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F3 EC

FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, race 3, Hockenheim (D)

Rosenquist wins, Red Bull junior driver Kvyat surprises…

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) claimed victory in the ninth season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. At the start, the Swede took the lead and defended it until the finish. Behind him, Félix Serrallés took the chequered flag in second place. Guest driver and Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) was delighted with his third-place finish at his first Formula 3 outing, ahead of points’ leader Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam).

At the start, stalwart Felix Rosenqvist came to the fore, followed by Félix Serrallés, Jorden King (Carlin) and Daniil Kvyat. On lap three, Richard Goddard (ThreeBond with T-Sport), Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport), André Rudersdorf (ma-con) and Sean Gelael (Double R Racing) collided, which led to a safety car intervention. At the restart, Rosenqvist defended his lead, while Serrallés was overtaken by Jordan King. A few laps later, the Brit also attacked Rosenqvist for the lead, but this attempt was in vain. Instead, he lost his second place to Serrallés and one lap later, he had to surrender third place to Daniil Kvyat. On lap 13, rookie driver King also had to let Raffaele Marciello past, who made good progress from tenth on the starting grid to finish fourth. 

Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Sven Müller (ma-con), Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) and Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports) rounded out the top ten, which Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport) just missed out in his home round, finishing eleventh from 29 drivers.

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport)
“I had a good start and was able to pull a gap from the drivers behind me right away. Then, the safety car came out and my margin was gone again. After the restart, Félix Serrallés was very closely behind me, but I was able to pull away quickly. I am happy that I have won this race. However, I am not looking at the title. I made that mistake last year and it didn’t bring me anything.” 

Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports)
“I had a good start and I am happy that I am on the podium here. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the restart after the safety car intervention, which was the reason that I got massive pressure from behind after that. Fortunately, I still managed to bring second place home.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My race was good, but I still have to work on the start when I want to win a Formula 3 race. After the start, I quickly found to my rhythm and I was able to stay behind Félix for second place. All in all, it was a great debut weekend in Formula 3 for me with a pole position and a podium finish. I really hope that this wasn’t my last outing in Formula 3.

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F3 at Monza

TOP-CLASS ENTRY FROM 14 COUNTRIES

At Monza in Italy, the 2013 season of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship gets underway in three weeks’ time. In total, 30 highly talented young drivers from 14 countries will be battling for the European championship title and no less so for the Ferrari Formula 1 test drive, on ten weekends with three races each. Experienced Formula 3 drivers like Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) are on the entry list, just like young and eager rookie drivers like Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsport), whose goal it is to make life as difficult as possible for the stalwarts.

For decades, Formula 3 has been known as an ideal career stepping stone. Up‑and-coming talents not only acquire valuable experience in racing, but also in working with technology. Countless Formula 1 World Champions honed their skills in Formula 3. With official European Championship status from the FIA and a new structure, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship has been strengthened for the 2013 season. The series is featuring numerous promising talents on their way up.

Italian outfit, Prema Powerteam, is running four drivers in the 2013 season. Raffaele Marciello, who ended up third overall in 2012 as one of the strongest drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series, will get no less than three new team mates: Alex Lynn, Lucas Auer and Eddie Cheever. Austrian Lucas Auer shone as a rookie by becoming runner-up in the final standings of the German Formula 3 Cup last year. Britain’s Alex Lynn had an equally successful rookie season in his domestic Formula 3 championship in which he came fourth overall. Eddie Cheever, the son of the eponymous ex-Formula 1 driver and Indy 500 race winner graduates into the European Championship with the runner-up position in the Italian Formula 3 under his belt.

Carlin has also entered four young talents to compete for the coveted title. Stalwart Harry Tincknell from the UK, who will be taking on his third year in Formula 3, will be accompanied by his compatriot Jordan King, Nicholas Latifi and Jann Mardenborough. 17-year-old Canadian Latifi got his basic education in Italian Formula 3, while King and Mardenborough do not have any experience in Formula 3 to date. Jordan King became runner-up in the final standings of last year’s Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Team-mate Mardenborough, winner of the 2011 Nissan GT Academy, raced in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship last year. 
Mücke Motorsport is also relying on a quartet of drivers. German Pascal Wehrlein, runner-up of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series, has his eyes set on the title, just like his Swedish team-mate Felix Rosenqvist, who ended up fourth in the last Euro Series season. Mitchell Gilbert and Roy Nissany, whose father was a test driver of the Minardi Formula 1 team in 2005, round out Mücke’s line-up. Malaysian-born Australian Gilbert has previous experience from the German Formula 3 Cup while Israeli Nissany moves up into the Formula 3 European Championship from the ADAC Formula Masters.

