GRAND-AM Series: Curran and Said to Return to Marsh Racing Corvette for 2012
Marsh Racing has shown steady improvement in its two seasons racing in the Rolex Series GT class. The Old Lyme, Conn.-based team won two poles in its 2009 rookie season, and broke through last year with its first victory at Road America.
The team looks to continue to improve in 2012. Car owner Ted Marsh expects both of his lead drivers – Eric Curran and Boris Said – to return in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette.
“We’re looking forward to next year,” Marsh said at this week’s test at Barber Motorsports Park. “I’m looking forward to racing at Indianapolis, and Detroit is going to be very interesting. We were very happy to win a race last year. We kind of lucked into it – but we’ll take it. A win’s a win.”
Said missed the event at Road America due to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule conflict. Veteran racer/GM engineer John Heinricy filled in and drove the opening shift in the victory.
While General Motors’ main effort in GT is on the Chevrolet Camaros that combined to win four races, the Corvette played a major role in helping Chevrolet edge Mazda by two points to win the manufacturer’s championship.
“They’ve been very helpful to us,” Marsh said. “A lot of people think they’re 100-percent after the Camaros, because that’s where their focus is, but they still like having a Corvette in there. We did help them win the championship by winning that race, and they appreciate that. They are giving us some support, enough that it’s good.”
The team rolled out a new No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette for the second race at Watkins Glen in August. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series guest driver Joey Logano unofficially put the new car on the pole for that event. However, he crashed on the following circuit, costing the team the pole while badly damaging the car that was purpose-built for Rolex Series competition. Marsh went back to the team’s old car – which was adapted to GRAND-AM specifications after racing in the World Challenge – and won the pole at Montreal.
The team used that older car in the Barber test. Marsh said that the car damaged at Watkins Glen is being rebuilt and will be ready for 2012, and the team might have another surprise for next season.
“We plan to dismantle this car,” Marsh said. “We’re in the process of building another new car. Then we will have two real good cars.”
The team will again sit out the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“We can’t really do that with a Prep 1 car like we have,” Marsh said. “It’s not going to last. We have enough trouble making six hours. Now we’re working to find Eric and Boris rides in good GM cars for the Rolex 24.”
Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing