Atlanta Speedwerks Scores Second Place At Home Track in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Finale

Fox Factory 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Tyler Stone, Ryan Eversley

BRASELTON, Georgia (November 12, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks scored a podium finish at their hometown race on Friday, moving from the rear of the field at the start to second in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Tyler Stone and Ryan Eversley, co-driving together for the first time this week, combined for the runner-up finish in the No. 94 Hella Pagid/Inline Electric Honda Civic TCR. It was the fifth podium of the season for Atlanta Speedwerks, who scored wins at both Watkins Glen rounds of the championship.

Stone, making his lone appearance of the season for Atlanta Speedwerks, started on the last row of the grid while working to get up to speed. By the time Stone came to pit lane under a full course caution with 68 minutes remaining in the two-hour race to hand the car to Eversley, he was in ninth-place in the 17-car TCR-class field.

“I’ve been on the podium before, just never on this level,” Stone said. “I’ve been close many times. I’ve had a lot of top 10s, but to make it to the podium is just an awesome feeling. To take the car from the very back row of this awesome and very talented field all the way up to ninth and turn over a good car to Ryan in clean condition with everyone wrecking in front of me is amazing. I probably dodged three or four potential wrecks. It was a fun drive. Atlanta Speedwerks did a great job of providing a winning setup and a few more laps I think we might have been on the top spot.”

Fox Factory 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Tyler Stone, Ryan Eversley

Eversley took over the charge from there. The Atlanta Speedwerks car was sixth under yet another yellow, the third of five in the race, with 48 minutes remaining, but two laps after that Eversley sat in fourth place. He stayed there through two more full course cautions in the final 42 minutes of the race, and remained there with just three corners left in the race.

The second and third place cars were ready to race going into Road Atlanta’s Turn 10 at the end of the backstretch, and when they made side-to-side contact through the corner it killed both cars’ momentum and opened the door for Eversley. Eversley, still carrying that momentum, swung through the final corners and across the stripe for the final podium position.

“To come home on the podium with a car that was clearly the fourth-fastest of the race, I’ll take that every time,” Eversley said. “I’m really happy with that. Tyler picked up a second just in sector one in three laps of the race. He was right there already and I actually applaud him for not being too aggressive. He got stuck behind some slower cars at the start and if he had tried too hard to get by it could have been the end of the day. I’m really happy with the pit stop, I’m just happy. I’ve got to thank Honda and HPD, the Atlanta Speedwerks guys, and everyone who made this happen at my and the team’s home race.”

Eversley, who drove with five different co-drivers during the 10-race season, finished in a tie for third in the season-long championship point standings.

The podium finish was a strong end to the season for Atlanta Speedwerks, coming at the team’s home track of Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and with partners Hella Pagid and Inline Electric on board.

“This was a great way to end the season,” Atlanta Speedwerks owner Todd Lamb said. “It’s been two years since Tyler has driven with us, and he knocked the rust off quickly and kept improving his lap times even during the race. The crew did a fantastic job of prepping the car and had a flawless pair of pit stops, and Ryan brought it home with a really good run and a great final lap. The whole race, including having Hella Pagid and Inline Electric here with us, has us looking forward to 2022 already.”

Fox Factory 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Tyler Stone, Ryan Eversley

Atlanta Speedwerks Enters Michelin Pilot Challenge Finale As Hometown Favorite

BRASELTON, Georgia (November 9, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks is bringing their own hometown flavor to its home race for this week’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, where the team’s No. 94 Hella Pagid/Sabelt Honda Civic TCR will be piloted by Ryan Eversley and returning driver Tyler Stone.

Friday’s two-hour Fox Factory 120 is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. EST and can be streamed live via TrackPass on the NBCSN app. The race will be rebroadcast at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 23 on NBCSN.

Atlanta Speedwerks is based in nearby Gainesville, Georgia, and team owner Todd Lamb calls Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta the team’s home track. Eversley, who is from Atlanta, currently sits sixth in the driver’s championship point standings heading into his home race.

