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DALY TO MAKE F2000 DEBUT AT MOSPORT

BARRIE, ONT. (August 18, 2008) - Brian Graham Racing is pleased to announce that second-generation star Conor Daly will be making his professional racing debut with the team at the upcoming ALMS weekend at Mosport International Raceway in the highly competitive pro F2000 Championship Series.

As part of a two-car effort by series race winner Brian Graham Racing, Daly will partner Round Nine race winner and reigning Ontario Formula Ford Challenge champion Kyle Marcelli. The doubleheader at Mosport will mark a reunion of the two drivers, as they were teammates last season, making an immediate impact on the OFFC, as Marcelli won the series title and Daly finishing in his Formula Ford debut. Daly is currently running with BGR in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, where he lies second in the championship fight, despite missing a couple of rounds. He is currently on a four-race winning streak in Canada, having won his past three OFFC races and a Skip Barber National race at Mosport.

"I am very excited to have two young talents whom are both capable of winning every time they get in the car," commented team Owner Brian Graham. "Here at our home track we hope to showcase not only our two stars, but the BGR team and the ladder system we have with the OFFC and the pro F2000 series. I feel that our Formula ford program is a perfect route to F2000 and beyond and allows drivers to learn at very reasonable costs. We invite anyone who wants to learn more to come by the trailer and meet Kyle and Conor and learn more about the team."
 
MARCELLI EXTENDS BRIAN GRAHAM RACING WIN STREAK TO FOUR

BARRIE, ONT. (August 5, 2008) - Brian Graham Racing continues its winning ways over the past two weekends, extending its win streak to four.

Second-generation star Conor Daly got he ball rolling one week ago with a pair of dominating victories at the Calabogie Motorsports Park in Rounds Seven and Eight in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. The wins made it three-in-row for the Indiana teenager, securing his position in the 2008 championship fight.

This past weekend Kyle Marcelli kept the momentum going, scoring his first-ever win in Round Nine of the the highly competitive F2000 championship Series. In addition to providing Brian Graham Racing with its first series win, the talented driver from Ontario has secured five podium finishes in the past six races, making a threat for the series title as a rookie.

"Both the team and the drivers have worked very hard recently, and it shows in the results," commented Team Owner Brian Graham. "With the next round in the F2000 series at our home track we are very excited about potentially keeping our winning streak alive in front of our friends and peers from the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge."

Testing is next on the agenda, as the team prepares for the Mosport pro F2000 race. BGR is currently looking for drivers to test this fall with an eye on next season in both the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge and F2000 Championship Series. Interested drivers should contact Brian Graham
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MARCELLI VICTORIOUS AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (August 4, 2008) - Barrie native, Kyle Marcelli continues to impress on the international level, as he leaves the famous Road America course emerging victorious in Round Nine and again becoming the only driver to be on the podium both days in the competitive US-based F2000 Championship Series.

Marcelli arrived at the track Wednesday for set-up and was able to get his first impressions of the fast course. Thursday morning was a four-hour open test session. Marcelli quickly adapted to the four-mile track, which allowed the team to tackle the car's balance right away. Unfortunately Marcelli and the team were forced to sit out about two hours due to fuel issues.

Friday the Marcelli successfully returned to Road America, ending the two practice sessions on a high note, as Marcelli put his BGR Van Diemen P2 on the time sheets.

As Round Nine approached, the team made a few minor aero adjustments to the car then took to the track for qualifying. Marcelli confident and ready had some traffic to get through early in the session, before he was able to get some clear laps eventually posting times quick enough to start the afternoon race from P3.

After some debriefing with BGR’s race engineer Ian Macpherson, Marcelli lined up to take the green. As the flag dropped, 40 plus cars roared across the stripe. Marcelli quickly pounced taking full advantage of a first corner incident to capture the lead exiting turn one. From there Marcelli never looked back. After multiple full course yellows, Marcelli emerged victorious for the first round of the doubleheader.

Race two on Sunday proved to be a fast paced affair. In qualifying, Marcelli put his BGR prepared two-litre Zetec on the front row, beside local Wisconsin driver Niki Coello. Taking the green flag, Marcelli quickly slotted into P2, with the leaders establishing a gap over the field prior to a full course caution appearing. After two laps of caution the race resumed. Marcelli was immediate up to speed again, turning fast, clean, consistent laps before eventually crossing the stripe P2, only 1.04 seconds from the win.

“Overall Road America was a very successful weekend for myself and the Brian Graham Racing team," stated Marcelli. "Winning Saturday’s race and again being on the podium Sunday scored us great points for the championship. Consistency is going to continue to be important for us going into the last few rounds. I want to thank Brian, Matt and Ian for giving me such a great car all weekend.”

Marcelli’s next stop is at Mosport International Raceway, August 21st to 24th, with American Le Mans Series. After Road Atlanta’s disappointment Marcelli has battled back to second in the championship hunt.

Marcelli would like to thank his sponsors Rob Braden of Braden Drywall, Lafarge, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, GP Masonry and Landscaping Supplies, Trudel Roofing, PFAFF, Alpinestars, The Robert Simpson Brewery, Brown Windows, MG Homes, Mullins Pub, MMG Trading, Simcoe Building Center, RE/MAX Barrie, Stif Creative Works and Canadian Tire Barrie South.

 
PODIUM FOR MARCELLI AT MID-OHIO

BARRIE, ONT. (July 15, 2008) - Brian Graham Racing rebounded from difficult opening day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, earning in a podium finish in Round Eight of he F2000 Championship Series.

With high hopes after unloading quick and driver Kyle Marcelli leading the test day by an impressive six tenths of a second in his first visit to the technical Mid-Ohio road course, problems arrived in qualifying with a failing fuel pump that left Marcelli fourth on the grid for Saturday's round.

"We had a great car and Kyle was really on it this weekend as he has been all season," stated Team Owner Brian Graham. "Unfortunately we lost straight line speed with a fuel pump issue."

Anxious to challenge for the race win after replacing the fuel pump, Marcelli race was over before it really began. Following a early full-course caution, Marcelli was struck by another driver while making a pass for position, ending his race.

"We got collected in another drivers error," commented Graham. "He apologized and we accept that and will move on."

Thanks to Ian Macpherson, Mark Collard, and Mike Johnston working late into the night, ay two commenced with Marcelli's Van Diemen ready to once again challenge for top honors. With rain arriving for the qualifying, the BGR team were a little nervous, as Marcelli had a total of one lap in the wet over the past two years and had never piloted the F2000 car in the tricky conditions. Marcelli however showcased his skill during the session, putting the Brian Graham Racing entry third on the grid.

With the sunshine coming out for the race, the focus for Marcelli was to survive the first lap and then go racing. The talented did just that, immediately put pressure on his fellow countryman Remy Audette who was hounding leader Jonny Baker. A brief yellow period past the mid-way point bunched things up and left only a handful of racing to go. Marcelli made the most of the opportunity, executing a classic outbraking on the last lap to get by Audette, before closing the gap to the leader. At the stripe, Marcelli was second, just 0.4s behind the race winner.

"After Saturday's disappointment it was good to get back on the podium and be so close to a win," added Graham. "We need a bit of luck and we can get there. Today was the first race of the second half of the season and we intend to fight hard the rest of the season. A big thanks to the crew this weekend and Kyle for never giving up. We had one of our FF drivers here this weekend, Caitlin Johnston who may be on the grid in F2000 next season and as always the series showed this is the place to race."
 
ANOTHER PODIUM FOR MARCELLI

LEXINGTON, OHIO (July 14, 2008) - Kyle Marcelli continues to impress across the border, scoring yet another podium finish in the very competitive F2000 Championship Series, having just wrapped up a weekend at the tight and technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Marcelli hit the track for the first time Thursday evening via a two and a half hour series test session. Brian Graham Racing prepared a great car, allowing Marcelli to quickly adapt to the difficult race track, ending the day P1 on top of the time charts by an impressive six tenths of a second.

While the skies were clear and sunny for the first round of qualifying at Mid-Ohio on Saturday morning, the session proved to be frustrating for Marcelli, ending the 30-minute session P4.

“I came on the radio and explained that the car was working great, it was well balanced but I just didn’t have any power," said Marcelli. "Following the session we found out that we had lost fuel pressure causing the motor to run very rich and ultimately losing power. It was disappointing as pole position was defiantly capable.”

Saturday’s race proved to be character building for Marcelli, as he was again the victim of another ones mistake. Following an early race full-course caution, the green flag waved with Marcelli immediately charging towards the front. Unfortunately while passing for position down the fast back straight another driver came from across the track to smack the side of Marcelli, prematurely ending his race.

“I just shook my head in disappointment, as again I am the one that has to suffer from another driver’s mistake," commented Marcelli "It was unfortunate, as we again had winning speed, but I guess all you can say is, that’s racing! You have to take the highs with the lows and move forward.”

