Payne Returns to Koni

10 May

Las Vegas, NV (05.10.09): Byron Payne returns to Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series competition this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Next Generation Motorsports.

Payne will compete in the ST-class with the Next Generation Motorsports team, driving the #129 BMW 330 with teammate VJ Mirzyian in the 2.5 hour event. This will be a familiar alliance for Payne as he ran with the NGM team in 2008 at Watkins Glen, bringing home a 13th place finish. The #129 BMW will be supported by,, and

The Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series hits the track Saturday, May 17th at 4:00pm (EST), at the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in beautiful Monterey, CA.

Byron Payne is a professional driver with many years of experience. Byron has spent the last several years as a professional driver and instructor for various racing-promotion events, manufacturers, hot-lap events, and driving schools. Byron’s racing resume includes Formula Atlantic, Formula Ford, Formula Super Vee, Formula British Vauxhall Lotus, Formula 3 Test Driver, Indy Lights, shifter karts in Russia, The Jim Russell Scholarship Winner, and was named Formula Super Vee Rookie of the Year! This will mark Payne’s 2nd Koni Challenge Series start, after a 13th place finish at last year’s Watkins Glen event with Next Generation Motorsports.

Next Gen Motorsports, formerly Fountain Motorsports, is an upstate NY based race team, racing BMW’s in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge ST class. NGM also offer repair services for other race cars and general automotive repairs. Next Gen also offers auto parts, racing parts and supplies.