Eversley and Stone will carry the logo of partner Hella Pagid once again, whose U.S. base of operations for their performance brake systems is in suburban Atlanta.

Atlanta Speedwerks had a successful run at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta a season ago, where Lamb and Brian Henderson earned the TCR class pole position and finished on the podium with a third-place finish.

Henderson will miss this year’s season finale for the impending birth of his first child, opening the door for a return to Atlanta Speedwerks for Stone.

Stone has driven with Atlanta Speedwerks before, driving the No. 94 Honda Civic TCR at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in 2019, pre-pandemic. That was the most recent of 15 career starts in IMSA competition, coming mainly in Touring Car classes in Pilot Challenge and previous iterations of the championship.

In addition, the No. 94 Hella Pagid/Sabelt Honda Civic TCR will carry an in-car camera for the television broadcast of the Fox Factory 120 on Friday afternoon.

The race event, the season finale for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season, begins on Wednesday, November 10 with a 2:15 p.m. EST practice session. Thursday, November 11 features a second one-hour practice followed by qualifying at 3:55 p.m. EST. That qualifying session sets the grid for the two-hour Fox Factory 120, which takes the green flat at 1:10 p.m. EST.

Todd Lamb, Owner: “We’re really looking forward to coming back to our home track of Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, to welcome back Tyler and pair him with Ryan. It’s a chance to race in front of some friends and partners at Hella Pagid, and friends and family of both the team and of Ryan’s since we’re so close to home. Obviously we’ll miss Brian Henderson this week, but he’ll be rooting us on from home. This is always a difficult race but we’re hoping to repeat our podium performance from a year ago and finish the season on a high note.”

Tyler Stone, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “I am really excited about the opportunity to be back with Atlanta Speedwerks and am looking forward to teaming up with Ryan Eversley. I believe with Tod and the guys behind the wall we should be in a great position for a strong finish.”

Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “It’s the last race of the year and I’m happy that it’s my home track, and the team’s home track as well! I know we’ll have a lot of fans cheering the Atlanta Speedwerks team on all week. Tyler and I will have our work cut out for us getting gelled quickly but with his experience at Road Atlanta and racing in TCR before, I think we’ll be able to fight for a result. This crew has been working hard all season long and I’d love for us to bring home a trophy to thank them for their efforts this year.”

The Ascent Park City Becomes Primary Partner On Atlanta Speedwerks IMSA Honda Civic TCR Driven By Scott Smithson and Ryan Eversley

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 6, 2021) – The Ascent Park City, a condo-hotel that is part of the Tapestry Collection By Hilton, has joined the Atlanta Speedwerks as a primary partner of the No. 94 The Ascent Park City/Dinner With Racers Honda Civic TCR in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge beginning with this weekend’s race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, which currently sits second in the season-long team championship, is piloted by co-drivers Scott Smithson and Honda Factory driver Ryan Eversley. Eversley sits second in the Driver’s Championship. This weekend’s two-hour race, round six of 10 in the season, is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 7, and can be seen live via TrackPass on the NBC Sports app. The race will re-air on Wednesday, August 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT on NBCSN for cable and satellite subscribers.

The Ascent Park City, located at the foot of the largest ski resort in the United States, offers owners and visitors alike four-seasons of recreation, dining and shopping at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village. The Ascent consists of 120 fully furnished residences, including studio and one-bedroom plans, starting in the $500,000s for purchase through Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. The boutique condo-hotel is part of the exclusive Tapestry Collection by Hilton, placing it among 47 of the most elite hotels in the world.

Smithson, who finished on the podium with Eversley in his IMSA debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, is a founder of The Ascent Park City. After appearing in three of the first six rounds this season, Smithson will finish the season co-driving with Eversley in the No. 94 The Ascent Park City/Dinner With Racers Honda Civic TCR for Atlanta Speedwerks. Smithson is in his first season with Atlanta Speedwerks, and just his second as a professional racer after advancing from track days just four seasons ago.

