Thursday, January 12, 2012

GSR Racing Announces Drivers For 2012

Rookies Gannis, Cristiani team up in K&N Pro Series West

ROSEVILLE, Calif. - Cassie Gannis will return with GSR Racing for a full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West this year and make a run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, the team has announced.

Seventeen-year-old Trevor Cristiani, Cassie’s new teammate at GSR, will make his series debut and will also make a run for rookie honors.

Greg Rayl, last year’s full-time driver for GSR, will be stepping out of the driver’s seat to play a role of car chief/crew chief for both teams.

“We had a great 2011 season, improving from 12th in points in 2010 to 11th in 2011”. Rayl said. “Winning the NASCAR sportsmanship award in 2010 was the highlight of my K&N career, but finishing a couple races in the top 10 this year came real close.”

"GSR Racing is now providing opportunities for young drivers to experience the next level of racing, giving drivers a chance to learn while keeping racing fun and exciting is our goal," he said.

“Too many young drivers get so serious at this level that they forget to have any fun” said Rayl, “We always try to have a good time, even when things don’t go our way. If our drivers can advance further in their racing careers, we hope their time with us teaches them to enjoy what they are doing.”

About Cassie Gannis
Gannis, 20, has been a standout since she decided to hit the tracks at age 10, consistently placing in the top five in the Quarter Midget Racing. She owns the 2003 Arizona State Championship in the Bandolero Series and 2005 Rookie of the Year in the Legend Series. She is a Graduate of the Lyn St. James Driver Development Academy and a passionate speaker on teen driving safety issues on behalf of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona, the CHP Designated Drivers Program, AAA of Southern California, Driving MBA, and Community Tires of Arizona. Gannis is currently working for Drivetech as a Professional Racecar Driver providing ride-alongs for corporate clients and team building exercises. In 2010, she became one of 30 drivers nation-wide chosen to compete in the Drive for Diversity Combine in Charlotte, N.C. As part of the 2010 Drive for Diversity Combine, she became part of the "Changing Lanes" television series on the BET Network. Her website is

About Trevor Cristiani
Cristiani won the biggest race of his career by winning the Airport Auto Brokers Late Model Series feature at Ukiah Speedway in August 2011 to clinch the series championship with still two races left to go. Cristiani has already accomplished much in his young career including 15 Outlaw Kart championships, scoring his first Modified win at age 14, and getting his first Late Model quick time at age 15. In 2011 Cristiani dominated the AABLM from the start, beginning with three straight runner-up finishes. His website is

About GSR Racing
GSR Racing is owned by Rayl out of El Dorado Hills, Calif. Rayl made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut in 2008 at his hometown track, All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. The team's website is

Team Release
January 12, 2012 - 9:58pm

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Braeden Havens to drive for
Thompson Motorsports

SPOKANE, Wash. (January 6, 2012)- Braeden Havens, the reigning Inland Northwest Super Stock Association champion, has signed to drive in selected NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events during the upcoming 2012 season.

Havens debut behind the wheel of the Thompson-owned Western Rail sponsored Chevrolet will come April 14 at Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu, AZ. This year’s schedule for Havens includes all of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series short track races and a potential start at Phoenix International Raceway in November.

“It’s pretty exciting to know I’ll be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this year,” Havens said. “I never thought I would get to this point in my racing career where we’re out racing against the best of the best on the West Coast. What a feeling to say I am a NASCAR driver.”

Brett Thompson of Thompson Motorsports sees the addition of Havens as a positive step for his race team.

“I’ve seen what he’s capable of and I think he can do well on the series,” Thompson noted.

Having a teammate can be beneficial for both drivers, he added.

“You look what Gene Price Motorsports did last season on the short-tracks (including wins in Montana, Las Vegas, Irwindale, Colorado and top-5 finishes in Las Vegas) and you can see there are always benefits in numbers. It will be interesting to see what (Braeden) likes in a car and what I like.”

Havens is equally excited about the prospects of having a teammate in his first season on the NASCAR series, he noted.

“Brett is a great racer and has been in this division for some time so with that experience he will be able to help me learn the cars and the tracks. He’ll also be able to tell me what other drivers may do (on the race track) since he has raced with them for so long.”

Leading Havens team will be veteran NASCAR crew chief, Charlie Wilson. Last season Wilson led Thompson’s team to a top-5 finish in the 2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings.

“Charlie has won championships on the West series and has crew chiefed on the (NASCAR) Nationwide Series. We’re all still going to work as a team here but Charlie is going to lead Braeden’s team in his races this year,” Thompson said.

With a strong team around him, Havens looks to be competitive in every race he enters.

“My goal this year (in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series) is to go out and win races. Also, I want to show my abilities and hope to get my name out in front of the right people to move my way up the racing ladder,” Havens said.

To reach those goals Havens began working with his new team informally last fall, he added.

“I went with the team to their last race in Phoenix and have been down to the shop to see how they work together. I will also be going to test before the season starts so I can show them my driving style and we all learn to work together on the race track.”

In addition to running selected events on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Havens has an ambitious schedule behind the wheel of his No. 83 Western Rail Inc. late model. For a complete schedule log onto or look for the team’s page on Facebook.