Category: Global MX-5

Atlanta Speedwerks Heads to Road America for Global MX-5 Cup Season Opener

Atlanta, GA – July 20, 2020 – Atlanta Speedwerks will be competing in their fourth year of racing in the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup series, and have finalized their driver lineup. Joining the team for the first time, Tray Ayres will pilot the #7 Ayres Motorsports/Chin Track Days Mazda, while Peter Ensor will be back for his second year in the #49 Pagid Racing/Lemons of Love Mazda. 2009 MX-5 Champion Todd Lamb will rejoin the driver lineup in his familiar #84 Pagid Racing/Lemons of Love Mazda.

Tray Ayres may be new to the team, but he is no stranger to the podium. Ayres won the 2017 SCCA Runoffs in Spec Racer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as the 2019 SCCA Runoffs in a Mazda-powered P2 at VIR. Tray is making his debut in the MX-5 Cup series after extensive testing in the extended off-season.

 

“I am looking forward to the season and a new opportunity after a very strong 2019” said Ayres. “Having very good teammates with Peter and Todd, a dedicated team in Atlanta Speedwerks, and knowing there are big chances to fight for the win is what racing is all about. My experience using the draft in Spec Racer should be a big help in this series.”

 

Peter Ensor: “I’m really looking forward to my second season in the series, and taking what I learned from my rookie season to improve on some of the good runs we had in the second half of last year. Also excited to be returning with Atlanta Speedwerks with two great teammates this year, and an awesome crew.”

After running in IMSA’s TCR class in 2019 as a co-driver to former MX-5 Cup series regular Brian Henderson, Todd Lamb rejoins the MX-5 lineup for 2020. “I’m excited to be back in the series this year. I had planned to be running IMSA all season but with the Covid situation shaking things up with our IMSA program, Bryan (Ortiz, 2019 MX-5 Champion) was unable to complete the IMSA season, so I changed my focus back to MX-5. We have done a lot of testing with the new sequential gearbox and drivetrain, and it really changes the characteristics of the ND1 car I last raced, adding to the fun factor.”

Returning as Crew Chief, Brian Zellner will lead the team’s Global MX-5 Cup program for the fourth straight year. As the 2019 Battery Tender Mechanic of the Year, Zellner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience back to the program,

 

Atlanta Speedwerks, based near Road Atlanta, is a full service automotive shop, specializing in Mazda, Honda, and Porsche brands. The shop offers street and track car upgrades, custom rollcages, trackside support, coaching, racecar builds, engine swaps, and more. Founded by professional driver Todd Lamb, the shop provides a high level of service at affordable prices.

 

Lemons of Love, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2014 when founder Jill Swanson Peltier was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. As she began chemotherapy, a friend gave Jill a small gift filled with items to help her through treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew this was something every cancer patient should receive. Jill envisioned giving others the same kind of love and support with a simple gift that makes a big impact. Today, Lemons of Love shares chemo care packages with cancer patients around the world and provides programming at its Lemons of Love Cancer Resource Center in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

 

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Atlanta Speedwerks Finalizes TCR Lineup for Daytona

Atlanta, GA – January 16, 2020 – Atlanta Speedwerks will be competing in their second year of racing Honda Civic TCR’s in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series, and have finalized their driver lineups. Joining the team for the first time, Bryan Ortiz and Nikko Reger will pilot the #94 Civic, while Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb will be back for their second year in the #84 Civic.

Bryan Ortiz and Nikko Reger may be new to the team, but they are no stranger to the podium. Both drivers are Global MX-5 Cup Champions – Reger in 2018 and Ortiz in 2019 – while Reger also competed in IMSA’s Prototype Challenge series in 2019. The pairing are looking forward to competing in a very competitive TCR field in the 4-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.

 

“I am looking forward to the season and a new opportunity after a very strong 2019” said Ortiz. “Having a very strong teammate in Nikko, a dedicated team in Atlanta Speedwerks, and knowing there are big chances to fight for the win is what racing is all about. I can’t wait to be behind the wheel again and continue to represent Bella Group brands at the highest level of racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.”

 

Nikko Reger: “I’m super excited to get rolling with Atlanta Speedwerks next week. There is a lot to learn about the TCR Civic, and the competition is strong in the IMSA series. Having raced wheel to wheel against Bryan in the past, I can tell you from experience I am glad we are on the same team now and not racing against one another!”

 

Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb return to the Michelin Pilot Challenge for the second straight season, after leading numerous races in 2019. Henderson commented on the season opener: “I am eager and looking forward to getting back to Daytona to kick off the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Season with Atlanta Speedwerks.” The pairing had success leading during the closing stint of last year’s Daytona race and look to expand on that. “I learned so much last year about front wheel drive, and I’ve been working hard in the off-season to be fully prepared for this year. Coming off of last season, I am confident in our team and our equipment.”

This year IMSA’s internationally-homologated TCR class features an entry list of 18 cars, which is up from 14 in 2019. The TCR cars will take the green flag at 1:10pm on Friday January 24th for their 4-hour race.

 

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Arrive and Drive racing options for 2019

Ready to make your racing plans for 2019? Atlanta Speedwerks has several options to make it easy for you to show up with your helmet and race!

Join us for one of the following programs:

Option 1: PRO LEVEL IMSA TCR arrive and drive program in Honda TCR car with sequential gearbox. Includes coaching, tires, entry fees, fuel, crew, car rental, and all consumables. Top level program, 10 race weekends plus Daytona Roar test. $250k per driver (2 drivers) for the season plus insurance. Option to co-drive with a pro driver for additional cost.

 


Option 2: Global MX-5 Cup series arrive & drive program with front running team in 2019 spec Global MX-5 Cup (ND2) racecar. Includes coaching, tires, entry fees, fuel, crew, car rental, and all consumables at $120k/season. 2018 spec (ND1) racecar available for $100k/season.

 


Option 3: Spec MX-5 Challenge arrive and drive program. Includes tires, entry fees, fuel, crew, car rental, and all consumables. Identically prepped, series owned Mazda MX-5 (NC) racecars. $50k per season.

 


Downloadable/printable version: Racing opportunities 2019

Contact Todd Lamb 248-797-0309 or todd(at)atlspeedwerks(dot)com for more info or to sign up.

Lally Joins Speedwerks for Global MX-5 Challenge

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship star Andy Lally has packed his bags, grabbed his skateboard, and is headed for Sebring International Raceway in pursuit of the $50,000 prize Mazda has put up to win the Global MX-5 Cup Challenge event.

As part of IMSA’s Michelin Encore weekend at Sebring, the buzzing swarm of Mazda MX-5s will add plenty of fun to the mix as a pair of 45-minute races will be held, with the best average finishing position across both being used to determine the winner. Second place is worth $20,000, and third will receive $10,000.

SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – MARCH 16: #44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3, GTD: Andy Lally during the Sebring at Sebring International Raceway on March 16, 2018 in Sebring International Raceway, United States of America. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt / LAT Images)

“It started out as a conversation where my buddy Todd Lamb, who we used to race karts against each other 25 years ago, have stayed friends, we live pretty close to each other, and when this race at Sebring popped up, he called me and told me about the race, that Mazda put up 50 grand to win, 20 grand for second, and he needed a drafting partner!” he told RACER.

The story continues at Racer.com here…

Lally closes season with $50K Global MX-5 Cup Challenge pursuit