Sunday proved to be an entertaining day, as wet conditions were definitely expected. This proved the case in qualifying, providing Marcelli his first chance to drive the F2000 car in tricky conditions. As the session went green, 35 plus cars hit the track to set their best lap. With multiple cars going off track during the 30-minute session, many drivers only got a maximum of two green laps. Marcelli put his talents to the test, putting his BGR prepared Van Diemen on the second row via an impressive P3 time in his first time in the wet.

The rain soon came to a halt and the track quickly began to dry. With the F2000 Championship Series race scheduled to take place at 3:30 it looked to be dry race conditions.

Rolling on to a dry track, Marcelli was confident and ready for the second race of the weekend. When green flag dropped, Marcelli immediately got up to speed putting pressure on the lead duo. After making multiple overtaking attempts on the track which has few opportunities to pass, Marcelli made a picture perfect move on the last lap to take over P2. Running mistake-free to the checkered flag, he crossed the finish line a mere 0.485s behind the race winner.

“Overall, we were happy to be back on the podium," stated Marcelli. "The race was frustrating at times as I had a quicker pace then the two cars in front, but I was forced to stick to their bumper as the track didn’t allow much opportunity to get by. However, we got some good points, learned a lot about the Hoosier tires and again proved to be a championship contender.”

Marcelli would like to thank his sponsors Carmen Apreda of Century Craft Custom Home Builders, Lafarge, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, GP Masonry and Landscaping Supplies, Trudel Roofing, PFAFF, Alpinestars, The Robert Simpson Brewery, Brown Windows, MG Homes, Mullins Pub, MMG Trading, Simcoe Building Center, RE/MAX Barrie and Stif Creative Works.
 
BRIAN GRAHAM RACING ADDS WIN AND PODIUMS TO ITS RACING RESUME

BARRIE, ONT. (June 19, 2008) - It was a very successful weekend of racing for Brian Graham Racing, with four drivers competing at two tracks in two countries. Kyle Marcelli piloted the teams F2000 car in Rounds Five and Six of the pro F2000 Championship Series at Watkins Glen International, while Conor Daly, Caitlin Johnston, and Ivan Graham competed at Mosport International Raceway in Rounds Five and Six of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.

Marcelli was the only driver to be on the podium both days at Watkins Glen with a superb second place finish in the opening race of the doubleheader, followed by a third place on Sunday. After the disappointment of Road Atlanta, it was nice to finally taste some champagne. The results promote Marcelli up to fifth in the point standings.

While things were going well in the USA, it was another heated battle at Mosport for Daly, Johnston and Graham. Conor was on his way to victory on Saturday when he spun on a lapped cars oil. While second and third were also caught out and spun, the duo were able to quickly recover as Daly failed to refire his car, eventually classified 10th. Johnston was running just behind the top trio, slowed for the yellow flags and passed by her pursuers, she regrouped, ending the race in fifth. A protest was filed for the pass under the yellow but failed. Graham was also a victim of the oil and spun while fighting for a podium in the B class. His weekend was unfortunately over as the car sustained some damage. Sunday, without the drama of dropped oil and yellow flag passes, witnessed Daly showcasing his talent behind the wheel, winning his first-ever OFFC race. Johnston emerged from another good battle for position, matching her series best result of fifth.

"I am very proud of all our drivers and the results this past weekend," commented Team Owner Brian Graham. "Kyle surely deserved a podium at Road Atlanta before being taken out by a lapper and this is a nice way to rebound. Conor with very little time in a FF and only his second weekend ever at one of the most difficult tracks in the world, showed he is more than capable of fighting for the championship against his much more experienced competition. Caitlin gets better every time she gets in the car, she has stepped up and is going to get to the podium before too long."

Brian Graham Racing will be back in action next week with testing scheduled for the FF1600 and F2000 cars before the next rounds in both series.
 
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR MARCELLI AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 17, 2008) - Kyle Marcelli leaves the fast and unforgiving Watkins Glen International as the only driver to make the podium both days in the ultra competitive F2000 Championship Series.

After battling back from the very difficult weekend in Road Atlanta, Marcelli worked hard in preparation for Rounds Five and Six held this past weekend at Watkins Glen International. Having shown the speed necessary thus far in the season, Marcelli again has proven himself to be a championship contender.

Marcelli quickly got up to speed on the Thursday test day posting times consistently in the top-three. Come Friday the times continued to drop as teams and drivers tuned their set ups. Brian Graham Racing’s Marcelli didn’t miss a beat continuing to be in the top-three of each session.

“Watkins Gen is a beautiful facility and the track is world class as it is very fast but leaves no room for error," said Marcelli. "I really enjoyed pushing the car to its limits around the 3.4-mile road course, it's very flowing and really rewards smooth drivers.”

With rain expected all day Saturday, Thursday and Friday testing looked set to be a wash. However, the F2000 Championship Series time slots seemed to have fit great into mother nature's schedule, with a dry track greeting the drivers in both qualifying and the race.

Marcelli put his Brian Graham Racing prepared Van Diemen on the front-row for the start of Round Five. As the green flag dropped, Marcelli slotted into second place. Marcelli proceeded to run a mistake free race, crossing the stripe second behind the Norwegian race winner Anders Krohn.

Sunday proved to be just as entertaining, as Marcelli again put himself on the front-row for the start of Round Six. The outside starting position at Watkins Glen proved to be a difficult position when the green flag waved, as Marcelli was forced wide by the Anderson Racing duo of Krohn and Doug Prendeville. Putting his foot down, the talented rookie caught back up to the lead pair before having a full course caution bunch the field back together.

When the race resumed, things got messy as the field was went five wide into turn one. With multiple drivers storming aggressively up the inside, Marcelli was again forced way wide, barley missing a multi car pile up in corner one. Getting back on track, Marcelli found himself in sixth. Working hard putting down some fast laps, the Canadian made his way back into the top-three. With still three laps to go, Marcelli caught the second place car, unfortunately running out of laps, Marcelli crossed the stripe in third place, becoming the only driver on the podium on both days of the doubleheader.

“Overall it was a successful weekend for myself and the BGR squad," commented Marcelli. "It was great to be the only driver on the podium both races, earning good points for the overall championship. I’m really looking forward to Mid-Ohio. In the meantime we will continue to work hard and prepare to go for the win at the next round.”

The next round in the F2000 Championship Series is July 12-13, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course just outside of Mansfield, Ohio.

Marcelli would like to thank his sponsors Dan Chobotiuk at Sunlife Financial, Lafarge, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, GP Masonry and Landscaping Supplies, Trudel Roofing, PFAFF, Alpinestars, The Robert Simpson Brewery, Brown Windows, MG Homes, Mullins Pub, MMG Trading, Simcoe Building Center and Stif Creative Works.
 
DALY ADDS FF1600 WIN TO SKIP BARBER VICTORY ON FATHER'S DAY

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (June 15, 2008) - Indeck/Cytomax driver Conor Daly won the sixth rounds of both the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National presented by Mazda and Ontario Formula Ford Challenge on Fathers day (June 15) at Mosport International Raceway Park in Ontario, Canada.

From his fourth position on the Skip Barber starting grid, Daly moved to the lead of the race just before the halfway point. After a full course yellow, the race was settled via a green, white, checkered last three laps that got hectic with contact at the final corner. Daly escaped the incident to take his first Skip Barber National win of the season.

On Saturday during the Formula Ford 1600 race (Round Five of the championship) Daly was leading from his front-row starting spot, when the top-three cars all left the road at high speed after encountering oil from a blown engine of a lapped car.

On Fathers day it all came good for Daly in Formula Ford 1600. After a race long tussle between championship leader Matt White and Shannonville winner Shane Jantzi, Daly won his first Ontario formula Ford Challenge race of the season, taking the lead with a daring outside pass at the high speed turn eight at the end of the Andretti straight. Daly, who set a new race lap record for FF1600 cars at Mosport in May, also set fastest lap of the race.

The 16 year-old Daly, son of former Formula One/Indy Car driver turned TV commentator Derek Daly, will race in the 14 round BF/Goodrich Skip Barber National presented by Mazda series in addition to the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge with Brian Graham Racing in 2008. He will also do selected karting events, racing his karts exclusively on Bridgestone tires. The talented young driver is sponsored by INDECK Forsythe Racing, Cytomax Performance Drink, Pedigo Chevrolet, The College Network, Tom Lange Company, Aprilia and Alpinestars.
 
DALY SETS ANOTHER LAP RECORD IN CANADA

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (June 1, 2008) - In Rounds Three and Four of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge held at Shannonville Motorsport Park, Indeck/Cytomax driver Conor Daly scored two podium finishes, and for the second consecutive race weekend, set another new race lap record for the Formula Ford 1600 class. His second and third place finishes keeps him second in the championship fight.

