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Atlanta Speedwerks Ready for Mid-Ohio in Michelin Pilot Challenge Honda Civic TCRs

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Greg Strelzoff, Ryan Eversley

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 13, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks defending Honda’s adopted home turf this weekend during the two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Mid-Ohio 120 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, part of the Acura Sports Car Challenge presented by TLX Type S.

The team brings a two-car effort to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, led by Honda factory driver Ryan Eversley and new co-driver Scott Smithson in the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR. Eversley currently sits second in the drivers’ championship with the No. 94 holding the same position in the team championship after two races. Eversley opened the season at Daytona and Sebring sharing the car with Greg Strelzoff, with Smithson taking over for the first time during this weekend’s race.

Smithson was a TCR class winner a season ago in TC America competition, also driving a Honda Civic TCR. It is the IMSA debut for the Holladay, Utah resident.

Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker are still searching for results in the No. 84 Pagid/Sabelt Honda Civic TCR. Through two races, both Henderson and Noaker have earned Motul Pole Awards and led the most laps on the season but contact and a mechanical gremlin have cost the duo any strong finishes.

Mid-Ohio may just be the place to turn the season around. In addition to the four plants that build Honda street cars in the state of Ohio, both Henderson and Noaker have had success at the 2.258-mile road course.

Noaker won in Mazda MX-5 Cup as a 14-year-old in 2018, a race win that placed him in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest to win an IndyCar-sanctioned race. In that same race, Henderson started from the rear of the field after an issue in qualifying and advanced 17 places on the grid in the 45-minute race.

Young Noaker backed that up with another win in the series in 2019, while Henderson qualified third in the No. 84 Honda Civic TCR for Atlanta Speedwerks in Michelin Pilot Challenge – setting the table for a strong run this weekend at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.

The Mid-Ohio 120 can be seen live on the NBC Sports app via TrackPass on Saturday, May 15 at 3:35 p.m., or through your satellite and cable provider on NBCSN on tape delay on Tuesday, May 25 at 4 p.m. ET. The Acura Sports Car Challenge gets underway on Friday morning, May 14 with an hour-long practice at 9:15 a.m. ET, followed by a second practice at 1:15 p.m. ET. Qualifying is Friday afternoon at 5:50 p.m. to set the grid for Saturday’s race.

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Todd Lamb, Owner: “I’ve been coming to Mid-Ohio as both a driver and a team owner for several years, and the race track has been good to us. This driver line-up and our pace this season gives us an excellent chance to represent Honda well, and I’m optimistic for both the No. 94 and the No. 84 Honda Civic TCRs this weekend.”

Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “Every race on the IMSA schedule is important for us as we’re fighting for the TCR Championship; however, Mid-Ohio is a bit of a homecoming for all of the Honda teams. American Honda has one of its headquarters in nearby Marysville, Ohio and we usually see 1000’s of Honda associates and employees at this event cheering us on. This race is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio presented by TLX Type-S and since I just spent a week driving the all-new TLX Type-S with the top executives from Acura, I can tell you how important of a weekend this is. Doing well at this track is no easy feat but getting on the podium in a Honda is a big deal at Mid-Ohio.”

Scott Smithson, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into the Honda Civic TCR and pushing it. It will be my first time driving with Ryan, but I’m hoping to get up to speed quickly and bring back a win for Atlanta Speedwerks. I know Mid-Ohio is a pretty technical track, but not having driven there before I know there will be a learning curve. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m ready for it.”

Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “Last time we were at Mid-Ohio, we were in contention. We led a little bit of the race and we had a fast car. Hopefully it will rain a little bit and we’ll have some fun! Robert is really good there, so I think we’re all going to be strong. The car is going to be strong. It’s Honda’s home track. Hopefully we’ll pull it off and get the win for Atlanta Speedwerks, the win for Honda, and the win for us.”

Robert Noaker, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m looking forward to getting back into the car at Mid-Ohio and driving with Brian. The track is very slick and worn down, which works with my driving style. We have a strong car and I’m very comfortable there having finished on the podium six out of the eight races in MX-5 Cup. We are one of the fastest cars, if not the fastest, every time we are on track. It’s just unfortunate how the last two races ended. Hopefully all of our bad luck is out of the way, and let’s see if we can get the win!”

