Monthly Archives: July 2013
NEWPORT BEACH, CA. JUNE 23rd, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell finished the NASCAR Xfinity Series racing event at Road America in 22nd position after a several setbacks for the team and driver.
In a late communication, O’Connell was contacted by representatives for the team owner of the #74 Mike Harmon Racing team to replace a current rookie driver from Mexico City to practice, qualify and race the car in the road course race in Wisconsin. Veteran NASCAR crew chief and driver Carl Long was hired to manage and call the race.
O’Connell commented, “We had a last minute chance to run the NASCAR race for Mike’s team and given my recent events at Road America in the Rolex Sports Car series with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Timmy Hill and previous NASCAR and vintage races there I knew I could bring back a solid effort. I also wanted a chance to work with Carl on a road course race.”
The team chased a miss in the engine during qualifying and opted to attempt a repair prior to the race which per the NASCAR rules relegated the team to begin the race at the rear of the field. Kevin O’Connell stated, “Carl and I talked and we had to try to find the problem before the race. Starting at the back of the field was the least of our challenges as the race is long and we expected many cautions. We never really fixed the problem but the car held together and we finished the race. Turns out there was an internal problem with the engine.”
The NASCAR Xfinity Series has two other road course events in 2013 with Watkins Glen International and the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, both scheduled in August.
About O’Connell Racing:
O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture companies competes directly in Sports Car racing in the United Sports Car Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) and in Stock Car racing in various touring series in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe.
About General Pacific Partners
General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.
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