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FRENTZEN IMPRESSED AFTER DRIVING ELECTRIC GT TESLA MODEL S

Former Formula 1 star Heinz-Harald Frentzen made his return to the cockpit to test the Tesla Model S EGT - the car that is being developed for the Electric GT Championship – at the Circuit Paul Ricard this week.

 LE CASTELLET (France). Frentzen began his glittering motorsports career as part of the Mercedes junior team in the World Sportscar Championship before graduating to Formula 1, where he accumulated two pole positions, three wins and 18 podiums. The German finished runner-up in the World Drivers’ Championship in 1997 with Williams and a highly impressive third in the 1999 for Jordan, before concluding his top-flight career in 2003 and switching to the DTM. 

The EGT Championship, which is the first 100 per cent zero emissions GT championship, was at the Le Castellet circuit to test the bespoke Pirelli tyres when Frentzen made contact.

A total of 40 laps were completed during the day, with Frentzen in the driving seat for seven of those. The German was very impressed with the direction of the series and gave his full support.

"As a long time owner of this manufacturer it was great fun to drive one of the first race-prepared Teslas,” said Frentzen. “It was a fantastic opportunity to experience the potential of E-racing performance cars. Mark [Gemmell, CEO] and his EGT team are definitely heading in the right direction."

The test showed a lot of promise, with the series’ organisers able to better understand the tyres, as well as get an idea of how the car itself will perform following the feedback from Frentzen.
 
“We were glad to have Heinz-Harald come to the track,” Electric GT Championship CEO Mark Gemmell said during the presentation of the race car at the Sportel TV fair in Monaco. “Other than the fact he’s a supremely talented driver, he is a fan of Teslas and owns two cars himself, which is great. We were able to meet up and talk him through the championship, before arranging a test drive for him later in the day. He gave us some great feedback.”

The Electric GT Championship is set to get underway in 2017, with Stefan Wilson, Vittoria Piria, Dani Clos and Lellani Münter already confirmed as part of the Drivers’ Selection Club.

About Electric GT Championship, a new zero emissions motorsport category promoting sustainable mobility

The championship was announced on 9 March 2016, a year in advance of its first planned event, with the Tesla Model S chosen for the first season of the Electric GT Championship. There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers, who will compete across seven races during season one. Weekends will comprise of a 20-minute practice session, 30 minutes of qualifying, and a pair of 60km races with one taking place in the daytime and one at dusk. Each round will be a weekend-long festival of technology and innovation for sustainability in and around the circuits. Fans will be able to stream races via Periscope, Twitch and YouTube, as well as interact directly with the teams using social media platforms.


Entries Now Open For 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Teams Gearing Up For Highly Anticipated Racing Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2016) – As the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship closes in on what likely will be a landmark 2017 season, with the dawning of a new Prototype era and a number of new GT race cars and teams joining highly competitive, established programs, entry applications are now being accepted by IMSA.

The 2017 WeatherTech Championship season again opens with the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, kicking off a 12-event calendar including North America’s premier road racing facilities and events. The Prototype (P) class, which will feature a mix of new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LM P2) race cars, will compete in 10 events next season.

The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class – featuring the world’s finest factory-backed GT race cars – will have an 11-race schedule, while the GT Daytona (GTD) class – which adds Acura and Lexus to an already deep and extremely competitive field – will race in all 12 events. The venerable Prototype Challenge (PC) class will contest eight races in its final season of WeatherTech Championship competition in 2017.

Entry forms have been distributed to 2016 WeatherTech Championship race teams and also are available for prospective new competitors at IMSAcompetitors.com. Entries will be accepted through 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 9. IMSA will review and confirm the selection of entries based on established criteria for the 2017 season.

While the actual race season does not begin until Jan. 28, Daytona International Speedway will be busy with testing activity in November and December leading right up to the start of the season. A two-day test for all WeatherTech Championship teams will be held Nov. 15-16, 2016 on the 3.56-mile Daytona circuit, followed by a test for P, GTLM and GTD race cars on Dec. 13-14.

 A third test, the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona, which is required for all 2017 Rolex 24 competitors, is slated for Jan. 6-8, 2017. The Roar test also will include IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competitors.

 

THE WHELEN ENGINEERING CORVETTE DP IS PRIMED TO PERFORM AS THE IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP HITS THE STREETS OF LONG BEACH 
 

LONG BEACH, Cali. () - The Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype is headed west to the streets of Long Beach in pursuit of the team's first victory of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship following a runner-up performance in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
 
Dane Cameron and Eric Curran have kicked off the 2016 championship in midseason form, and both are hoping that will lead to a victory in the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. The duo trail the defending series champions, in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP by a single point as the series reaches its third stop. The two Action Express Racing Corvette DPs currently lead all full-season competitors in the championship standings.
 
Last season, Cameron was one of the few drivers who made a pass for position in the two-hour sprint race, which ran under green flag conditions for the entire event. With the difficulty in gaining track position on the narrow and demanding street course, IMSA's winningest driver knows starting in the front and running a flawless race will be critical to his team's success.
 
"Long Beach is one of our toughest races of the year with such a condensed schedule for practice and a shorter race," said Cameron. "That format places a premium on showing up ready to go and maximizing every opportunity. It is tough to pass so qualifying well and using strategy and perfect pit stops to your advantage are a must at Long Beach. Overall its a great event and a really fun track to drive and I can't wait to get back to work in our No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP."
 
For Eric Curran, the 2015 season was remarkable for the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP, but despite the success, the part-time resident of Southern California is eager for more on the first stop of the West Coast swing.
 
"Long beach is an amazing venue being able to race in the streets and on the main roads of the city," said Curran. "The fact that at night the track turns right back into a main street just adds to the wow factor of this race. It's really difficult to top the atmosphere that you have at Long Beach with the fans and being right on the water. In addition to the atmosphere, you're part of a great racing history when you compete in the Long Beach Grand Prix and it would be incredible to win the race in our No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP."
 
Curran will make an appearance on Wednesday night with the Whelen Engineering Corvette DP at the annual "Roar in the Shore" event taking place in Belmont Shore on Second Street in front of Legends Sports Bar (5236 E Second Street). Curran will answer questions from IMSA Radio's Shea Adam and sign autographs for fans.
The Whelen Engineering Corvette DP currently sits third in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship after starting the season with a sixth place finish at Daytona and a runner-up result at Sebring.
 
Cameron has two previous starts in IMSA competition at the Long Beach Grand Prix, in 2014 with Risi Competizione and then last season with Action Express Racing. Cameron also made one start in the Formula Atlantic Series in 2008.
 
Curran has two starts, both coming in Coyote Chevrolet Corvette DPs, first with Marsh Racing in 2014, where he earned his first career top-5 finish in prototype competition, and then last year with Cameron in the Whelen Corvette DP for Action Express Racing.
 
The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix gets underway with practice on Friday, April 15 at 7:40 a.m. PT, with qualifying for prototype competitors at 6:15 p.m. PT. All on-track activity can be heard on IMSA Radio throughout the weekend. The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix goes green on Saturday, April 16 at 4:05 p.m. PT and will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 and on FOX Sports GO.
 
 
 

 

 
 
       
 
 

BACK TO THE TRACKS

 Founder Ed Inclan exlains the concept behind his organization

 Interview By: L.A. Pierre - Back to the Tracks” is a  community awareness program we started back in 1993.   This program focuses on promoting auto racing as a sport  while also educating people of the dangers associated with  illegal street racing.   Click here for complete interview  

 Annual car show raises community awareness about the dangers of street racing and money for children’s museum

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