Two of Fortec’s drivers from last year, Luís Felipe ‘Pipo’ Derani and Felix Serralles are among those to defend the Fortec Motorsport colours in 2013. Brazilian Derani has been racing in Formula 3 since 2010. His team-mate born in Puerto Rico will be starting into his second season in the category at Monza. Next to these already known drivers, Josh Hill, the son of ex-Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill, and 17-year-old Dmitry Suranovich from Russia complete the line-up of the British outfit.

Double R Racing moves up from British F3 International Series into the European Championship and will run three cars. Tatiana Calderón, who will be driving a Dallara Mercedes, is one of the two female drivers to compete in the Formula 3 European Championship. The Columbian lady racer became the first woman to score a podium finish in the American Star Mazda series in 2011. The 19-year-old South-American’s team-mates are Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, the 2012 Formula Pilota China champion, and 16-year-old Indonesian Sean Gelael, who ended up fourth in the Formula Pilota China last year.

ThreeBond with T-Sport is also coming over from the UK to compete in the European Championship. William Buller, who scored a convincing performance with his fifth place in the final standings of the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series, will be driving a ThreeBond Nissan powered car, just like his team-mate Richard ‘Spike’ Goddard, who won the National Class in British Formula 3 last year.

Dutch team Van Amersfoort Racing will run 19-year-old Zandvoort-based Dutch driver Dennis van de Laar and equally old Swede Mans Grenhagen this season. As a rookie driver, Van de Laar got experience in the German Formula 3 Cup, while Grenhagen ended up third in the European Open F3.

Italian team Eurointernational is graduating from German F3 into the European Championship and secured itself the services of experienced Brit Tom Blomqvist. Blomqvist’s team from last year, ma-con, is relying on German youngsters: 17‑year-old André Rudersdorf won the Trophy classification of the ATS Formula 3 Cup in 2012, 21-year-old Sven Müller is returning to the Brandenburg-based team after one season with Prema. Lucas Wolf will be racing a Mercedes-Dallara with URD Rennsport while Jo Zeller will be running a car for his son Sandro Zeller.

Michela Cerruti is the second lady racer in the field. The 26-year-old Italian already caught attention in touring cars and will be competing for points with a Formula 3 car for Romeo Ferraris’s team in 2013.

The FIA Formula 3 European Championship season opener will take place at the Italian Grand Prix circuit of Monza, together with the FIA WTCC (23-24 March). Prior to that, drivers and teams will meet in Barcelona (8-9 March) and Monza (18-19 March) for a total of four official test days.

F3

F3 at Monza

Prema Powerteam completes its driver line-up for 2013

The driver-line up for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship debut season is complete: the Italian Prema Powerteam around Angelo Rosin just can’t wait for the season kick-off at Monza, Italy. With their latest signing, Eddie Cheever, having been added to their line-up, the Italians now are going to contest the battle for the European Championship title with four drivers: in addition to Eddie Cheever, the son of former Formula 1 ace Eddie Sr., there is Raffaele Marciello who already contested the 2012 Formula 3 Euro Series for Prema and finished third in the championship. Alex Lynn raced for the British Team Fortec Motorsport last year and was signed by Prema due to his impressive performances. And driver No 4 is Lucas Auer: the Austrian thanks to finished runner-up in the championship and was rookie of the year in the German ATS Formula 3 Cup, last year. He also joined Prema Powerteam to make the switch to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Italian F3

A HEART-STOPPING END OF SEASON FOR ITALIAN F3…

It’s a heart-stopping finish for the Italian ACI CSAI Formula and F.3 Championships. After the Formula Abarth struggle on the edge of a thousandth, an exciting Italian F.3 season has come to an end on Monza track. The verdict has been returned only after a vibrant struggle in which three drivers, members of two different teams, were involved.