“I am very excited to proudly represent The Ascent Park City and Atlanta Speedwerks here at Road America and throughout the rest of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season,” Smithson said. “With Ryan Eversley fighting for a championship, I am focused on delivering a brilliant result for our team.”

As a condo-hotel, The Ascent Park City’s residences are purchased by individuals through Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, but will be available for rent through Hilton.com just like any other hotel room. The Ascent Park City is scheduled for ground breaking in the second half of 2021.

“I’ve known since day one that The Ascent Park City would be one the Mountain West’s most sought-after condo-hotels,” Keri Holland, Global Real Estate Advisor for Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, said. “Now, with Scott Smithson driving the No. 94 Ascent Park City Honda Civic TCR for Atlanta Speedwerks, we’ll be sharing this exceptional real estate offering with a new captive audience that would enjoy a break from the speed of the race track for a relaxing getaway and investment in the mountains.”

For the first time this season, Smithson returns to a track in which he’s previously raced. Smithson was a race-winner a season ago in SRO competition in a similar Honda Civic TCR car, which will be welcome experience as Eversley and Atlanta Speedwerks chase their respective Driver and Team championships.

“Scott and Ryan have both had fantastic seasons to this point, and we’re hoping to keep that momentum going with The Ascent Park City on No. 94 Honda Civic TCR,” Todd Lamb, Atlanta Speedwerks team owner, said. “It’s been an exciting week in the growth of this race team. We’re looking forward to working with Scott, The Ascent, and Summit Sotheby’s International as this season continues.”

Saturday’s two-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge race is part of the IMSA SportsCar weekend at Road America. More information on the team or this weekend’s racing can be found at www.atlspeedwerks.com or IMSA.com. Information on The Ascent Park City can be found at AscentParkCity.com.

About Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is the award-winning Utah affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty. With nearly 3 billion in annual sales, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is Utah’s real estate leader in the resort and urban markets of Park City, Deer Valley, Salt Lake City and Southern Utah. More information can be found at summitsothebysrealty.com.

Hella Pagid Joins Atlanta Speedwerks on Nos. 84 and 94 Honda Civic TCRs Beginning at Road America’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Round

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (August 5, 2021) – Hella Pagid Brake Systems, a world-wide brake systems specialist for the independent automotive aftermarket that operates as a joint venture with OE automotive suppliers TMD Friction and HELLA, has joined Atlanta Speedwerks for the remainder of the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season and will appear prominently on the No. 84 Hella Pagid Brake Systems/Sabelt Honda Civic TCR co-driven by Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker and as an associate sponsor on the No. 94 Qelo Capital/Dinner with Racers Honda Civic TCR driven by Ryan Eversley and Scott Smithson beginning this weekend at Road America.

With its US operations based in suburban Atlanta, Hella Pagid Brake Systems sponsorship is an evolution of the long-standing partnership between Atlanta Speedwerks and Pagid. Hella Pagid Brake Systems in the North American market offers OE competence for friction and brake rotors, predominately for European cars – but with an ever-expanding range. For friction, Hella Pagid Brake systems offers over 100 compounds to truly provide the right compound for each car and in brake rotors features high carbon content making then quiet and excellent in dissipating heat.

“We are very pleased to come on board with Atlanta Speedwerks, a local team that is performing at a high level,” Fred Snow, President of Hella Automotive Sales, which distributes Hella Pagid Brake Systems products for the North American market, said. “We look forward to our relationship growing and being part of their success.”

Hella Pagid joins a No. 84 Honda Civic that currently sits seventh in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR driver standings with Henderson and Noaker, as well as the team standings. Along with the sister No. 94 Qelo Capital/Dinner With Racers Honda Civic TCR driven by Ryan Everlsey (second in the Driver Championship), Scott Smithson and team owner Todd Lamb this season, Atlanta Speedwerks has earned two wins a total of four podiums, and six front-row starting positions this season in just six of 10 races.

