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RSR Motorsports Competes in the Daytona Historics

RSR Motorsports Garage at the Daytona Historics

RSR Motorsports brought four of their GRAND-AM MINIs out of retirement for the 2015 Daytona Historics on November 13 and 14.  Due to mechanical issues only two of the MINIs were able to race.  Team owner Randy Smalley drove the non-factory BRG no. 196 MINI Cooper S (the former US LED car) in Race 1 on Friday afternoon while former MINI Challenge UK champion Chris Knox raced it on Saturday morning.  Past RSR Motorsports driver Mark Congleton drove the Chili Red no. 195 MINI in both races.  The MINIs raced in Group 3 in class SSC.

In Race 1, Mark Congleton took the class win in the no. 195 MINI.  Randy Smalley made the podium in 3rd place, despite having a transmission issue where the car would not stay in gear.  He had to drive one-handed while holding the gearshift to keep the car in gear.

In Race 2, Chris Knox finished 2nd in class behind the winning Mercedes-Benz 190E.  Mark Congleton was less than two seconds behind Knox for 3rd place and a spot on the podium.

There were some interesting results in the surprising performance of the old MINIs.  Chris Knox posted the second-fastest lap that an RSR Motorsports MINI had ever done at Daytona, a 2:09.005 lap.  Also on Saturday, they recorded their fastest-ever top speed of 147 mph.

The four MINIs will return to their storage facility in Orlando.  The Library of Motoring has followed RSR Motorsports since the beginning and we hope we haven’t seen the last of these MINIs on the track.


MotorWerks Magazine: online magazine for BMW and MINI

MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02MotorWerks Magazine is a new media (online) magazine from Canada covering BMW and MINI motorsport and enthusiast interests.  The magazine is released sporadically with the just-released December 2012 (volume 2, issue 02) edition being only the fifth issue since launch in January 2011.

The December 2012 issue is the first to feature MINI on the cover.  Inside are the following MINI-related articles:

  • “Cleared for take-off!” on Stuart Mackay’s R56 Cooper S.
  • “Cooper RSR” project car from MotorWerks Magazine.
  • “Thunder Strikes Thrice!” about MINI Thunder III.
  • “R53 MINI Swansong” cover story on the final race of the RSR Motorsports MINIs in GRAND-AM.
  • “Miniacs corralled at Laguna” on the MINI fans at the penultimate GRAND-AM race.

Read MotorWerks Magazine, Volume 2 Issue 02, December 2012 online or see the entire Archives.


R53 MINI Swansong 2012

MINI has had a great run the the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series (formerly the KONI Challenge series), first with Nuzzo Motorsports in 2003 and currently with RSR Motorsports.  Due to GRAND-AM rules, the first-generation MINI Cooper S (R53) will no longer be allowed to race after this season.  That means the R53 MINI has only two more races left.  RSR Motorsports has no plans to develop a second-generation MINI Cooper S (R56) or MINI Cooper S Coupe (R58).  Thus, MINI will exit the GRAND-AM series unless another MINI team steps up.

Now former British MINI Challenge champ Chris Knox wants to send the R53 MINI off with a bang.

CALLING all MINI businesses, dealers, owners and fans, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to carve yourself a slice of Motorsport and motoring history. You can be part of a party that will give you a host of stunning memories. You can give the iconic R53 MINI a Swansong. We want to get a British/American driver line-up in the little car with the big heart for its final two Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock. If we can raise the funding we need, these won’t just be races, they will be Motorsport EVENTS with thousands of fans, dealers and MINI owners enjoying the festivities. And it won’t cost you as much as you think.

You decide how much you want to donate. If we reach the target, we will get the car at Lime Rock and Laguna Seca and the party will begin.We don’t want to be negative, but if we don’t reach the target, everyone will get their money back?.but let?s not think about that. Let’s team up and get the party started!!
There are two final races in the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season:
Visit and Like the R53 MINI Swansong 2012 Facebook page and read the press release.
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RSR Motorsports takes third at Indianapolis

RSR Motorsports No. 198 MINI

RSR Motorsports drivers Chris Puskar and Randy Smalley took third place at the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge race in the GRAND-AM Continental Challenge Series today.  The No. 198 MINI Cooper S reached the podium along with two BMWs.

The team also placed sixth in their No. 196 Honda Civic Si.  Unfortunately, the No. 195 MINI Cooper S did not start the race.

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.

 


RSR Motorsports and MINI of Charleston get wins

MINI of Charleston MINI Cooper No. 37

MINI teams were competing this weekend in two GRAND-AM series races with success at both levels.  The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the newly renamed TOTAL Performance Showcase took place in New Jersey.

