TruSpeed Racing News

TruSpeed Victorious in IMSA GT3 Challenge Debut At Laguna Seca

 

September 20, 2011 - Monterey, CA

 

TruSpeed Motorsports went to Laguna Seca this past weekend aiming to dip a toe in the waters of the IMSA GT3 Challenge Series in preparation for a full season in the Series in 2012, and emerged with a victory in its first race. Bryce Miller, driving the #35 TruSpeed / Verve / Oakley Porsche GT3 Cup, claimed the first win for the team, as well as his own first win in the Series, in Saturday’s race one. Having done 8 laps in qualifying, Miller saved his best for last, going from p8 in class to p2 on the last lap of the session. In the race, he passed for the lead on the third lap, and had an untroubled run to his first win.

 

Team Manager Tyler Tadevic was enthused about the team’s form on the weekend. “It’s been a big challenge for our team to get ready for our first IMSA GT3 Challenge race here, and that challenge extends to our drivers as well. Bryce has been progressing in his racecraft all season long, and he showed on Saturday that he’s got a lot of speed and savvy about him. We couldn’t have asked for a better result, and I think Bryce has showed there’s a lot yet to come from him.”

 

Tadevic continued, “The team made a mistake in preparing for tech with Sloan Urry’s #12 H2O Overdrive / TruSpeed car in qualifying for Saturday’s race, and as a result, he had to start from the back of the grid. He took it really well, even though he was disappointed to lose his 3rd place qualifying position. He drove the wheels off the car in Saturday’s race though, going from dead last to finish 4th in class, which is really a testament to his skill.”

 

David Hansson qualified sixth in the #37 37Signals / TruSpeed Porsche for Saturday’s race, .4 of one second off of pole position, finishing 4th and in the process qualifying 5th for Sunday’s race, based on his best lap time in race one.

 

Tadevic said, “David performed as advertised. He was humble, eager to listen and learn, and he definitely showed speed on track. His enthusiasm for driving is pretty infectious, and he was our most consistent finisher this weekend. We were really pleased with Tom Haacker in the #80 TruSpeed/G22 Racing car, too. He’s only been racing one year, and managed to improve his times in every session on what was a very busy track. He had a good race on Saturday, gaining experience, and in Sunday’s race he got pushed wide and went into the wall in turn 11, but we’re proud of the job he did and excited to see him progress as a driver. With Bryce’s win and Hansson’s 4th place finish in Saturday’s race, though, TruSpeed placed two cars in the top 5 in its inaugural GT3 Challenge race, which is a stellar accomplishment for the team.”

 

Sunday’s race two was a bit more unkind to TruSpeed. Bryce Miller started 3rd - resulting from his fastest lap in Saturday’s race - and was shuffled back to 4th place on the start. He spent several laps circulating, and held up behind the 3rd placed car before passing for position. On a later restart, he inherited 2nd place when the car in P1 went off track, but a flying rock punctured his radiator and he was forced to retire out of second place rather than detonate his engine. David Hansson was able to climb to 4th on the start and worked his way up to 2nd over the course of the race. He had a small bobble on course, ripped off the splitter on a kerb, but was able to nurse his damaged car home to 4th place.

 

Sloan Urry, by virtue of his fast lap in Saturday’s race, qualified 4th for Sunday’s race, and unfortunately got punted from behind while racing for a podium spot, pushing him into the car ahead of him and puncturing his radiator and forcing the retirement of the car.

 

TruSpeed is planning a full-season program in the IMSA GT3 Challenge Series for 2012, and will run four cars again at Road Atlanta in the 2011 Series finale Sep. 30 - Oct. 2.