“It’s an honor for us at Atlanta Speedwerks to work with a company with a presence like Hella Pagid,” Lamb said. “We’ve known the company for years through my previous work as an automotive engineer and through our relationship with the Pagid Racing brand, but this is a step forward to represent both the racing and the OEM side of their business. We’re hoping Brian, Robert and the 84 team can carry the Hella Pagid brand into victory lane again before the year is out.”

This weekend’s race at Road America takes place on Saturday, August 7 at 4:35 p.m. CDT and can be seen live via TrackPass on the NBC Sports app. The weekend begins on Friday with two hour-long practice sessions, with qualifying at 8 a.m. CDT on Saturday morning to set the grid for the race.

Shalen’s 120 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

About Hella Pagid
The joint venture consisting of automotive supplier HELLA and automotive supplier TMD Friction, part of Nisshinbo Group, distributes brake components and accessories on the worldwide automotive aftermarket. Both partners have a 50 percent share in the joint venture. Hella Pagid benefits greatly from the expertise of the two automotive suppliers, skills which complement each other exceptionally well. This joint venture perfectly combines the strengths of two market-leading companies in original equipment, aftermarket, and service. TMD Friction is the world’s leading manufacturer of brake linings, whose product portfolio combines top brake technology with constant innovation. Hella Pagid products are distributed via the HELLA global retail organization.

Brian Henderson Qualifies TCR Honda Civic Third at Lime Rock for Atlanta Speedwerks in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Lime Rock Park 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Lime Rock Park – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

LIME ROCK, Connecticut (July 16, 2021) – Brian Henderson drove the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR to third on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge grid for Atlanta Speedwerks during Friday’s qualifying, setting up a second row start for Saturday’s two-hour Lime Rock Park 120.

Saturday’s race is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. EDT and can be seen live via TrackPass on the NBC Sports app.

Henderson’s best time during the 15-minute qualifying session came in 54.484 seconds (97.657 mph) on his 10th lap of the 1.5-mile circuit. Henderson will start the race and run the opening stint before passing the car to Robert Noaker for the run to the finish.

It’s the sixth time this season in as many races that at least one Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic has qualified in the top three TCR positions.

“We’re really happy with P3 overall,” Henderson said. “We’re really close on time, and we’ve been working on race pace for the end when Robert will be there. I think we’re setup pretty good for that. We should be quick at the end and hopefully we’ll come away with a couple of cars on the podium.”

Lime Rock Park 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Lime Rock Park – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Scott Smithson, Ryan Eversley

Ryan Eversley, who sits second in the season-long Driver Standings, and co-driver Scott Smithson will start the No. 94 Qelo Capital/Dinner With Racers Honda Civic TCR from the rear of the field after a practice-session crash. The team is currently prepping a back-up car for use in Saturday’s race.

Atlanta Speedwerks is riding a two-race winning streak after sweeping the back-to-back Watkins Glen races, first with Eversley and team owner Todd Lamb in the No. 94 machine, and then with Henderson and Noaker in the No. 84 Honda Civic.

With that win, Henderson and Noaker have moved to sixth in the Driver and Team Championship and are hoping to improve more in Saturday’s race.

Pre-race festivities begin at 10:05 a.m. EDT on Saturday morning, with the green flag at 11:05 a.m. EDT on the NBC Sports app.

Lime Rock Park 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Lime Rock Park – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Atlanta Speedwerks Heads To Lime Rock With Momentum From Back to Back IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Wins

Shalen’s 120 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (July 14, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks’ two-car IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR effort brings a two-race winning streak to Lime Rock Park this week, July 16 – 17, for the Lime Rock Park 120. The two-hour race is round six of the 10-race championship.

Saturday’s race, which begins at 11:05 a.m. EDT, can be seen live via TrackPass on the NBC Sports app. The race will be re-aired on Tuesday, August 10 at 1 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

The team won back-to-back races at Watkins Glen International, with the No. 94 Qelo/Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR driven by Ryan Eversley and Todd Lamb capturing the four-hour win, and the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR driven by Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker capturing the second of the back-to-back races in upstate New York.

