10th Place for Autohaus at Indy
10th Place for Autohaus at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (JULY 27, 2012) – Bill Lester & Jordan Taylor drove the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R to a 10th place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Bill qualified the Autohaus Motorsports Camaro in the 8th position for the debut Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the Brickyard on Friday morning. Then as Bill was about to begin his formation lap before the start of the afternoon race, the skies opened up and the Autohaus crew switched the car over from dry weather slick tires to wet weather rain tires. Once the race started, Bill found the No. 88 Autohaus Chevy Camaro GT.R extremely difficult to handle due to poor balance in very wet track conditions and fell back to the 11th position before handing the car over to co-driver Jordan Taylor. However, by mid-race, Jordan briefly found himself in 1st position due to some heads-up driving, excellent race strategy, and stellar pit service from the Autohaus crew during changeable weather conditions. The weather continued to worsen and the deteriorating track conditions caused re-emerging handling issues. Finally, an overly aggressive competitor in a car that was many laps down caused both his car and Jordan's to spin late in the race. Due to this unfortunate situation, Jordan was only able to salvage a 10th place finish in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
The No. 88 Autohaus Chevrolet is 6th in the Grand-AM Rolex Series Owner Points after the 10th place finish by Bill Lester & Jordan Taylor.
ABOUT Autohaus Motorsports:
Autohaus Motorsports with drivers Bill Lester & Jordan Taylor had a breakthrough season in 2011, emerging as a team to be reckoned with. In an edge of your seat season finale, GM factory driver Jordan Taylor took over the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro with a one-lap deficit and drove back into contention for the GT championship.
The team ultimately finished a mere two points from the title that no one would have predicted them a contender for at the beginning of the season. The team’s breakout success in 2011 helped General Motors claim the Manufacturers Championship for the GT class and earned the team tremendous fan support which lead to them winning the award for "Rolex Series Moment of the Year".
ABOUT Bill Lester:
Bill Lester is a NASCAR driver who competes in the Grand Touring category in the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 1984, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bill Lester is the first African-American to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide series (1999), race full time in NASCAR Camping World Truck series (2002–06), and compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 20 years (2006). Lester currently competes in the Grand-AM Rolex series (2007–present).
In 2011, Bill Lester became the first African-American to win a Grand-AM Rolex Series race & the 2nd African-American to win a national level NASCAR sanctioned race by winning at Virginia International Raceway with Jordan Taylor & Autohaus Motorsports.
For more information on Bill Lester, visit BillLester.com or on Facebook, Facebook.com/BillLesterRacing or on Twitter, Twitter.com/Bill_Lester
Submitted By: Philip Hampton