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Round Two of 2010 Cayman Interseries to Be Featured In the
34th Annual Walter Mitty Race This Weekend at Road Atlanta


Championship Leader Jim McCormick Leads Full Field of Cayman Competitors to Georgia



BRASELTON, Ga. (April 28, 2010) – Round Two of the first-full season of the Cayman Interseries heads to the legendary Road Atlanta road course this weekend where a strong field of returning and all-new competitors will be part of the 34th Annual Walter Mitty Race presented by Classic Motorsports Magazine and sponsored by Mazda, April 29 – May 2.

Morning and afternoon practice sessions will be run on Friday, April 30, while Saturday includes qualifying in the morning and the first of the weekend’s two sprint races that afternoon. Sunday starts with a one-hour enduro race in the morning before the second and final sprint race of the weekend to close the Cayman Interseries scheduled in the afternoon.

“We have been looking forward to being part of the great tradition of the Walter Mitty ever since we were fortunate enough to have this event added to our schedule,” said series founder and Napleton Porsche of Westmont General Manager Ron Barnaba. “This weekend marks only the second race for the Cayman Interseries in our first full year of competition and we couldn’t think of a grander stage than the Mitty and Road Atlanta.”

Created, owned and operated by Napleton Porsche, the Cayman Interseries is open only to 2009 and 2010 Porsche Cayman S models that are raced in near-stock configuration by a competitive group of emerging drivers that typically own the cars they drive. A heritage connection comes in the form of each Cayman’s livery that has a direct and visible link to a legendary Porsche race car from the past. Only in the Cayman Interseries can you see modern interpretations of such famous Porsche race cars as the Wyer/Gulf, Martini and Salzburg 917s, the Al Holbert Lowenbrau and Miller High Life 962s, the Jagermeister/Kremer and **** Barbour Racing 935s, the Bob Akin/Coca-Cola 935 and 962 and so many more.

Each Cayman’s throw-back color scheme is also matched up with a corresponding Cayman chassis number, which means the rich history of some of the most memorable Porsche race cars to ever hit the track will symbolically continue with an all-new chapter in the Cayman Interseries. Napleton Porsche is the exclusive supplier and preparation shop for the Porsche Cayman S race cars used in the Interseries.

Leading the way to Georgia is Cayman Interseries championship leader Jim McCormick who swept the opening round of races at Sebring last month in his No. 44 Porsche Cayman S that wears the colors of the famous Martini “Baby” Porsche 935. McCormick is currently on top of both the sprint-race championship and endurance championship point standings. The veteran New York City-based driver started from the pole in each of the Sebring weekend’s three races and split flag-to-flag victories in the pair of sprints with a Cayman-class win in the three-hour endurance event.



As he was at Sebring, Jim Bacus is expected to be McCormick’s strongest challenger. The Chicago driver finished second in both Sebring sprints and overcame a minor mechanical problem to score some critical championship points in the enduro. Bacus drives the familiar No. 3 purple and green Martini “Hippy” car, which is modeled after one of the most famous Porsche 917LHs in history.



Another familiar Cayman will be the baby blue and orange trimmed No. 4 of Collin O’Brien that proudly displays the livery of one of the legendary Wyer/Gulf Porsche 917s. O’Brien is set for his first start of the 2010 Cayman season along with David Heinemeier-Hansson, in his No. 1 Rothmans-themed car, and Lee Davis in the No. 333 Cayman that sports the colors of the Advan Porsche 962s. Another debuting driver is Ed Lane who is also unveiling his all-new No. 15 Cayman S modeled after a David Piper Sandeman Porsche 917K.

GRAND-AM Road Racing regular Steve Jenkins is making not only his Cayman Interseries debut but also his first start ever on the challenging Road Atlanta circuit. Jenkins drives a No. 36 Porsche carrying the distinctive red with white striped scheme of the Salzburg Porsche 917s.