“Both Formula Abarth and Formula 3 have displayed a charming season finish, whose verdict has been hanged in the balance until the end. The struggle has not only involved different drivers, but also different teams and constructors, therefore, some drivers have acted as holders of the balance of power. It has been a real struggle ‘till the end, so this is an honour to teams and drivers. In many Championships we experience an absolute supremacy, so the final result is clear even some weekend in advance.

The results of our drivers and teams clearly demonstrate the high level of the two series and I can affirm that guys will have a bright future. The performances of those drivers having at least one year’ experience in Formula Abarth behind them, inside other Championships, clearly demonstrate how good our job is”, says Gian Carlo Minardi.

The heated post-race at Monza has changed the track verdict. After some complaints and technical checks , both series standings are still under judgment.  “Unfortunately the Monza racing weekend has been marked by an extra-race event related to a controversy aroused by the two constructors who has handled the F.3 season. If, on the one hand, I’m so sorry about that, on the other hand I’m proud of it, as it’s the only series where two constructors have competed for the leadership ,  setting records. Regarding this unpleasant event, the Federation has  made its presence felt by making several controls on cars and quickly solving the problem, managing teams complaints in an exemplary way. Now it’s up to authorities to draw up the final standing. I’d rather prefer to talk about sport and   moral winners, who are Riccardo Agostini (JD Motorsport team driver on Mygale) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam driver on Dallara). The driver from Padua ,  who finished first in the Italian Championship, has had the ability to grab the European title to the Prema Powerteam driver, nearly achieving the “en plein”. Kevin Giovesi, the driver of Ghinzani team, who joined the team a long time after the beginning of the racing season,  has held the balance of power. “

The three cars of the series, i.e. the Tatuus FA, the Dallara and the F.3 Mygale have demonstrated to be performing and reliable. “ In these first three years , F.Abarth has represented the most preparatory series to incline drivers towards the world of motor sport. Since the beginning, the car has been distinguished by high performances and safety and our drivers have managed to draw attention to themselves in other important categories  such as F.3 and GP3. Since the category is still so young, it will take so much time to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We’re progressing, but quality has to continue to be our strength. Another even more performing category has been the F.3,which has also been the cheapest. That means that our drivers can test themselves behind the wheel of a training car at a lower cost. With a view to 2013 racing season, we’ll try to plan more accessible formats to better fulfill drivers and parents’ needs.

