Gue, Seafuse Look to Steal KONI Challenge Point Lead Away from Wilden at Laguna Seca
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 13, 2009) - James Gue's only Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge victory came in 2005 at California Speedway. He's hoping to win at another California track this weekend, as he and Bret Seafuse challenge for the Grand Sport (GS) point lead at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.



The two-and-a-half hour Verizon Festival of Speed, the first for GS and Street Tuner (ST) competitors at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn track since 2007, will begin at 3 p.m. PT (SPEED, at noon ET May 23).


Since joining JBS Motorsports and co-driver Bret Seafuse, Gue has wheeled the No. 37 Trumansburg ShurSave Ford Mustang GT to several top finishes, including a pair of second-place finishes in 2008. The series runners-up fell only six points short of last year's title.

This season, consistency has again rewarded Gue and Seafuse. They have finished in the top five in all three races, including a best of fourth coming at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They trail leader Ken Wilden by only three points (83-80) after three of 11 rounds.


In their most recent outing at Laguna Seca, the pair finished seventh.


"We've had a good start to the year, and we're looking forward to carry the momentum into this weekend," said Gue, driving one of the two JBS Motorsports entries this weekend. "In the past, this has been a strong track for us. I'm optimistic about a strong finish this weekend, and with that, taking over the point lead."



Wilden's No. 59 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang GT has not only helped him atop the driver standings, but the car is also atop the team points. Wilden, who won the pole position in ST in the KONI Challenge's last visit to Laguna Seca, will team with Dean Martin. They are attempting to give the car its ninth straight finish of eighth or better, dating back to last July at Barber Motorsports Park.



Two former GS winners, who won together two seasons ago at Laguna Seca, will go for their second victories of 2009 in separate cars. Spencer Pumpelly teamed with Peter Ludwig for the 2007 victory at Laguna Seca. Two weeks after winning his first race of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Pumpelly will drive the No. 39 DigiTrust Group/Adams Polishes Porsche 997, one of two TRG entered cars, with Los Angeles native Duncan Ende. TRG, also fielding the No. 41 Magnus Racing Porsche 997 for Andy Lally and John Potter, is based in Petaluma, Calif. Lally is a previous Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series winner at Laguna Seca.
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