RSR Motorsports got the win in the B+ HEROES 200.  The team has two MINI Cooper S and two Honda Civic Si racecars, and it was the No. 197 Honda that finished on top.

1. 197 – Fergus / Trinkler – Honda Civic Si
12. 196 – Farmer / Hart – Honda Civic Si
22. 198 – Gimple / Puskar – MINI Cooper S

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.

In the TOTAL Performance Showcase New Jersey B-Spec race, Robbie Davis in the MINI of Charleston MINI Cooper No. 37 led the entire race and took the checkered flag.

1. 37 – Robbie Davis – MINI Cooper – MINI of Charleston
2. 35 – Brian Audet – MINI Cooper – Urban East Racing
4. 55 – Chip Howell – MINI Cooper – Pioneer Racing

Read the articles Davis Takes TOTAL Performance Showcase Win In New Jersey and Davis Leads Flag To Flag At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Wins TOTAL.


RSR Motorsports at Daytona recap

GRAND-AM at Daytona 2012

Photo credit: Lori Griffin

The first race of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season is in the books.  Yesterday, RSR Motorsports competed in the the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona with three MINIs and a Honda Civic Si.

The morning produced a misting rain as the final practice session took place.  But by race time at 1:30pm, the rain had stopped and the sun began to push through the clouds to dry out the track.  The drivers were given a few laps to check conditions before being placed on the grid.  All of the RSR Motorsports entries started well back in the field but almost immediately worked their way up the standings.  The first half of the race was mostly uneventful as the track dried, although there were many cars sliding through the start of the international horseshoe section of the Speedway.

Despite having power steering issues, the RSR Motorsports MINI No. 196 driven by Ron Farmer and then Jason Hart moved up as high as 11th.  The No. 198 MINI got involved in a jam and got spun and knocked out of the race with serious front-end damage (see photos).  Running a steady race were the No. 195 MINI driven by team owner Randy Smalley and Conway and the No. 197 Honda driven by Smalley and Owen Trinkler.  The team’s best finish was by the No. 196 in 16th place.  The ST class was won by the i-MOTO Mazdaspeed3 No. 31.

Final RSR results:

16. 196 Farmer / Hart               MINI Cooper S
18. 197 Puskar / Smalley / Trinkler Honda Civic Si
20. 195 Conway / Smalley            MINI Cooper S
35. 198 Fergus / Gimple             MINI Cooper S

See all of the official final results on the GRAND-AM website.

We spoke to Randy Smalley and Ron Farmer after the race.  RSR Motorsports always comes to Daytona with limited expectations due to the track characteristics which favor the higher-powered cars.  Smalley said he just hopes the MINIs perform well and finish well.  So despite having no cars in the top ten, he was pleased with the day.  He didn’t seems too concerned with the condition of the No. 198 MINI.  We asked if the addition of the Honda was an indication of things to come, but he bought the car as a last-minute fill-in to fulfill driver commitments.  They don’t expect to keep it long.  So expect to see the lineup change as the season continues.

Looking towards the future of MINI in GRAND-AM, we asked Smalley about their future plans with MINI.  He wasn’t sure what next year with hold due to both MINI USA’s commitment (or lack thereof) and GRAND-AM’s rules on older vehicle models and engines.  However, it appears private teams racing MINI Coopers could be competing in GRAND-AM’s new B-Spec series running a limited number of races this season.


[Photo credit: Lori Griffin]


RSR Motorsports begins the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season

GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car ChallengeThe 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season begins this week with the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona.  The first of ten races in the series begins on Friday at 1:30pm ET.  No live television coverage is available; most races will be shown on a delayed basis on SPEED.  However, you can follow the races on your mobile phone at m.grand-am.com and season-long on the GRAND-AM Road Racing Facebook page.

Again this year, MINI is represented by RSR Motorsports who will compete with three MINIs and a Honda.  Visit the RSR Motorsports website and North American Motoring forum.

Here is the RSR Motorsports lineup for Daytona:

195 RSR Motorsports Chris Puskar, Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Smalley, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn.
MINI Cooper S Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach
196 RSR Motorsports Ron Farmer, Houston, Texas
Jason Hart, Flower Mound, Texas
MINI Cooper S USLED, Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach
197 RSR Motorsports Chris Puskar, Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Smalley, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn.
Honda Civic Si Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach, USLED Carbotech
198 RSR Motorsports Corey Fergus, Powell, Ohio
Kyle Gimple, Minden, Nev.
MINI Cooper S Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach, Flying J

GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge 2012

Date Race Racetrack Location
1/27 BMW Performance 200 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/30 Barber Motorsports Park Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL
4/27 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, FL
5/11 New Jersey Motorsports Park New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ
6/8 Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, OH
6/22 Road America Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
6/29 Continental Tire 150 Watkins Glen International – Long Course Watkins Glen, NY
7/27 Super Weekend at The Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, IN
9/7 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, CA
9/28 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT

The Library of Motoring will be at the race and will bring you inside information and photos.  In the meantime, see our photos from Daytona from 2011.


