MILLVILLE, N.J.-RSR Motorsports really hopes that good things come in threes. The team has won the ST class at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the past two years, and they hope to do it again during this Saturday's GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race.
Owen Trinkler and team owner Randall Smalley scored the first professional victory for RSR Motorsports in 2010, winning in the No. 198 Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach MINI Cooper S.
Last year, RSR Motorsports fared even better at New Jersey Motorsports Park, taking both first and second in class. Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo won in the No. 198 MINI Cooper S, followed by Chris Puskar and Tom Dyer in the No. 197 MINI Cooper S.
Can RSR Motorsports make it three in a row? For Puskar, who will co-drive the No. 195 MINI Cooper S with Kyle Gimple, the answer is a resounding yes. "It will take some patience and discipline. If I just drive the way I can, there's no reason I shouldn't put it back on the podium, but I'm looking to put it a step above where I finished last year," he says.
Trinkler notes that RSR Motorsports is returning to New Jersey with two Honda Civic Si race cars. Still, after a third-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 197 Honda, Trinkler is optimistic about the Hondas' potential at the 2.25-mile New Jersey track.
"We're going to use the same strategy that we have used at the last three events: use the information we learned with the MINIs and apply it to the Hondas," Trinkler says. "We feel confident about running well there again. I see no reason why we won't be a contender again this year."
Trinkler and co-driver Corey Fergus won't be the only RSR Motorsports pair in a Honda. Ron Farmer and Jason Hart will debut their new No. 196 US LED Honda Civic Si at New Jersey.
Find out if RSR Motorsports can make it a three-peat at New Jersey Motorsports Park during the B+ Heroes 200 on Saturday, May 12. The 2.5-hour race gets underway at 3:15 p.m. The race will also be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 2:00 p.m.