Scott Smithson To Co-Drive With Ryan Eversley For Atlanta Speedwerks At Mid-Ohio in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (May 5, 2021) – Scott Smithson will co-drive with Ryan Eversley for Atlanta Speedwerks at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, piloting the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR that currently sits second in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge team standings after two events.

Smithson has come a long way in a short time during his racing career. He began his career in High Performance Driving Experiences and Time Trials in 2019, and in 2020 competed in the TC Americas championship. There, also driving a Honda Civic TCR, he scored eight podiums and earned three wins, finishing third in the championship.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course marks Smithson’s IMSA debut. Smithson will drive for Atlanta Speedwerks at select events in 2021, with the final schedule yet to be determined.

SRO America, Circuit of the Americas, Austin TX, September 2020.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to co-drive with Ryan Eversley and run with Atlanta Speedwerks this season,” Smithson said. “I feel that Ryan and I will be a great team and look forward to learning all I can from such a successful, experienced driver.”

Eversley opened the season with Greg Strelzoff as a co-driver, earning a second-place finish at Daytona in the season opener and grinding to a seventh-place finish at Sebring. That run has boosted Eversley to second in the driver standings, in addition to the team championship.

“Scott is going to be a great addition to our 94 Honda Civic TCR, which was already going to be strong at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio,” Eversley said. “Scott was really quick right out of the box last year in a Honda Civic TCR. Our focus is the same no matter who I co-drive with. We’re going to work hard to make sure that holds and keep these championship efforts rolling along.”

Smithson steps into a Honda Civic TCR that has been quick all season long. Atlanta Speedwerks teammates Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker have each earned a pole position and led the most laps to date this season in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR.

Atlanta Speedwerks continues to explore a third Honda Civic TCR to run in the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season.

“We’re really looking forward to having Scott join us at Atlanta Speedwerks, beginning at Mid-Ohio,” Todd Lamb, Atlanta Speedwerks owner, said. “We can’t wait to have him join up with Ryan to help us keep the season moving forward. While we’re still working to add a third car and have it prepped and ready at the shop, we’re also focused squarely on the championship for both the 94 and the 84 cars.”

Atlanta Speedwerks and the entire IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge field returns to action May 14-16 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, round three of the season-long championship.

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Greg Strelzoff, Ryan Eversley

Atlanta Speedwerks Works For Seventh Place Finish, Second in Championship Points in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Sebring

SEBRING, Florida (November 20, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks capped a tough IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge week at Sebring International Raceway by leading the most laps but walked away with just a seventh-place finish to show for it after being bitten by the notorious Sebring bumps.

Despite starting near the rear of the field after early-week challenges, the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR of Ryan Eversley and Greg Strelzoff managed a seventh-place finish on a difficult Sebring International Raceway. The No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR began the two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 from the Motul Pole with Brian Henderson behind wheel and led the opening 19 laps before a hard-luck mechanical issue ended Henderson and Noaker’s day an hour early.

Strelzoff started the race 14th in the TCR class after limited practice time through the week. The No. 94 began the week with a thermostat issue, eliminating the first practice session and leaving just an hour of time for Strelzoff to get up to speed. He turned his quickest lap of the race on his final lap of his stint before passing the car to Eversley under a full course caution with just over an hour remaining. Eversley made up several positions in the second stint and, coupled with a runner-up in the season opener at Daytona, the seventh-place finish leaves the pair and the team just one position behind early in the championship.

Henderson and Noaker were the class of the field early, with Henderson starting from his first career IMSA pole position and charging away from the field. Henderson led the opening 47 minutes before his brakes began to uncharacteristically fade and he dropped to second. He made his pit stop under the full course caution and the team went to work, but the issue turned out to be a broken brake line and forced a retirement from the race and an unfortunate 15th-place finish.

The No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR and the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR return to action at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, May 14-16. Atlanta Speedwerks is also continues to search for drivers to fill the third proven Honda Civic TCR available for Mid-Ohio and beyond.

