Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 3, 2014…MINI Motorsports’
newest addition, Tyler Palmer, motored his way to two more podiums in
the Pirelli World Challenge this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
After qualifying, Palmer started Race 1 in the second position on the
grid, lapping in second place for most of the race around the high
speed technical turns of the New Jersey track. Choosing to setup the
rear a little looser to encourage gentle over steer, Palmer turned his
best lap at 1:40.535 and was awarded the “Clean Pass Award” and set
the third fastest lap of the race.
Palmer started Race 2 in the third position on the grid, switching
between the top three positions multiple times. Palmer made a
magnificent pass on the final lap to take the lead and used the next
couple of corners to open up more of a gap, allowing him to cross the
finish line as the leader and earning vital Championship points. His
last lap pass to take the lead earned him the “Best Move of the Race” award.
“The MINI USA racecar handled better than every other car
manufacturer on the track allowing me to make numerous passes when
needed, especially the winning move,” said Palmer.
But, Palmer wasn’t the only MINI driver in last weekend’s Pirelli
World Challenge race. Andrei Kisel (4th), RJ Groenke (6th), Jason
Fichter (8th), Jim Cleveland (9th), Tom Noble (12th) all participated
in the event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
“We are very proud of Tyler and his performance at New Jersey
Motorsports Park this weekend,” said Chris Potgieter, Product Manager,
MINI USA. “We are also very excited to see so many other MINIs
performing so well. It’s a true testament to the rich rally and
motorsports heritage at MINI.”
Palmer’s performance behind the wheel of the #37 MINI this weekend
puts him in fourth place in the overall championship after competing
at the New Jersey track for the first time ever.
Palmer currently races a 2012 MINI Cooper Hardtop owned by MINI of
Charleston Racing, the same MINI that was driven to the 2013 Pirelli
World Challenge Championship last season by Robbie Davis. Palmer
stands in fourth place in the overall championship with his next race
on Thursday, June 19 - Saturday, June, 21, 2014 in Elkhart Lake, WI.
You can learn more about Tyler Palmer at www.TylerPalmerRacing.com
and find him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TylerPalmerRacing.
About MINI in the US MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United
States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America,
LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing
and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales
organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 120 MINI
passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in
the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI
Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to
encompass a model range of seven unique vehicles.
Journalist notes: Media information about MINI and
its products is available to journalists on-line at www.miniusanews.com.
Consumer information about MINI products is available via the
internet at: www.MINIUSA.com.