Dan Clarke and Jason Saini to Pilot the GRID-1 Motorsports MAZDA RX-8 Touring Cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Lexington, OH – GRID-1 Motorsports of Englewood Colorado has announced today that open wheel star Dan Clarke and Mazda veteran driver Jason Saini will team up in the GRID-1 Motorsports Mazda RX-8 Touring Cars for rounds 7 an 8 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Dan Clarke will make his debut in professional Sports Car racing in the Pirelli World Challenge event in the #07 GRID-1 Motorsports RX-8 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Dan is originally from the UK and currently based in Indianapolis with a background that includes a Formula Ford World Championship, wins in International Formula 3, as well as competing in Champ Car World Series, Indy Lights, and A1GP. Nicknamed “Speedy Dan” he brings a wealth of experience and talent to the team. Dan said “When Don called with the offer to do Mid-Ohio I couldn’t refuse. I’ve been an open wheel driver throughout my whole career but this year I was ready to race Canadian Nascar and when that fell through I’ve been picking up rides in sportscars here and there. This is just the opportunity I’m looking for and I’m focused on doing a top job for myself and the team.” “When I spoke to Dan the first time I was really struck by his determination and for lack of a better description- hunger- to get into a car and make a strong showing” remarks team principle Don Walker. “We really are excited to see what this fellow can do in a sports car.”

Jason Saini, based in Ft. Worth Texas will take the wheel of the #08 GRID-1 Mazda RX-8 to make his return to the World Challenge series at Mid-Ohio. Co-owner at CJ Wilson Racing, he is a winner of the MX-5 Cup and has competed in the World Challenge previously as well as having a great deal of experience racing in Mazda RX-8’s; Four WC wins in 22 starts, and finished 2nd both days last year at Mid-Ohio, which is a home track for Jason as he grew up in Cleveland. Saini raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the 2010 season at the wheel of a Mazdaspeed 3 Touring Car and had a terrific showing. “Jason just has so much time in these cars and has proven time and time again he is a fast, competent driver who can get the job done” Walker said.” We look forward to working with Jason very much and feel he really brings a lot to our effort.” We will also be trying to raise funds for CJ Wilson’s children’s charities, please find out how to donate at leftylefty.com.

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