Ryan Eversley, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “We had a tough weekend because we had an issue with the thermostat and only got two laps. We had some issues in qualifying with the dash, so Greg started from the back and did his fastest lap in the race. I knew we were going to come from behind, but by the time I got to a couple of the other cars we had lapped traffic playing a role and helping their teammates out so I couldn’t get any more. We had good points, the car that beat us at the last race didn’t finish, our teammates unfortunately didn’t finish and they should have won the race. So we’re getting points on guys, we just have to get a little higher up the stick. But thanks to Honda and HPD, the car is fast and we’ll keep working on it.”

Greg Strelzoff, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “I really appreciate Ryan coaching me, it really made a difference. I appreciate the team getting me the support and I set my fastest lap of the week in the last lap of the race so I was definitely finding more and more time. The car is good and I just wasn’t able to get all of it today.”

Brian Henderson, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “We obviously have a ton of speed in the car and all of our drivers are doing really well, we just have to get to the end of the race. That’s the biggest hurdle we’re facing. Similar to Daytona, we had a great opening run and a fluke took us out of the race. I think we would have been there at the end and battling. I had a great time during my stint and it sucks, but we’re not going to let that take our momentum away. We’re going to bring that speed to Mid-Ohio and hopefully have a better result.”

Robert Noaker, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “In practice I was able to get the fastest lap, but I didn’t really get a whole lot of track time. That’s just racing, things happen and it’s just unfortunate. The car is fast, we were able to get pole, and we showed people that we are able to run up front. We just now need to try to get some results here.”

Atlanta Speedwerks’ Brian Henderson Scores IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Pole at Sebring

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson

SEBRING, Florida (March 18, 2021) – Brian Henderson earned his first career Motul Pole Award in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, landing the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR on the top spot Thursday at Sebring International Raceway.

Henderson completed his final flying lap around the 17-turn Sebring International Raceway after the checkered flag had flown, improving to a time of 2:14.806 (99.876 mph) to claim the point for Friday’s Alan Jay 120 by just 0.146-second. Atlanta Speedwerks is now two for two on the season. Though the pole is the first for Henderson, co-driver Robert Noaker matched the effort in the opening round at Daytona.

Henderson was actually second, less than two-tenths behind the provisional polesitting car, but on a flying lap when the checkered flag came out. He was the last of 15 TCR-class cars on the track when his lap completed.

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

“We had high hopes coming into the race and we just checked something off the list so we’re feeling really good about that,” Henderson said. “Everything is really good, the team meshes well, the car is good, Honda has given us great support. Everything is going as good as it could be and we’re in a really good spot for this race. I know we’ll have some speed and be competitive. Now we have to pull this off and maybe have both cars on the podium.”

Noaker and Henderson led the most laps at Daytona’s four-hour season opener before contact ended their day with a disappointing finish.

The No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR will start on the inside of the eighth row after Greg Strelzoff qualified with a best time of 2:19.740 (96.350 mph). Strelzoff and co-driver Ryan Eversley finished second in the season opener at Daytona.

The two-hour Alan Jay 120 is round two of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge calendar, available to watch live through TrackPass on the NBCSN app on Friday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Noteworthy: Atlanta Speedwerks is utilizing Daniel Benjamin’s Pit Crews to help vet and select crew members for the two-car program this week at Sebring. The UK-based program uses their more than 18 years of experience in motorsports to match potential crew members with team needs. More information can be found at pitcrews.co.uk.

Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Sebring International Raceway – 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Greg Strelzoff, Ryan Eversley

Strelzoff, Eversley and Lamb Score Second Place Finish at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 29, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks led a total of 60 out of 104 laps in the opening round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season on Friday at Daytona International Speedway, with Ryan Eversley, Greg Strelzoff and Todd Lamb’s No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR finishing second after being passed on a restart with less than five minutes remaining in the four-hour race.

Eversley took the lead after the final round of pit stops cycled through with 37 minutes to go in the race under full course caution. Eversley held off the field on that restart, and again after the sixth of seven caution periods for 28 total laps of the race.

The final restart, with just 4 minutes and 28 seconds to go, was one too many. Despite a great start at the green flag, the eventual winning car moved from third place to the lead on the front straight under the green flag. Eversley worked the final two laps trying to make a move, but held off the rest of the field to earn the second place finish.

Strelzoff began the race in the No. 94, qualifying in 12th and steadily working his way forward. Continually improving throughout the week after stepping away from racing for more than five years, Strelzoff worked his way up to eighth place in his one-hour, 20-minute stint.