Scott Smithson, who co-drove with Ryan Eversley in the second Watkins Glen round, returns for Lime Rock Park with Eversley, while Henderson and Noaker continue their season-long run. Smithson and Eversley crossed the finish line second behind the sister car in the Watkins Glen finale before a weight issue in post-race technical inspection saw that result demoted.

Eversley and the No. 94 car enter the Lime Rock Park race second in the Drivers’ and Team championship race, respectively. Henderson and Noaker share sixth-place in the Drivers’ championship and the Team championship, while the two cars have combined to boost Honda to the lead in the Manufacturers’ championship standings.

The Honda Civic TCRs will be dramatically different at Lime Rock Park than they were going into back-to-back weeks at Watkins Glen, due to IMSA Balance of Performance adjustments. The cars will carry an additional 60 kg of weight (approximately 132 pounds) as compared to the weight of Eversley and Lamb’s win, and three-liter reduction in fuel capacity.

The last visit to Lime Rock for the Michelin Pilot Challenge came in 2019, where Henderson and Lamb teamed for a fourth-place finish. Though not driving for Atlanta Speedwerks, Eversley finished fifth in the same race in a Honda Civic TCR. This will be the first IMSA race at Lime Rock for Noaker, and the first visit to the track for Smithson.

Two-day event begins on Friday, July 16 with a pair of one-hour practice sessions at 10:05 a.m. and 1:25 p.m. EDT, followed by qualifying at 4:20 p.m. EDT. That qualifying session sets the grid for Saturday’s race, which takes the green flag at 11:05 a.m. EDT. The two-hour race can be seen live on the NBC Sports app.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Todd Lamb, Ryan Eversley

Todd Lamb, Team Owner: “Lime Rock is situated in a picturesque area. It’s a very physically demanding track because of the high g-loads and constant turning. There’s very little opportunity to rest on the very short straightaway. You lose a lap putting under green so the crew has to be spot on, and any time saved in the pit usually leads to positions being gained which is critical since it can be hard to pass on the track. The TCR cars aren’t much slower than the GS cars so managing faster and slower traffic is very much a key to success in the race.”

Ryan Everlsey, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “We’re headed to Lime Rock looking for a little redemption after a disappointing result at Watkins Glen. It’ll be nice to return to Lakeville after missing a year due to the pandemic, but it’s another first-time track for Scott so we have our work cut out for us. Fortunately he was very fast at Watkins Glen, which was also new to him so I’m confident we will be strong come race time.”

Robert Noaker, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “This will be my second time visiting Lime Rock, the first time being in a Mazda MX-5. On paper this track doesn’t seem too difficult, but that’s far from the truth. This track is very unique with the elevation changes, difficulty to pass, and just how short the track is. The speed difference between TCR and GS are going to be a lot closer here with the TCR cars being so quick in the turns. With Lime Rock consisting of mostly turns, GS traffic will definitely be a factor.

Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “I am excited to get back to Lime Rock because I do not get to race there often! It is such a fast-paced track, so there is always a lot of action. GS traffic will definitely come into play later in the race. I know we will have a fast Honda Civic Type R thanks to the guys at Atlanta Speedwerks. Coming off our first win just two weeks ago I am more pumped than ever going into this one!”

Shalen’s 120 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Atlanta Speedwerks Wins Second Consecutive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 3, 2021) – Less than one week after the team’s first IMSA win, Atlanta Speedwerks followed it up with a second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge win at Watkins Glen. Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker won for the first time in their IMSA careers on Friday in the two-hour race, backing up a win by the sister car co-driven by Ryan Eversley and Todd Lamb in the four-hour race last Saturday.

The race came down to a final full course caution and restart with eight minutes left. Noaker, driving the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR, held the lead as the skies threatened rain. A lapped GS-class car jammed up a pack of the top four with just three laps to go, forcing Noaker to lose the lead and then reclaim it in the same traffic just a few laps later.