Daly qualified on the front-row of the starting grid for both races and after falling back on the opening lap of race one on Saturday, he battled back and made a last gasp effort to take the lead on the last corner of the last lap, but had to be content with second place. He also set fastest lap of the race.

Race two on Sunday witnessed Daly starting on the outside of the front-row, where he again fall back to fourth place at the end of lap one. Former champion Shane Jantzi pulled out a commanding lead before a full-course yellow bunched up the field. After the restart, Daly hounded second place driver Matt White, before passing him on the penultimate lap. On the last lap Daly reeled in the leader Jantzi and in a daring move for the win, made contact with Jantzi at the final corner, which broke Daly’s steering arm. The incident allowed White through to finish second, with Daly crossing the line in third place with a deranged front end. His chase of Jantzi netted him a new race lap record.

Daly’s next races will be a double doubleheader, when he will contest Rounds Five and Six of both the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Challenge and BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National series being held at Mosport International Raceway just outside of Toronto, Ont., June 14th-15th.

16 year-old Conor Daly, the son of former Formula One and Indy Car driver turned TV commentator Derek Daly, will race in the 14 round BFGoodrich/Skip Barber Racing National series in addition to the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge with Brian Graham Racing. He will also do selected karting events. Conor will race his karts exclusively on Bridgestone tires and will be sponsored by INDECK Forsythe Racing, Cytomax Performance Drink, Pedigo Chevrolet, The College Network, Tom Lange Company, Aprilia and Alpinestars.
 
DALY SETS NEW LAP RECORD AT MOSPORT

BOMANVILLE, ONT. (May 13, 2008) - Conor Daly commenced his 2008 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge campaign in fine fashion over the weekend (May 10-11), earning a pole positions, scoring two runner-up finishes and setting a new lap record.

Race one on Saturday witnessed Daly’s Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen battling with multiple OFFC race winner Matt White. With Daly leading at the drop of the green flag, the close battle continued until the race was red flagged following a mid pack multi car incident. After the restart White and Daly swapped the lead multiple times with White just able to pip Daly for the win.

Race two on Sunday featured Daly starting on the outside of the front row and again doing battle with White. Daly tried all he knew to find a way past, but in the end it was to be another second place and the satisfaction of having set a new race lap record for FF1600 cars at Mosport.

Daly’s next races will be Rounds Three and Four of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, May 31-June 1, at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Eastern Ontario.

The 16 year-old Daly, son of former Formula One/Indy Car driver turned TV commentator Derek Daly, will race in the 14 round Skip Barber Racing National series in addition to the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge with Brian Graham Racing. He will also do selected karting events. Conor will race his karts exclusively on Bridgestone tires and will be sponsored by INDECK Forsythe Racing, Cytomax Performance Drink, Pedigo Chevrolet, The College Network, Tom Lange Company, Aprilia and Alpinestars.
 
MARCELLI SHOWS SPEED IN F2000 DEBUT

BARRIE, ONT. (April 23, 2008) - Kyle Marcelli, a rookie in the F2000 Championship Series leaves the first weekend of the ultra competitive series at Virginia International Raceway with a pair of top-five finishes.

The first weekend of 2008 is in the books for Marcelli. Having never stepped into the car before the weekend, Marcelli arrived at Virginia International Raceway Monday afternoon in preparation for the first round of the 2008 Pro F2000 Championship Series season-opener. Taking the next step in Marcelli’s dominant career thus far, the Brian Graham Racing prepared Zetec and Marcelli took to the track Tuesday the 15th to shake down the car and clean the dust off the driving shoes.

“It was a learning day for us, a chance to learn the car, the track and the new series tires” said Marcelli.

Upon the completion of Tuesday’s shake down the team had Wednesday to prep the car before the first official test day on Thursday.

Thursday proved to be a difficult day for the team, as they suffered electrical problems all day. However, Marcelli was able to make it out for the last session, getting some valuable seat time.

“Unfortunately we lost the entire day to try set up changes to the car, but it was good to make it out for the last session to give Kyle a chance to learn the track and the new car,” said team owner Brian Graham.

Friday witnessed two official 25-minute sessions, with the team using this time to make the setup changes to the car that they were hoping to try on Thursday.

Saturday morning qualifying things vastly improved. It proved to be lap record setting with warm conditions, good rubber laid down and minimal wind. With over 40 cars on track it was crucial to put together a good lap in qualifying without traffic.

“It’s important to start at the front for the race, especially here at VIR, as it is a tough track to pass on," commented Marcelli. "If you’re able to get a clean lap in qualifying then you should be in good shape, if you can get a clean lap with a draft you will be in even better shape. I was able to get a clean lap, passing only one car into the climbing S’s, crossing the stripe with a 1:55.9 almost 2 full seconds faster than last year’s pole time, but only good enough for seventh on the grid this season. Unable to get in another clear lap, we were forced to save tires for the race.”

The green flag dropped for the start of Round One of the F2000 Championship Series, with a big accident in corner one and a full course yellow quickly coming out. Two laps later the field went green and Marcelli quickly moved up multiple spots to settle into fourth place. With four cars battling for third place, it allowed first and second to build a gap. Going back and forth lap to lap, Marcelli crossed the stripe fifth in Round One of the championship.

Sunday mornings qualifying witnessed similar conditions, with Marcelli bettering his time crossing the line with a 1:55.8, which earned him fifth place starting spot for the feature. It just goes to show how tight the field is.

With 35 plus cars roaring across the stripe to take the green flag at the famed circuit, Marcelli again saw himself in a race long battle for third place. With a four car train fighting it out all race long, Marcelli crossed the stripe nose-to-tail in a pack of cars, taking another well earned top-five finish.

“Obviously you’re always going for a win, but we had to look at the big picture here," stated the talented young driver. "It’s a long season ahead of us with 12 races to go in the championship, two top fives is a good start to the season. Now we just have to go for the wins.”

After the first weekend of competition Marcelli and the Brian Graham racing team leave Virginia International Raceway sitting fourth in the championship fight and second in the team championship.

The next round is in Brasselton, Ga, at the famed Road Atlanta road course, where they will be seeking a win.
 

MARCELLI TO MAKE APPEARRANCE AT CANADIAN MOTORSPORTS EXPO

BARRIE, ONT. (February 29, 2008) - Recently crowned Ontario Formula Ford Challenge Champion Kyle Marcelli will be making an appearance at the second annual Canadian Motorsport Expo, February 29th through March 2nd, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Marcelli will be on hand to answer questions with motorsports fans and enthusiasts at the Howden Media Group booth all three days of the show. Marcelli will also be featured in an autograph session on the main stage Sunday March 2nd at 2:00 pm.

“The Canadian Motorsport Expo is going to be a great event this year,” commented the young racer. “Glen Butt is really working hard and pushing to make the event enjoyable, interesting and exciting for everyone. I am very happy to be involved with the Expo this year, I’m excited to speak with all the motorsport fans and get back in the racing groove.

“How often do you get away for a weekend during the cold Canadian winter months to just talk about racing the whole time," added Marcelli. "It’s awesome to be able to hang out with your friends, family and co-workers for a weekend or even a day around a bunch of race cars and drivers talking about racing.”

Marcelli is proudly supported by: Trudel and Son Roofing, MG Homes, Barrie Trim and Moulding, Gary Mercer Trucking, MMG Financial, Lafarge, Brown Windows, Stiff Creative Works, Robert Simpson Brewery, Mullins Pub, Alpinestars Brian Stewart, John Lockhart and Brian Graham Racing

For more information on the Canadian Motorsprt Expo, please visit the official website http://www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com
 

2008 - MARCELLI YEAR IN REVIEW

BARRIE, ONT. (December 30, 2007) - 17 year-old race car driver Kyle Marcelli, of Barrie, Ont., continues to be on the fast track to international stardom as he completed another successful season behind the wheel. Wrapping up a strong first season of pro formula car racing, after just coming out of the national karting ranks, Marcelli was a front-runner and one to watch for at every event. The 2007 season witnessed Marcelli win races, set lap records and win championships in everything he sat in.

Marcelli’s season began in December 2006, signing with Brian Graham Racing to take part in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. Almost immediately after signing with the team, Marcelli and the BGR squad headed south to gain some valuable seat time behind the wheel of a Formula Ford, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading junior formulas. Competing in two SCCA Club Racing National events, Marcelli impressed many with his speed and skill behind the wheel. Despite running on the treaded Dunlop tire utilized in the OFFC, which features considerable less grip than the racing slicks used by the regular SCCA competitors, the teenager finished second at Carolina Motorsports Park and third at Road Atlanta.

