APR Motorsport Adds Steve Gorriaran and Aaron Stehley to ST Squad as the Team Seeks Another Podium at Lime Rock

APR Motorsport Adds Steve Gorriaran and Aaron Stehley to ST Squad as the Team Seeks Another Podium at Lime Rock

APR Motorsport - VIR - 2010 After achieving their first podium of the year, the APR Motorsport VW DriverGear team rolls on to the fast and historic Lime Rock Park on a quest for another podium finish. Last year at Lime Rock, the team was able to come away with a pole and a 2nd place finish and the team is looking forward to returning to the Lakeville, CT circuit in search of more accolades for the 2010 season.

Lime Rock was a true turning point for APR last year as the team rapidly moved up in the points standings following their 2nd place finish in 2009. In 2010, the team is hoping for the same sort of turnaround during the next 3 rounds. “Josh and I, as well as Jeff Mishtawy and the rest of the APR crew, are extremely methodical in our approach to these races. This creates a very calm and determined team effort that I think will serve us well in this very busy middle part of the season. Three races in 4 weeks – I can’t wait to get back on track!”” said Kevin Stadtlander, driver for the 181 APR Motorsport VW. Stadtlander’s co-driver, Josh Hurley, tells us his feelings on the upcoming Lime Rock event “I’m really looking forward to it; I got my first pole in Grand Am here last year and love the circuit. I’m also getting to run for a cause at Lime Rock as I’m carrying the purple ribbon of the Patty Boshell Pancreatic Cancer Foundation on my helmet, so I have a little extra motivation to get on the podium for them. I know that all three of our APR Motorsport VW DriverGear GTi’s are going to be quick and I can’t wait to battle for a win!”

Steven Gorriaran will be making his first start for APR Motorsport in the 171 car, alongside Mike Halpin. “I’m really excited to have Steve join the team. He has had a ton of success in a multitude of different cars. I feel like he and I will be a great fit together” said Mike Halpin. Steven also shared his excitement for the weekend, “Driving for APR Motorsport is going to be an absolute blast. I’ve had the pleasure of running with a lot of different teams and APR’s approach is among the best. I’m just counting the hours till I’m on the track,” said Steven.

Aaron Stehley will be filling in for Stephen Hooks while he is away on international business, and making his Continental Tire Challenge debut at Lime Rock Park alongside Jason Aranha in the 91 APR Motorsport VW DriverGear GTi. Aaron has been racing an APR Motorsport prepared VW GTi in SCCA T3 in 2009 which culminated in a podium at the SCCA Runoffs. With his wealth of prior experience in VW GTi’s and his prior work with the APR Motorsport team, Aaron is anticipating a seamless transition to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, “I’ve really enjoyed working with APR Motorsport during my runoffs run last year and this is the perfect time to take it to the next level. It’s exciting to be able to make my debut with a team and a car that I’m already comfortable with, and I could not dream of a better way to move up to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge than in an APR Motorsport VW!” said Stehley. Jason Aranha who debuted with APR at VIR, reacted to the news of his new teammate, “I’m ecstatic to have Aaron onboard. Even though I just started in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge last race at VIR, I feel that we’re going to be competitive together. He has already proven his pace in a VW and I learned some lessons at VIR, so together I think we’re going to be towards the top of the timesheets” said Jason.

APR Motorsport - Virginia International Raceway - 2010

In addition to the three car effort in Street Tuner, APR Motorsport will also be running an Audi S4 in the Grand Sport class. The S4, like the MkVI, is also in its first year of development, but has already showed excellent pace with two top 5 qualifying efforts, and was battling for a podium finish last round at VIR.

APR Motorsport - VIR - 2010

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About Josh Hurley: A Fort Lauderdale native, Hurley was the 2008 VW TDI Cup Champion. In 2009, he stepped up to the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge class, winning the MESCO Rookie of the Year award, as well as one race victory, two poles and five podiums. Josh also races to raise awareness for the Patty Boshell Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. Please visit www.pancreaticcure.org to see how you can help! To learn more about Hurley, please visit www.GoJoshHurley.com.

About Kevin Stadtlander: Pittsburgh, PA native Kevin is an Interventional Radiologist at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida, and is also an experienced racer with multiple wins and podiums in SCCA, PBOC, and NASA racing events. Combining his love for motorsports with his occupation as a physician, Kevin has been a member of the International Council of Motorsport Science and is currently the Medical Chief for Florida Region SCCA.

About Steven Gorriaran: From Providence, RI, Steven Gorriaran is an experienced driver with front running efforts in a variety of series, including winning the SCCA Runoffs in Spec Miata in 2009 , and a 2nd place finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The Brown graduate is also an accomplished sprinter and uses that fitness to gain an edge in the race car. Steven is backed by a variety of companies including www.Syncsave.com, www.Hookfast.com and Microsoft. To learn more about Steven please visit www.Gorillaracing.com.

About Mike Halpin: Hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., Mike Halpin is a veteran racer with multiple SCCA championships. His diverse career has included every current GRAND-AM class. In addition to his racing exploits, Halpin is a mechanical engineering with over 35 patents in semi conductor and suspension designs.

About Jason Aranha: Brazilian Jason Aranha had his late karting start while studying Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. It would not take long before his karting successes led to a move to formula cars and shortly thereafter, sports cars. Since 2004 he has broadened his racing resume to include work as a race mechanic in the Grand-Am series and experience working at the highest levels of motorsport with WilliamsF1. Jason currently lives in Houston, TX where he is a professional driving instructor and a full-time mechanical engineer working on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft. For more information visit www.spiderspeed.com or Follow @SpeedTips.

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