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Conquest Racing Completes MSR Houston Test

Angleton, Texas, 2/10/07 – With their 2007 driver lineup complete, the Conquest Racing Atlantic Team took to the MSR Houston track yesterday and today for the second of three Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda open tests. Conquest drivers, Matt Lee (Pictured right) and Giacomo Ricci ran strong and consistent both days, completing nearly 400 laps combined.

American rookie Matt Lee put in the eighth quickest time of the weekend of the 24 car field. His new teammate, Ricci, who signed on with the team only a couple of days ago, performed well in his first official test, clocking the 11th fastest time of the two days despite having to run with a heavier fuel load due to a fuel pick-up problem. Like the majority of the field both Conquest drivers registered their quickest laps in the Saturday morning session.
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4. Matt Lee
Team Autotecnica
2 wins, 7 podiums, 5 pole positions

"Matt Lee perhaps was the fastest driver in the championship this past year, scoring a season-high five pole positions and setting the fastest lap on more than one occasion. Unfortunately a slow start in the season-opening doubleheader and one off weekend ruined his chances at the series title. The very quiet driver will make the move up the racing ladder to the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2007, where he will battle several of his fellow Formula BMW USA graduates."
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Conquest Atlantic Team Signs American Matt Lee for 2007 Season

Matt Lee at Buttonwillow

Indianapolis, Indiana, December 14, 2006 – The Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team is well aware that it will be hard to top last season’s nine consecutive podium finishes. But to help them continue their on-track success, the team announced today that it had signed their first driver for the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Season, American Matt Lee, the 2006 Formula BMW USA Championship runner-up.

Lee, who just barely turned 17, demonstrated his on track talent back in October at the Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California when he tested with the Conquest Atlantic Team for the first time. Eric Bachelart, the team’s co-owner, was impressed with the young American’s skill and is glad to have him on board for the 2007 season.

Lee and Autotecnica to Represent America At Dell Formula BMW World Final Nov. 24-26 in Valencia, Spain

SYOSSET, N.Y., Nov. 7 - Team Autotecnica's Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y., who finished second in the 2006 Formula BMW USA driver championship, will be among the top drivers from around the world who will compete in the Dell Formula BMW World Final 2006 in Valencia, Spain Nov. 24-26.

Lee would like nothing better than to receive the top prize, a Formula One test drive with the BMW Sauber Formula One team, as a birthday present. He will turn 17 on Nov. 27.

Three Formula BMW Standouts Excel at Test with Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic Team

Indianapolis, Indiana , October 9, 2006 – Americans Matt Lee and Robert Thorne and Canadian Adrien Herberts jumped aboard a Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Atlantic car last week at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California . The three Formula BMW USA standouts impressed with similar lap times and they put in very good performances for their first time in a Mazda-Cosworth/Swift 016.a car. History was also made at Buttonwillow as the Conquest Atlantic squad became the first team to test the new Cooper Tires, the Official Tire supplier for the Champ Car Atlantic Championship starting next season.

Syosset, N.Y.'s Lee Wins Season Finale And Finishes Second In Formula BMW USA Championship After Mosport Doubleheader

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Sept. 4 - In the movie "Tin Cup," Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy, played by Kevin Costner, doesn't win the U.S. Open but he goes down in golf history by following through on his "defining moment" until he successfully makes his shot.

And in the end, with the crowd cheering wildly, Rene Russo's Dr. Molly Griswold tells McAvoy that nobody will remember who won the tournament, but they'll always remember his hole in 12.

Matt Lee's story isn't exactly like that, but he can relate.

On Sunday at Mosport International Raceway the 16-year-old from Syosset, N.Y. came from 23rd place on lap eight to take the lead on the next-to-last lap and win a stirring 16-lap Formula BMW USA season finale in storybook fashion.

Coupled with his third-place finish in Saturday's race he finished second for the overall national championship in the 14-race series by six points. Robert Wickens won the title with 149 points to Lee's 143. Lee had just one point more than the third place finisher, Reed Stevens.

It was the closest points battle in the series' history.

Lee Finishes Ninth on Sunday In Formula BMW Action At Grand Prix of Denver

DENVER, Aug. 13 - Everyone knew the 2006 Formula BMW USA championship would come down to the season finale Sept. 1-3 at Mosport International Raceway. After Sunday's race on the streets around the Pepsi Center at the Grand Prix of Denver, Matt Lee is still second in the point standings, gaining two points over leader Robert Wickens at the Denver doubleheader.

Lee Trounces the Competition To Win Formula BMW Race And Set Two New Records Saturday at Grand Prix of Denver

DENVER, Aug. 12 - Matt Lee, the 16-year-old sensation from Syosset, N.Y., won Saturday's Formula BMW USA race at the Grand Prix of Denver by a whopping 3.790 seconds over Reed Stevens. Lee, who drives for Team Autotecnica, also set two new records on Saturday. On Saturday morning he won the pole for a similar race here on Sunday with a new track record of 1:14.952 (79.587 miles per hour). That was his fifth pole so far this season, which makes him the series' leading pole winner for 2006 so far. The second record came when he broke the old mark for the fastest lap of the race here, running a 1:15.356 on lap 21.

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Lee Takes Second in Formula BMW Nightcap at San Jose Grand Prix

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 30 - Matt Lee started and finished second in Round 10 of the Formula BMW USA championship Sunday on the San Jose street circuit as a support event for the Champ Car World Series. Read More...

