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Starworks Motorsports Perseveres Amid Disappointment at Rolex 24

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Starworks Motorsports Perseveres Amid Disappointment at Rolex 24

Hopes were high for Starworks Motorsport heading in to the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona, the longest endurance event on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s 2016 schedule. Fielding two Oreca FLM09s in the Prototype Challenge, the team had two strong driver lineups, capable of a podium result. Disaster struck for both cars, taking one completely out of the race, and the other far behind the leaders in 4th position. “Naturally, the 24 hours was a wide range of emotions,” said Starworks Motorsport owner Peter Baron. “We were devastated that we had two solid efforts to win in the PC class, and both of those were over by the early evening.” The No. 88 car of Sean Johnston, Mark Kvamme, Felix Rosenqvist and Maro Engel started 6th, but at the hour and a half mark, had moved up the field to run 3rd. In hour three, while running in the top three, the car rejoined the field on cold tires and lost control, requiring 30 minutes of repairs at the garage. The car rejoined, but just several hours later, went off course and had contact with the wall. The impact pulled out a mounting point for the nose cone, causing tub damage that would end the race for the car in hour eight of 24. The No. 8 car of Alex Popow, Renger van der Zande, Chris Cumming and Jack Hawksworth started in 7th, but made its way up to 3rd in the first hour. At the end of hour four, disaster hit. As evening settled on the track, the No. 8 car stalled in the middle of turn one. As Chris Cumming worked with the team on the radio to try to get the car started again, the Delta Wing drove directly into the back of the Starworks Machine, lifting the car off the ground and causing the first major caution of the endurance event. Cumming was released from the medical center with a concussion, unable to participate in the remaining 20 hours of the race. Cumming’s ineligibility to race, created an imbalance in the driver rankings, an important item for the No. 8 car to need in order to earn valuable championship points. Cumming, a Bronze, was needed as one of the car’s armatures, racing with Silver driver Alex Popow and Gold drivers Renger van der Zande and Jack Hawksworth. “Our first thought was to get Alex back out there for the five hour minimum so that he and Renger could get points for the season,” said Baron. “After Alex got out of the car, we had a conversation about what we should do. First option was to retire, pack it up, and save cost. Second option was to add a silver driver to the car, but adding a new driver to the car would jeopardize a finish and risk the ar. The third option was to let Alex and Renger, the two full season drivers, finish the race, and unfortunately not use Jack.” Determined to race to the end and earn valuable championship points, the team went with the latter option, with Popow and van der Zande sharing the driving duties for the remaining 19 hours. Sunday afternoon, the exhausted duo, with the support of a determined team, finished 4th in class. In addition to fielding two...

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Starworks Motorsport Announces IMSA Full Season Lineup

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Starworks Motorsport Announces IMSA Full Season Lineup

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (January 7, 2016) – In preparation for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s first series-wide test, the Roar Before the 24, Starworks Motorsports has announced its full season lineup for the 2016 season. The Pompano Beach, Florida based team will return to compete in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, running the No. 8 and No. 88 Oreca FLM09s. “We’re confident 2016 will be a strong year for Starworks,” said Team Owner Peter Baron. “For the first time since the new integrated series, we have been able to get our programs sorted for the season with two cars before the holidays. This has allowed us to plan and prepare for the upcoming season, which has been a weakness of ours for the last two seasons.” Starworks veterans Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow will return as the two full-season entries for the No. 8 car, with Jack Hawksworth and Chris Cumming joining the team for the 24 Hours of Daytona. Hawksworth, who will run 2016 in IndyCar with AJ Foyt Racing, and Cumming were previously teammates, winning the IMSA Brickyard Indianapolis race in the LMPC class in 2014. No stranger to endurance podiums, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and WEC Championship winner David Heinemeier Hansson will join van der Zande and Popow for the 12 Hours of Sebring in March and Petit Le Mans at the end of the season. After most recently competing in the Ferrari Challenge, Mark Kvamme joins the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as the only full season driver for the No. 88.Coming off a highly successful 2015 season where he claimed FIA F3 European Championship,Felix Rosenqvist will come on board for the 24 Hours of Daytona. After winning the 2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Callenge in 2012, Sean Johnston took his talents overseas to Europe where he went on to finish 2nd in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series’ 6 Hour at Paul Ricard, then winning the 24 Hours of Barcelona overall. FIA GT Cup 2015 World Champion Maro Engel and Johnston will join Kvamme to compete in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), the four endurance races on the 2016 calendar: The Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of the Glen, and Petit Le Mans. For the remaining seven sprint races of the season, Kvamme will be joined by Ashley Freiberg, BMW of North America Scholarship Driver. In 2014, Freiberg became the first woman to win a race in the Continental Tire Sportscar Championship, at Daytona International Speedway. During the winter, two more significant additions were made to the team lineup. Tom Brown, previously an engineer from PC and GT Le Mans team CORE Autosport joined the Starworks ranks, along with Kent Holden, who had previously been the crew chief at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates since the team’s inception. “We have fantastic line ups all year in both cars, and have made massive improvements with the team in the off season,” concluded Baron.  “With all that we have accomplished in the winter months, I strongly feel we are now the team to beat in 2016.”    Driver Quotes Renger van der Zande // Full Season // No. 8 I am delighted to go racing again under the Starworks banner. I have built a great relationship...

