● Jeff Burton takes new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car to 3 class wins, 2 poles in 4 races
● Dmitri Novikov nets 3 wins & poles – GT2 Audi R8 LMS, 1 win & pole – GT4 Aston Martin
● Team owner Lara Tallman impressive in TC Nissan 370Z with 3 wins, 4 poles
THERMAL, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2020) – Rearden Racing continued to collect some serious hardware this past weekend (Feb. 7-9) at The Thermal Club in the third and final SRO Winter Series doubleheader event with two class victories and four class pole positions by drivers Dmitri Novikov, Lara Tallman and Paul Terry.
The latest weekend’s totals for the Salt Lake City, Utah-based racing organization gave Rearden Racing a sensational 10 class wins and 12 class poles in the three-event, six-race SRO Winter Series at the state-of-the-art racing facility east of Palm Desert, Calif. The third SRO Winter Series event was contested on the 2.91-mile, 17-turn road circuit.
Now, the Rearden Racing squad prepares for the upcoming SRO America series-opening road racing contests set for March 6-8 at the popular Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Rearden Racing, with Jeff Burton and Vesko Kozarov winning the GT4 SprintX West Region Am division last year, looks in excellent shape with their new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 sports cars.
“The SRO Winter Series was successful for our team, both on and off the track, with the new Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Audi R8 LMS GT2 and the Nissan 370Z TC cars,” said Rearden Racing team owner Tallman. “With the new Aston Martin in GT4 and Audi in GT2, we knew it would be a learning process but the success on track was very encouraging. We are excited to start the 2020 SRO America series now.
“And it was fun for me to get back behind the wheel again and jump up onto that top step of the podium. I hadn’t driven a race car regularly in sometime. So, I felt good with the Nissan and the manual transmission against those automatic TC cars. It was very competitive in TC at Thermal. My concentration now is to get our team ready for the 2020 season. We want to continue to win championships.”
Tallman drove in all six TC races in the three Thermal weekend events and record three race wins and four pole positions in the No. 3 Nissan 370Z TC.
Novikov, the Los Angeles racer, scored three race wins in the No. 64 Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS GT2 in the new GT2 division, while also collecting one race triumph and one pole in the No. 29 Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage in the GT4 class.
Burton, who competed in the first two SRO Winter Series weekends, drove his new No. 91 Burton Lumber/Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to three race victories and two poles in just four events at The Thermal Club. Jeff did not compete last weekend at Thermal.
Utah’s Paul Terry made his debut in the No. 33 Terry Trucking/Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 sports car this weekend at Thermal and immediately scored a pole position in Race 2. Unfortunately, Terry’s mount was knocked out in turn one on the opening lap of the 40-minute sprint race.
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ABOUT REARDEN RACING: Owned and operated by Lara Tallman and driver Vesko Kozarov, Rearden Racing’s roots date back to the 2000s when Tallman drove in the IMSA ST class. The Utah-based operation consists of several aspects with design, build and service racing cars; offering “arrive and drive” programs in both professional and club racing clients and manufacture and distribute a variety of racing-related parts. On the track, Rearden Racing has been a winner, taking the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX West Am championship (Jeff Burton/Kosarov), 2018 Touring Car Championship (Kozarov) as well as the prestigious 2017 and 2018 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge for the GT4 category at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rearden name comes from the popular Ayn Rand book, “Atlas Shrugged,” a novel about advocacy of reason, individualism, self-made, independent thinkers, inventors, business owners and risktakers.
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