 

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Long Clinches World Challenge GT Championship for TruSpeed Motorsports at Laguna Seca

 

September 18, 2011 - Monterey, CA

 

Patrick Long, driving the #45 PrivacyStar Porsche, sealed the 2011 GT Driver’s Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge today at Laguna Seca, claiming the title in his first full season in the Series and delivering TruSpeed Motorsports its first championship. Despite missing the round at Miller Motorsports Park earlier in the year due to a schedule conflict, Long wrapped up his title at the penultimate round of the season at a track which he’s mastered over the years. Long, who was forced to carry an extra 200lbs. of “success” ballast stemming from his four prior wins and consistent top-five results, qualified 6th on Saturday and drove a consistent and conservative race to finished 5th on Sunday. Long’s closest competitor in the championship, James Sofronas, spun out with only two minutes left in the race, leaving Patrick a clear path to the title on the last lap.

 

Tomy Drissi, driving the #47 The Sitter / TruSpeed Porsche, emerged unscathed from a frightening high-speed off in the ultra-fast turn 4, as he spun and hit the wall hard. While the car will be a total write-off, Tomy walked away from the crash and will drive again at the Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta from Sep. 30 - Oct. 2.

 

Rob Morgan, driving the #46 Entrust/TruSpeed Porsche, ran a strong race and finished 6th. Of Morgan, Team Manager Tyler Tadevic said, “Rob and his crew chief John did a huge amount of work for the team this weekend. They initially struggled on setup during the promoter test day on Thursday, so they ended up going in a pretty drastic direction that ended up yielding a great baseline setup for all three of our cars this weekend. Given where we were with Patrick’s championship status, we couldn’t afford to be anything other than conservative with his car in testing and practice, and the work that Rob and John did really helped get all of our team cars up to speed. In the race, Rob had one of the fastest cars on track, and did a great job in what was a pretty hectic race today.”

 

Tadevic continued, “It goes without saying that we’re immensely proud of Patrick, but we’re also proud as a team. We’ve grown a huge amount this year, and we’ve had Patrick setting an example as the consummate professional. We brought him in with the explicit goal of winning the championship in the #45 PrivacyStar Porsche, and he’s done exactly that. We’re super happy with the season, super happy with the result, and very proud of what Patrick and the team have been able to accomplish.”

 

He continued, “We’re excited to have David Hansson with the team this weekend too. He comes highly rated and has been driving all sorts of cars this year, accruing as much seat time and experience as he can. He’s got the right attitude - listening and learning all the time, and we’re excited to see what he can do.”

 

“It’s been great to have Rob and Tyler to bounce ideas off of, and I have to thank Rob and Charles Morgan, PrivacyStar and Entrust for the chance this season. It’s a cool way to lock up the championship with one race to go, so we can go to Road Atlanta without pressure. We’ll still give it our all, but tonight we’ll celebrate a little.”

 

TruSpeed Motorsports wraps up the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge season at the ultra-fast Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, GA on Sep. 30 - Oct. 2.

 

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TruSpeed Heading to Monterey - Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway

 

September 14, 2011 - Costa Mesa, CA

 

TruSpeed Motorsports, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., is expanding its professional racing efforts to include participation in the IMSA GT3 Challenge series beginning this weekend at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on California’s scenic Monterey Peninsula. In expanding its racing operations to the one-make Porsche GT3 Cup-based series, TruSpeed is preparing for a full season in IMSA GT3 Challenge in 2012.

 

At Laguna Seca this weekend, TruSpeed will field cars for four drivers:

 

Tom Haacker - #80 TruSpeed / G22 Racing Porsche GT3 Cup Sloan Urry - #12 H2O Overdrive / TruSpeed Porsche GT3 Cup D. Bryce Miller - #35 TruSpeed / Verve / Oakley Porsche GT3 Cup David Hansson - #37 37Signals/TruSpeed Porsche GT3 Cup

 

For team owner Rob Morgan, the expansion into IMSA GT3 Cup is a natural progression. “We’ve put a huge amount of effort into re-organizing our professional racing division this season, and I’m happy to say we’re both well-equipped and having success because of it. It’s been very gratifying to watch Tom, Sloan and Bryce develop as drivers and prepare to progress up the sportscar racing ladder this season. We’ve run all three of them in the Pirelli Driver’s Cup, and the time is right for each of them to make the jump to the next competitive level.”

 

He continued, “We’re excited to have David Hansson with the team this weekend too. He comes highly rated and has been driving all sorts of cars this year, accruing as much seat time and experience as he can. He’s got the right attitude - listening and learning all the time, and we’re excited to see what he can do.”

