the race in the very wet and treacherous conditions, even with the visibility problems, getting the car to the finish was certainly a challenge". After hydroplaning going into the braking zone, Kapudija would find himself in the tires and bringing out yellow caution flag. What was misfortune for the #21 entry was creating an excellent opportunity for the #31 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car as the team was able to get Dion von Moltke out under caution while not loosing much ground on the rest of the GT field.

Ryan Phinny would meet up with the team at the garage and jump into the Pontiac to get the best result possible, but the team had to retire the car after a brief stint, and would finish in 17th position. Dion was able to bring the car Porsche back up through the field as his team mate did earlier, and settled into 2nd position in GT and an astounding 6th overall. Dion exudes; "What a fun race in New Jersey! Everyone was looking at the weather monitors all weekend trying to decide whether to put a rain or dry set up on the car. Luckily the team made the right decision and it paid off as we were able to run at the front and the car was very comfortable doing so."
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