After the strong showing at the KONI Sports Car Challenge Round 1 at Daytona International Speedway, the APR Motorsport team is looking for an even stronger finish at the upcoming Homestead race. The drivers are getting familiar with the 2009-spec cars and the team has been hard at work to improve their chances. The team has gathered and applied important data from the season opener and is focusing on a solid result for Homestead.
The drivers of the No. 171 APR Motorsport VW GTI are glad to be competing again. For Josh Hurley, the reigning Jetta TDI Cup Champion, this race will be his first professional event at his home track. Josh remarked, ‘After such a promising run in Daytona, I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the Gunther VW, APR GTI. I am especially excited because it’s a home race for Gunther and me. I also have a lot of friends and family coming to Homestead who have never seen me race.’ Josh’s partner and 2006 Daytona Rolex 24hr winner Ian Baas is anxious to build on his stellar drive in the season opener. Ian said, ‘The APR Motorsport crew has done some serious development with the balance of the car. I think we will have a good race car to contend with.’ This event will also be the home race for the sponsor of the No. 171 GTI, Gunther VW. Gunther is the largest VW dealer in the US and APR Motorsport has extended an invitation to attend the race to all of their customers.
The No. 181 APR Motorsport VW GTI will be driven by Mike Sweeney and Aaron Povoledo. Aaron is no stranger to the APR VW’s. He turned in a stellar performance last season at the Watkins Glen round where he qualified the No. 171 APR GTI on pole and led the most race laps before a collision with a lapped car ended the race prematurely. Mike reacted to the announcement of his codriver by saying, ‘I can’t put into words how exited I am to drive with Aaron. He is as quick as they get and understands how to make these cars move so well that it borders on legitimate science. With a partner like him and the best crew in the business, we are looking forward to a great weekend in Miami.’ Aaron was also looking forward to the upcoming race and said, ‘This team has made such progress in a short time. At Daytona the team came into its own, and I am certain we will see another strong showing.’
This will be the first event that APR Motorsport will compete in using the newly mandated Grand-Am engine restrictor. The technical officials at Grand-Am have worked very closely with the engineers of APR and Crew Chief Jeff Mishtawy to develop this device. About the restrictor, Jeff said ‘This is a new part of the equation for us, and we are looking forward to learning more about competing with it.’