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|04-06-2010, 01:03 PM||#1|
SSP - Welcomes Brass Monkey Racing
South Side Performance is pleased to announce that we will be a major sponsor for the 2010 Brass Monkey Racing Team. They will be competing in the upcoming Speed World Challenge GT Series.
Just to give you a little background. Brass Monkey Racing was founded in 2008 by Team owner AJ Brass. BMR started of life as a multi car Grand-AM Koni team fielding 2 Mazda RX-8's. Although the RX-8's were no match for the Chevy Cobalt's in Koni Challenge, team driver Tony Rivera was dominating the competition in IMSA Challenge GT3 cup. By the end of the season Tony had won IMSA Challenge with a 30 point lead, and the Koni team had managed to finish 6th in the points despite having the least amount of horsepower in the field.
For 2009 BMR set its sights on the Speed World Challenge GT series, and doing it in a 2009 Porsche GT3 cup car modified to compete in the World Challenge. The season started better than anyone could have expected with a win at the season opener at Sebring. And then backing it up with 2 more podiums, and eventually finishing 3rd overall for the year.
We are really looking forward to see what BMR can do with 2 Nissan GTRs fitted with nothing but the best SSP has to offer.
Team driver Tony Rivera will return to pilot the first GT-R in his second year racing in the Speed World Challenge Series. Steve Ott will also be returning to BMR to drive the second GT-R in his first year of the Speed World Challenge.
Here are some of the build photos:
|04-06-2010, 01:04 PM||#2|
Brass Monkey Racing Heads to World Challenge Opener with Realistic Expectations
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A year after winning in its debut World Challenge race, Brass Monkey Racing heads to the 2010 season-opening rounds with realistic expectations, taking a pair of untested Nissan GT-Rs to the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg doubleheader weekend.
Rivera in the opening practice session at St. Petersburg.
Just one month ago, the team announced that it made the switch from 2009 Manufacturers' Champion Porsche to Nissan, bringing the first Nissan GT-Rs to North American professional motorsports for drivers Tony Rivera and Steve Ott. As with any new racing endeavor, the team has had its share of challenges transforming two street cars into racecars in time for Saturday"s season opener.
"We’ve been burning the candle at both ends putting the Brass Monkey Nissans together, and to be realistic, we’re looking to get through St. Pete with a pair of finishes for both cars,” Team Manager and driver of the #97 Nissan Tony Rivera said. “The racecars are untested, not unlike our rival K-Pax Racing in 2009 when they introduced their Volvos in Sebring. On the bright side, the Nissan GT-R is a supercar, so we’re starting with a good platform that is modified for racing far less than many of the other cars in the series.”
One year ago, the team entered its first World Challenge GT race at Sebring with modest expectations and exceeded them by winning the season opener with Rivera, an unknown driver in the series. They followed it up with another win at Road America and a third-place finish in the Championship.
“You never know what can happen in racing—look at what the team did in 2009, but this is a 12-race Championship and we want to score as many points as possible for both the driver and manufacturer championships,” Steve Ott, World Challenge rookie and driver of the #96 Nissan, said. “This weekend will be a good opportunity to see where we are relative to the competition and work with SCCA Pro Racing to make sure the regulations will allow the car to become competitive. It will also give us a chance to meet many of the great Nissan fans that have been anxious to see the new cars. They look spectacular.”
“While this team has the ability to run at the front with drivers like Tony and Steve and an engineer like Greg Fordahl, we know that winning out of the box is a tall order,” Team Owner A.J. Brass said. “The Monkeys will no doubt represent Nissan and our sponsors well though, and we hope that from Long Beach forward, the competition will get sick of looking at the back of a pair of orange GT-Rs.”
World Challenge hits the track officially for the first practice session of the season Friday, March 26 at 8 a.m. (EDT). The series qualifies for both races Friday evening, with Race One taking the standing start at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Round Two is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Live timing and notes are available through world-challenge.com.
The races will be broadcast Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Versus in HD. It will be available online a day later at world-challengetv.com.
Brass Monkey Racing would like to thank its sponsors for their support, including Nissan, Penske Shocks, Eurotech Industries Inc., South Side Performance, and Seibon Carbon.
For more information, please visit www.brassmonkeyracing.com.
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|04-06-2010, 01:13 PM||#3|
Solid Debut for Brass Monkey Nissan GT-Rs at St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Brass Monkey Racing unveiled its brand-new World Challenge GT Nissan GT-R race cars this weekend at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg, scoring top-10 qualifying efforts and a pair of top-10 finishes.