RRDC

RRDC VOTES IN 42 NEW MEMBERS FOR 2012
HILLIARD, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2012) – Thirty race-car drivers have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club as Regular members for 2012. The group has won a collective 66 season championships and more than 700 races, including an incredible 32 overall victories at Le Mans. Also, 12 Associate and Honorary members were voted in, six in each category, raising the membership of the RRDC to 407. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.
“This is truly a stellar group of talented race-car drivers and contributors to the sport,” said RRDC president Bobby Rahal. “We are honored that each of them has enthusiastically accepted membership in the RRDC. We look forward to working with them as the RRDC continues to pursue its goals of lending its expertise to up-and-coming drivers through a variety of programs.”
While Regular RRDC members are race-car drivers who have competed at the championship level, the criteria for Associate membership includes drivers who have participated successfully in major professional events or in lesser and/or historic events, as well as drivers who have significant ties to racing, such as corporate, sponsorship, mentoring, patronage and promotion.
Honorary members are distinguished senior international motorsports champions, team owners and others who have demonstrated a life-long commitment in support of racing through active volunteerism, officiating and/or promotion of the sport generally.
For additional information and driver head shots, go to www.rrdc.org.
In alphabetical order, here are the 30 new Regular members:
MARCOS AMBROSE: Won four Tasmanian junior karting titles, plus the Australian championship in ’95. European FF champion in ’99. Australian Supercar Series Rookie of the Year in ’01, champion in ’03 and ’04. Gambled all on NASCAR, running in the Craftsman Truck and Nationwide Series, before landing a Sprint Cup seat in ’08. Has four road course victories – two Cup, one Nationwide at Watkins Glen, plus a Nationwide win at Montreal.
PETER ARGETSINGER: ’74 German FF Rookie of the Year, ’78 British Driver of the Year, British FF and European FF Champion in ’80. Moved to sports cars in ’85 with much success. Lead instructor for Brands Hatch, BMW, Audi and Skip Barber schools; private coach to Damon Hill, Juan Pablo Montoya and other noted pro drivers.
FRANK BIELA: Touring Car champ ’91. French Touring Car champ in ‘93. British Touring Car champ and Autosport National Racing Driver of the Year in ’96. Drove for Audi at 24 Hours of Le Mans every year from ’99 to ’08, winning in ’00, ’01, ’02, ’06 and ’07 (with Kristensen, Pirro and Werner).
RINALDO “DINDO” CAPELLO: Veteran Audi team driver. ’85 thru ‘88 Italian F3 champ. ’90, ’92, ’93, ’96 Italian Touring Car champ, Group A. ‘96 Italian Super Touring Car champ. ’00, ’02, ’06, ’07, ‘08 Petit Le Mans winner. ’01, ’02, ’06, 07, ’09, ‘12 Sebring winner (record, tied with Kristensen). ’03, ’04, ‘08 Le Mans 24 winner. ’00, ’06, ‘07 ALMS LMP champ.
EDDIE CHEEVER, JR.: Started in karts in Italy and raced for almost 30 years in F1, sports cars, CART and IRL. Won the Italian and European karting championships at age 15. Raced in both F3 and F2. Started 132 F1 races, more than any other American (’78-’89). Scored nine podiums and 70 championship points. Was CART Rookie of the Year at Indy in ’90. Formed his own IRL team in ’97, and won the ’98 Indy 500 as both owner and driver.
RYAN DALZIEL: Top rookie and Ecurie Ecosse Trophy winner in ’99 British Formula Vauxhall Championship. 2nd overall and top rookie in ’00 Formula Renault. British F3 in ’01, followed by 2nd in U.S. Formula Atlantic in both ’03 and ’04. ChampCar, GRAND-AM and ALMS since. Six top-10 ChampCar finishes in ’07. Rolex 24 at Daytona overall winner, ’10.
ANDREW DAVIS: SCCA South Atlantic Champion in ’97, ’98 and ’99. Multiple top-five finishes in Formula Ford in ’00. ALMS competitor in ’01 thru ’03, and GRAND-AM Rolex Series in ’03 to present in GT class, overall champion in ’11. AARWBA All-America Team, SPEED TV Top-Ten GRAND-AM Driver and Porsche Sport Driving School.
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ: Began in motocross at age 8. Ran 24 Hours of Mexico at age 18. Mexican F3 Champion ’91. Indy Lights Rookie of the Year ’92. 194 career starts in CART, IndyCar and ChampCar ’93-’04 with 11 wins and 25 podiums. 2nd in points in ’00. ALMS LMP2 champion ’09.
OLIVER GAVIN: Started as British club racer. McLaren BRDC Award in ’91. Autosport British Club Driver of the Year in ’92. British F3 champion in ’95. Later became Corvette factory team driver. Ran at Le Mans every year from ’01 (Saleen) and ‘02 to ’12 (Corvette). Four-time class winner and 4th overall in ’06. 2012 ALMS GT Champion.
DICK GULDSTRAND: A career Corvette specialist, drove to consecutive Pacific Coast titles, ’63-’65, plus Daytona 24 GT Class win in ’66. Set GT track record at Le Mans in ’67. Developed, raced and won with Camaros in the Trans-Am Series and with Lola in Can-Am for James Garner. First inductee into Corvette Hall of Fame. Engineers and produces performance equipment and special-edition Corvettes.
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: Started in karting, then finished 3rd in the Bridgestone Academy F2000 Series in ’02. Rookie of the Year in Formula BMW USA with four poles and three wins. Moved to Star Mazda then Firestone Indy Lights, finishing second with three wins in ’10. Rookie of the Year in IZOD IndyCar Series with Newman-Haas Racing in ’11.