“This win feels very different and a lot better than anything else I’ve ever gotten,” Noaker said. “It was really just trying to save the tires for the end of the race just in case a caution happened, and there was a caution. Then it was all out, as fast as you can possibly go. There were four cars trying to get the lead and you could go from first to third and back to first again in one lap.”

With grip going away as a light rain fell, that was even more difficult. Add in traffic, and Noaker earned the win.

“There was a slower GS car that was in the mix of all this,” Noaker said. “All of us were trying to get around him. I tried to go around the outside of him in the carousel and there was too much rain and no grip out there. That’s how the Audi got around us. Then there were two more GS cars on the next lap going into the bus stop. They were racing for position, and we were racing for position, and nobody wants to give up any ground. the Audi slipped up in the bus stop and I was able to go around the outside of him.”

Shalen’s 120 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Noaker had the comfort of knowing that the No. 84 car had been the quickest all race long, leading 15 laps in Henderson’s opening stint and 40 laps in total. That proved true, with Noaker breaking free of the battle in the final two laps and winning by 1.726 seconds at the checkered flag.

Henderson, who qualified second, took the lead on the 14th lap of the race and held on until his green-flag pit stop on lap 28 with 54 minutes remaining in the race. Henderson’s stint actually began under yellow after a competitor spun and dumped oil on the pace lap, necessitating the opening 18 minutes to be run under yellow.

“I was just trying to keep the car clean and give it to Robert in the best position possible so that we could go out there and have a strong finish,” Henderson said. “We had a little bit of a rocky start to the season but things seem to be getting better. Once I got out front I just tried to stay clean and run consistently quick laps to try and get a gap and hand the car over to Robert in first.”

The win was the first in IMSA competition for Noaker, who earned seven wins previously in MX-5 Cup competition, and the first professional win for Henderson, who has been on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge podium previously.

The No. 94 Qelo Capital/Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR crossed the finish line in second place, but was moved to the rear of the finishing order when it didn’t meet the minimum weight standard in post-race technical inspection. The team is expected to appeal the ruling through the appropriate channels.

Atlanta Speedwerks and the Michelin Pilot Challenge field returns to action at Lime Rock Park, July 16 – 17.

Atlanta Speedwerks To Start Friday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race On First and Fifth Row

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 1, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks will start Friday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR race at Watkins Glen in second and 10th place after Thursday’s qualifying. Brian Henderson qualified the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR on the front row for the fifth time in as many races, while Scott Smithson gave the race winning No. 94 Qelo/Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR from less than a week ago a fifth-row starting spot.

Friday’s race gets the green flag at 2:35 p.m. EDT and can be seen live via TrackPass on the NBC Sports app.

Henderson’s solid second-place starting spot comes after a best lap of 1:57.605 (104.077 mph) during the 15-minute qualifying, which was on a damp but drying track after afternoon rain storms. The runner-up qualifying spot is actually the first time in the season’s first five races that the No. 84 Honda Civic has not been the fastest qualifier. Henderson will start the two-hour race before passing the car to teammate Robert Noaker for the finish.

“I’m still super stoked to be starting from the front row,” Henderson said. “I knew we’d be strong after the last race, but you never know where you’re going to end up in qualifying. I think we’re going to have a strong performance in the race. The track conditions were different from last week here. It had just finished raining so the track was pretty green and there was a lot less grip. The Atlanta Speedwerks guys did a great job setting up the car for the track.”

Smithson climbs behind the wheel of the No. 94 Honda Civic TCR for the second time this season, and first since a podium at Mid-Ohio as a co-driver to Ryan Eversley. His first session in the TCR car at Watkins Glen came during a wet afternoon practice, vastly different than the qualifying session. Even so, Smithson improved quickly in the session and turned a best lap of 1:58.862 (102.976 mph) to qualify 10th on the grid.