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Victory for Starworks at Six Hrs of The Glen

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Car Gallery, Featured, News | 0 comments

Victory for Starworks at Six Hrs of The Glen

June 30, 2015: Starworks Motorsport picked up their second consecutive Prototype Challenge race victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, 26-27 June, 2015, on the back of winning at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers last month. The #8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 has now won the most races of any car in any class since the start of the new TUDOR United Sportscar Championship in 2014. Dutch racing ace and Starworks regular Renger van der Zande was joined by team veteran Alex Popow and California-born Mike Hedlund as regular co-driver Mirco Schultis was not available for the fifth PC round in New York. It was Renger’s fifth career TUSC victory and Alex Popow’s ninth win across TUSC, American Le Mans and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’, and the first for Mike Hedlund, who is currently competing in the Pirelli World Challenge. The Starworks Motorsport team was fast straight out of the trailer at Watkins Glen International with even its dry set up translating well to the wet when the rain came. Renger was the fastest PC driver in practice two on Friday and with Qualifying cancelled on Saturday due to wet conditions the grid positions for Sunday’s race were set by Championship points. After setting the quickest class time in the wet warm up on Sunday morning, it was down to Mike Hedland to commence the six-hour enduro in the #8 Martini liveried challenger from P6 on the grid. Peter Baron, Team Owner, Starworks Motorsport: “Mike did a perfect job in very trick conditions. A light rain was falling at the start and he managed his best on slick tires. He hung in there while many others were having problems and so once the track dried out, about 30 minutes in, he was on it for the next hour. Alex got in under yellow and kept the momentum going, running in P2 the whole time. It was exactly what we needed. Renger’s finishing stints will be talked about for some time. He was in a class of his own out there in about the worst rain and trying conditions you could get. He never put a wheel wrong and brought it home with the win and 4th overall.” “This was a great momentum builder for us,” continued Peter. “Our car has been fast the last few events and we now have two wins in a row. We are only five points out of the Championship lead and feel we have a shot at the title. To say we are excited to get to CTMP is an understatement. It was a shame Mirco could not be with us at The Glen and we are grateful to him and Mishumotors for giving us the chance to push on while we wait for his return at Mosport. ” Mike Hedlund, #8 Starworks Motorsport: “We unloaded a fast car and every time we went out on track it was better, wet, dry or mixed, it was fantastic! I was a little nervous at the start because between the time we decided to start on slicks and the time they rolled us out of pit lane the rain had started to get heavier. It ended up being the correct call, although the first stint was...

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Starworks Claims Dominant PC Win at Belle Isle 2015

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Starworks Claims Dominant PC Win at Belle Isle 2015

