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Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg sign with AWA, Mustang GT4 in IMSA GS

Andrew Wojteczko and Martin Barkey

 

2018 Announcement:

Caledon East, November 29, 2017

AWA (Andrew Wojteczko Autosport Inc.) along with MBRP Performance Exhaust are pleased to announce a 2018 championship effort in the challenging IMSA CTSCC (Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge) championship in the fastest Grand Sport category. The endurance racing format consists of a mix of 2 and 4 hour races with 2 drivers per car.

The team has taken delivery of their first Multimatic Motorsports built Mustang GT4 to be driven by Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg, a driver lineup that have each achieved multiple podium finishes in the GS class and that will surely be a threat in the overall championship. A second Mustang GT4 and driver lineup are being considered and interested parties should contact AWA for more info. Initial testing has been completed at Road Atlanta earlier this month.
Team principal Andrew Wojteczko had this to say “I’m thrilled with the way the new program is coming together, we have a great driver lineup and an awesome platform with the Mustang GT4 to compete with. I’m fortunate to have some of the best crew in the business making sure nothing is left to chance. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Martin and Brett previously and know we can achieve great things together. Martin’s 2017 3rd place finish in the PWC GTS overall championship is indicative of just how competitive he is. Brett’s championship wins and endurance racing experience in Blancpain, GS, and GTD will be a huge asset. Being able to represent a Canadian built race car, manufactured just down the street at Multimatic is a huge honour.” 

“I also want to say a big thanks to Anthony Mantella for giving me the opportunity to start and run the Mantella Autosport program. The lessons learned over the past 4 seasons are invaluable and will be a contributing factor to ongoing success.”
Martin Barkey commented The 2018 race season is just around the corner, pre-season testing has been very positive. I’m really excited to be racing with AWA and thrilled to be sharing driving responsibilities with Brett Sandberg. The GT4 Mustang seems to be a car that responds well right out of the box… that said I do look forward to continued testing and becoming more familiar with the platform.  With Andrew’s experience and drive for perfection combined with the “never quit” attitude of the AWA crew I have no doubt our MBRP Performance Exhaust Mustang will be a front runner throughout the season.

Brett Sandberg explained I am extremely excited to be joining forces with AWA and Martin Barkey for the 2018 IMSA season.  It has been a few years since I have made a full season IMSA debut and cannot be more excited about campaigning this brand new GT4 Mustang alongside a long-time friend and past teammate.  I believe with the guidance and expert engineering of Andrew Wojteczko we will truly be a force to be reckoned with!”
The AWA team is thrilled to announce partnerships with some legendary brands. Gulf and their line of competition lubricants provide maximum performance and protection in the engine, trans, diff and brakes. Look for drivers and crew to be outfitted in the latest OMP driver/crew suits and fire gear, keeping us safe over the wall and behind the wheel. Spyder and their fashionable, technical apparel will be making sure the team stays dry and warm on the cold days, and cool on the hot days. With the season kicking off at Daytona in January where temps are often at the freezing mark, the right gear makes a huge difference. If you catch the team on the road or at the airport, you’ll see Projekts’ line of bags and luggage, stylish and durable gear making sure everyone’s valuables arrive safely at the track. SekanSkin will be cutting/printing vinyl and watch for ongoing collaborations with DNBK, creator of the AWA artwork.

ST RACING TESTS NEW CAR AT CALIFORNIA’S THERMAL CLUB, @STR_Racing

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, ON (November 21, 2017) – The ST Racing Team just returned from Palm Springs, California where they spent three days testing their brand new race car at the state-of-the-art Thermal Club racetrack, and came away elated with the drive capabilities of BMW’s M4 GT4.

But before going to Palm Springs for the test at Thermal, Team Principal Kenneth Tan and ST Racing’s Nick Wittmer took delivery of the new car in Chicago and took it out for a spin at the City’s local Autobahn racetrack.

Mr. Tan was quite impressed with the new M4 GT4.  “This is a true race car” he said when he got out of the car. “The M235iR that we ran last season was more of a street car turned race car.  This M4 has racecar DNA.  And, it has few similarities to the regular street car except for looks and body parts. Testing it last weekend at Palm Springs was very challenging but a whole lot of fun. Every one on the Team worked hard and learned a lot about the car.  There is still much to learn about this extremely complex racecar.”

