New York, NY - July 9, 2020 - Fresh from his terrific result at the Mid Ohio Sportscar Course, New York based Super GT rookie Adrian Wlostowski is taking aim at Brainerd International Raceway, July 10 to 12, with the clear plan to go one better than his P2 finish in Round 2 just last weekend. With two podium finishes from two races this season, Adrian and his crew are F.A.S.T. by name and fast by nature. The team is currently sitting second in the championship point standings and are rapidly making a tremendous impression on the Trans Am scene and there is no better place to make an impact than at the iconic Minnesota circuit on a weekend of special significance. Saturday's race, sponsored by Ryan Companies, is being held in memory of the late Jed Copham, the former owner of Brainerd, who passed away in a tragic accident in November 2018. This year is the first time Trans Am has visited Brainerd since his passing.
The runners up spot Adrian filled at Mid Ohio was itself an improvement of one place on the result from the opening weekend of the season at Sebring, where he filled third spot on the podium. Make the same improvement again and we'll see Adrian's No. 96 F.A.S.T. Auto Racing Ford Mustang take the checkered flag in the SGT class, but as we all know, it's not quite as simple as that! Nevertheless, Adrian was understandably very upbeat when we spoke to him ahead of Round 3 of the 2020 Trans Am presented by Pirelli Championship.
"It was a long wait from Sebring to Mid Ohio, that's for sure," he told us from the high performance Big Apple auto shop that gives the team its name. "Big thanks to everyone out there who made the racing possible and our partners, Hawk and Forgeline. Now we're racing again soon and it feels like we have the season underway. Long may it continue, everyone is working so hard. We just want to race."
"I was pleased with the result at Mid Ohio. Conditions were very difficult after all the rain, but it was the same for everyone. Third at Sebring, second at Mid Ohio, naturally I'd love to go one better at Brainerd but it isn't going to be easy!"
Adrian has never been to Brainerd before, so is looking forward to the test of skill presented by the highly technical, 13 turn, 2.5 mile circuit now dubbed the Competition Road Course after modifications made in 2008. "I've never been to Brainerd but I've heard it's a real drivers' circuit so I'm looking forward to the challenge."
After two months of denying spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions, Brainerd International Raceway has found a creative and nostalgic way to welcome fans to watch the professional road racing July 10 to 12. BIR is inviting fans back for its Fan Appreciation Weekend, a free drive-in-style event that will feature the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the Sports Car Club of America, two organizations that started racing at BIR more than 50 years ago. The weekend finale is the 100-mile, 40-lap TA/XGT/SGT/GT race and the TA2 race, both on Sunday.
As fans will know, Trans Am now benefits from a fantastic new App that allows everyone all over the world, as well as on the track, to follow the action with great coverage live at-track. “We’re really excited about the weekend because it’s hard to watch road racing on a 2.5-mile road course,” BIR owner Kristi Copham said. “But watching with the help of this app is really going to be a game changer."
The action on the track in the Super GT Class gets underway at 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning with testing. There is a practice session scheduled for Saturday morning with the all important qualifying session at 4:30 p.m. the same afternoon. The Ryan Companies US/Jed Copham Tribute Feature Race in which Adrian is competing will start at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday.
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