● Sarah Cattaneo/Owen Trinkler duo ready for GT4 West Pro-Am with Audi R8 LMS car
● Dmitri Novikov brings Rearden Racing BMW M4 GT4 to Sonoma in GT4 Am Sprint races
● Burton also entered in GT4 Sprint class in Audi R8 LMS machine
SONOMA, Calif. (June 5, 2019) – The 2019 Pirelli GT4 America season has been a good one thus far for the Utah-based Rearden Racing operation with four GT4 SprintX Am race wins already as the Jeff Burton and Vesko Kozarov driving duo head to Sonoma Raceway this weekend (June 7-9) in the Blancpain GT World Challenge road racing series.
Driving the No. 91 Burton Lumber/Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS sports car, Burton and Kozarov, both of Salt Lake City, have collected 60-minute, two-driver race wins at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca and VIRginia International Raceway in the Am division. The most recent victories were scored at VIR with a pair of Am class wins.
Now, the Burton/Kozarov combination come to the popular and scenic Sonoma Raceway, the famed 2.385-mile, 12-turn road circuit north of San Francisco, with another GT4 SprintX doubleheader weekend.
“We want to continue the victory circle celebrations at Sonoma Raceway this weekend,” said Lara Tallman, team owner of Rearden Racing. “Our Audi R8 LMS cars have been fast and reliable so far this year and we want to keep the Rearden Racing name on the top step of the podium at a legendary circuit like Sonoma. However, the track is a tough one for the teams and the competitors with the fast turn and the elevation changes. We just want to continue our team’s solid performance so far in the GT4 SprintX Am class this weekend.
“Jeff and Vesko have a good rhythm in the No. 91 Audi and we know the competition will be fierce at Sonoma. The race team has done a tremendous job preparing of the Rearden Racing cars this year and its preparation has been a key to the team’s success. We are anxious to get back to Sonoma and have another victory in our category.”
Burton will also compete in the GT4 Sprint Am class this weekend for Rearden Racing in the No. 91 Burton Lumber Audi R8 LMS with teammate Dmitri Novikov in action with the No. 80 Rearden Racing BMW M4 GT4 sports car.
Rearden Racing also will field another Audi R8 LMS machine in the GT4 SprintX West Pro-Am class at Sonoma with veterans Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler at the controls of the No. 43 Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS. Cattaneo and Trinkler placed third in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX West event at COTA in March.
Action at Sonoma Raceway for the Pirelli GT4 America divisions begins Friday with practice runs at 9:20 a.m. PDT and 2:35 p.m. PDT. The GT4 America SprintX 60-minute races are scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. PDT and Sunday at 2:45 p.m. PDT, while the GT4 America Sprint races will begin at 12:40 p.m. PDT Saturday and 8:30 a.m. EDT Sunday.
All of the Pirelli GT4 America races will be shown live on the www.sro-america.com website, while taped-delayed telecasts scheduled for June 22 at 6 p.m. (SprintX) and 7 p.m. (Sprint) on the CBS Sports Network.
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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 2018 Touring Car Championship with 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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