When Samantha Tan joined the Team for the test in Palm Springs, she spent the first part of the weekend drifting on the skid pad and learning control at very high speeds while teammate Nick Wittmer ran the new car on track and helped the crew work out the bugs.  The following day, Tan joined Wittmer on track in the new car, and tried to run as many laps as she could while getting a taste of much higher speeds.

Tan’s comments reflected many of the M4’s intricacies. “We were graciously invited to test at Thermal by Daren Jorgensen, and it was a lot of fun” she said. “I did skid-pad practice for the whole first day, so I didn’t hop into the new car until the second day. My first session in the M4 GT4 lasted an hour and 10 minutes, and it was absolutely incredible. It handles really well, much like the M235 but it has a DCT (dual clutch transmission) so it shifts a lot quicker. Overall, the M4 is a lot quicker in every aspect. There is also no brake booster, so my legs were sore the following days. However, at that moment, it really wasn’t a problem. The only small issue that I found was that the front left A-pillar kind of blocks a bit of your vision, so you have to look early to find the apex. Altogether, the test session was successful in getting me more familiarized with the car and most importantly, it was so much fun. I can’t wait to get back into it soon. Lastly, I’d like to thank the Team for setting up the car, and everyone else who came to support and help out.”

At the end of the weekend, after spending a lot of time on track, Nick Wittmer just couldn’t say enough about the new car and the test itself. “It was great running at Thermal Club in Palm Springs. What a magnificent place to go testing. It’s like paradise, always sunny and warm. The M4 GT4 is a really beautiful car. Beautiful in design and so much fun to drive. The comfort of being behind that fabulous steering wheel is just unreal. We had a few bugs in the car on the first day, but we fixed those by the second day of testing, and got the car rolling. We got many laps in and put a lot of mileage on the car, and we’re already looking forward to the next test. We’ll be ready. We’re so looking forward to seeing what the upcoming season will bring.”

Team Principal, Kenneth Tan was quite pleased with the test and gave kudos to the whole ST Racing Team for doing such a great job on the car, and thanked Daren Jorgensen for his precious help in sponsoring the Thermal test.

 

ST Racing will be announcing their plans for 2018 shortly. Stay tuned !

 

Pirelli World Challenge Announces Watkins Glen as the 2018 Season Finale @WCRacing

Pirelli World Challenge announced today that famed Watkins Glen International will be the site of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season finale with a Labor Day road racing weekend on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

The series return to the classic Watkins Glen road course will feature the entire PWC division lineup including GT (GT/GTA/GT Cup), GTS (GTS/GTA) and Touring Car (TCR/TC/TCA).

UPDATED 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

Date Track City Classes
MAR 9-11 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. GT Sprint and GTS
MAR 23-25 Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) Austin, Texas GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car
APR 13-15 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, Calif GT Sprint
APR 28-30 VIRginia International Raceway Alton, Va. GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car
MAY 18-20 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ont., CAN GT Sprint and GTS
MAY 25-26, 28 Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Conn. GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car
JUN 22-24 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis. GT Sprint and GTS
JUL 13-15 Portland International Raceway Portland, Ore. GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car
AUG 10-12 Utah Motorsports Campus Grantsville, Utah GT SprintX, GTS and Touring Car
AUG 31 – SEP 2 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y. GT Sprint, GTS and Touring Car
SPECIAL EVENT
October 26-28 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, Calif. SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge

@USF2000 article about @ExclAutosport

Lexington, OH – JUL 28, 2017: Honda Indy 200

Link to USF2000 Article on the Canadian based race team Exclusive Autosport in the Mazda Road to Indy series.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s 2018 Schedule @CTMPOfficial

 

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announced their 2018 Major Events schedule today.  One change from last year is the CWTS race has been moved ahead one week to August 24-26 from the usual Labour Day weekend.