Marcelli’s Formula Ford debut back home in Canada kicked off in fine fashion the weekend of June 1st-3rd, as he captured both pole positions and swept the weekend doubleheader with two wins at Shannonville Motorsports Park. During this opening event in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, Marcelli was teamed up with Conor Daly, son of former Formula 1 driver Derek Daly. The remainder of the OFFC season witnessed Marcelli dominate, taking a total of three wins, 11 podium finishes, 10 pole positions and three new lap records en route to winning the series title and Rookie of the Year honours.

“It was definitely a banner year for me,” commented Marcelli. “Being fresh out of karting, this was surely the way to start my professional motorsport career.”

During one of his off weekends from the OFFC, Marcelli had the opportunity to gain some valuable experience behind the wheel of a Star Mazda Championship car. Marcelli travelled to Beaverun, Penn., where he was able to test the car. Continuing to show natural talent behind the wheel, posting a fast time only a few tenths off the lap record set by Graham Rahal, funding was quickly found in order for Marcelli to take part in the Star Mazda Championship event in Toronto. After qualifying well into the top-10, the race proved quite entertaining. Marcelli quickly moved into the top-five early on, before settling comfortably into 6th. Unfortunately, some over aggressive driving by another competitor resulted in Marcelli being spun around at the end of Lakeshore. Rebounding, Marcelli went from 21st to 11th in four laps, narrowly missing out on a top-10 finish in his series debut.

“It was a disappointing result and definitely wasn’t the result that I was capable of,” stated Marcelli. “I showed the necessary speed and am confident I would have finished in the top-five in my Star Mazda Championship debut if not for the incident.”

Throughout the year, most of Marcelli’s Formula Ford races were run in conjunction with the Canadian Touring Car Championship. A familiar face around the JL Racing Saab paddock, Team Owner John Lockhart and Marcelli became quiet close throughout the season. Late in the season this resulted in Marcelli being given the opportunity to showcase his talents behind the wheel of the super touring class Saab 93 turbo. Marcelli, having only previously completed 12 laps during a practice session, was put into action during the War-Bonnet three-hour enduro at Mosport International Raceway. Upon completion of the thrilling race, the rookie sensation crossed the line in fine style, taking the first win for the factory Saab team at the prestigious event.

“I was so happy to give John Lockhart Saab its first win, especially here at our home track,” said Marcelli. “It was my first experience behind the wheel of a touring car, but it was defiantly one to remember. I hope to have the opportunity to race in the series again in the future.”
 

 
2008 - A CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING SEASON

BARRIE, ONT. (November 14, 2007) - Brian Graham Racing recently put the finishing touches to its most successful season to date, capturing several awards at the year-end Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs Ontario Region Awards Gala in Toronto this past weekend.

Brian Graham Racing rookie standout Kyle Marcelli visited the podium on several occasions. In addition to winning both the Ontario Formula Ford Champion title and OFFC Rookie of the Year, the teenager from Barrie, Ont. was presented with the CASC Competitor of the Year award, edging out competitors from all classes, as well as the British Auto Racing Club Rookie of Year trophy.

The most successful team in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge this past season, Brian Graham Racing scored podium finishes with four different drivers, capturing three wins, five second place finishes and 12 top-three results via Marcelli, Conor Daly, and Ryan White in the A class. In addition, BGR captured two wins and six podium finishes with Ivan Graham in the B class (Diamond), who ran a partial schedule. Among the quickest cars every time on-track, BGR prepared cars set the lap record at Mosport International Raceway, Shannonville Motorsport Park, and Calabogie Motorsport Park during the season. Additionally, Graham also set a new B class lap record at Mosport, which was subsequently broken by Jonathan Hirst at the final race of the year.

"I have to thank all our drivers and their families for an outstanding season," stated Team owner Brian Graham. "Kyle, Conor, Greg Beresford, Ryan, my dad Ivan, and Caitlin Johnston who ran the final OFFC race with us, all did a fine job this past season and greatly enjoyed working with them. My crew members Adam Pitts, Ken Robins, Mark Collard, Paul Laurence, Tess Haanstra, Bill Sturman, Mike Taberner, David and Daniel Graham, along with Engineer Ian Macpherson all worked very hard to bring BGR a Championship. I am very proud of each and everyone of them. Of course I have to thank Sandy and Eric of Quicksilver RaceEngines for the flawless performance with reliable, awesome legal power. Mobil One for their product that kept us on track, and although they are our biggest competitors on track, I must also thank Oliver and David Clubine from Britain West Motorsports for continually having the parts at crunch time for us and all the racers at the track."

Brian Graham Racing is busy putting the finishing touches on a brand new race shop in preparation for the upcoming 2008 season. With the goal of defending the OFFC title, as well as winning its third consecutive Rookie of the Year award, BGR is currently looking for drivers for winter testing and the 2008 season.
 
MARCELLI ON GETS FIRST TASTE OF IPS CAR

BARRIE, ONT. (October 10, 2007) – Newly crowned Ontario Formula Ford Champion Kyle Marcelli, of Barrie, Ont., recently completed a two-day test in one of Brian Stewart’s Indy Pro Series cars at the Dunnville Autodrome.

One day prior to the test Marcelli was fortunate enough to do some demonstration laps in front of hundreds of fans at the FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup event at Mosport International Raceway.

“Firstly, I have to thank Brian Stewart for the opportunity to be invited to test for two days in his IPS cars," stated Marcelli. "Brian is a great guy and over the years has discovered some talented, championship winning drivers. He has a big heart and is always trying to help up-and-coming Canadian drivers and I am going to try and do him proud.”

The weather started out looking a little suspect, but the skies cleared just as Marcelli strapped into the 450 horsepower, 1300 lb car at Dunnville. He spent a few laps getting used to the tremendous amount of power compared to his Formula Ford he has been racing this season, but didn’t take long to get up to speed.

Working closely with a BSR race engineer, and with his current crew chief Brian Graham at his side, Marcelli studied data from his early run, before going out and setting a new track record for Indy Pro Series cars at Dunnville.

“I am really pleased with the way everything went over the two days and left feeling very comfortable in the Indy Pro Series car," commented Marcelli at the completion of the test. "It's awesome. Brian [Stewart] has given me lot of confidence that I can be competitive in the cars right away, and we are all working hard at possibly putting something together for next year.”

The off-season will be a busy one for the high school student, as he works on sponsorship packages for the 2008 season. The next step for Marcelli is participation in either the Star Mazda series or Indy Pro Series.

Marcelli’s championship-winning season would not have been possible without the support of the following companies and individuals: Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd, Greg Beresford, Lafarge, ReMax Keswick’s Norm and Shirley MacDonald, Axiom Powdercoating, MG Homes, NBX Action Sports, Alpinestars and Brian Stewart Racing.
 
MARCELLI ON POLE FOR 2007 CANAM CUP

BOWMANVILLE, ONT. (Sptember 29, 2007) –  Newly crowned Ontario Formula Ford Challenge champion Kyle Marcelli and reigning CanAm Cup race winner Shane Jantzi will start from the front-row in the 2007 FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup, after posting the fastest times in Saturday qualifying at Mosport International Raceway.

The Formula Ford competitors, having contested a practice session prior to the lunch break, returned to the fast and undulating Mosport road course at the end of the day for the first of two qualifying sessions. With the two fastest times during the 20-minute session determining the front-row for Sunday’s CanAm Cup race, the drivers wasted little time getting up to speed. Running in close formation, Matt White and Jantzi led the way early on, before current qualifying lap record holder Marcelli moved to the top of the speed charts. Continually getting quicker with each circulation of the 2.459-mile road course, the top-five rotated among White, Marcelli, Jantzi, Dean Baker and Remy Audette lap after lap. With many of the drivers having pitted to make minor changes to their cars, Marcelli became the first driver to post a 1:27 lap, midway through the session. With the pole position very much still up for grabs, the final stages of qualifying witnessed the top-four on the timesheets separated by less than a half of a second. When the checkered flag waved to end Saturday qualifying, Marcelli had captured the pole position with a fast lap of 1:27. 624. Jantzi secured a front-row position for the second-ever FCM CanAm Cup, with the second fastest lap time.

Day two of the 2007 FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup event gets underway Sunday morning with a 10-minute warm-up session prior to the final qualifying taking place just before the lunch break, which will set the rest of the field for the prestigious trophy race. The green flag for the 2007 FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup is scheduled to wave at approximately 2:00 p.m. E.T.
 
BRIAN GRAHAM RACING CAPTURES 2007 TITLE WITH MARCELLI

BARRIE, ONT. (Sptember 17, 2007) – Brian Graham Racing completed its 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge season with a championship over the weekend (September 15-16) at Mosport International Raceway, as Kyle Marcelli captured the Formula Ford title with a runner-up finish in the final race of the season.