JACKY ICKX: At one time led all drivers in Le Mans 24 overall victories with six. Won numerous other premier sports car races including Monza 1000, Nurburgring 1000 and Kayalami 9-Hour. Scored eight victories and 17 other podiums in 116 Formula 1 starts over 13 seasons – ’67-’79. Co-drove over the years with RRDC members Brian Redman and Derek Bell with whom he shared three of his Le Mans victories. Ickx was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in ‘02.
MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR.: Raced from age 12 in Mexican Formula Junior, Formula 2 and Sports Prototypes from ’88-‘95, then transitioned to IRL and CART beginning in ’96. Drove for Team Scandia/Simon, Herdez/Bettenhausen and Team Rahal, among others, including Indy 500. Finished 3rd in CART Championship in ’03. Many starts in NASCAR Nationwide Series in ’05-’08.
LEHMAN “LEH” KEEN: GRAND-AM Rolex GT Champion in ’09 with Farnbacher Loles and ’11 with Brumos Racing. Winner ’10 Sebring 12-Hour GT3 class with Alex Job Racing. In ’10, was second in GT2 (12th o/a) at Le Mans, then won Nurburgring in a Farnbacher Loles Ferrari 430. 2012 ALMS GTC class runner-up.
TOM KRISTENSEN: Winningest driver in Le Mans 24-Hour history with eight victories, including six in a row – ‘2000-’05. Also has claimed (with Capello) a record six Sebring 12-Hour victories – ’99, ’00, ’05, ’06, ’09, ’12. ALMS champion, ’02. The most successful endurance racer ever, he as been an Audi factory driver since 2000. Has raced the R8, R10 TDI, R15 TDI and now the R18 sports cars, as well as six versions of the A4 DTM.
ALLAN McNISH: Racing since the age of 11, Scotsman McNish was a six-time national karting champion and three-time British champion. Progressed through FJr., F3 and F3000 en route to sports car racing and F1. Team driver for Porsche and Audi. Twice Le Mans 24-Hour. Four-time Sebring 12-Hour winner. Nurburgring winner. Three-time ALMS champion. Four-time Petit Le Mans winner.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: After winning several junior titles, was International F3000 Champion in ’98, and CART Champion in ’99. Won the Indy 500 as a rookie, the Monaco GP, the Italian GP and the Daytona 24-Hour (twice). Logged seven victories, 13 poles and 30 podiums in 94 career F1 starts for Williams and McLaren. Has scored NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Sears Point and Watkins Glen for Chip Ganassi.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: First American to win Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch (’08). Runner-up for British FF title in ’09 scoring nine wins. Also won nine races in various Skip Barber series over three years. In Europe, scored two wins in Formula Palmer Audi and competed in GP3. 2011 Indy Lights Champion. 2012 IZOD Indy Car driver.
MAX PAPIS: After starting in F3000 in ‘95, Papis ran seven F1 races for the underfinanced Footwork team. Was ’96 Daytona 24-Hour runner-up. Moved to CART that year, later finishing 5th in the series in ’99 for Rahal Racing. Ran mostly sports cars from ’01, but also ran Indy 500 for Cheever Racing in ’02 and ’06. Drove in NASCAR Busch Series in ’06 and ’07.
EMANUELE PIRRO: Started in F2, then F3000, where he finished 3rd in the championship in ’85 and 2nd in ’86. Ran F1 with Benetton in ’89 and Scuderia Italia in ’90-’91. Multi-year Le Mans 24-Hour and ALMS driver, primarily with Audi Sport NA and ADT Champion Racing, from ’98-’10. Five Le Mans 24-Hour wins for Audi in LMP900 and LMP1 (’00 to ’07) and two ALMS season championships (’02 & ’05).
WILL POWER: Raced karts starting at age 6. Australian Formula Holden champ in ’02. Moved to IndyCar in’05, with two wins and 4th in points. With Penske Racing since ’09. Runner up in championship in ’10. I6 IndyCar wins and 23 poles. Leading ’12 series going into the final race, Power’s hopes were dashed by an accident with fellow RRDC member Ryan Hunter-Reay taking the title. He ended up in 2nd.
GUILLERMO “MEMO” ROJAS: From a start in karts (’93) to Barber School in ’97, and then Mexican F2. Ran Barber Pro Dodge Series in ’03 and Formula Renault in Europe in ’04. Since joining Chip Ganassi’s GRAND-AM team in ’07, Rojas has claimed four GRAND-AM Sports Car championships – ’08, ’10, ’11 and ’12 – two Daytona 24 victories.
TAKUMA SATO: British F3 champion ’01. Five seasons in F1. Winner, Macau GP and “Drive of the Race” award for Canadian GP. IndyCar for past two seasons, with two pole positions. Now drives for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
ORIOL SERVIA: Son of a Spanish rally driver, went from karts to French F3 championship to IndyLights and won the ’99 IndyLights championship. Moved to ChampCar and was Rookie of the Year in ’00 and landed at Newman-Haas in ’05, finishing in points that season, and 4th in ‘11. Now driving for Dryer Reinbold Racing.
MIKE SHANK: After an eight year driving career culminated his only IRL start – Las Vegas in ’97 – he launched Michael Shank Racing. Twice named Formula Atlantic Team Owner of the Year, he fielded Sam Hornish Jr’s ’99 Atlantic Championship and Rookie of the Year season. Shank’s GRAND-AM team won the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona this past February.
WAYNE TAYLOR: Started open-wheel racing in South Africa, then moved to sports cars in Europe, finishing fourth at Le Mans in ’87. Moved to the U.S. where he had many wins as a driver, including two Daytona 24-Hour, one Sebring, one Petit Le Mans and the IMSA WSC titles in ’94 and ‘96. Formed his own successful GRAND-AM team, Sun Trust Racing, in ’07.