  June 1, 2015: Starworks Motorsport was back on top at the ‘Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers’ at Belle Isle Park last weekend when the driving duo of Mirco Schultis and Renger van der Zande claimed the PC class win in the #8 Martini liveried Oreca Chevrolet FLM09. The fourth round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, 29-30 May, was a flawless weekend for the Fort Lauderdale squad who unloaded a perfectly prepped car to immediately post the fastest times in both morning practice sessions, in the wet and dry, without putting on new tires until qualifying on Friday afternoon. Mirco Schultis achieved his best ever qualifying position to sit on the second row of the grid in third for the start of Saturday’s 100 minutes enduro. When the lights went out the opening lap saw plenty of turmoil. As cars from all classes scattered over the front straight ahead of Mirco he got hit very hard and lost the left rear of the 8 car’s floor and part of its sidepod. Despite the damage, the team decided to keep Mirco out and he was able to keep position, close to the leaders, and drove an impeccable stint from then on. A full course yellow and the pace car came out just as the minimum time was reached. Mirco pitted and Peter Baron’s team performed a faultless pit stop and service, which included pulling out broken carbon bodywork parts lodged in to the car. With Renger van der Zande now behind the wheel of the #8 Oreca the team was able to make up a position in the pits and re-join the action behind the 11 car of Bruno Junqueria in third. The last hour of the race saw sporadic rain showers with the track puddling up and drying out, producing a chaotic sprint finish. Renger expertly passed the 11 car which then spun on the following lap trying to keep pace in turn 1, collecting the 52 car to bring out the penultimate full course caution. Shortly after the restart, Renger passed the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports for the lead and never looked back. He pushed hard to produce a massive lead whilst managing the 8 car’s Continental tires and despite a late yellow bringing yet another wet restart with about 10 minutes to go, took Starworks Motorsport’s first win of 2015. Mirco Schultis, #8 Starworks Motorsport: “This was my first race on a street course and I loved it. I was incredibly pleased to put our car on P3 in qualifying and was very happy with my stint in the race. Being a Chevrolet enthusiast myself, racing with a Chevy engine and winning the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Race in Motor City is just amazing.” Renger van der Zande, #8 Starworks Motorsport: “There was a lot going on! Changing conditions made it very exciting on this street track. I loved it, from the first meter out of the box and we ran in P1 most of the time. Mirco did a great job and I reckon this was his best race of us driving together. The team gave me an amazingly fast car and the ride was one big pleasure. We have a great team of people at Starworks and that...

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Win at Petit Closes Rollercoaster Year for Starworks

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Win at Petit Closes Rollercoaster Year for Starworks

  October 7, 2014: There were tears of joy and relief when Starworks Motorsport claimed the PC class win with its #8 Martini liveried Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 in 17th annual ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta last weekend. The Fort Lauderdale based squad has concluded a difficult year by finishing third in both the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup and the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, with Dutch driver Renger van der Zande ending his first season as runner up in Prototype Challenge class and team mate Martin Fuentes, in the sister #7 Bomberg Official Starworks car, close behind him in third. The triple race winning driving duo of Renger and Mirco Schultis were joined by Alex Popow for the 10-hour enduro in Georgia, with Martin, Ryan Eversley, Adam Merzon and John Martin coming home a commendable fifth in class in the team’s sister 7 car at the chequer of the 2014 season finale. The #7 Starworks race challenge commenced with Martin Fuentes pulling an excruciating triple stint; two hours and 15 minutes of drive time to ensure that he would receive Championship points for the race. Adam Merzon was next to jump in to the cockpit to complete his first racing laps, and a solid double stint, in a Prototype Challenge car. Unfortunately, Adam got collected by a GT towards the end of his run which cost the 7 car a few laps. “It was great to see Ryan Eversley in one of our cars and he did a great job cranking off fast laps and keeping us in contention,” Peter Baron, team owner said. “Considering his very limited time testing in practice, Ryan showed solid pace and the whole 7 car crew did an awesome job; it ran the 10 hours flawlessly and when it was all over we were happy to secure a top-five finish for the two PC rookies.” The weekend did not run smoothly for the 8 car, with technical issues setting them back during free practice and qualifying. An all-nighter by the team on Friday ensured that the car was ready for the race on Saturday morning, however it was to start from the back of the 51-car grid. “Our awesome crew only managed three hours of sleep on Thursday and then pulled an all-nighter trying to find a mysterious electrical gremlin that was not allowing our 8 car to even start!” continued Peter. “There are an unbelievable range of emotions when you go from thinking you’re not even going to make the race at 4.00am to the car running flawlessly and winning one of the toughest races of the year. Our drivers also did a fantastic job and put us in the perfect position to do so.” With three-hours left on the clock on Saturday night Peter decided to completely change the 8 car’s race strategy – a gamble that made all the difference to the outcome of the race. “We were praying for it to go green the rest of the way. We knew after our final stop, with 45 minutes to go, we were the only car at that point that could make the finish on fuel, so we managed our pace to ensure that when the lead cars pitted, they would come out behind us. “Renger did a...