 

For Team Manager Tyler Tadevic, expansion means an increased workload but also a sense of pride. “It’s refreshing to be headed to Laguna Seca with a new challenge to take on. As we’ve seen Tom, Sloan and Bryce learn race craft and improve as drivers, the team has been similarly challenged. Campaigning four cars in the IMSA GT3 Challenge series will be logistically difficult this weekend, but we’re up to it, and we’re proud to be representing Porsche as we get our feet wet in this series. While we’re going to be heads-down this weekend, working hard, it’ll be good to pop up, look around and realize that our ladder system at TruSpeed is working. We’re excited to hit the track this weekend.”

 

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TruSpeed Heading to Monterey - Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway

 

September 13, 2011 - Costa Mesa, CA

 

TruSpeed Motorsports will race for the Pirelli World Challenge Championship this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, in round 11 of the season. Patrick Long, driver of the #45 PrivacyStar Porsche, holds a 185 point lead over second-placed James Sofronas with two races left to run in the season. With a maximum of 140 points available in a World Challenge race, TruSpeed is taking a relatively conservative approach to the remaining two races of the season, and is looking to maximize its results. Long’s sweep of the twin-bill at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago has him carrying the maximum “success” ballast permissible by the rules at an additional 200lbs., but he feels the Laguna Seca circuit should suit the nature of the Porsche GT3s, despite the extra weight. In addition to Long's 200lb. weight penalty, the Series has mandated that all Porsches in the field run 50lbs. more ballast than they did at Infineon, making the minimum weight for the cars 2900lbs, and 3100lbs. for Long.

 

Patrick said, “No question, you feel 200 extra pounds in the Porsche, but the good news is that because the Series’ rules dictate that the top 5 finishers at each race gain success weight, effectively our main competition is getting closer to the weight of my car, as I’m maxed out. Because our car has less horsepower than the Corvettes and Cadillacs, we’d be at a disadvantage on a circuit with lots of long straights, but we feel that the twisty nature of Laguna Seca will play to the Porsches’ strengths. It’s hard not to love racing at Laguna with all the elevation change and the passionate sportscar fan base, so we’re really relishing this coming weekend.”

 

Rob Morgan will look to improve on his 11th and 10th place finishes in the #46 Entrust / TruSpeed Porsche from Infineon Raceway, and Tomy Drissi will return to drive the #47 Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked / TruSpeed Porsche again. Since joining TruSpeed, Drissi has equaled or bettered his results from the early part of the season. With two races left out of 12 on the season, TruSpeed leads the team championship and is helping Porsche close on the manufacturer’s championship as well.

 

Team Manager Tyler Tadevic said, “It’s always a shootout at Laguna Seca, and we don’t expect this weekend to be any different. On paper, we expect the all-wheel drive Volvos to be our biggest competition this weekend, but there’s no way we can forget about the Cadillacs and Corvettes. It’s been great to see Patrick stay competitive even with the maximum weight penalty, and we’re confident that all three of our cars and drivers are capable of running in the top five at Laguna. It’s such a momentum track that it ought to favor the smoothest driver instead of the driver with the most horsepower on tap, and we feel like we’ve got a good baseline setup to start from. At this stage of the championship we’re focused on maximizing results instead of outright race wins, but it’s all still to play for. We're excited to show well for our guests from PrivacyStar and Entrust too, we'll have a number of them in attendance and hopefully we can deliver for them.”

 

The Pirelli World Challenge Series races this Sunday, September 18, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Live streaming of the race will take place on Sunday at 2:30pm PT, at http://www.world-challengetv.com Television coverage will be broadcast delayed on October 29, at 4pm ET on Versus.