May 18-20 2018  Victoria Day Speedfest

June 16-17 2018 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix

July 5-8 2018 Sportscar Grand Prix

August 10-12 2018 Superbike Doubleheader

August 24-26 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 250

Exclusive Autosport enjoys stellar PRO MAZDA debut at Indy Test

 

For Immediate Release : Exclusive Autosport

Parker Thompson posts third fastest time of the weekend on IMS road course

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 22, 2017) – After capping the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda campaign as one of the series’ leading teams with three wins over the second half of the season, Exclusive Autosport expanded its efforts to include a Pro Mazda Championship program for the coming year. The team rolled out their new Tatuus PM-18s at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test this past weekend, fielding a pair of cars for MRTI veterans Parker Thompson and Nikita Lastochkin. Exclusive Autosport also tested SCCA Runoffs Formula E runner-up Justin Gordon at the event in one of their USF-17 cars, pairing him with Thompson to give the young American his first taste of USF2000 machinery. The overall results were extremely positive, as Thompson was quickly up to speed in the new Pro Mazda, setting the third fastest time of the weekend.

“I’m extremely happy with the weekend overall,” commented EA owner Michael Duncalfe. “We laid out a set plan for the test and checked all the boxes. We were able to put our second PM-18 through the paces and give Parker the laps he needed to come to grips with the new package, which is awesome. Parker worked with our engineering staff to dial in the car, and we ended with the third fastest lap of the weekend, which is a huge positive.

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Nikita,” Duncalfe added. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch him compete the past four years in F1600, USF2000 and Pro Mazda. It was an honour to have Nikita test with us for both days at Indianapolis. He provided great feedback and helped in the development process of the EA PM18 car. Nikita had a really strong handle on the car, which was impressive. He gelled with the staff immediately and we were able to continually develop his set-up and increase his comfort. Getting to work with Justin (Gordon) was very enjoyable, as well. The USF-17 is a big step up from the FE, but he was very easy to work with and we were able to support his quick development. He found over 1.5 seconds during the eight sessions. He was over 2.5 seconds off the experienced series drivers in Session 1, and was less than a second off in the last run of the weekend. That’s a major success in my books.”

The Exclusive Autosport crew was on its game heading into the Chris Griffis Memorial Test after taking possession of their second PM-18 chassis just days before the event. The team built the car in Wisconsin, and completed the prep in time for Thompson to run a pair of sessions at Indy on Saturday to break in the ring-and-pinion while shaking down the car. Parker had worked with the EA staff over the last month to manage the break-in laps of the team’s first new Pro Mazda, and he was given the chance to get out on-track in anger on Sunday, and the talented Canadian responded as expected. As he came to grips with the vastly increased performance of the new PM-18 quickly, and would eventually set the third fastest lap of the weekend in the process. Lastochkin completed a strong two-day test, and worked closely with the team to fine-tune the chassis to his liking, which resulted in consistently fast laps all weekend.

“I have to thank my team for their dedication in building a pair of PM-18s on short notice, they’re nothing short of amazing” Duncalfe continued. “We’d like to express our gratitude to Elite Engines for their hard work and hospitality. They are absolute professionals and a pleasure to partner with.”

The team will now look forward to continuing off-season testing, as they will be working with several drivers as they begin to solidify their line-ups for their run at two 2018 championship trophies on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. It’s been an exciting testing season thus far, as the team also ran USF2000 runner-up Rinus VeeKay at both Road America and Autobahn during the weeks leading up to the IMS test.

 

@SPMIndycar Meet and Greet with James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens

Photos from today’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports meet and greet the drivers at Goodwood Kartways.

James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens

@WCRacing – Grand Prix of Monterey RD 12 Results

 

TC Results

1st #71 Paul Holton Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport – C360R

6th #91 Nick Wittmer BMW M235iR – ST Racing

18th #2 Jayson Clunie BMW M235iR – Classic BMW

NC #99 Karl Wittmer Honda Accord – Honda Ste-Rose Racing

20th #38 Samantha Tan BMW M235iR – ST Racing

TCB Results

1st #25 P .J. GROENKE Sonic – Tech Sport Racing

@WCRacing – Grand Prix of Monterey RD 11 Results

 

TC Results

1 #71 Paul Holton Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport – C360R