JERRY THOMPSON: Twice SCCA National Champion, first qualified for the Runoffs in C Production Lotus Super 7 in ’63 and ’64. Went to a Yenko Stinger in ’66, winning D Production National title in ’67. Ran A and B Production Corvettes ’68-’70, was A Production National champ in ’69 and 4th o/a at ’70 Daytona 24-hour. Ran Trans-Am and IMSA ’71-‘75, and ’81-’87. Continues racing today with RX-7 in SCCA enduros.
BRIAN TILL: Won 1990 ChampCar Atlantic Championship in ’90. Raced in CART ’92-’95, with 20 career starts, including 12th place Indy 500 finish in ’94. Drove in Trans-Am Series in ‘95, finishing 9th in points. Subsequently commentator for SPEED and instructor at Mid-Ohio High Performance Driving School.
PETE VAN DER VATE: SCCA National G Production champ in ’63 and ’64, in Sebring Sprite and Morgan 4/4 respectively. Early Trans-Am GTU competitor in Alfa Giulia. Winner ’65 FIA 12-Hour at Marlboro with Monty Winkler. NE Division champ in Group 44 F Production Spitfire in ’74. Thereafter, worked for many years in race-car development with Winkler.
MARCO WERNER: 2nd in ’90 Formula Opel championship (behind Mika Hakkinen). 2nd in German F 3 championship in ’91. Moved to sports cars, first in Porsche Cup, then Audi team driver, with Audi Sport, Joest, ADT and Highcroft. Raced in Le Mans 24-Hour every year from ’02 to ’10, winning LMP 1 in ’05, ’06 and ’07 (teamed with Biela, J.J. Lehto, Kristensen and Pirro).
Here, alphabetically, are the new Associate members:
ZAK BROWN: Founder and CEO of Just Marketing International motorsports marketing agency, Brown began racing karts in ’86, winning 22 races before moving through Formula Ford, Benelux Open Lotus, Toyota Atlantic, British F3 and IndyLights. Owner/driver of United Autosports has successfully competed in all the major international sports car series.
MAX CRAWFORD: The New Zealander is a lifelong mechanic, crew chief, engineer and, later, team owner. Partnered with John Fitzpatrick to win the IMSA title in ’80, then as crew chief with Dick Barbour Racing and later with Dyson Racing. Formed Crawford & Crawford Composites to build the Mazda RX7-92P for IMSA GTP, then Crawford Race Cars to build the SSC2K for the Rolex Sports Car Series and Daytona Prototypes.
JOE FREEMAN: Began racing in ’70, and completed RRDC National Driver’s Seminar in July ’71. Freeman raced Formulas Ford and B before a serious crash at Lime Rock ended his SCCA racing career. Returned to historic racing in ’84 with pre-war Indy cars, winning Monterey Historic Rolex Award in ’01. Automotive historian and owner/manager of The Racemaker Press.
BOB HEBERT: After being an SCCA privateer in the early ’70s, drove for Lotus Racing East in the U.S., South America and Canada, including SCCA runoffs in Atlanta, ’70-’74. Competed in seven Daytona 24-hour races. Regular driver and multiple winner for Donovan Motorsports “Select Edition” Jaguar historic racing team. SVRA Driver of the Year in 2000.
TOM McINTYRE: SCCA big-bore competitor, both road racing and solo; SCCA Solo Champion in ’81. IMSA and Le Mans crewman for numerous top teams, ’77-’82. Regular Historic TransAm competitor, ’93-’10. Record holder at Bonneville and Muroc Dry Lake. Founding member and Director of Checkered Flag 200 Group of Petersen Automotive Museum.
MICHAEL ZIMICKI: Started in Skip Barber Formula Ford Series in ’80, and was Series Champion in ’81. Skip Barber instructor ’81-’91 while also running FF in SCCA National races, with multiple wins. Formed Sliderule Motorsports, Inc., driver coaching business in ’91, coaching internationally-known drivers in IndyCar and other series.
And, here are the new Honorary members:
ROBERT CLARKE: From ’81 managed various aspects of American Honda, including Parts, Motorcycle, Facilities & R&D Divisions. Established in ’93 and directed for almost 20 years Honda Performance Development, including its IndyCar and Acura sports car programs. His Acura program resulted in 123 wins, six manufacturer championships, two series titles and eight driver championships. Now focusing on the Earth Prix program.
LEIGH DIFFEY: Long-time motorsports commentator for BBC, Speed, Fox, ESPN, Sky Sports, Network Ten Australia and HD Net, covering F1, IndyCar, LeMans, GRAND-AM, ALMS, NASCAR AND WRC. Major on-air supporter of RRDC and Safe is Fast program.
PRESTON MILLER: Retired Ford Racing engineering liaison to NASCAR. An N.C. State engineering graduate launched the Miller+Norburn BMW tuning business with multiple wins and Nick Craw’s RS Series championships. Also crew chief for Don Knowles in early ’80s, including Nelson Ledges 24-Hour win and for Jim Miller (Miller-Pratt).
PAUL PFANNER: Formula Ford racer, artist, publisher and advertising/marketing professional. Started Formula magazine, published SportsCar for the SCCA, then started RACER magazine. Later president of Haymarket Publishing, then OnCars, Inc. Long list of well-known motorsports clients, including Toyota, Penske and Goodyear. Major supporter of young racers, including Team USA scholarships. Repurchased RACER from Haymarket in 2012.
BOB RILEY: Mechanical and aeronautical engineer with decades of race-car development. Worked on Chrysler’s Space Division Saturn rocket program, then Ford and Kar Kraft, including the LeMans-winning Ford GT MK IV. Designed A.J. Foyt’s Coyote Indy cars for A.J. Foyt. Consultant for many years to top NASCAR teams. Worked on the design and development of both Daytona Prototype and GRAND-AM cars and safety rescue vehicles for CART.