RSR Motorsports adds a Honda to their three MINIs

RSR Motorsports MINI No. 195

RSR Motorsports has been representing MINI for many years in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Series.  So it was surprising to learn that the team run by Randy Smalley just added a Honda Civic Si to the lineup.

On Wednesday, RSR Motorsports will take delivery of their new Honda Civic SI, just two days before the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The Honda will join RSR’s three MINI Coopers in the ST class, carrying sponsorship from Cruise America, Thor Motor Coach and USLED.

Owen Trinkler will be making his 80th start in the series when Friday’s race gets underway. He’ll be driving the No. 197 RSR Motorsports Honda with Chris Puskar. Trinkler made his series debut in a Honda, and got his first series win in the marque, as well.

“The Honda will be a good car for Daytona,” Trinkler says. “It’s a bit of a change for the team, and we’ll implement some things we’ve done with the MINIs to see how well it translates. Our engineers have been looking at this car for a while, and it’s a perfect addition for us.”

Owen Trinkler’s former driving partner Sarah Cattaneo has moved on to the BMW 128i of Mitchum Motorsports.  But several other drivers are returning including Smalley, Trinkler, Puskar, Ron Farmer, and Jason Hart.  Farmer and Hart have had an entire season together in the MINI No. 196 and could be a surprise team in 2012.

Here is the RSR Motorsports lineup for Daytona:

195 RSR Motorsports Chris Puskar, Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Smalley, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn.
MINI Cooper S Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach
196 RSR Motorsports Ron Farmer, Houston, Texas
Jason Hart, Flower Mound, Texas
MINI Cooper S USLED, Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach
197 RSR Motorsports Chris Puskar, Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Smalley, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn.
Honda Civic Si Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach, USLED Carbotech
198 RSR Motorsports Corey Fergus, Powell, Ohio
Kyle Gimple, Minden, Nev.
MINI Cooper S Cruise America, Thor Motorcoach, Flying J

Read the entire press release RSR Motorsports Adds a Honda Civic to the Daytona Lineup.


RSR Motorsports finishes fourth in GRAND-AM ST team championship

RSR Motorsports No. 198 MINI

RSR Motorsports fell a little short in their attempt to capture the GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge team championship.  They had the pole in the No. 198 MINI and were just nine points out of first place going into the final race at Mid-Ohio.  But mechanical issues less than 30 minutes from the finish kept them from completing the win.

Cattaneo and co-driver Owen Trinkler entered the season finale just nine points out of the championship lead. Trinkler was poised to take the race win and the championship for RSR Motorsports, Cruise America and Thor Motor Coach before the shift cable broke with only 20 minutes left in the 2.5-hour race.

Still, the race wasn’t without its high notes. It was the first time Cattaneo has led the ST field. “I figured if I was out front, I could bring the car back in one piece. That was my motivation!” she says. “It was tough this year. Everything was a challenge, which only made us work that much harder to get to where we did. We always wanted to do better. Working with Owen this year made my driving improve so much. I can’t thank him enough.”

Trinkler and Cattaneo wound up fourth in the ST team championship. While he was still leading the race, Trinkler teamed up with Chris Puskar in the No. 195 RSR Motorsports MINI. “We were working together. He was pushing me down the back straight. It felt like we were at Daytona the way we ran together and could push past cars with more power,” Trinkler says.

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.  The video shows highlights from the race.  The No. 196 MINI gets spun at 0:40.


RSR Motorsports first and second in New Jersey

Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo

Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo

RSR Motorsports took first and second places in the GRAND -AM Continental Sports Car Series B+ Foundation Heroes 200 in New Jersey yesterday.  The No. 198 MINI defended its win there last year.

The team of Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler and got the win, beating out teammates Tom Dyer and Chris Puskar in the No. 197 MINI.  Puskar was a last-minute substitution for Randy Smalley who withdrew due to health problems.

Two other RSR Motorsport entries were VJ Mirzayan and Chris Sarian in the No. 195 MINI who placed 15th and Ron Farmer and Jason Hart in 20th place in the No. 196 MINI.

The race will be broadcast on SPEED at 3:00pm on Saturday, July 30.

See the official results from the GRAND-AM website.

GRAND-AM posted a video of interviews with the winning drivers.  The portion with Sarah and Owen begins at 1:26.  Watch the video.

Sarah Cattaneo