The cars hit a racetrack for the first time Friday morning in the opening practice session. Team drivers Tony Rivera and Steve Ott put the all-wheel-drive turbocharged machines through their initial laps with promising results. After a second practice session mid-day, the afternoon closed with a single 25-minute qualifying session that would set the starting lineup for both the Saturday and Sunday races.
The team entered the weekend with modest expectations and exceeded them in qualifying, placing the cars seventh (Rivera) and ninth (Ott) on the grid and well within two seconds of the pole-winning Volvo.
“I didn’t have a real time expectation of what I figured we’d be off the Volvos and Porsches this weekend,” Rivera said. “But to be just 1.7 seconds off in our first weekend—the first time the cars ever turned a wheel on the track, we were really pleased because there is a lot of work to be done to these Nissans.”
Saturday, Race One
Both Rivera and Ott were anxious to utilize their all-wheel-drive launch on the standing start of Saturday afternoon’s race. Unfortunately, neither car got away as expected.
Rivera worked his way up to fifth by the end of the first lap in the #97 Nissan/Brass Monkey Racing Nissan GT-R. Despite not initially moving at the start after the car’s launch system dropped the car into neutral, Ott maintained ninth at the end of the first lap, but was hit by a Porsche in Turn One, breaking the right side suspension in the process and ending Ott’s debut World Challenge race with one lap complete.
Rivera stayed in fifth for most of the race, despite most of the car’s fluids running warmer than desired. The Dodge Viper of Jason Daskalos was falling back into Rivera’s clutches as it dealt with a rear differential problem and it looked like Tony would work into a solid fourth place.
Unfortunately, the lap Daskalos pitted after receiving a mechanical black flag for dropping fluid, Rivera’s car suddenly went into “limp-home” mode, a condition both cars had experienced in practice. As he cycled the ignition and power to the car, he fell back four positions to eighth on lap 27. He would eventually finish the 33-lap race in seventh, where he started.
World Challenge GT Round One – St. Petersburg
1. Pobst (Volvo)
2. Pilgrim (Volvo)
3. Sofronas (Porsche)
4. Lindsey (Porsche)
5. Kubinski (Corvette)
6. Wittmer (Viper)
7. Rivera (Nissan GT-R)
15. Ott (Nissan GT-R)
Sunday, Race Two
After spending a long night working to repair the suspension on the #96 car and work on ducting in both cars to assist in the cooling, the GT-Rs took to the grid in the same positions as the day before.
Both cars got away from the standing start better than the previous race, with Rivera moving to sixth and Ott in a tight fight for seventh. As the field exited Turn Three, Ott made a move to the inside of Lindsey, who looked to protect his line. The two touched and Lindsey’s Porsche spun across the front of the Nissan, which climbed over its hood. With a full-course caution out to clean up debris from the contact, Ott pitted his Nissan for a quick inspection from the Brass Monkey crew and then returned to the fight.
Rivera held on to sixth for several laps after the restart before the car again went into “limp mode,” dropping the car off the pace momentarily and to 10th place on lap eight. Meanwhile, Ott was making up ground quickly before brushing the wall on lap nine and damaging a wheel, ending his day once again.
Running ninth behind the Dodge Viper of Jeff Courtney for a dozen laps, Rivera finally found his way past on lap 25 into eighth place, a move that would garner him the MTM Special Ops Move of the Race. He held on to eighth for the remainder of the race.
World Challenge GT Round Two – St. Petersburg
1. Crescentini (Porsche)
2. Sofronas (Porsche)
3. Pilgrim (Volvo)
4. Daskalos (Viper)
5. Wittmer (Viper)
6. R. Morgan (Porsche)
7. Kubinski (Corvette)
8. Rivera (Nissan GT-R)
16. Ott (Nissan GT-R)
Point Standings (After Two Rounds)
1. Sofronas, 210
2. Pilgrim, 204
3. Pobst, 198
4. Crescentini, 192
5. Wittmer, 155
6. Kubinski, 152
7. Daskalos, 145
8. Morgan, 143
9. Rivera, 140
16. Ott, 88
Tony Rivera: All-in-all, we’re happy with the first weekend. This has been quite an undertaking, but the cars show great promise and we need to get back home to work on improving the cars before Long Beach.
The Nissan GT-R is an impressive car to start with. These cars are very stock when it comes to the engine, engine management and drivetrain. We even used the stock brake calipers at St. Pete. The entire package makes for a fast car, but we need to work on making it be a good racecar. We need to focus on cooling and computer programming to make the car happy over a long run, as well as getting some more weight out of the cars. We’re more than 300 pounds heavier than the next heaviest car in the series!
