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Continental Tire Series - Kinetic BMW DNFs After Start Shunt

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Lime Rock, May 29, 2011: The #33 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 E92 of Jade Buford and Bryan Sellers had an impact at the start of the Grand Sport (GS) race of the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park, which caused the hood pins to break and the hood to fly back and crack the windshield. The car was not even able to complete a lap before it was brought in, unable to return to the circuit. The Kinetic Motorsports team was done for the day before the race really even started.

Jade Buford qualified the car 12th on Friday afternoon, and the team felt like they had made big gains and were ready to show what the car could do. After the minor incident at the start of the race, however, the team was not able to compete or even finish a lap.

Russell Smith, owner, Kinetic Motorsports: “I know Jade is disappointed with what happened here but it looks like it was one of those freak racing incidents. Seldom do you get to the point where you’re not able to even complete one lap of the race. It was very disappointing, especially for all the work that’s gone into the car. We’re going to have to work extremely hard to make sure the car is back together again for Watkins Glen. It might not look as good as it does normally but we’ll be ready.”

Jade Buford, driver #33 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 E92: “I just made a mistake. As soon as the race started, I got into the back of one of the other BMW’s just a little bit and my hood popped up and the hood cracked the windshield. Everything else wasn’t so bad but we were done after that.”

Bryan Sellers, driver #33 Kinetic Motorsports BMW M3 E92: “Today was a tough day for the #33 Kinetic BMW. We did basically one lap of the race and it’s just frustrating because everyone tries so hard at every event and to not be able to even show what we could do is tough. I really feel for Jade right now because he was really moving in the right direction throughout the weekend and had his head in the right place, but unfortunately, it was the wrong place at the wrong time kind of thing. Everything happens so fast and one little thing took us out of the race here. I feel bad for everyone involved.”