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Valuable Podium & Points for Starworks at Oak Tree Grand Prix

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Valuable Podium & Points for Starworks at Oak Tree Grand Prix

  August 24, 2014 – Starworks Motorsport claimed another podium finish with Renger van der Zande in the #8 Martini liveried Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 in segment (race) two in the ‘Oak Tree Grand Prix’ in Virginia today. However, the Monterey GP and Road America PC class winning pair of Renger and Mirco Schultis take home a sixth place finish, with Martin Fuentes and Kyle Marcelli a fifth place result due to the split TUDOR United Sportscar Championship points structure of the weekend at Danville. The tightly scheduled, two-day event at the Virginia International Raceway commenced on Friday. Both Starworks cars encountered minor issues during the two practice sessions and it was Martin’s first outing at the track. Mirco, in the #8 Starworks, set the eighth fastest time in qualifying to sit just ahead of Martin in the #7 Bomberg liveried Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 in P9 on the starting grid for segment (race) one on Saturday afternoon. The ‘Oak Tree Grand Prix’ comprised two 45-minute sprint races for the Prototype Challenge and Prototype Lites classes only. The results of race one determined the starting grid for the weekend finale and delivered half the weekend’s points for the PC teams (silver and then for the Pro’s in race two). Both Starworks Oreca’s made a good start to race one on Saturday afternoon. Martin was up to P5 when a lengthy Full Course Caution came out. The track returned to green after 38 minutes of running and both he and Mirco, in the 8 car in P8, maintained positions to the chequered flag of the 23 laps race. Canadian driver Kyle Marcelli stepped in to the #7 Starworks for warm up to the second segment on Sunday morning, with Renger van der Zande on driving duty in the 8 car. Renger made an impressive start to the day setting the second fastest lap time in warm up, with Kyle in P7. As the race went green an hour later, both drivers made an impressive charge, with Kyle soon up a position to P4 and Renger shooting up five places from the back of the PC grid to run in fourth. The Dutchman and his Canadian team-mate drove a blistering race and were battling the top four, and with cars who were unfortunately in the Lites race, with Renger hot on the heels of race leader Diaz and #54 Braun for most of the 45 minute sprint. After fiercely attacking and defending, a late yellow with only six minutes on the clock meant that Renger would cruise home to claim the third placed podium for the Fort Lauderdale based squad, with Kyle right behind him in the 7 car at the end of the combined total, 47 laps race. The third placed segment trophy, combined with team mate Mirco Schultis’ result from race one, means that the weekend result for the #8 Starworks Oreca-Chevrolet FLM09 is sixth. For the #7 Starworks, the combined results of Martin Fuentes, who finished P5 in race one yesterday and Kyle Marcelli’s fourth place today means that the pairing come away from the Virginia International Raceway with a fifth place overall finish. Renger van der Zande, #8 Starworks Motorsport: “It was a really cool race to drive. From eighth to second, it was fantastic. You have to take...

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Win for Starworks PC Ends Bitter Sweet Weekend at Road America

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Win for Starworks PC Ends Bitter Sweet Weekend at Road America

  August 11, 2014: The #8 Martini-liveried Starworks Oreca FLM09 soared to Prototype Challenge class victory at the ‘Continental Tire Road Race Showcase’, Road America, with the #7 Bomberg Starworks charger narrowly missing out on a podium finish to come home in fifth. Round 10 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship commenced for the Fort Lauderdale based team with the announcement of the return of its #78 HPD-Riley DP with Canadian IndyCar driver, James Hinchcliffe, joining Starworks regular Scott Mayer behind the wheel. The usual suspects of Mirco Schultis and Renger van der Zande were all set in the #8 Starworks PC, with Alex Popow joining Martin Fuentes and John Martin for one race in #7. Practice for all three cars ran with a few minor issues on Friday and Saturday, with qualifying producing P11 (P10 after #90’s time exclusion), P8 and P4 starting grid results for the 78, 7 and 8 cars respectively. Race day on Sunday brought bittersweet results for the Florida based squad, however. Following great starts by Mirco Schultis in #8, who was soon up to P2, Scott Mayer soon in P9 in the #78 DP and Martin Fuentes in the 7 car, an incident between the 78, #09 PC & #56 at Canada corner brought out the first full course yellow caution (FCY) and an early retirement for the #78 Starworks Riley-HPD after only six minutes of running. The race returned to green on lap eight with Mirco in P6 and Martin in P8 and the third FCY coming out at the 1 hour 50 minutes mark. The PC pit window opened on lap 21 with driver changes in the 7 car to Alex Popow and Renger van der Zande stepping in to the 8 car. The track went back to green on lap 25 with Renger running in P6 and Alex in P8. During the fourth yellow caution of the day (with just over an hour of the race remaining), the Starworks team fuelled both PC cars adequately to take them to the finish and when Renger was released he made the “Audi Move of the Race” to take the PC class lead from Rayhall in #25. With John Martin now in the driving seat of the 7 car for the closing stage, he took it up to P4 before the fifth yellow flag was raised. After 20 minutes and a brief spell at green, Renger was able to make a charge in the 8 car to knock on the P class door, only 1.73 seconds behind the #60 Ford Riley of Negri Jr in P3 overall. The final FCY was brief and the sprint finish to the 2 hours 45 minutes long enduro was 10 minutes of nail biting tension. John unfortunately lost out on the restart, having been nudged by #52 PC, and had to be content with P5 at the chequer, while Renger maintained his dominant lead to win the PC class in style and in sixth place overall. Renger van der Zande, #8 Starworks Motorsport PC: “That was a great race, but all the hard work was done at the beginning! Mirco did a great job to get to P2 in the first stint. After that we were running well and the team made the call to get...