Marcelli entered the doubleheader event at Mosport needing a strong outing, having just recently relinquished the championship lead, which he had held since the opening race at Shannonville, in the last event due to a driveshaft failure. Showcasing why he is is considered a rising talent in Canadian open-wheel racing, the recently crowned 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge Rookie of the Year finished a very close second in both races of the season-finale doubleheader, earning the 2007 title.

"We had a plan this weekend and stuck to it," commented Team Owner Brian Graham. "I have no doubt Kyle could have really gone for the wins, but we raced thinking of the big picture. He is a remarkable young talent and will go a long way with the right support."

In addition to Marcelli capturing the title, Brian Graham Racing pilot Ryan White finished third in Round 12 on Sunday, earning his first series podium.

"Ryan continues to get better with each race," added Graham. "We are excited about the future with him He will become a regular on the podium."

Joining the team over the weekend was series rookie Caitlin Johnston. Following an engine failure in her regular car in Saturday's race, she rented a ride with BGR in Sunday's race. Impressing everyone on with how quickly she got up to speed, she set her personal best time after a limited number of laps in the Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen. Unfortunately, Johnston was caught up in a turn one incident with a spinning car, ending her race prematurely.

"Caitlin did a very good job with little time in the car," stated Graham. "I think she will be someone to watch next season.

"I am proud of our team and what we have done this season," added Graham. "I really have to thank Quicksilver Race Engines for the great power and awesome reliability all year, as ell as the support from Mobil 1.

The Brian Graham Racing team returns to action in two weeks time, taking part in the second annual FormulaCar Magazine CanAm event, September 29-30, at Mosport International Raceway.
 
BRIAN GRAHAM RACING OFFERS RACE SIMULATION TEST

BARRIE, ONT. (Sptember 10, 2007) – Ontario Formula Ford Challenge race winners Brian Graham Racing have announced a season-ending test day for up-and-coming karters and potential 2008 drivers.

Brian Graham Racing, as part of its ongoing campaign to develop and train drivers as they move up the motorsports ladder, has organized a private test day on Monday, October 8th. Utilizing the Mosport Driver Development facility, the all day test will consist of a driver fitting and a race weekend simulation, involving a practice, qualifying session and full-race race distance run in one of three BGR prepared Van Diemens. In addition to the in-car experience, those participating will debrief with the team driver coaches and lead engineer following each session. Brian Graham Racing pilot Kyle Marcelli, who currently lies second in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge standings with three wins, eight pole positions and two new lap records, will also be on hand offering analysis and support.

Based in Barrie, Ont., Brian Graham Racing has been in operation since in 1998. A leading open-wheel prep shop, the team has won several races throughout North America, including the CASC Championships in Canada and finishing on the podium at the prestigious SCCA National Championship Runoffs. In 2006, BGR contested races in the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship, CASC Ontario Region Championship and the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, helping Andrew Hall capture the Rookie of the Year award. Currently Brian Graham Racing operates a multi-car team in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.

Those interested in taking part in the upcoming test should contact Brian Graham at (705) 792-0096 or via email at brian.bgr@rogers.com

The 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge season concludes this coming weekend, September 15-16, with a pair of races at Mosport International Raceway. Entering the season-finale doubleheader Matt White leads Marcelli in both the Brian Stewart Award and A Class championships.
 
(Photo: Webnetics - Phil Reilly)UP AND DOWN WEEKEND FOR MARCELLI

BARRIE, ONT. (August 15, 2007) – 17 year-old race car driver Kyle Marcelli continued to impress race fans this past weekend with another pair of pole positions and finishing one race on the podium, in second.

The team participated in the Friday test sessions and it was obvious very early on that team owner and engineer Brian Graham had the best possible setup under Marcelli as he sat atop the times sheets for most of the day.

Saturday, Marcelli grabbed the pole position for race one by using some strategy. Encountering traffic early, and being unable to get a clear lap he came to pit road, saved his tires and waited for the right opportunity. He would head back on track late in the session and set the fastest time with only minutes remaining in the session. This would be Marcelli’s seventh pole position of the year.

Race one was a real thriller. Marcelli held the lead early, but a few laps in had two of the cars draft by on the long Mosport back straightaway, relegating him to third. A full course caution came out shortly thereafter and when the race went back to green there were only two laps left. Marcelli, still in third, closed up under the gearbox of the No. 5 car, his closest rival for the championship. He would make a daring move into corner nine, much to the delight of the fans in attendance. He finished the race in second.

That set the stage for Sunday’s events. Marcelli continued to showcase his ability to squeeze the maximum amount of speed out of his Brian Graham prepared Van Diemen and once again grabbed the pole position – his eighth of the season.

Shortly before race time the skies opened up and it began to pour. Having never actually driven a formula car in the wet, Marcelli looked forward to the new challenge.

He led into the first corner but relinquished it at corner two, in search of grip on the extremely wet surface. The caution flag flew once again for cars stuck in a dangerous position after spinning. Marcelli used the pace laps to search for grip on the track and was ready to go for the re-start. His car however was not. Shortly after the re-start the half-shaft gave out, making it impossible to continue as the car had no drive and forcing him to watch the race from pit row.

“I was really disappointed,” said a dejected Marcelli. “Not just for myself but for the whole team. These guys work so hard on these cars and they deserved a good finish.”

The DNF will hurt slightly in the points, but he is still one of the favourites to win the championship.

The next race for Marcelli and his Brian Graham Racing Team is the BEMC Indian Summer Trophy weekend, September 15- 16, again at the famed Mosport road course.

Kyle Marcelli wishes to acknowledge the support of the following companies. Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd, Lafarge, ReMax Keswick’s Norm and Shirley MacDonald, Axiom Powdercoating, MG Homes, NBX Action Sports and Alpinestars.
 
BRIAN GRAHAM RACING ROOKIE WINS FIRST OFFC RACE AT CALABOGIE

BARRIE, ONT. (August 5, 2007) – Professional racecar driver Kyle Marcelli is on the fast-track to superstardom as he continues to impress in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship driving for Brian Graham Racing.

Marcelli recently competed in the inaugural Ted Powell Memorial Trophy races at the beautiful Calabogie circuit, located just outside of Ottawa. Arriving Thursday, Marcelli had the opportunity to tour the new facility and was impressed with the layout of the circuit.

“It looks fast and has a lot of elevation changes which makes it interesting. It’s definitely a world class track,” said Marcelli.

Friday testing went well as the Brian Graham Racing prepared Van Diemen proved to be quick and ran flawlessly, allowing the teenager to concentrate on learning the circuit and finding the speed necessary for a good qualifying session. He spent most of the day at the top of the time sheets.

Saturday went equally as well. In qualifying, Team Owner Brian Graham held Marcelli in the pits for a minute or two to give him room to make some flyer laps. Marcelli went on track and did 5 laps, posting the fastest time and was brought to pit road to conserve the tires for race one later that afternoon.

Marcelli’s confidence was up as he sat on the pole by over one-half of a second. At the drop of the green ha had a clean start and set about distancing himself from the rest of the field. He would win the race by eight seconds at the drop of the chequered flag.

“I really have to thank my mechanic Adam Pitts and Team Owner/Engineer Brian Graham for giving me such an unbelievable car today," commented Marcelli. "It was so consistent and neutral throughout the entire race and I was able to make the most of it.”

On Sunday Marcelli picked up where he left off and grabbed the pole position – his sixth of the season. The race itself was a much more hard fought affair. The overnight rain had changes the track slightly and it affected the car somewhat. He maintained the lead heading into corner one with Matt White right on his tail. Marcelli was struggling to come to put the car exactly where he wanted it but did manage to lead every lap until the second last. Exiting corner 11, White struck the right rear of Marcelli’s car and sent him around. He would return to the track in third position, but with enough damage to the suspension that he could not mount a charge to get back to the lead.

“I am really frustrated at the way that race ended," a dejected Marcelli commented after the race. "It is unfortunate that the race had to be won by taking out the leader. Overall the Brian Graham Racing Team and I proved to be the quickest all weekend long and walk out of here with two pole positions, a win and a third, not too bad really.”

Marcelli leaves Calabogie still leading the Rookie of the Year standings but more importantly is still in the lead for the Brian Stewart championship which will be rewarded with a test in an Indy Pro series car in Homestead, Florida.

Next up for Marcelli is the famed Mosport circuit, August 11-13.
 
MARCELLI WOWS MOSPORT FANS WITH TWO THRILLING FINISHES

BARRIE, ONT. (June 17, 2007) – 17 year-old racing star Kyle Marcelli continues to thrill racing fans and impress industry insiders as he nabbed another pair of impressive finishes in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship doubleheader at the famed Mosport International Raceway this past weekend. He would finish fourth on Saturday and start from the pole position on Sunday, to finish second.

Marcelli quickly got up to speed on the Friday test day. There were only three sessions for the young driver to learn the twists, turns and hills of Mosport’s 10 turn course but he was at or near the time sheets the entire day.

