- Paul Terry & Jeff Burton seek more GT4 Sprint Am class wins in fast Aston Martins
- Burton/Kozarov combo battle in No. 91 Burton Lumber Aston Martin in GT4 SprintX
AUSTIN, Texas (September 16, 2020) – The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) has been a popular site for the Rearden Racing team in recent seasons with multiple appearances in victory lane at the 3.427-mile, 20-turn road course east of downtown Austin.
And the Utah-based racing operation plan to continue those post-race parties on the top step of the victory podium this weekend (Sept. 18-20) in the Pirelli GT4 America competition as part of the SRO America sports car campaign. Rearden Racing brings three well-prepared Aston Martin Vantage racing machines to compete in the GT4 Sprint and GT4 SprintX races at COTA.
Rearden Racing brings back an impressive resume to the COTA circuit after Paul Terry scored a GT4 Sprint Am class victory last March in his No. 59 Paul Terry Trucking/Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage mount as well as a second place finish, a pole position and fastest race lap honors. Terry, the Fillmore, UT, GT4 rookie, has recorded two wins, three second places and three thirds in the abbreviated 2020 Pirelli GT4 America series.Terry’s teammate, Jeff Burton of Salt Lake City, UT, has also scored a GT4 Sprint Am division win in his No. 191 Burton Lumber/Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage car with his victory at Sonoma Raceway.
Terry and Burton currently rank second and third in the GT4 Sprint Am point standings entering the COTA three-race event.
The GT4 Sprint action at COTA will feature a tripleheader race weekend with 50-minute sprint events set for Friday at 2:55 p.m. CDT, Saturday at 4:10 p.m. CDT and Sunday at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
Burton will also team with co-driver Vesko Kozarov in the No. 91 Burton Lumber/Rearden Racing Aston Martin Vantage in the GT4 SprintX Pro-Am category at COTA with doubleheader races scheduled for Friday and Saturday.The Burton/Kozarov pairing were nearly unstoppable in 2019 when they captured the GT4 Sprint Am West series championship and drove to 11 race victories including at COTA.
This year, the duo moved up to the Pro-Am class and have scored several top-five finishes and now are listed in the top-ten in GT4 SprintX points.
“This has been our first season with new Aston Martin Vantage cars, and we have learned a lot,” said Lara Tallman, Rearden Racing team owner. “There was an adjustment with the new Astons for our whole team. Plus, the COVID-19 situation kept us off the track for both testing the cars as well as racing them. Now, we are getting accustomed to the cars and Paul, Jeff and Vesko are ready for a strong showing at COTA. The Rearden Racing team has been very successful at COTA in the past and we want to keep that record going this weekend. We want to get to victory lane again there.”The two-race weekend for the GT SprintX racing action gets underway this Friday with a 60-minute, two-driver event set for 11:00 a.m. CDT with Saturday’s feature at 10:15 a.m. CDT.
The GT4 Sprint and SprintX highlights from COTA will be televised through the CBS Sports Network on Sept. 24 with Sprint racing at 8:30 p.m. EDT (Encore showing on Sept 25 at 12 a.m. EDT) and SprintX racing on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. EDT (Encore showing on Sept 27 at 10 p.m. EDT).
ABOUT REARDEN RACING: Owned and operated by Lara Tallman and driver Vesko Kozarov, Rearden Racing’s roots date back to the 2000s when Tallman drove in the IMSA ST class. The Utah-based operation consists of several aspects with design, build and service racing cars; offering “arrive and drive” programs in both professional and club racing clients and manufacture and distribute a variety of racing-related parts. On the track, Rearden Racing has been a winner, taking the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX West Am championship (Jeff Burton/Kosarov), 2018 Touring Car Championship (Kozarov) as well as the prestigious 2017 and 2018 SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge for the GT4 category at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rearden name comes from the popular Ayn Rand book, “Atlas Shrugged,” a novel about advocacy of reason, individualism, self-made, independent thinkers, inventors, business owners and risktakers.