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For Immediate Release: July 25, 2006

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Borcheller and Varsha Join Automatic Racing Lineup for Grand-Am Cup at Barber

LEEDS, Ala. - The Automatic Racing roster for this weekend's Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber Motorsports Park will include two new names, with veteran racer Terry Borcheller and 18-year-old rising star Matt Varsha joining the Grand Sport team.

Borcheller will be teaming up with 21-year-old Jeff Segal in the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3. The two worked together as coaches in Ferarri Challenge, but this weekend will mark the first time that they have shared the driver's seat in a race.

"I'm excited about driving with someone who has so much experience and such a proven track record," said Segal. "Terry has a lot of experience, and I think the outside perspective will be an advantage. We'll try to qualify up front and drive fast but smart. The crew is doing great pit stops, and we just need a little luck to get to the end."

For Borcheller, joining Automatic Racing is a chance for him to team up with drivers he is usually racing against. "I've known (team manager) Joe Varde, Nick Longhi and David Russell a long time," said Borcheller. "I don't see them as a team I have competed against, but as guys who I know and am familiar with. I have a lot of respect for Joe."

Borcheller last raced a BMW in Grand-Am Cup last season at Mosport, substituting for Bill Auberlen in the Turner Motorsport BMW M3. He is looking forward to once again being behind the wheel of the German machine.

"I really enjoy driving the BMW. I always have, especially in Grand-Am Cup," he said. "It does everything very well and it's a phenomenal car in every respect. It handles well, it stops well, and it's got a good range of power."

Automatic Racing team owner Jep Thornton is excited about having Borcheller on the team. "I am very pleased to welcome Terry to the team," he said. "We are expecting great things from Jeff and Terry. I have been racing against Terry since I started racing Grand-Am Cup in 2002 and have admired his success the whole time. He has had an amazing racing career and we are very excited to have him aboard."

Of course, Thornton is also looking forward to furthering the career and experience of Varsha, who will be teaming up with David Russell in the No. 09 BMW M3. Russell and Kris Wilson drove the car to a finish of third in the last round at Mid-Ohio.

"We are very pleased to have Matt aboard this weekend," added Thornton. "I had the pleasure of racing with him in the Star Mazda race at Montreal a few weeks ago where he finished second. Matt has a very bright future ahead of him and we are happy to assist him in getting as much experience as possible. We look forward to seeing Matt in further Grand-Am Cup races in the future."

Automatic Racing will again be fielding four BMW M3s in the Grand Sport class. In addition to the No. 90 of Segal and Borcheller and the No. 09 of David Russell and Varsha will be the No. 91 of Nick Longhi and Emil Assentato, as well as the No. 99 of Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson.

Qualifying for the Grand-Am Cup 200 Grand Sport entries will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 11:35 a.m. The 200-mile race will be later that same day, at 2:15 p.m.

Fans can keep up with Automatic Racing's drive for another podium during this weekend's Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber Motorsports Park by visiting www.AutomaticRacing.com.
 
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