JACK ROUSH: A drag racer in his youth, founded a motorsports empire based on engine development, including Roush-Fenway Racing (NASCAR), Roush Industries (engineering), and Roush Performance (aftermarket products). Partnered with Zakspeed in early ’80s to develop road-racing cars for Ford. His teams and engines have won 24 national/series championships in SCCA and IMSA, 12 manufacturers titles, and 119 races, including 10 consecutive class wins in the Daytona 24-Hour. His NASCAR teams have won two Cup titles, three Nationwide Series titles and one Truck championship.

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Image from the 2011 Calendar “Americana


Eddie Cheever. Raised in Rome. Cheever was second in the 1974 World Karting Championship, raced in British F3 and drove for Ron Dennis in Formula 2, placing second in the 1977 Championship ahead of Didier Pironi, Riccardo Patrese and Keke Rosberg.

The Phoenix-born racer made his F1 debut in the 1978 South African Grand Prix for Hesketh. His remaining 122 F1 starts saw him drive for Osella, Tyrrell, Talbot-Ligier, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Haas Lola and Arrows. His first career podium came in the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix and he was second at Detroit for Talbot-Ligier.

In 1983, he was teammate to Alain Prost and scored four podium finishes and was sixth in the championship. His final podium finish came in the streets of his birth place while driving for Arrows in 1989, his final year in F1.

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