 

 

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TruSpeed Driver Long Extends Championship Lead

 

August 29, 2011 - Sonoma California

 

Patrick Long capitalized on TruSpeed Motorsports’ perfect preparation and execution this weekend to capture wins in both of the Pirelli World Challenge races at Infineon Raceway, in Sonoma, California. Having qualified second for Saturday’s Round 9 of the championship, Long managed to set fast lap of the race in the #45 PrivacyStar Porsche and take his third victory of the season. Due to his fastest lap of Round 9, Long started Round 10 on pole and and scythed through traffic to hold the powerful Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim at bay for his 4th win of the year.

 

As a team, TruSpeed put in a dream weekend’s work - Tomy Drissi, driving the #47 Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked / TruSpeed Porsche, finished 7th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday, and Rob Morgan, driving the #46 Entrust / TruSpeed Porsche, finished 11th and 10th, respectfully. With such a strong suite of results, TruSpeed solidified its grasp on the driver’s and team championships, and with two laps remaining, helped extend Porsche’s gap in the manufacturer championship.

 

Patrick said, “It was a perfectly executed weekend by the team. We expected a big fight in both races, but the team had done its homework and knew that the shortened Infineon track would play to our strengths. Given the level of competition with the other Porsches in the field with substantially less “success” weight, we can be proud to have hit all our marks. At this stage in the championship, it’s going to be a fight to the finish, and we have to be taking maximum points out of each race, and this weekend, we did just that. It’s all still to play for, and the last two circuits in the season will favor the higher-horsepower cars, but the team has been incredible. It was a tremendous honor to run with the Cadillac boys this weekend and the TruSpeed guys have given me everything I’ve asked for this season. It’s a tremendous effort for everybody collectively and it’s great to be part of this series.”

 

Team manager Tyler Tadevic commented, “Really fantastic performance by the team, all around. Of all the available points for Patrick this weekend, we took all but three of them, which is a true accomplishment at this time of the season. I can’t say it was a perfect weekend, but it was definitely something for all of us to be proud of. Tomy had a great weekend in the #47 car - in Sunday’s race he chased down Johnny O’Connel in the factory Cadillac for a half an hour, passed him in the hairpin and pulled away for 5th place. Outstanding effort from Tomy there.”

 

He continued, “Rob’s weekend results don’t show the strength of his driving or the performance of the car - he was the victim of a bad officiating call on Saturday and did a great job of nursing the car home after some surprisingly heavy contact with a lapped car Sunday. He had tried to go around the outside of Figge in one of the Volvos but clipped a GTS-class Porsche, which seriously damaged his left rear wheel - it’s amazing that he still pulled off four passes before the end of the race on that bent wheel. Lastly, a big thanks for our guests from Entrust and PrivacyStar - it was awesome to be able to perform so well in front of our sponsors, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of them at Laguna.”

 

TruSpeed Motorsports and the Pirelli World Challenge Series next race, September 16-18, 2011 at Laguna Seca, on California’s Monterey peninsula. Live streaming of round 11 will be live at http://www.world-challengetv.com

 

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TruSpeed Motorsports wishes to thank its 2011 sponsors and partners. For more information, visit:

 

PrivacyStar: http://privacystar.com/

Entrust: http://entrust.com

NADA Guide: http://www.nadaguides.com

Merrill Lynch: http://ml.com

TruSpeed Service: http://www.truspeedoc.com

 

 

 

TruSpeed Motorsports: Into the Championship Lead

 

August 9, 2011

 

 

TruSpeed Motorsports had a packed weekend of racing at Mid-Ohio, qualifying and racing twice over three days. In qualifying for Saturday’s round 7 of the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge Championship, Patrick Long put the #45 PrivacyStar Porsche on pole, as Tomy Drissi qualified 8th and Rob Morgan 9th.

 

Due to the series rules, Long ran Saturday’s race with 148lbs. of “success ballast” - meant to equalize the competition - on top of 80lbs. that all the Porsches in the field were mandated, giving him the extra weight of a passenger sitting in the car with him. At the start, the all-wheel drive Volvo of Alex Figge got the jump on Long’s rear wheel drive Porsche and the rear wheel drive Corvette of Patrick Lindsey, rocketing from 3rd to the lead before turn one. Long cycled back to p4 during the race as he struggled to maintain momentum through traffic with his heavy car, but a late-race incident between Patrick Lindsey and Johnny O’Connell in his Cadillac promoted Long to 2nd, with erstwhile championship leader James Sofronas claiming 3rd position. The race, scheduled for 50 minutes, was shortened to only 24 laps by three caution periods, and while the race would finish under caution, Long’s 2nd place was enough to eclipse Sofronas and assume the championship lead, despite missing round 4 at Miller Motorsports Park.

 

Tomy Drissi, in his first race for TruSpeed Motorsports, scored a season-best 5th place in the #47 In Time / TruSpeed Porsche, while Rob Morgan finished 7th in the #46 Entrust / TruSpeed Porsche, each gaining solid manufacturer points for Porsche in the championship.

 

In Sunday’s race, round 8, Patrick Long had an additional 48lbs. of “success ballast” added to his car, ballooning the total additional weight of his car to 196lbs. plus 80lbs. of series-mandated weight. Despite the massive ballast, he qualified the #45 Privacy Star Porsche 2nd as on a clear track, he was able to maintain momentum through the many corners of Mid-Ohio. In Sunday’s race, the weight penalty showed its effect as Long was freight-trained in traffic, unable to keep momentum through turns and with higher horsepower Cadillacs and Corvettes pulling away substantially out of corners and on straightaways. Long’s experience and intelligence as a racer paid off, however, as he kept his nose clean throughout the many incidents in the race, including the last-lap incident between Alex Figge’s Volvo and Mike Skeen’s Corvette, which took both out of the race.

 

Long’s closest championship contender, James Sofronas, had an off in qualifying for Sunday’s race and was forced to change all four tires, and start from the back of the grid. As it happened, TruSpeed’s Tomy Drissi and Rob Morgan engaged in a race-long battle of their own with Sofronas behind them, allowing Long to stay out front and pull away from James in the championship. With his 4th place finish, Long now leads Sofronas 840-796, with four races left in the season.

 

Patrick said, “I think we’re only 7 pounds under the maximum ‘success’ penalty weight, and you can really feel it in the car. The TruSpeed boys gave me a great racecar this weekend and as a team, Rob, Tomy and I are really helping each other, sharing data on the cars and trying to collectively raise our game. The all-wheel drive Volvos really have an advantage during the standing starts, and the Corvettes in particular really have a horsepower advantage, but the great thing about the Pirelli World Challenge is the diversity of the competition - everyone’s got advantages and disadvantages, and that makes racing here pretty unpredictable.”

 

Team Manager Tyler Tadevic commented, “Coming into this weekend, the goal was to get solid results for all three cars and for Patrick to take the championship lead, and we were able to achieve both of those goals. Adding a third car for Tomy is a lot of extra logistical work, but I’m proud of our guys for handling it so well. At this point in the year, we’re thinking championship more than individual race wins, so it was great to see Patrick race in such a heads-up, intelligent way. The penalty weight that we’ve got on all three cars - especially Patrick’s - is a huge handicap relative to our competition, and it asks a ton of the tires. As they say, ‘you can’t beat horsepower,’ and despite the disadvantage we have to some of the competition, we managed to get Patrick the championship lead on Saturday, then extend it on Sunday. We’ve got four races left so it’s still all to play for, but we’re going to approach each race methodically and keep our eyes on the prize: winning the championships.”

 

TruSpeed Motorsports and the Pirelli World Challenge Series race next August 26-28, 2011 at Infineon Raceway, in California’s Wine Country. Live streaming of rounds 9 and 10 will be live at http://www.world-challengetv.com

 

 

TruSpeed Motorsports wishes to thank its 2011 sponsors and partners. For more information, visit:

 

 

PrivacyStar: http://privacystar.com/

Entrust: http://entrust.com

NADA Guide: http://www.nadaguides.com

Merrill Lynch: http://ml.com

 

 

TruSpeed Motorsports was founded in 2001 by Rob and Charles Morgan, over the years racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge and World Challenge. TruSpeed runs a robust arrive-and-drive and trackday business, as well as a street and race car sales and service facility in Orange County, California.

 

For information about TruSpeed’s racing, performance car sales and service, visit: http://www.truspeedmotorcars.com

TruSpeed Motorsports: Back to Action After a Long Summer Break

 

August 1, 2011

 

TruSpeed Motorsports gets back to racing action after a 10-week break in the summer schedule this weekend at Mid-Ohio. The #45 PrivacyStar Porsche of Patrick Long and #46 Entrust / TruSpeed Porsche of Rob Morgan have been thoroughly disassembled, cleaned, tweaked and tested, and cars, team and drivers are itching to get back to competition. Patrick Long enters the weekend 2nd in the 2011 Pirelli World Challenge GT championship, just 8 points behind the leader James Sofranos, despite missing one race early in the season. In a welcome addition, the team has entered the #47 In Time / TruSpeed Porsche for past Trans-Am Champion and longtime sportscar star Tomy Drissi.

 

One factor which will increase the challenge for TruSpeed is the addition of 80 lbs. of “success ballast” to all Porsches entered in the GT class, ostensibly to ensure parity and equalize the competition among the various types of vehicles in World Challenge. As of Mid-Ohio, the new minimum weight (without driver) for all Porsches entered is up 80 lbs. to 2900 lbs. Patrick Long, due to his success to date in the championship, will carry an additional 141 lbs. over the mandated minimum weight of the car, meaning he’ll be driving a 3,041 lb. racecar.

 

Team owner and driver of the #46 Entrust / TruSpeed Porsche Rob Morgan has been keeping himself busy since the last race at Mosport. “We’ve made some organizational changes and have spent the last 10 weeks focusing on really getting our operations dialed in at the race shop. We’re thrilled to have Tomy Drissi on board, too. He’s a great racer and a welcome addition to our team. We’re working really hard to grow and progress as a racing team and as a business, and I’m happy to say we’re making good strides. We’ve been testing the racecars, too, and it felt great to get back behind the wheel and do some development on the 911 Cup platform. We’re under no illusions about how tough the competition in World Challenge is, and for sure, the Corvettes, Cadillacs, Mustangs and Vipers will have spent the break doing the same things we have. We feel ready to come off the trucks in Ohio with a good setup, and we’re relishing putting in some laps in anger.”

 

Patrick Long said, “I’m excited to get back into the car at Mid-Ohio, and while it’s going to be a very busy weekend for me with an ALMS race and two World Challenge races, it’s going to be a good test. We’re currently a close second in the championship. The series has made some rules adjustments and we’ll see how they pan out, but it’ll be great to get back to racing with TruSpeed. We’ve worked hard on the car and I think we’ve improved from our last outing at Mosport where we finished second. I’ll have to juggle the two different kinds of racing this weekend - rolling starts, pit stops and driver changes in ALMS, standing starts and just me driving in World Challenge, but I love the diversity.”

 

The Pirelli World Challenge season will pick up in frequency and intensity for the next 8 weeks, with 6 races split across four weekends to decide the championship. This weekend will see twin races for the TruSpeed gang, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th. Twin races at Infineon Raceway in Northern California, then single races at Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta round out the season.

 

Live streaming of rounds 7 and 8 from Mid-Ohio can be viewed at http://www.world-challengetv.com at 10:45am ET on Saturday, August 6, and 11:30am ET on Sunday, August 7. Television broadcast will be carried by VERSUS on Saturday, August 20 at 5pm ET, and re-aired

September 1 at 3:30pm ET.

 

 

TruSpeed Motorsports wishes to thank its 2011 sponsors and partners. For more information, visit:

 

PrivacyStar: http://privacystar.com/

Entrust: http://entrust.com

NADA Guide: http://www.nadaguides.com

Merrill Lynch: http://ml.com

 

TruSpeed Motorsports was founded in 2001 by Rob and Charles Morgan, over the years racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge and World Challenge. TruSpeed runs a robust arrive-and-drive and trackday business, as well as a street and race car sales and service facility in Orange County, California.

 

For information about TruSpeed’s racing, performance car sales and service, visit: http://www.truspeedmotorcars.com