Like the cars of McCormick, Bacus and several other top Cayman competitors, Jenkins’ Porsche is prepared by Porsche Napleton Racing (PNR), the in-house race shop operated by series organizers Napleton Porsche of Westmont. Also in the PNR camp is the No. 16 Dyson Racing-themed Cayman of driver Tom Bloom, who competed in his first ever race of any kind last month at Sebring.

Another debuting car sure to attract a lot of attention is the Cayman carrying the bright colors of the No. 23 “Pink Pig” Porsche 917/20 that raced at Le Mans in 1971. Lori Cassling recently purchased the car but will hand over the honor of taking the pink machine through its first race to teammate and driving coach Christian Coggins. Cassling’s husband Randy Cassling, who races in the No. 18 Cayman S that wears the red, yellow and black colors of the factory Shell Porsche 962s, is also set for Road Atlanta this weekend. The Casslings have their race cars prepared and maintained by Omaha’s CARS (Classic Auto Restoration Services).



Another driver to watch at Road Atlanta is Bill Riddell, who also made it to the podium in the Sebring opener in the weekend’s first sprint race. Riddell runs a green and white striped No. 80 Cayman, themed after a David Piper Racing Porsche 917, which is prepared by his own RACELINK race-prep shop in Florida.



Among the most recognizable Caymans entered for the Mitty include a pair of Porsches that pay tribute to Al Holbert’s winning No. 14 Lowenbrau and Miller High Life Porsche 962s from Rod Ryan and his son Johnny Ryan. Just as popular is the No. 5 Bob Akin-themed Coca-Cola Cayman of Bill Dennis that carries the bright-red livery of Akin’s famous Porsche 935 and 962 race cars.



On-track Cayman Interseries action begins with an unofficial practice day on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit on Thursday, April 29.



NOTEWORTHY



- Jenkins is making his Cayman Interseries debut while also running a full season of GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition in a Cayman with BGB Motorsports. He is also set for his Road Atlanta debut at the Mitty. “I am looking forward to it and the Cayman Interseries should be a lot of fun,” Jenkins said. “It is also going to be great to run on one of the two major tracks I have never raced on, and Sebring is the other one. I have tested the Cayman Interseries Porsche twice in the last month and it is a great car. Right now my plans include Road Atlanta, Road America and The Glen, but hopefully I can do more races later in the year when the series comes back to the Southeast again.” Jenkins is based in Chicago and runs with the support of B.R.M. Watches and LAPS Incorporated, which specializes in on-track high-performance driving experiences.



- Cayman Interseries chief driving coach Jack Baldwin will join fellow sports car racing champion drivers and team owners Andy Lally, Greg Pickett and Duncan Dayton on the leading Internet-radio show Tech House & Speed tonight, Wednesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on RaceFanRadio.com :: Music and Motorsports 24/7. Baldwin will preview the Cayman Interseries Road Atlanta action in addition to talking about his legendary driving career and marketing savvy during tonight’s show that will focus on the Business of Motor Racing. Join host Bill Wood every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to get industry insider news and conversation in the sport of road rally, drifting, time attack and various road racing series. You can learn all you need to know about the world of Tech House & Speed through the portal of www.ByBillWood.com.

ABOUT THE CAYMAN INTERSERIES

Established in 2009 by Napleton Porsche of Westmont, Illinois, the Cayman Interseries is the world’s only auto racing championship featuring the exclusive use of the 320-horsepower Porsche Cayman S. Sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR), the Cayman Interseries is conducting its first official season in 2010 and will crown a pair of champion drivers in both the sprint and endurance racing formats. Races will be run on legendary circuits such as Daytona, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta and other premier venues. Every competing Porsche Cayman S is exclusively supplied and prepared by Napleton Porsche and each car competes with an assigned and specific heritage livery themed after a famous Porsche race car from the past. Learn more about the Cayman Interseries at Napleton Motorsports. Phone calls direct to Napleton Porsche may be made at (630) 725-0911 and email inquiries can be sent to [email protected].



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