Rebel Rock Racing team has been working hard since the Sebring event and crew and drivers are eager to compete at their peak during the upcoming Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to be raced on Saturday, May 3. Since its inception, this is the first time that Rebel Rock Racing is making the long 3,000-mile trip from their Coconut Creek, Florida shop to California to race at Laguna Seca.
For the first two races of the season (Daytona and Sebring) Rebel Rock Racing ran three Porsches in the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, two in the GS class and one in ST. Starting this week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round 3 of the CTSCC, Rebel Rock Racing will add another ST car to their arsenal, making it a four-car team, one of the largest Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams in the IMSA paddock.
The Rebel Rock Racing team led by Technical Director Ron Mathis and Team Manager Mike Morgan is going to be very busy this week starting on Thursday with the promoter test day. After two rounds in the 2014 championship, the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing is 7th, the highest championship ranking of all Porsche teams combined. Two of the Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 997s will compete for the overall win on the mythical 2.238-mile road course featuring the “Corkscrew”, one of the most notorious, challenging and thrilling corners in motorsport worldwide. The No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing/B+ Foundation/Eagle Technology Systems/Sideskinz/Stinkerz Porsche will be co-driven by Al Carter and Brett Sandberg and the No. 08 Rebel Rock Racing/MBRP Inc. Performance Exhaust/ Kin/ The Sports Lab/ Vitargo/ The Garage/ Jackson Transportation Systems/ All Ontario Recycling Porsche by Canadians Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey.
Team owner Jim Jonsin will be racing at Laguna Seca this week with teammate Corey Lewis. They will co-drive the No. 88 Rebel Rock Racing / Ingersoll Rand / Monticello Motorsports Park /Joe Gibbs Driven/SMS Audio/Oakley /Western Star/Alliance Truck Parts Cayman ST. This will be Lewis’ second race with the team and the two Rebel Rock Racing racers are really looking to score their first top five finish in California.
The fourth entry for Rebel Rock Racing will be the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing / The Coalition Group Ingersoll Rand/SMS Audio Porsche Cayman ST class to be driven by Miles Maroney who has extensive racing experience at the highest level of the Porsche GT3 Cup and ALMS prototype. For this race, Maroney will co-drive with Al Carter who will be competing in three races this week at Laguna Seca; the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with TRG-AMR, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo and the CTSCC with Rebel Rock Racing. This will be Carter’s first ever ST class race and he is most likely to start the No. 7 car and finish the race behind the wheel of the No. 87 car!
On Saturday after the race, Rebel Rock Racing and Arehucas Rum Racing will welcome racing fans and drivers to their 2ndpost race celebration event of the season. The unique event, scheduled on Saturday night, May 3 at 9:00 p.m. at Turn 12 Bar & Grill – 400 Tyler Street downtown Monterey, will feature a very special live performance from Rebel Rock artist Leroy Sanchez. Complimentary specialty Arehucas Rum cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served between 9 and 10 p.m.
Two CTSCC practice sessions are scheduled on Friday, May 2 (9:35 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. local time). Qualifying is set for Friday at 4:10 p.m. for ST and at 4:40 p.m. for GS cars. The 2 ½ hour race is set for Saturday, May 3 at 12:45 p.m. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix CTSCC race will be broadcast live at Imsa.com and on Sunday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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REBEL ROCK RACING LAGUNA SECA PREVIEW DRIVERS’ QUOTES:
Jim Jonsin No. 88 Porsche Cayman driver (ST class) and team owner: “I have been spending a lot of time in the Studio and I’m looking forward to a break; nothing better than a race in Northern California. I want to thank, Rick Deman, Mike Morgan, Louis Malone and the fellas over at KMW for working long hours to get our new Cayman ST car ready for round 3. This car is awesome!! Corey and I should fare very well. I am excited that Al Carter is doing double duty with the 7 and the 97 car. Rebel Rock Racing four cars, let’s go!”
Corey Lewis No. 88 Porsche Cayman driver (ST class): “I am beyond excited to get to Laguna Seca, as this is my first race as an officially signed driver for Rebel Rock Racing. I know the team has been working very hard on prepping the new Monticello Motor Club/Rebel Rock Racing No. 88 ST Cayman. Jim and I will be looking forward to a strong race result on its debut!”
Al Carter No. 7 Porsche 997 driver (GS class): “Laguna is the first race track I ever drove at a Skip Barber school, and is still my favorite track to drive. Excited about our Rebel Rock race weekend, as not only is my and Brett Sandberg’s No. 7 Porsche primed and ready, but our Rebel Rock team expands to 4 cars. We have some cool young, fast, talent joining the Rebel Rock family with the addition of Corey Lewis and Miles Moroney. Plus my crazy self just might be racing too many cool cars this weekend. Can’t wait, Zoom Zoom at Laguna!
Brett Sandberg No. 7 Porsche 997 (GS class): “Laguna Seca is one of my favorite race tracks in North America. The Rebel Rock Racing guys have been working very hard since Sebring and our No. 7 Porsche is going to be the most competitive it has been all season!”
Kyle Marcelli No. 8 MBRP Inc. Performance Exhaust Porsche (GS class): “I rank Laguna Seca quite high and always love racing on the circuit. It will be a busy weekend for me racing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and also in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. I expect our Rebel Rock/MBRP Porsche to be quick and contend for a podium.”
Martin Barkey No. 8 MBRP Inc. Performance Exhaust (GS class): “I have heard so many great things about Laguna Seca, it’s hard to think I am soon to be racing here. I know the team has our #08 Porsche ready to rock so I am expecting a great weekend for all involved.”
Miles Maroney No. 87 (ST class): “I’m very excited to be joining the Rebel Rock program for Laguna Seca. The young team and cars have shown promise and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at one of my favorite racetracks.”
Rebel Rock Racing Crew Chief, Ron Mathis: ““The whole Rebel Rock Racing team has been busy since Sebring working on our cars and our pit procedures. We have a really good driver lineup and we’ll be strong at Laguna.”