Lee Finishes Fourth Again on Sunday In Formula BMW USA Action At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS, July 2 - Matt Lee led Sunday morning's Formula BMW USA race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at one point and he made a gutsy move to regain the lead at another point. Although no one can dispute that he tried his best, in the end the 16-year-old star went home with fourth-place points for the second time in less than 24 hours.

Lee Finishes a Solid Fourth In First Half of Formula BMW Doubleheader Saturday at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, July 1 - Although his car developed an oversteering condition, Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y. finished a solid fourth in Saturday's Formula BMW USA race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The support race for the United States Grand Prix was held in 90-degree temperatures. Read More...

Two Laps on Slicks Are All Lee Needs For Two Pole Positions Friday at IMS In Formula BMW USA Action

INDIANAPOLIS, June 30 - Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y. earned the pole position for both Saturday and Sunday's 14-lap Formula BMW USA races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a qualifying session at the famed speedway Friday afternoon. Read More...

Lee Garners Two Seconds In Formula BMW Doubleheader At Canadian Grand Prix To Move Into Tie for Points Lead

MONTREAL, June 26 - Twin tooth Racing's Matt Lee finished second in both halves of the Formula BMW doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit here. Both events supported the Canadian Grand Prix, and showcased the talents of the 16-year-old driver from Syosset, N.Y. on racing's world stage.
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Lee Wins Formula BMW's Round Four And Earns a Pole Position at Lime Rock Over Memorial Day Weekend

LAKEVILLE, Conn., May 30 - Twin tooth Racing's Matt Lee made big strides towards his goal of becoming the 2006 Formula BMW USA champion when he garnered one pole position and posted one victory in the series' Memorial Day weekend doubleheader at Lime Rock Park here. Read More...

Thorne Finishes Ninth; Lee Has a Rough Trip In Formula BMW Action Sunday at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 21 - Twin tooth Racing's Robert Thorne of Sherman, Conn. brought his Team Autotecnica Formula BMW race car home ninth Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His teammate, Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y., ended up in the grass off the last turn on lap 14 of the 15-lap race after he had just passed the fifth-place driver and was going for fourth. Lee's official finishing position was 20th. Read More...

Rookie Thorne Finishes 12th But Lee's Drive Through Field Ends Violently In Formula BMW Season Opener Saturday at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 20 - Twin tooth Racing's Robert Thorne of Sherman, Conn. brought his Team Autotecnica car home 12th in his first Formula BMW USA race ever Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. His teammate, Matt Lee, escaped injury in a violent crash on lap 13 after a brilliant charge from the 25th starting spot to 11th. Read More...

Twin tooth Drivers Have Mixed Results After Formula BMW Qualifying Friday at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, May 19 - At first it appeared that 16-year-old Twin tooth Racing drivers Matt Lee and Robert Thorne had qualified third and ninth in Formula BMW action Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unfortunately Lee's car didn't pass the post-qualifying tech inspection so he was moved to the rear of the field, which in turn moved Thorne up to eighth. Read More...

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Robert Thorne

Lee and Thorne Join Autotecnica for 2006 Formula BMW USA Series

SYOSSET, N.Y., Nov. 17 - Fifteen-year-old race car drivers Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y. and Robert Thorne of Sherman, Conn. are pleased to announce that they will join Team Autotecnica for the 2006 Formula BMW USA series.

Team Autotecnica, based in Toronto with a U.S. shop in Lake Park, Fla., won the series championship in 2005, posting three victories and six poles in the 14-race season.

Prior to the 2006 season opener Autotecnica will also prepare and field Lee's car at the Formula BMW World Final in Bahrain Dec. 13-16. Lee will be one of 34 drivers from 15 nations competing in that event, where drivers from the four regional Formula BMW series compete against each other for a $60,000 purse and a Formula 1 test drive.

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Lee Is Highest-Finishing American
   At Formula BMW World Final

SYOSSET, N.Y., Jan. 19 - Bahrain is more than 6,000 miles from Matt Lee's home in Syosset, N.Y., but the 16-year-old says that competing in the first annual Formula BMW World Final there recently was well worth the trip.

Lee was one of only three American drivers from the Formula BMW USA series and the only driver from the Northeast to compete in the World Final, which pitted drivers from 15 different countries in a head-to-head, $60,000 event. After advancing through a series of preliminary races Lee started 11th out of 35 drivers in the final race and finished 14th, the highest finish by an American.

With a test drive in a BMW Formula One car up for grabs the competition was a wild and wooly affair, and two crashes cost Lee a better position. One in the third heat sent him from fifth position to 17th. Then, in the final restart of the last race, he was struck from the rear and pushed back to 27th, but he still was able to work his way back up to 14th at the checkered.

Robert Thorne Brings Formidable Karting
   Legacy to Twin tooth Formula BMW Team

SHERMAN, Conn., Dec. 6 - Matt Lee is well known to visitors of, but who is Robert Thorne?

He's one fast kid, that's who.

Just like Lee, Thorne got his start in karts. In fact, he and Lee raced at the same events for several years, which is how they became friends. Geography played a role too, because Thorne is from Sherman, Conn. while Lee lives in Syosset, N.Y. Thorne is currently a sophomore at Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn. And, if school and racing weren't enough, he also works as an amateur deejay.

When the 2006 Formula BMW USA season opener is held Lee and Thorne will resume their "friendly adversary" role, as they'll both race under the Twin tooth Racing banner as teammates in Autotecnica-prepped cars in the Formula BMW USA series.

For more information about Robert Thorne, check out the "Bio" section!

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