Lamb, in preparation for yet a third Atlanta Speedwerks car that may materialize for Sebring, stepped in for a 40-minute stint and brought the car into podium contention.

For the final driver change, Lamb entered pit lane in third with 90 minutes to go and Eversley inherited the lead almost immediately from the Atlanta Speedwerks sister car during the pit stop cycle.

The No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR driven by Motul Pole Award winner Robert Noaker and Brian Henderson had an equal amount of success except for the final result. Noaker dominated the early portion of the race, leading 37 laps in the first two hours and 20 minutes of the race. Noaker had built a lead of more than seven seconds when a full course yellow came out with just over 90 minutes remaining, and he passed the car to Henderson.

Henderson was working back through the field, including temporarily running second behind Eversley, when contact in the bus stop sent three TCR cars off track and ended Henderson and Noaker’s day with an eleventh-place finish.

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season resumes at Sebring International Raceway, March 17-20, for round two. Henderson and Noaker paired together for the first time at the track last November for a sixth-place finish after starting at the rear of the field.

Greg Strelzoff, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “It’s a Cinderella story, honestly. I haven’t been in the car in five and a half years, I have my daughters here, and I have a great team around me. I had a great opening stint, the restart was amazing. I made a lot of passes and made up as many places as I could. I turned the car over clean to Todd, who turned the car over clean to Ryan. Ryan went to work and I enjoyed seeing that. He’s such a great driver to watch. I appreciate the Honda, it was so consistent. I was out there on the same Michelin tires for an hour and a half and I was doing my best lap times at the end.”

Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “Since we started at the Roar, the car has been really fast and fun to drive. It’s one of those perfect scenarios where you get in the car and it’s pretty much what you want. You fine tune it just a little and it keeps going faster and faster. Come race time, Greg did his best lap of the weekend. The fact that he was getting quicker, the car was getting more fun to drive, and it was fast, you can’t ask for more. I’m happy we got the podium. I know we did the best we did with what we have. I’m happy to come out of here with a trophy.”

Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “There were a lot of positive things to take away from the weekend. Robert pretty much dominated his whole stint. He drove like a super hero. The team did a great job. We were out there and found ourselves in a spot that wasn’t good for us and it took us out of the race. That won’t happen again. I’m looking forward to the next race.”

Robert Noaker, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “It was good. I was able to lead from the start. The start of the race was a split start, so it wasn’t as chaotic. But on the restarts, everyone is trying to get what they can. I’m just trying to get the car through there in one piece. The car was so fast and handling good. I have to thank the team, Honda, Sabelt and Pagid, because they’re the people behind us that help us do it.”

Todd Lamb, Driver and Team Owner, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “As a driver, this was a pretty exciting opener to the season. As a team owner, we’ve got some fast guys and really great guys here. I’m just excited from two different perspectives. I’m really proud of everybody’s performance today, drivers and crew alike. We have a lot of new people here on our crew and everybody did a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to Sebring, hopefully with three cars, and we can see them all running up front.”

Noaker On Daytona Pole For Four-Hour

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 28, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civics will start Friday’s four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race from the first and 12th positions after 16-year-old Robert Noaker earned the Motul Pole Award during Thursday’s qualifying.

Noaker turned a lap of 1:58.530 (108.124 mph) as the checkered flag came out on the 15-minute session. The No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR crossed the finish line and then held on as the rest of the field completed their laps to sit in the top spot by just 0.025-second.

Noaker will start the race and turn the car over to teammate Brian Henderson to finish the race. The two paired together for a sixth-place finish at Sebring in the 2020 season finale, which was Noaker’s lone race in the series.

“It’s a great car and a great team,” Noaker said after his run. “Put those together and it’s just fantastic to work with them. Most of the track is wide open so you just have to find someone and get their draft. The first lap I did was good, but I set up another good lap and was able to put it on pole. It feels great. “

With just one qualifying session in IMSA competition under his belt, the run was Noaker’s first career pole. The attention now turns to Friday’s four-hour race, available to watch live flag-to-flag on TrackPass on the NBCSN app.

“Qualifying was just TCR out there, but in the race you’ll have GS to work with,” Noaker said. “You have to watch your mirrors for them coming up. My plan is to do what I can do, you’re not going to win the race on the first lap. If the lead gets taken away from me on the start, you still have four hours to work it out. I want to make sure I give a clean car over to Brian.”

Greg Strelzoff qualified the team’s sister car 12th on the grid with a lap of 2:01.577 (105.414 mph). He will turn the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR over to Ryan Eversley at the mid-point of the race.

Strelzoff turned the solid qualifying time despite being away from racing for more than four years before a return for the 2021 season.

“I’m super excited to have been back in the car and have a great team around me to support me in my comeback,” Strelzoff said. “They’ve worked tirelessly to put me in a good position and I’m really thankful to Ryan for helping me so much. To think about the fact that I haven’t been in a race car for so long and qualified mid-pack is really good. I wanted more and I feel like I left a lot on the table. But we have a car that can race, and that’s the important thing.”

The green flag flies on the season opener, part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, on Friday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Honda Civic TCR Effort Ready For Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 27, 2021) – Fresh off a successful test during the Roar Before the 24, the two-car Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR program is ready to get the 2021 season underway with a four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Greg Strelzoff and Ryan Eversley will co-drive the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR, with Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker sharing duties in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR.

Eversley and Strelzoff participated in the series-wide test less than a week ago at Daytona to help the team shake down the car and provide a refresher for Strelzoff, who stepped away from racing for nearly five years after multiple podium finishes in what was then the ST class of this same championship. The test was a success, both in getting Strelzoff up to speed quickly and for the car, which posted the quickest time in the last session. During that session, with veteran championship contender and host of the popular racing podcast and Amazon Prime television show Eversley behind the wheel, the team ran a simulated qualifying session with fresh Michelin Tires and a low fuel load, providing ideal conditions for the lap.

Noaker and Henderson proved they are a formidable pairing at last season’s finale at Sebring International Raceway. Driving together for the first time, the pair started at the rear of the field following an overnight engine swap and drove to as high as third place, before ultimately finishing sixth. Incidentally, their new teammate Eversley finished one spot ahead in that race and finished seventh in the championship point standings.

In addition to the two-car effort at Daytona, Atlanta Speedwerks continues to make plans for a three-car team beginning with the second round at Sebring.

The race event, sharing the race week with the famed Rolex 24 At Daytona, gets underway with a one-hour practice session on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. ET. Each team gets another one-hour session on Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m. ET, followed by a 15-minute qualifying session at 2:25 p.m. A 30-minute warm-up session on Friday is the last chance to make changes to the car before the four-hour season opener at 1:35 p.m. ET. The race can be seen live on the NBCSN app via TrackPass.

Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m so excited to head back to Daytona and kick-off the 2021 IMSA season. Our team is stronger than ever and we have a great group of drivers lined up for this year. At the Roar, the No. 94 car showed that we have the speed to compete. I’m ready to hit the track with co-driver Robert Noaker and compete for wins. I’m feeling really good about this season!”

Robert Noaker, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “It’s nice to be racing again, the off season was a little shorter than previous years. It is going to be a neat experience racing at one of the most famous tracks in the world. My goal is to try to keep the car clean and to be in a good position at the end of the race to have a good finish. I have competed in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill twice so I’m use to longer races and have done 3-hour stints before, so this longer race will be fun. I’m Looking for to racing with Brian Henderson, he is a very smooth and clean driver and always thinking about keeping the car clean.”

Greg Strelzoff, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m really happy with the progress that was made. The team has been phenomenal. I’m really surprised personally at how quickly I got up to speed. I need more, but I know where it’s at and I know how to do it. I just need to go execute. The good news is that it’s just a few bites away, it’s not huge quantum leaps. I love this track. There’s so much history here and I’ve had some great races here. This is where I had my first professional race, and I love it.”

Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “This is my fourth team racing this Honda Civic since 2018, and every time I get in one it’s like putting on an old pair of shoes. This is one of the best ones I’ve driven in a long time. Last year racing against the Atlanta Speedwerks cars, I knew they were really fast so when I got the call to come be a part of this program I knew we’d have fast race cars.”

Ryan Eversley, Greg Strelzoff To Co-Drive Honda Civic TCR in 2021 IMSA Season

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (January 20, 2021) – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge veterans Ryan Eversley and Greg Strelzoff will co-drive the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR for Atlanta Speedwerks in 2021, joining teammates Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker’s No. 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR on the grid beginning with Daytona International Speedway.

Both Eversley and Strelzoff have had success in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition. Eversley is a multiple IMSA podium finisher and has most often been behind the wheel of a Honda and Acura over the past five seasons. Strelzoff has been away from the IMSA paddock since 2016 but earned six podium finishes in the ST class during the 2013 to 2016 seasons.

Eversley is hoping to build on a streak of two consecutive seasons on the Pilot Challenge TCR podium, with appearances at Sebring in 2019 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2020. Eversley remains a factory driver for Honda, where he has won races and championship in TCR and GT3 machinery.

“I’m pleased to be joining Atlanta Speedwerks for 2021 and since I’m from Atlanta myself, I think it’s a perfect fit!” Eversley said. “Greg and I have known each other for several years and battled in the ST class quite a bit so I think we will gel pretty quickly. We’re both extremely motivated to get the No. 94 Honda Civic TCR on the top step of the podium and, based on the performance of this team had last year, I think we’ll be strong.”

Strelzoff has been away from the IMSA paddock for a handful of seasons, making his last start in 2016. He’ll make his TCR debut during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test weekend, January 22-24.

“My goal for this year is to win,” Strelzoff said. “It’s the only thing I didn’t do in the previous years. I am excited to try the new TCR cars, and definitely to open for such a well-known and respected driver in Ryan. I hope I can turn the car over in good condition and position for Ryan to get us on the podium.”

Atlanta Speedwerks enters the 2021 season with championship goals, following a select-event season in 2020 with a pole position and podium finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and a fifth-place finish in the Team Championship in a full-season 2019 effort. Henderson and 16-year-old Noaker will pilot the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR alongside the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR of Eversley and Strelzoff, with a third Atlanta Speedwerks car still in the works.

“Between our drivers and our crew members, this is the most experienced that Atlanta Speedwerks has been entering a season,” Team owner and veteran driver Todd Lamb said. “Jonathan Braswell and Jason Hoover will serve as car engineers, and we’ve added Rob Baker as Team Manager with his multi-car experience in IMSA. It’s all with the goal of putting together a talented crew that can help us win races and perhaps a championship. We’ll need everyone to bring their ‘A’ game to the track to do that.”

The 2021 season opens with a four-hour race at Daytona International Speedway on the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, January 27-29.

Atlanta Speedwerks Announces First of Three Car IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge For 2021 With Henderson and Noaker

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (December 17, 2020) – The Atlanta Speedwerks pairing of Brian Henderson and 16-year-old Robert Noaker will reunite for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series in a Honda Civic TCR, one of three Honda Civic TCR cars Atlanta Speedwerks plans to campaign in the championship.

Henderson and Noaker are no strangers to Atlanta Speedwerks, teaming together for the season finale at Sebring this past November. An overnight engine change by the team forced the duo to the rear of the field for the start but climbed as high as third and eventually finished sixth.

With a co-driver yet to be determined, team owner Todd Lamb will pilot a second Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR entry during the 2021 season. Atlanta Speedwerks is continuing to make plans for a three-car effort during the 2021 IMSA season.

“2021 is shaping up to be a really great year for Atlanta Speedwerks,” Lamb said. “Robert and Brian are both race-winning drivers. It’s the third year of our IMSA TCR program, so we really understand the nuance of the Honda Civic TCR. We saw that throughout 2020, especially at Sebring to finish the year. With an open third car that we plan to fill in time for Daytona, we expect to see Atlanta Speedwerks contending for wins and championships this season.”


Just 23-years-old, Henderson is the veteran of the team and a long-time Atlanta Speedwerks teammate, co-driving with Lamb in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in both 2019 and 2020, and prior to that racing in the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup for Atlanta Speedwerks.

“I am so happy to be back with Atlanta Speedwerks for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season in our Honda Civic TCR car,” Henderson said. I’m excited to be pairing with Robert for the season, especially after he had a great debut at Sebring earlier this year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue growing my skills as a driver and team member. I know we have what it takes to be a major contender this year and can’t wait to get back on track!”

Noaker’s Sebring debut with Atlanta Speedwerks was his first IMSA race, though the young racer is no newcomer to the spotlight. Noaker finished eighth in the Global MX-5 Cup standings as a 14-year-old in 2018, winning at Mid-Ohio and earning a Guinness Book of World Records achievement as the youngest driver ever to win an Indy Car-sanctioned race. Noaker finished fifth in 2019 with a pair of wins, and as the runner-up in 2020 with a season-high four wins.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of racing the Honda Civic TCR this year with Atlanta Speedwerks,” Noaker said. “Sebring was a different experience for me but I enjoyed it. I am happy to be driving with Brian this season. We will have a very good crew behind us this year to hopefully contend for wins. I can’t wait to get back on the track at Daytona.”

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season begins January 22-24 at Daytona International Raceway with a four-hour race on the weekend of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Those interested in campaigning the 2021 IMSA with Atlanta Speedwerks should contact the team via email at todd@atlspeedwerks.com.

November 2020 Newsletter

 

News from the shop
We just turned 6! Atlanta Speedwerks opened Nov 3, 2014, going from an empty 5,000sqft shop then to a completely full 20,000sqft shop now. We have accomplished a lot along the way and met many awesome people. Thank you all for your friendship, assistance, business, and more – you’re our racing family!

Upcoming Events
The season is winding down, but we have a lot of events coming up:

  • Nov 5-8, SCCA ARRC at Road Atlanta
  • Nov 12-13, IMSA TCR finale at Sebring
  • Dec 4, Just Track It track day at Road Atlanta
  • Dec 12-13, Champcar at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Jan 22-14, IMSA TCR/GS Roar Before the 24 at Daytona
  • Jan 28-29, IMSA TCR/GS at Daytona
  • Jan 28-29, Global MX-5 at Daytona (under the lights!)

We have many racing and testing opportunities in both our TCR cars and our Global MX-5 Cup cars (now with sequential gearbox) – the 2021 race season starts in 12 weeks!

Reply to this email to inquire about season pricing and testing options.

IMSA TCR
We have only run an abbreviated IMSA season due to Covid, but our home track event at Petit LeMans was a huge success for the team. Bryan Ortiz and Cliff Brown teamed up to top the charts in both practice sessions and ran second for a large portion of the race. Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb qualified on pole and led a majority of the race, scoring the team’s first podium finish. Next season we plan to continue our TCR program, and add a GS car to the mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global MX-5
The Global MX-5 Cup season was a whirlwind of events in a very short period of time with the revised schedule due to Covid. Peter Ensor earned the Hard Charger award at Mid Ohio. Tray Ayres, Brandon Collins, Brian Henderson, Ted Sahley, and Bryan Ortiz made guest appearances driving for the team during the season. Todd Lamb picked up a win at Indianapolis. We plan to run a 3 car program in 2021, starting at Daytona in January. Seats are currently available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porsche Club Racing
Most of the PCA events we typically attend were cancelled, but we did manage to visit Summit Point Raceway where Hunt McMahon swept the weekend in Spec Boxster. David Howells and Jeff Lacker set personal bests. We are currently in the process of prepping several Caymans and Boxsters for the track, including 2 new racecar builds for 2021. The PCA racing season kicks off at Sebring in early February. We have several spots available for trackside support and prep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Planning
For 2021, Atlanta Speedwerks will be focusing on the following series:

  • IMSA GS/TCR
  • Global MX-5
  • SCCA – Majors events in preparation for Runoffs at Indy
  • Porsche Club Racing
  • Champcar
  • Track days in the Southeast US (various groups)

In addition, we will continue with our partnership with PCA to support the Porsche Club track days at Road Atlanta (not just for Porsches!).

We also will continue to support customers who need work done on their cars for street or track.

We have openings for arrive and drive, trackside support, coaching, car prep, and car builds. Reply to this email for more information on how we can help you with your track day or racing goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaching tip
When it comes to analyzing data, your best lap may not have your best segments (aka corners) tied all together. It is important to look at the big picture and check other laps when you see a discrepancy, to verify that you’re not comparing a corner with traffic, a yellow flag, or some other reason for a slow segment. As well, the draft can make an average lap look great, so verify you’re not gaining time in the draft and losing it in the corners.