“I am really enjoying my first visit here,’ said the Barrie native. “It has so much history and the course is so challenging to drive, even by yourself with no other cars around that I am really having a lot of fun.”

Saturday Marcelli qualified fourth, a good starting spot for the rookie. He made spots early and would spend the balance of the race swapping positions back and forth with his competitors. He was as high as 2nd at one point and learned how important the draft is at this high-speed course eventually finishing the race in fourth.

That set the stage for Sunday’s events. With three additional sessions under his belt and a night to think about it, Marcelli continued to showcase his ability to get to grips quickly with new challenges and grabbed the pole position – his 3rd of this short season.

A titanic battle with OFFC Champion Shane Jantzi ensued to the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance. They went side-by-side through many of the fastest corners of the circuit, touching wheels at one point and swapping the lead back and forth. Jantzi would eventually hold the lead for the last few laps, grabbing the checkered flag with the young rookie right behind.

“That was one of the greatest races I have ever had,” said Marcelli. “Shane is an awesome driver, with so much experience and I learned a lot from him today. He is so smooth and I had so much confidence in him that I was not nervous about going wheel-to-wheel with him. I can’t wait until we race again.”

Marcelli’s Brian Graham prepared, Trudel & Son’s Roofing sponsored Van Diemen performed flawlessly all weekend. “I can’t thank the guys at BGR enough for all the hard work they put in each weekend. My car is always fast and is the coolest looking car on the grid so it’ a thrill for me to drive for them.”

Marcelli’s performance this weekend assures the youngster leaves Mosport firmly in front of the Championship points lead and the Rookie of the Year honour as well.

His next event will be the BARC Canada Day weekend at Mosport – June 30 and July 1.

Kyle Marcelli wishes to acknowledge the support of the following companies. Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd, ReMax Keswick’s Norm and Shirley MacDonald, Axiom Powdercoating, MG Homes, NBX Action Sports and Alpinestars.
 
MARCELLI IMPRESSES IN MONTREAL

BARRIE, ONT. (June 12, 2007) – Rising star Kyle Marcelli endured a tough, character building weekend to finish ninth in the Formula Ford support race this past weekend in Montreal.

Fresh off his two dominant wins in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge and the announcement of new sponsor Trudel & Son’s Roofing, Marcelli was looking forward to racing in front of the tens of thousands of rabid race fans and Grand Prix teams. He rolled into town on Wednesday and was fortunate to have ex-Formula 1 and Champ Car driver Derek Daly help with his preparation for the weekend. Daly’s son Conor was Marcelli’s teammate for the second consecutive weekend and both benefited from Daly’s experience, knowledge and industry connections.

Marcelli took to the track late Friday in his Brian Graham Racing/Trudel & Son’s Roofing Van Diemen and learned early on how delicate these cars can be. He made a slight mistake coming out of the chicane and touched the wall, damaging his suspension and ending his session early.

“I was pushing really hard too early on in the practice session,” said the young rookie. “I was feeling a little pressure with the limited track time and made a mistake. I feel bad for the team but I know what I need to do tomorrow to get my car to the front,” he added.

The Brian Graham Racing crew worked late into the night making sure the car was perfect for the early Saturday morning qualifying session. Marcelli impressed again as he put the thoughts of Friday in the back of his mind and went to work learning the track and posting fast times all at once. He ended up sixth at the end of the session and was the highest qualifying rookie.

The race featured a standing start, much like the Formula On race, and would end up creating a huge challenge for the young driver to overcome. As Marcelli rolled up to the line and attempted to put the car into first gear the clutch pedal went to the floor. Stranded on the grid, Marcelli waved his arms to alert the other 34 drivers behind that he was unable to move off the line. Fortunately, all of the drivers did an excellent job missing him at the start. The corner workers eventually got him rolling and he set off to catch the field and salvage whatever he could from the weekend.

What ensued for the balance of the race may have been even more impressive than a victory. Marcelli crossed the line at the end of the first lap almost ¾ of a lap down on the last place car. Unfazed, Marcelli put his head down and got to work posting incredibly quick lap times and passing an unbelievable 31 cars to bring it home 9th, with the lead group in sight.

“I have mixed emotions about my first race at the Grand Prix,” said Marcelli at the conclusion of the race. “I am happy about how I drove today. It could have been a bad situation having to come from so far back but I drove as hard as I could and passed a lot of cars. I am really thankful for all of the hard work my crew put in on the car. We got behind early and they gave me an awesome racecar for Saturday and I look forward to winning some more races with them this season.”

Marcelli has no time to reflect on his Grand Prix experience as he prepares for this Father’s Day weekend doubleheader at Mosport in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge series where he leads the Championship and the Rookie of the Year standings.

Kyle Marcelli wishes to acknowledge the support of the following companies. Trudel & Sons Roofing Ltd, ReMax Keswick’s Norm and Shirley MacDonald, Axiom Powdercoating, MG Homes, NBX Action Sports and Alpinestars.
 
BRAIAN GRAHAM RACING LEADS THE WAY IN OFFC OPENER

BARRIE, ONT. (June 5, 2007) - Brian Graham Racing commenced its Ontario Formula Ford Challenge campaign in fine fashion this past weekend (June 2-3), scoring two wins and three podium finishes. Leading the charge was series rookie Kyle Marcelli, who won both races at Shannonville Motorsports Park.

Getting an early start to season-opening doubleheader, three of the four Formula Fords competing under the Brian Graham Racing banner took part in Friday testing. Quickly indicating the team would be a force this coming season, Marcelli and Conor Daly, who is taking part select FF1600 races with the team, unofficially posted some of the quickest times of the day. Greg Beresford, making the switch to OFFC, after scoring a championship in the Formula Libre class, used the test day to become further acclimated to his new car.

Saturday would the mark the beginning what would ultimately be a very successful weekend of racing. Following a morning practice session, the entire Ontario Formula Ford Challenge field took to the long pro configuration for qualifying. While timing and scoring was unable to provide an official time sheet due to staff problems that would last throughout the weekend, it was agreed Marcelli had posted the fastest time in the session, awarding the youngster his first career pole position. When the race action got underway later in the day he converted his starting position into a flag-to-flag victory, holding off repeated challenges from the 2006 series runner-up Matt White. Not far behind on track, Daly finished fourth in his first career FF1600 start, following a spirited battle with drivers much more experienced than the teenager. The third Brian Graham Racing driver in the A class, Beresford enjoyed a trouble-free first race of the season, finishing just outside the top-10. Racing in the Diamond class for older cars, Ivan Graham finished third in class, earning his first podium finish of the season.

Day two of racing at Shannonville witnessed a virtual repeat of performances for the BGR drivers. Marcelli was once again the driver to beat. Starting from the pole position for the second race in a row, after setting the quickest time in qualifying, he lead every lap en route to a comfortable win. Gaining confidence and speed behind the wheel, Daly improved one spot in the race, crossing the stripe in third to join his teammate in the post race celebrations. Beresford's race unfortunately was short affair, as an electrical problem caused his car to come to halt on-course early on. Among the Diamond class competitors, Graham once again finished third, just missing a top-10 overall finish.

Exiting the season opening doubleheader, Marcelli leads both the overall and rookie championship standings, while Graham lies third in the Diamond class title chase. Brian Graham Racing now heads to Montreal, where Marcelli and Daly will take part in the Formula Tour 1600 race run in support of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Que. Rounds Three and Four of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge will take place June 16-17, at Mosport International Raceway.
 

MARCELLI IMPRESSES IN FORMULA FORD DEBUT

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (April 3, 2007) - Brian Graham Racing recently completed its extensive winter testing program with a very successful trip to Road Atlanta.

With Ontario formula Ford Challenge pilots Kyle Marcelli and Greg Beresford behind the wheels of two BGR prepared Van Diemen's, the team left the famed road course having finished in the points and learned a great deal.

Marcelli once again impressed both the team and onlookers with his speed and maturity in the cockpit. Racing against 17 other competitors in the SCCA National event, the teenager earned his second straight SCCA podium finish with a third place result on the OFFC spec Dunlop tires, which are must slower than the racing slicks used by the rest of the field.

"It was a very good weekend and once again Kyle never put a wheel wrong," commented team owner Brian graham. "He has great patience and learns with every lap. I am so proud of his performances and the team is gelling nicely."

Beresford in his first full race in a Formula Ford, having race in the Formula Libre class the past several years, came home a solid ninth in the competitive field.

"We lost the second qualifying session when the clutch failed on the pre-grid, but despite the lack of time in the car he is getting the hang of it," stated Graham. "It is so different to drive than the cars he has been running, but with more testing coming up prior to the start of the season, I am sure he will be right there."