We were more competitive than we expected at St. Pete, but there is still a lot of work to be done to fight for the pole position and race wins.
Steve Ott: When you look back on the weekend as a whole, it was a successful debut for the cars. We’re about a second and a half off of qualifying pace and a second off race pace right out of the box, so there is clearly a lot of potential for the team this year.
I thought about the races a lot on Sunday and Monday and reviewed my in-car. Aside from getting into the wall by myself on Sunday, I wouldn’t do anything differently. Not much I could do about the incident on Saturday. On Sunday, I was alongside Lindsey far enough that I couldn’t even see his car in the camera. I guess he didn’t know I was there and turned down. Probably looked more exciting that it was in the driver’s seat, but I got up in the air pretty high.
The car drove okay after that, but I got into the wall later and that was it. Not a great way to start the year points wise. Its one of those weekends you need to put behind you and look forward to Long Beach.
The St. Petersburg races will be broadcast Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Versus in HD. It will be available online a day later at world-challengetv.com.
Next race is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 16-18.
Brass Monkey Racing would like to thank its sponsors for their support, including Nissan, Penske Shocks, Eurotech Industries Inc., South Side Performance and Seibon Carbon.
For more information, please visit www.brassmonkeyracing.com.
|04-06-2010, 03:27 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Thanks for the detailed posting.
Good luck to Brass Monkey and Rivera and Ott through the rest of the season. I'll be rooting for them. Too bad there's no race this year at Road America, or I'd be there.
If memory serves, Steve Ott (in the white driver's suit above) was one of the co-drivers that took a GT-R to a DOMINANT overall first place in the 2009 One Lap of America.
2009 GT-R. Live every minute as if it will be your last.
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|04-16-2010, 09:24 PM||#5|
Brass Monkey Racing Takes Nissan GT-Rs to Long Beach
LONG BEACH, CA - Brass Monkey Racing and its pair of Nissan GT-R World
Challenge racecars head to Southern California this weekend, April
16-18, for the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by
Bondurant Round Three race, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long
After introducing the renowned GT-R brand to the North American racing
scene March 26-28 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the team returned to its
Houston-based raceshop to continue development on the new machines.
Utilizing completely stock driveline components and engine management,
the team focused on cooling system improvements for the
twin-turbocharged V6 engine and complex all-wheel drive differentials
"This is a work in progress, and our goal is to make improvements to
these cars each race and eventually win pole positions and races,"
Brass Monkey Racing Owner A.J. Brass said. "Long Beach is going to be
a tough test with a larger field than St. Petersburg, but we look
forward to showcasing the Nissan's on the biggest stage of the season
in such a popular market for the GT-R."
For drivers Tony Rivera and Steve Ott, the goal is similar to St.
Petersburg-finish the race and improve the car's performance over the
course of the weekend.
"St. Pete went well for me but it could have been better," Rivera
said. "Had I not had some overheating issues, I could have come home
with a pair of top fives. Hopefully, we have addressed some of those
issues but won't know for sure until Sunday afternoon's race."
"I can't dwell on what happened in St. Pete," Ott said of the
incidents that eliminated him from both races, leaving him 16th in
points. "I've put that behind me and look forward to racing at Long
Beach. We expect to put both of our Nissan's in the top 10 and work our
way back into the 2010 Championships."
Rivera, who finished seventh at Long Beach in 2009 driving a Porsche,
sits ninth in points after the opening two Rounds in St. Petersburg,
where he finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Ott is 16th after
retiring from both events.
The #96 (Ott) and #97 (Rivera) Nissan/Brass Monkey Racing Nissan GT-Rs
will be in action Friday afternoon, April 16, for the opening Round of
practice at 4:20 p.m. (PST). It'll be a quick night for the Monkeys,
as the next practice is scheduled for Saturday morning, at 7:15 a.m.
Sunday brings qualifying at 8:25 a.m., with the Round Three race
running after the Indy Car race, at 4:15 p.m.
The team will attend the traditional Thunder on Pine fan festival on
Pine Street in Long Beach from 6-10 p.m. Both Rivera and Ott will be
on hand to sign autographs and interact with fans along with one of
the team cars. The event is open to the public.
Brass Monkey Racing would like to thank its sponsors for their
support, including Nissan, Penske Shocks, Eurotech Industries Inc.,
South Side Performance and Seibon Carbon. For more information, please
> For more information about the World Challenge series, please visit
> www.world-challenge.com. For more information about the Toyota Grand
> Prix of Long Beach, please visit www.gplb.com.