“Every lap I was finding more and more time,” Smithson said. “I don’t like where we’re starting, but we’re really close. I was rolling more and more speed through the corners, there’s so much grip out here. It’s very different than Mid-Ohio. I think we’ll be fine for the race.”

Eversley, teamed with driver and Team Owner Todd Lamb, captured the four-hour race win here at Watkins Glen just six days ago.

Smithson and Eversley’s No. 94 car is the current Team Championship leader at the halfway point of the season, with Eversley on top of the Drivers Championship by just 10 points. Eversley will close Friday’s race for Atlanta Speedwerks before immediately jumping on a plane to head to Road America to make his NASCAR debut.

Scott Smithson Up For Challenge At Second Watkins Glen

Mid-Ohio 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Scott Smithson, Ryan Eversley

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 1, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks driver Scott Smithson may have the toughest job in the paddock this week, co-driving the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR with Ryan Eversley in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Smithson, who is driving a select schedule this season, missed last Saturday’s four-hour race while the rest of the series got experience on the 3.7-mile circuit. Eversley, who now leads the Driver’s Championship with the 94 car leading the Team Championship, won the race while paired with team owner and driver Todd Lamb for Atlanta Speedwerks’ first IMSA victory. Meanwhile, Robert Noaker and Brian Henderson were qualifying on the Motul Pole and finishing a strong fourth in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR after leading the most laps.

Instead, Smithson arrived on Wednesday afternoon to a track that he’s yet to visit previously, for a car that he’s driven in just one other race to date. Though Smithson and Eversley did earn a podium at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, he wasn’t a full weekend behind the rest of the field.

Thankfully, Atlanta Speedwerks had a plan. The team arrive at Watkins Glen nearly a month ago for four consecutive race weekends, beginning with Porsche Club of America, then an SCCA Super Tour event, followed by two consecutive IMSA races. Smithson climbed into one of the Atlanta Speedwerks’ SCCA Spec Miata for the Chin Track Day on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning to get a feel for the track.

“The track is awesome,” Smithson said. “It flows really well, and it’s just a beautiful track. Driving the Spec Miata, I got some orientation but in talking to Ryan, you drive the TCR car a little bit different. All in all, I think we’ll be good.”

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Todd Lamb, Ryan Eversley

In all, Smithson was able to get about 60 minutes of track time. With just an hour of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice in advance of Thursday evening’s qualifying session and Friday’s two-hour race, the Chin Track Days – longtime friends of Atlanta Speedwerks, who carry a Chin Track Days decal on the Honda TCR cars – proved an invaluable resource, even in a car other than the Honda Civic TCR race car.

The key to the race may be Smithson’s ability to race the situation as it presents itself, rather than try to match last week’s victory. That’s especially true as the race is half the distance, and rain is a strong possibility.

“To be completely honest, it’s a little bit of added pressure because I want to bring it home for Ryan and get him another win,” Smithson said. “But I have to play it smart. It’s a brand-new track. Conditions might not be optimal. So I need to bring the car home and let him get it done.”

Instead, Smithson will have to do the best he can and know he played a role in last week’s victory from afar, including watching his personal backer, Qelo Capital, joining Sabelt, Pagid Brakes, Valvoline, Dinner With Racers and Lemons of Love in victory lane on the side of the Honda Civic TCR.

“It was bittersweet, because I wanted to be a part of it but it’s awesome to see that car and the Qelo brand in victory lane,” Smithson said.

Smithson and Eversley, Noaker and Henderson, and the rest of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge field run the first official session of this two-day event at 3:35 p.m. EDT on Thursday afternoon before Smithson and Henderson qualify their respective cars in a 15-minute session at 7:55 p.m. EDT. Henderson will be looking for the fifth-consecutive Motul Pole in as many races during the 2021 season, while Smithson will be trying to keep Eversley and the team car atop the point standings during Friday’s two-hour race at 2:35 p.m. EDT. Friday’s race can be streamed live through TrackPass on the NBCSN app.

