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Robinson Racing Newsletter | February 4, 2016

Podium Finish for Team Texas in the Rolex 24 At Daytona

Gar Robinson scored his first podium finish in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, last weekend. In the No. 93 ViperExchange.com Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, Team Texas placed third in the GT Daytona (GTD) Class, with drivers Robinson, Ben Keating, Damien Faulkner, Eric Foss and Jeff Mosing. Deemed an honorary Texan for the weekend, Irishman Damien Faulkner swiftly placed the No. 93 Viper in fourth position in the rainy qualifying session on Thursday.

The 54th running of the Rolex 24 began at 2:40 pm ET on Saturday. Of the 24 hours, Robinson successfully drove the No. 93 Don’t Mess With Texas Dodge Viper in primetime from 7 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, the graveyard shift from midnight to 3 am on Sunday, and the sunrise segment from 5 am to 6 am.

“The 2 triple stints were pretty strenuous. When I got to my final 1-hour stint, I felt like I blinked and it was over,” said Robinson. “I was impressed with how the multi-class racing went and that it wasn’t a yellow flag fest. Those seven hours were the equivalent of seven Trans Am races. I can’t wait to do it again!”

Comparing his experience in the Viper with his Championship winning ride, the Trans Am Camaro, Robinson said, “They are two totally different animals. The Viper requires you to be gentle, patient and precise. Both cars have their own personalities. The Camaro takes a lot to make it go fast; the harder you cowboy it around, the faster it goes.”

The podium in the Rolex 24 marked Robinson’s second visit to Victory Lane at the World Center of Racing. Last November, he won the season finale race at Daytona in the Trans Am Series, earning enough points to win the 2015 Trans Am Championship and Rookie of the Year in the TA2 Class. With a last lap pass to clinch the Championship title, Robinson also won the CoolShirt Systems Cool Move of the Race award.

“I want to give a shout-out to Bill Riley of Riley Motorsports, the No. 93 crew chief Greg Jones, our engineer Jim Kasprzak, and Viper Exchange owner Ben Keating for dealing with me being a rookie in IMSA,” said Robinson. “Thanks to all the guys at Robinson Racing for making me the driver I am, and a major thanks to my dad for making the opportunity possible.”

In command of the No. 74 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, Robinson’s next event is the first TA2 race of the season for the Trans Am Series at the renowned Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The TA2 Class, an American muscle car competition between Camaros, Mustangs and Challengers, has a separate race at Sebring, with the green flag dropping at 11:25 am ET on March 5, 2016. The TA, TA3, TA4 and TA5 Classes all race at 5:40 pm ET. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2016, Trans Am is paired with SVRA’s Spring Vintage Classic on the same weekend. For more information, visit www.gotransam.com and www.svra.com.


Read the official Viper Exchange team’s media release here:

No. 93 #TeamTexas ViperExchange.com Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R Finishes Third In The Rolex 24 At Daytona, No. 33 Gas Monkey Garage Dodge Viper GT3-R Also Hits the Top 10 in Daytona Opener | By Adam Saal


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2016 Trans Am Series
Gar Robinson – No. 74 Robinson Racing Chevrolet Camaro
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