Taking a break from on-track activities, Brian Graham Racing is using the month of April to strip and completely rebuilt for the cars ahead of the Ontario formula Ford Challenge season. The newly rebuilt cars, featuring new paint schemes, will be unveiled in early May, with the drivers returning to the track for further testing ahead of the season-opening races, June 2-3, at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

In addition to racing the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, Brian Graham Racing has announced the team will take part in the Formula Tour F1600 race at the Canadian Grand Prix, following the recent confirmation of the event.
 

MARCELLI IMPRESSES IN FORMULA FORD DEBUT

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (February 26, 2007) -  Ontario Formula Ford Challenge rookie Kyle Marcelli recently made his FF1600 debut, scoring a podium finish.

As part of an extensive pre-season testing program, Kyle Marcelli and Brian Graham Racing traveled to Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina to race in a SCCA Club Racing National event. Competing in his first-ever Formula Ford race, the talented teenager not only impressed many with his pace, but also finished on the podium with a second place result. This result is particularly noteworthy, given Marcelli's car was fitted with the treaded Dunlop racing tire utilized in Canada, while the rest of the field were on the faster racing slicks.

"Although it was a small field we accomplished everything we set out," said Team Owner Brian Graham. "We came down to get some seat time and start a working relationship with Kyle. He exceeded our goals and worked well with his Crew Chief Adam Pitts. His feedback was very good and he quickly got up to speed and never put a wheel wrong the entire weekend. We are now even more excited about the upcoming season!"

The 16 year-old Marcelli will return to the cockpit in March, when both he and longtime BGR driver Greg Beresford, who will be making his FF1600 debut after many seasons in a Zetec Fomula Continental and Star Mazda car, will take part in an SCCA Club Racing event at Road Atlanta. The 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Challenge season commences, June 2-3, at Shannonville Motorsports Park.
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MARCELLI TO RACE IN ONTARIO FORMULA FORD CHALLENGE WITH BGR

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (January 23, 2007) -  Top karter Kyle Marcelli has announced he will compete in the 2007 Ontario Formula Ford Championship with Brian Graham Racing.

Marcelli, of Barrie, joins Brian Graham Racing having only begun his car racing career less than a month ago. Seeking to challenge not only for the Rookie of the Year award, but the overall title, the talented youngster will pilot a Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen RF01 in the competitive Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. Joining Marcelli at BGR and racing in the OFFC will be former Ontario Formula Libre Champion Greg Beresford and a third full-time driver to be announced shortly.

The 17 year-old, having enjoyed a very successful career in karting, will not only race in the Ontario formula Ford Challenge in 2007, but get behind the wheel of various other open-wheel cars in order to gain valuable in-car experience. Currently Marcelli is schedule to pilot a Formula Ford Zetec car, Formula BMW car and Star Mazda Championship vehicle, in addition to focusing on the OFFC.

Based in Barrie, Ont., Brian Graham Racing has been in operation since in 1998. A leading open-wheel prep shop, the team has won several races throughout North America, including the CASC Championships in Canada and finishing on the podium at the prestigious SCCA National Championship Runoffs. In 2006, BGR contested races in the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship, CASC Ontario Region Championship and the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge, helping Andrew Hall capture the Rookie of the Year award.

Both Marcelli and the rest of the Brian Graham Racing squad will commence pre-season testing shortly, in preparation for the season-opener, June 2-3, at Mosport International Raceway.
 

BERESFORD ENDS FORMULA LIBRE CAREER AS CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (October 20, 2006) - Greg Beresford recently completed a successful CASC-Ontario Region season, finishing second in the Formula Libre class driving Brian Graham Racing.

Beresford entering his fourth season of Formula Libre competition was confident he could once again challenge for the title driving BGR prepared Star Mazda car. The reigning series champion, Beresford did just that, winning numerous times over the course of the 2006 season. Unfortunately due to work commitments, Beresford missed two races, which would prove costly in the final point standings. Upon completion of the nine-event season, Beresford finished second in the standings, approximately two race wins adrift of the champion.

"As expected Greg was quick all season long and likely would have won the championship had he not missed the one event," stated Team owner Brian Graham. "Greg has progressed a great deal as a driver over the past few years and I think he will perform very well next year racing in the OFFC."

With the 2006 season now complete, preparations have already begun for the upcoming 2007 season. Beresford has elected to switch racing classes for the upcoming season, leaving Formula Libre and joining the competitive Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. Continuing to race for Brian Graham Racing, the Waterloo, Ont., native will pilot a Van Diemen chassis and be part of a multi-car BGR effort in the championship.

 

HALL WINS ONTARIO FORMULA FORD CHALLENGE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (October 4, 2006) - Brian Graham Racing driver Andrew Hall captured the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge Rookie of the Year championship this past weekend at Mosport International raceway.

Entering the season-final doubleheader, which was run in conjunction with the first-ever FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup, Hall was leading the Rookie standings by a narrow margin. After an eighth place finish in the opening race of the doubleheader, the Rookie Championship came down to Round 14, the FCM CanAm Cup.

Qualifying a season-best fourth, the young driver from Ottawa drove a splendid final race of the season. Hall in his Van Diemen RF00 challenged for the race lead early on, running with the lead pack of five cars throughout the opening half of the 15-lap race. Coming under intense pressure in the closing stages of the race, the up-and-coming driver lost the draft from the lead pack of cars. Continuing to attack the fast road course until the checkered flag, Hall crossed the stripe in fifth place. In doing so, Hall captured the Rookie of the Year championship in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.

"It was a great event and we are pleased to have helped Andrew clinch the Rookie title," commented Team owner Brian Graham. "We have been struggling to convert our qualifying pace into the races, but on Sunday Andrew stepped up to the challenge. Now we will work on our winter testing program with the expectation of returning next season and challenging for the overall championship."

Brian Graham Racing will enter two-cars in 2007, with regular team driver Greg Beresford joining Hall in the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge. Driving a Van Diemen chassis, Beresford will join the OFFC after contesting the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs - Ontario Region Formula Libre class the past five years, winning the championship in 2005. Brian Graham Racing will begin its winter testing program shortly, running both in Canada and in the Southern U.S.

 

BRIAN GRAHAM WORKS WITH WORLD CHALLENGE TEAM

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (September 10, 2006) - Brian Graham Racing team owner Brian Graham recently worked with Autosport Designs Racing at the Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport. Competing in the very competitive SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Championship, Autosport Designs Racing asked Graham to join the team as mechanic for Round Eight of the 2006 season. Working alongside regular Brian Graham Racing crewmember Adam Pitts, Graham assisted the team in preparing and running the Aston Martin DB9 cars of Tom Papadopoulos and Johnny Mowlem.

Overcoming an incident prior to the race and extremely tricky wet conditions at the high-speed road course, Papadopoulos finished a season best seventh in Round Eight, while Mowlem finished 11th.

"It was a great weekend," commented Graham. "The cars are stunning and once you get under the fenders they are very much like open-wheel cars. The Autosport Designs team are a group of great guys and it was a pleasure to work with them."

Impressed with both Graham and Pitts' efforts during the weekend, the team has asked the duo to join the team at season-finale, October 21-22, at the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track in Northern California.

Brian Graham Racing returns to action, September 16-17, when it will contest the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge and the CASC Ontario Region Formula Libre at Mosport International Raceway.

 

BRIAN GRAHAM RACING TESTS VELLA AND MURDOCH

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (March 3, 2006) - Using the recent run of nice weather in Ontario to full advantage, Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship team Brian Graham Racing recently conducted a full-day of testing at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Canadians Ryan Vella and Duncan Murdoch took part in the test , driving a Formula Ford 2000 Zetec powered car for the first time.

Returning to the cockpit after a brief hiatus, Vella wasted little time get comfortable in the car. Getting quicker as the day went on and changes were made to suit his driving style, Vella logged more 125 miles during the one-day test.

"It was a very productive day," said Team Owner Brian Graham. "I was quite pleased with Ryan's pace during the test, he posted some quick laps. I have no doubt that Ryan has the ability to run up front and we are working hard to strike a deal too give him that opportunity."

Out of racing for the past 10 years, Murdoch recently got the itch to go racing again. Originally looking at returning to the Formula Ford class, where he was front-runner in both Ontario and Quebec, Murdoch fell in love with the F2000 Zetec car during the test. Murdoch became more and more comfortable in the car as the test progressed, turning some quick laps at the end of the day.

"Duncan is a good friend whom I enjoyed racing with in the past," commented Graham. "It took him a few sessions and a few spins, but he still knows how to get a car around the track. For a guy who has been out of it for a while, he did a great job. After the first few runs he did not stop smiling the entire day, he posted some good laps by day's end and who knows maybe we will see him in the Master's class at some point this season."

In addition to running the two drivers, the test marked the first time Marshall Aiken worked with the team. The Founder and Owner of 2005 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Champions Aiken Racing, Aiken will work with Brian Graham Racing throughout the coming season. A talented Data Acquisition Specialist, Aiken will also provide insights and experience to the team as it enters second year of Cooper Series competition.

