Autohaus Switches To Camaro For Barber

By Auto News Log • April 8th, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After many long days and nights, and strong effort by all, Autohaus Motorsports will be entering its new No. 46 Camaro in this weekend’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. The team was not certain the car would be ready for this event and had entered the No. 46 Porsche GT3 it ran at the Miami Grand Prix last month.

Team owner Robert Kirland made the decision to convert the Pratt & Miller chassis to a Camaro following the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, the final race for the Autohaus Pontiac.

“We knew it was cutting it close to have it ready for Barber, but all the pieces came together,” Kirland said. “Pratt & Miller pushed the conversion through for us ahead of schedule, and K-Tech completed our engine refresh in time for our team to get the car ready for this weekend.”.

Driving the No. 46 Autohaus Camaro will be Richard Zahn of Longwood, Fla., a newcomer to the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, with veteran driver Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Fla. The pair drove together with Autohaus in the opening two events of the GRAND-AM season and are looking forward to settling into the new Camaro.

“It’s really great that the car is ready for this race – we were not sure it would be,” Zahn said. “I’m looking forward to running a season with Shane and Autohaus, and can’t wait to drive the new car.”

While Zahn is new to the GRAND-AM series, his co-driver is a familiar face in the paddock. Lewis has been competing professionally in GRAND-AM racing since 2000 and has had success in both GT and Daytona Prototypes.

“I am excited to be returning to the GT class, and to be driving with Rich for his first season in GRAND-AM,” stated Lewis. “Rich is a focused and determined driver and I am expecting really good things from him this season. Now that we have settled on a car, we can put our heads down and produce results. The team at Autohaus has worked really hard to get the Camaro ready, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what it will do out on the track.”

Mechanically speaking the car is in top form, prepared for this weekend, however it will look a little bare. The team is excited to debut its new sponsors and livery designed by ESBG at the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway later this month.

Practice for the Porsche 250 begins at 2:55 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8th, with qualifying for GT Friday at noon ET. The green flag flies on Saturday, April 10th at 1:36 p.m. ET with live flag to flag coverage on SPEED Channel beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing

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