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Atlanta Speedwerks Earns First IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Win With Ryan Eversley and Todd Lamb In Honda Civic TCR

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Todd Lamb, Ryan Eversley

WATKINS GLEN, New York (June 26, 2021) – Ryan Eversley and Todd Lamb earned Atlanta Speedwerks’ first IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge win on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, which was Lamb’s first career victory in the series and Eversley’s first since 2018. While the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR crossed the stripe first, the team’s No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR driven by Robert Noaker and Brian Henderson scored a fourth-place finish.

Lamb and Eversley averaged 87.642 mph in the 104 lap, 353.599-mile race that was slowed five times for full-course cautions. Eversley crossed the line 6.435 seconds ahead for the win.

Lamb started the race in second place beside the pole-sitting Noaker and ran solidly in the top five during his stint, including the fastest TCR-class lap of the race in 1:57.489 (104.179 mph), with one notable exception. Early in the race, Lamb felt the Honda Civic lose power. A full course caution came out one lap later, and the team was able to quickly diagnose and reattach the boost pipe without losing much ground.

The narrow lap time gap between the traditionally quicker GS class cars and the longer fuel stint of the TCR cars at Watkins Glen meant that Lamb led one lap overall before his pit stop – as did Noaker, who pitted one lap earlier.

“It’s so awesome,” Lamb said. “Ryan’s a great teammate, we’ve got an amazing team and we just keep getting better and better as the season’s gone on. To win as not only a driver but as a team owner is a very special thing to me. We’ve been plugging away at this for three years now, and to get our first win after being so close so many times is really, really special. I’m thankful to the crew and to Honda and everyone involved.”

In addition to Lamb’s lap led during this stint, Eversley led a total of 21 laps – including the final 12 after the final pit stop and full course caution. Eversley restarted third, passing Henderson in second place and another competitor to take the lead and never look back, earning his eighth-career IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge win, taking over the Drivers’ Championship and the Team Championship point lead after four races, and earning Manufacturers’ Championship points for Honda.

“We’ve had a great season so far, and the Honda Civic TCR has been competitive at most places,” Eversley said. “I’ve had a few different teammates, and Todd and I have been friends for a long time. I was pretty excited to be able to win. The Michelin Pilot series has some big, talented names, so it’s been a lot of fun racing this class. To be able to do it with Honda every year is a true honor.”

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Noaker led 42 laps in his nearly two-hour, 30-minute stint before handing the car to Henderson to finish the race. He lost the lead not on the track but during the pit sequence, and later regained it through a fantastic stop by the Atlanta Speedwerks crew. The 17-year-old held the lead, including his lap as the overall leader, until his green flag pit stop to pass the car to Henderson.

Henderson led two laps of his own and was second on the lap 92 restart, giving chase to the leader. Henderson fell as low as sixth in the difficult final stint and climbed all the way back to fourth, passing for two positions in the closing laps.

The 44 laps led for the No. 94 Honda Civic were the most of the race, earning them their second VP Fuels Front Runner point of the season and taking the season-long lead in that category.

“There are a lot of really good things to take away from the race today,” Henderson said. “We had a good bit of speed and were really competitive. We were in the top three most of the race. There are a few more things we can still improve on for the race next week but overall I’m really glad we ended up in fourth place. We probably could have taken a few more risks and maybe we’d have gotten second, and maybe we wouldn’t have finished the race. I’m really happy with a solid fourth-place finish, and at the same time a little disappointed to not be up there with Ryan and Todd. But there’s a good shot we’ll be up there next week and that’s what I’m looking forward to now.”

Atlanta Speedwerks and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge have a short turnaround to defend or improve on their position, running a two-hour race again at Watkins Glen in just six days, on Friday, July 1. Eversley will be joined by Scott Smithson, who co-drove to a podium finish with Eversley at Mid-Ohio, in the No. 94 Honda Civic TCR, while Noaker and Henderson will return to action in the No. 84 Honda Civic TCR.

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