3 #91 Nick Wittmer BMW M235iR – ST Racing

11 #2 Jayson Clunie BMW M235iR – Classic BMW

23 #99 Karl Wittmer Honda Accord – Honda Ste-Rose Racing

17 #38 Samantha Tan BMW M235iR – ST Racing

TCB Results

1 #25 P .J. GROENKE Sonic – Tech Sport Racing

@WCRacing – GP of Monterey TC / TCA / TCB Rd.11 Qualifying

SALINAS, Calif. – Qualifying results for Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Round 11 races starting at 9:00 a.m. Results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Paul HOLTON,Orlando, FL,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,1:35.474,84.3
2,2, ,Greg LIEFOOGHE,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,,1:35.652,84.2
3,3, ,Mark DRENNAN,San Jose, CA,Mazda MX-5,,1:35.698,84.1
4,4, ,Nick WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec, CA,BMW M235iR,7,1:35.751,84.1
5,5, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, Quebec, CA,Honda Accord,1:36.252,83.7
6,6, ,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,BMW M235iR,1:36.254,83.7
7,7, ,Pierre KLEINUBING,Coconut Creek, FL,BMW M235iR,1:36.343,83.6
8,8, ,Anthony MAGAGNOLI,Dexter, MI,BMW M235iR,1:36.761,83.2
9,9, ,Tony RIVERA,Oceanside, CA,Nissan 370Z,1:36.863,83.1
10,10, ,Toby GRAHOVEC,Celina, TX,BMW M235iR,1:36.913,83.1
11,11, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,BMW M235iR,1:36.945,83.1
12,12, ,John WEISBERG,Webster, NY,Mazda MX-5,1:37.333,82.7
13,13, ,Anthony GERACI,Glen Cove, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,1:37.575,82.5
14,14, ,Nicolai ELGHANAYAN,Laguna Beach, CA,Lotus Exige,1:37.743,82.4
15,15, ,Aristotle BALOGH,Palo Alto, CA,BMW M235iR,1:37.762,82.4
16,16, ,JT COUPAL,Rochester, NY,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,1:37.822,82.3
17,17, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, SK, CA,BMW M235iR,1:37.828,82.3
18,18, ,Travis WASHAY,Milford, CT,Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport,1:37.863,82.3
19,19, ,Rodrigo SALES,Incline Village, NV,BMW M235iR,1:37.977,82.2
20,20, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,BMW M235iR,1:38.034,82.1
21,21, ,Samantha TAN,Gormley, Ontario, CA,BMW M235iR,1:38.590,81.7
22,22, ,Scott THOMAS,Oklahoma City, OK,BMW M235iR,1:38.717,81.6
23,23, ,Chris OHMACHT,Franklin Lakes, NJ,BMW M235iR,1:39.389,81.0
24,24, ,Daren JORGENSEN,Austin, TX,BMW M235iR,1:39.662,80.8
25,25, ,Joshua FORAN,Odenville, AL,Honda Accord,1:39.789,80.7
26,26, ,Randy HALE,Haddam, CT,Mazda MX-5,1:40.160,80.4
27,1, A,Eric POWELL,Orlando, FL,Scion FR-S,1:41.680,79.2
28,2, A,Kenny MURILLO,Santa Rosa, CA,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,1:41.788,79.1
29,3, A,Elivan GOULART,Shelton, CT,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,1:41.795,79.1
30,4, A,Matthew FASSNACHT,Madison, NJ,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,1:41.918,79.0
31,5, A,Jeff SEXTON,Austin, TX,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,1:43.681,77.7
32,6, A,Shea HOLBROOK,Orlando, FL,Honda Civic Si,1:44.273,77.2
33,7, A,Kevin ANDERSON,Huntington Station, NY,Scion FR-S,1:46.048,75.9
34,8, A,Cameron PARSONS,Santa Ana, CA,Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Car,1:47.990,74.6
35,9, A,Daniel MOEN,Rindge, NH,Mazda MX-5,1:49.704,73.4
36,10,A, Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,Honda Civic Si,No Time
37,1, B,Canaan O’CONNELL,Chandler, AZ,Chevrolet Sonic,1:51.488,72.2
38,2, B,Jake PIPAL,Oakdale, CA,Honda Fit,1:52.036,71.9
39,3, B,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, Ontario, CA,Chevrolet Sonic,1:53.124,71.2
42,5, B,Jasper DRENGLER,Shawano, WI,Honda Fit,1:56.648,69.0
43,6, B,James WILSON,Kyle, TX,Mazda 2,1:57.027,68.8
44,7, B,Stephanie ANDERSEN,Racine, WI,Mazda 2,1:59.276,67.5

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