November 10, 2008
Jerry Bradbury drove his #37 MiniMania/Bay Bridge Motors Mini Cooper S to a successful finish at Infineon Raceway last weekend, holding off hard charging rookie Michael McColligan in his MazdaSpeed RX8 until the race was called due to a spectacular shunt by one of the other drivers. Outqualified by McColligan in the morning session, Bradbury was three cars behind the Mazda on the starting grid but managed to shoulder his way past in heavy traffic at the dangerous off-camber Turn Two and hold on until the end. “I was looking forward to some close racing,” said Bradbury, “but Rich Peterson’s Mini retired on the first lap and after I passed him, Michael didn’t have enough time to catch me up again before the race was called.” Despite a DNS at the last event at Buttonwillow due to a crash, Bradbury was able to accumulate enough points to become the 2008 US Touring Car Championship Rookie of the Year. “I wouldn’t be here if not for my sponsors, MiniMania and Bay Bridge Motors”, said Bradbury. “Words can hardly express how grateful I am for their support and encouragement this season.” Bradbury’s next appearance will be driving one of the RSR Koni Challenge Team Mini Coopers in the three hour NASA enduro at Phoenix International Raceway on November 29th.