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Starworks….. Moving On from the Brickyard Grand Prix

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Starworks….. Moving On from the Brickyard Grand Prix

  “Frustration is just one of the words to describe the weekend. We fought set up changes to get our cars quick for the race, and effectively both cars were out of contention at 30 minutes in,” says Peter Baron, team owner, after a challenging Brickyard Grand Prix for his Starworks Motorsport team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 25. The #7 Starworks Motorsport Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 of Martin Fuentes and John Martin sustained damage early doors, forcing a lengthy repair pit stop and ultimately resulted in a disappointing last lap retirement to the pits from P8. The 8 car of Mirco Schultis and Renger van der Zande fell victim to a steering belt failure and race retirement 28 minutes in to the 2 hours and 45 minutes long enduro. The ninth round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Series commenced for the Fort Lauderdale based squad with two PC practice sessions on Thursday. Both the 8 and 7 cars made a solid start to come P4 and P7 in class respectively in Practice 1, however a troubled second session in the afternoon meant that the 8 car finished P8, with the 7 car not taking to the track at all due to clutch failure and an enforced change. Qualifying in the evening brought little improvement, with the Starworks chargers coming P7 (#8) and P9 (#7) on the time sheet to determine their grid positions for the start of the Brickyard Grand Prix. After a more promising showing in warm up on Friday morning, both Starworks cars made a good start to the race late on Friday afternoon. The first of three full course yellow cautions came out after only 18 minutes of running and was shortly followed by the first pit stop window. After the second yellow of the race 25 minutes in, Mirco Schultis was running P5 in class in the Martini-liveried #8 Starworks PC when the steering belt failed, whilst on the same lap Martin Fuentes, running in P7 behind the wheel of the 7 car, was hit by a Porsche to sustain suspension damage. With both Starworks chargers at the pit wall during the scheduled PC pit window, Martin endured a long stop as the team repaired what they could on #7 and he re-joined the field to parade round, six laps down, in P8 during a lengthy yellow for IMS officials to fix curb damage. The Florida based crew worked hard to try and get the 8 car back out in to the action throughout the remainder of the race, but to no avail. The Brickyard Grand Prix returned to green with just over one and a half hours remaining. Martin Fuentes was running in P8, but 5 laps down on the class leader. He was able to take Plowman in the #88 PC to run in P7 until just under the one hour mark and the driver change to John Martin. John maintained position, unable to make an improvement due to being seven laps down and there being no rival retirements. On the last lap he had to bring the 7 car in to pit lane from P8 because all the damage sustained during the race was making the car too difficult to drive. The team decided it was better to give away...

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James Hinchcliffe Joins Starworks for DP Return at Road America