"The test went well," said Aiken. "I was impressed by how consistent Ryan could run. He improved throughout the day and did everything we asked him to do. I think Ryan could definitely run in the top-10 right away and with some more time fight for race wins."

Back at race headquarters in Barrie, Ont., Can, Brian Graham Racing is continuing preparations for the upcoming season, while continuing to look for funded drivers to contest the entire 2006 season. The Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship gets underway May 12-13, at Road Atlanta. Racing alongside the Champ Car World Series at four events, Brian Graham Racing will race on home soil twice, when the Cooper Series travels to the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto, July 8-9, and The Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport, September 2-3.

 

AIKEN JOINS BRIAN GRAHAM RACING

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (March 3, 2006) - Further developing as a leading race prep shop and team, Brian Graham Racing has announced the hiring of Marshall Aiken.

Joining the Canadian based Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship team at race events, Aiken will be the Data Acquisition Specialist for Brian Graham Racing. In addition to data acquisition, Aiken will provide BGR with race setups used by nine-time winner and 2006 champion Jay Howard.

"I am very pleased to have Marshall [Aiken] joining the team," said Team Owner Brian Graham. "Marshall's knowledge of data acquisition is superb and compliments my areas of expertise. Working with the setups used on Jay's [Howard] car last year, I believe we will be quick right from the start."

A leading team owner in his own right, Aiken owns and operates Aiken Racing. Making its professional debut in 2004, the team raced in the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship the past two years. Featuring a two-car effort, Aiken Racing captured both the driver and team championships last year, with Howard setting a single-season record for wins. Following the completion of the season, Aiken chose to refocus the team’s efforts on amateur club racing.

Based in Barrie, Ont., Brian Graham Racing has been in operation since in 1998. Racing in both the Formula Ford and Formula Continental classes, the team has won several races throughout North America, including winning the CASC Championships in Canada and finishing on the podium at the prestigious SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Continuing to seek drivers for the upcoming season, Brian Graham Racing is currently preparing its two cars for the start of the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship season, May 12-13, at Road Atlanta.

 

BRIAN GRAHAM RACING ANNOUNCES TEST FOR OFFC CHAMPION

BARRIE, ONT. CAN. (February 2, 2006) - Brian Graham Racing today announced it would provide a free test to champions in the newly renamed Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.

A leading open-wheel prep shop in Canada, BGR will offer up 1/2 day testing to Class A Champion (cars built prior 1984) and Class B (cars built 1984 and 1973). Tentatively scheduled for the late fall, the champions will drive one of BGR's two Zetec powered Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship cars.

In addition to testing the class winners, BGR will also test 2005 Class A Champion Shane Jantzi. Due to inclimate weather and schedule conflicts, Jantzi only completed three laps in a previously awarded test.

"I'm happy to test the 2006 Ontario Champions," said Team Owner Brian Graham. "The series features some great drivers and has continued to grow and I believe it is worth supporting.

"Things didn't work at Shane's test last year, so I wanted to give him a proper test," added Graham. "He is a very talented driver, so I look forward to seeing what he can do in the test."

Based in Barrie, Ont., Brian Graham Racing has been in operation since in 1998. Racing in both the Formula Ford and Formula Continental classes, the won several races throughout North America, including winning the CASC Championships in Canada and finishing on the podium at the prestigious SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Returning to the Cooper Series for a second year of competition, BGR is currently seeking additional drivers to run the 2006 season.

Commencing June 3-4, the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge will feature 14 races in 2006. Racing at Mosport International Raceway and Shannonville Motorsports Park, the season will conclude with the inaugural FormulaCar Magazine CanAm Cup. Featuring the top Formula Ford drivers from Ontario, Quebec and the Northeastern United States, the CanAm Cup is expected draw over 50 cars.

 

BRIAN GRAHAM RACING OFFERS FREE FORMULA FORD ZETEC TEST

BARRIE, ONT., CAN. (January 5, 2005) - Brian Graham Racing has
announced it will provide a free Formula Ford Zetec test to Shane Jantzi, of Ayr, Ont. The test will take place at Mosport International Raceway in late April.

For the second consecutive year, Barrie based Brian Graham Racing is providing a free test to the Ontario F1600 Challenge champion. Driving a 160 horsepower Formula Ford Zetec Van Diemen RF01, Jantzi will receiving technical feedback and coaching throughout the test on the 2.459-mile road course.

"I'm very pleased to provide Shane with the opportunity to test a Formula Ford Zetec car," said team owner Brian Graham. "Over the past few years Shane has developed into a championship winning driver. I'm looking forward to working with him and getting his impressions of the Zetec car. I'm sure he'll be quick."

As a family run team, Jantzi contested 10 of the 11 rounds of the Ontario F1600 Challenge in 2004. Driving a 1998 Van Diemen, Jantzi won six races and finished on the podium in all 10 races. The championship is Jantzi's second in three years, after finishing as runner-up in 2003.

A leading open-wheel race prep shop in Canada, Brian Graham Racing has been in operation since in 1998. Building on its success as a Formula Ford race winner and champion, the team has recently expanded to a four-car effort. Racing throughout North America, the team is scheduled to contest races in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, Star Mazda Series, Ontario F1600 Challenge Series, as well Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs and Sports Car Club of America events in 2005. Busy preparing for the upcoming season, Brian Graham Racing is currently seeking additional drivers.

 
CANADIAN SCORES IMPRESSIVE TOP-10 FINISH AT PRESTIGIOUS SCCA VALVOLINE RUNOFFS

LEXINGTON, OHIO (September 20, 2003) -Brian Graham, of Barrie, Ont.,
Can., today finished eighth in the Formula Ford class at the 40th annual SCCA
Valvoline Runoffs.

Starting 10th, Graham, got a great start, using the outside line to move up two positions. Battling the top amateur Formula Ford drivers in North America, Graham set about continuing his push towards the front in his No. 44 Brian Graham Racing Swift DB-6 Ford. With the tires up to optimal racing temperatures, Graham became involved in an epic fight for position. Using a good handling car, Graham was able to move up one position midway through the 20-lap race. At the checkered flag, Graham had captured an impressive eighth place finish, the best Canadian in the field. Winning his second SCCA Formula Ford National Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was
Justin Pritchard.

Know as the Olympics of Motorsports, the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs features the best amateur drivers in North America competing in 24 race classes. The race winners are awarded a gold medal and named the SCCA National Champion. Previous National Champions include Jimmy Vasser, Mark Donohue and Paul Newman.

Racing out of the SCCA Southeast Division, Graham qualified for the Runoffs after running only five races. Finishing second in the division point standings, Graham won twice (Road Atlanta and Carolina Motorsport Park) and finished second three times. In addition, Graham set three fastest laps and captured two pole positions. Just prior to the Runoffs, Graham competed at Mid-Ohio in the SCCA East vs. West Regional, winning both rounds from the pole position.

Graham is the owner and race engineer of Brian Graham Racing, a successful race prep shop in Canada. With over 20 years of race experience, the Barrie-based team has contested the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and captured a podium finish at the 2001 Valvoline Runoffs.

 
CANADIAN QUALIFIES 10th AT THE WORLD RENOWED VALVOLINE RUNOFFS

LEXINGTON, OHIO (September 18, 2003) -Brian Graham, of Barrie, Ont., Can., today qualified 10th for the Formula Ford class in the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Know as the Olympics of Motorsports, the Valvoline Runoffs features the best amateur drivers in North America competing in 24 race classes. Following one 20-minute practice session on Monday, the Formula Ford class had three 20-minute qualifying sessions during the week.

In the first qualifying session on Tuesday, Graham posted a fast time of 1:31.759, 14th quickest. Driving the No. 44 Brian Graham Racing Swift DB-6 Ford, Graham bettered his time by one hundredth of a second on Wednesday, to move into 13th position on the provisional grid. In final qualifying session on Thursday, the Canadian significantly improved his time, posting a fast lap of 1:31.081, to start 10th for Sunday's race.

Racing out of the SCCA Southeast Division, Graham qualified for the Runoffs after running only five races. Finishing second in the division point standings, Graham won twice (Road Atlanta and Carolina Motorsport Park) and finished second three times. In addition, Graham set three fastest laps and captured two pole positions. Just prior to the Runoffs, Graham competed in the SCCA East vs. West Regional at Mid-Ohio, winning both rounds from the pole position.

Graham is the owner and race engineer of Brian Graham Racing, a successful race prep shop in Canada. With over 20 years of race experience, the Barrie-based team has contested the Canadian Formula Ford Championship and captured a podium finish at the 2001 Valvoline Runoffs.

The 20-lap Formula Ford class race at the 40th annual Valvoline Runoffs will start at 4:15 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2003.

 

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