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

James Hinchcliffe Joins Starworks for DP Return at Road America

  Canadian motor racing driver James Hinchcliffe joins Starworks regular Scott Mayer for the return of the #78 HPD Riley at the Continental Tire ‘Road Race Showcase’ at Road America, WI, this weekend – round 10 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Honda Performance Development (HPD) developed a new, 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Daytona Prototype version of the production J35 engine for 2014, with the Daytona Prototype Honda Riley package making its debut at the Sebring 12 Hours with Starworks Motorsport, but with limited success. Peter Baron, team owner, says of the Daytona Prototype’s return, “Obviously we are all immensely happy about the return of the #78 Starworks HPD Riley. The project was no small undertaking. We were hoping to make an earlier return, but the amount of engineering and detail that went into the redesign took a bit longer than anticipated. Both HPD and Riley invested a tremendous amount of resources into an initial design that was discussed with the series, but not approved in the end. That cost us a little over a month. But the good news is we have a reliable solution and we are back on track and have a chance to defend our win last year at Road America with Scott!” In the Rolex GRAND AM series last year, the #8 Starworks Motorsport BMW-Riley of Scott Mayer and Brendon Hartley won the 2013 ‘VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250’ at Road America in nail-biting style, bringing home the Ford Lauderdale team’s sixth straight podium of the season to date. Peter adds: “I’m thrilled now to be back competing for a win. Obviously we lost a fair amount of development and learning with the car as it was side-lined while our competition was on track, but we are optimistic on the return. Our goal for this outing is to show that we are reliable and competitive, and to build on the results. We aim to show, by season’s end, that we are back competing for wins, positioning ourselves well for 2015. I’m also very excited about the addition of James Hinchcliffe to the program. I first met James back at a Long Beach Formula Atlantic Championship race in 2006 and we got on well. He has a fun personality and nature that should gel nicely with our team. Honda HPD is also equally excited as we are to see one of their IndyCar drivers with the program. He brings excitement every time he gets in the car, as demonstrated in last week’s IndyCar battle from the back to podium finish.” James Hinchcliffe, #27 United Fiber & Data, Andretti Autosport driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2011, comments, “I’m really excited to be at Road America this weekend with Starworks and HPD. I don’t have a ton of time in the DP cars, but I know Road America well and I’m sure, with a team like Starworks, they will get me up to speed quick. Already having a relationship with HPD makes this an even cooler proposition and should help make the transition easier. More than anything I’m just happy to be in a car on an off weekend!” Continental Tire ‘Road Race Showcase’ at Road America, WI, 8 – 10 August 2014 – TV Broadcast: Qualifying: 8/09/2014 at 4:20 pm EDT on IMSA web and app...

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Close But No Cigar for Starworks at The Glen

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Close But No Cigar for Starworks at The Glen

  July 2, 2014 – It was close but no cigar for both Starworks Motorsport Prototype Challenge cars at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The 7 car of Martin Fuentes and John Martin ran a near perfect race for a podium until a radio issue meant that it finished in fifth place at the chequered flag. The #8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca Chevrolet FLM09 also hit bad luck, when failing brakes caused an on track incident and a retirement with only eight minutes remaining of the six hours. Running at The Glen commenced for the Fort Lauderdale squad with a sole PC practice on Friday. Both the 8 and 7 cars made a solid start to come P3 and P5 respectively in class, followed by a first class performance in practice two on Saturday morning when they topped the timesheets in P1 and P2. Less than half a second separated the top four PC cars in qualifying later in the afternoon, with the Starworks chargers locking down the second row of the grid, to line up for the start of the Sahlen’s Six Hours on Sunday with #8 in P3 and the 7 car in P4. After another strong showing in morning warm up, both Starworks cars made a great start to the race. Renger van der Zande, in the Martini-liveried 8 car, was leading the class, with John Martin right behind in the 7 car in P3 by the end of lap one. By the first pit window Renger had built up a 30 seconds lead when Mirco jumped in while the team made a tire change and slapped in some fuel. He was running P1 at the end of the first hour when the first bit of bad luck struck the team. John handed over the #7 Bomberg liveried Starworks to Martin Fuentes who proceeded to charge through the field. On the 8 car’s next entry to the pits, Mirco endured a long stop as the team repaired a broken mirror. He re-joined the field to run up to P4, with Martin in the 7 car ahead leading the class, when the first full course caution came out – one and a half hours in to the race. The track didn’t stay green for long after the re-start and on Lap 67, just over the two hour mark, the flags went yellow again for a multi GT car incident. Martin was sitting pretty in #7 in P4 with Mirco keeping the front PC runners in his sights from the 8 car in P6. A spin and recovery for both Starworks cars on separate occasions set them back to P4 and P7 respectively as the enduro countdown reached half race distance. The last driver change of the day saw a double stop for the team as both cars came in to the pits for Renger and John to take on the final stints. John in #7 was on a roll and running in podium position P3 while Renger was battling with traffic in P7. The closing stages of the Six Hours were incident and caution filled. John made a stop allowing Renger to take P6 when the sky started to look a little grey. With talk of a potentially wet sprint finish, John and Renger made their...

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