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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.

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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AUTOMOBILE MAG: Driven! Honda’s Civic Type R Race Car Is an Absolute Riot

The Type R TCR is much, much more than a tweaked road car.

It doesn’t understeer like a street car with front-wheel drive,” said racing driver and ATL Speedwerks team owner, Todd Lamb. “It’s set up to rotate, so it can get loose on cold tires.” Lamb’s not wrong. As I negotiate the tight hairpin at M1 Concourse in Detroit for the first time today, the back end of the Honda Civic Type R TCR factory race car steps out. It’s a progressive slide, and a quick grab of countersteer through the feelsome steering corrects my trajectory and combines with the weight transfer to allow me to power out of the corner quickly and smoothly. Front-wheel-drive performance of this caliber is a new experience for me, and it’s made immediately clear this factory Honda is a 100 percent, full-on race car.
Read the rest of the article here:

CNET ROAD SHOW: Honda Civic Type R TCR first drive review

Playing race car driver for a day

Honda’s turn-key Civic TCR racer is a $172,000 thrill ride.

By Jon Wong; June 11, 2019 2:00 AM PDT

It’s not often I get nervous behind the wheel of a car, but as the Atlanta Speedwerks crew straps me into one of its two Honda Civic Type R TCR racers, I feel my heart rate quicken. The walkthrough of the ignition system and getting the sequential transmission in and out of gear doesn’t faze me, but learning how to arm the fire extinguisher system and unlatch the window nets should I need to make a quick escape, well, that’s something else.

My fear isn’t so much for my own wellbeing, but more so that I don’t want to do anything to hurt the $172,000 car with the crew and team owner and driver Todd Lamb watching from pit lane. His baby is without a doubt the most expensive Civic I’ve ever sat in, and one that needs to be racing in a couple of weeks at the next round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series at New York’s Watkins Glen International.

 

Read the rest of the article and watch the video here:

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/honda-civic-type-r-race-car-first-drive-review/

 

Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR Finishes Eighth at Mid-Ohio In IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

When it rains, it pours. Except when it doesn’t.

With the radar showing rain quickly approaching at the mid-point of Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge, the No. 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR team had to choose between staying on the Michelin slicks or switch to rain tires. When that rain didn’t quite come to fruition, drivers Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb were left with an eighth-place finish in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Henderson led twice for a total of 13 laps, including the opening nine laps. By the midway point of the two-hour timed race, every team up and down pit lane was trying to decide when and how much it would rain.

Ultimately, the TCR class winners were cars that elected to stay on slicks. When the skies didn’t open up until after the checkered flag, the Atlanta Speedwerks Civic came home in eighth.

“We made the best decision we could at the time,” Lamb, also the Atlanta Speedwerks owner, said. “It’s easy to sit here and second guess it now, but all of the information we had said that it was going to rain. It’s a frustrating finish, but we had the pace to run with the leaders, we led laps for the third race, and I’m certain we’re going to see the results we expect very soon. We unloaded and were fast right away. Brian led laps again. Everyone did a great job this weekend, and we’re already turning our attention to Watkins Glen.”

Henderson moved into the lead on the first of 68 laps and turned the fourth-fastest lap of the race in a time of 1:30.826 (89.498 mph). The No. 84 machine, running with support from HPD and Pagid Brakes and carrying the Friends of Jaclyn charity, stayed clean throughout the two-hour race.

“We had a lot of speed this whole weekend,” Henderson said. “We led at the beginning of the race then fell back a little bit, but the strategy didn’t play out for us. The team did a great job, we just had an unfortunate finish. We’ll get them next time.”

Despite some hard luck to open the season, Lamb and Henderson sit just 22 points out of the Championship lead through three of 10 Championship rounds. The Mid-Ohio race will air on Saturday, May 11th at 11 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

The team returns to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge action June 27 – 30 at Watkins Glen for the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at the Glen, a four-hour endurance race at the upstate New York track.

Promising Finish Cuts Out For Atlanta Speedwerks At Sebring

Drivers Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb had the TCR podium in hand until late in the race

SEBRING, Florida (March 16, 2019) – For the second time in this young IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge season, Atlanta Speedwerks worked a combination of speed and strategy to perfection to put Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb in position to score a podium finish in the TCR class.

And for the second time this season, bad luck cost the No. 84 Atlanta Speedwerks/BHR Honda Civic TCR late in the race.

The team leaves the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring International Raceway on Friday with an eighth-place finish that doesn’t tell how strongly the blue and yellow Honda ran throughout the race for the team, making their debut in the series this season.

Henderson started second but was already in the lead as a full-course yellow came out on the race’s opening lap. Though he relinquished the lead on the lap four restart, Henderson ran in the top-three for the first hour of the two-hour timed race.

A small bobble on lap 18, 45 minutes into the race, dropped Henderson to third, behind the leading Audi and another Honda Civic TCR. Running third in class, but with the GS cars beginning their pit stops, Henderson was running fifth overall.

With an hour remaining in the race, the Atlanta Speedwerks team called Henderson to pit lane – the first of the class leaders to make their lone stop of the race.

“What a fun weekend at Sebring, right up until the finish,” Henderson said. “It was great to run in that lead battle. The Honda Civic TCR is such a great car. Even on a difficult track like Sebring, it handled the bumps and our Pagid Brakes helped get us into the corner. That kept us up front, and the Atlanta Speedwerks team made a great call to pit when we did. Hopefully we’ve got our bad luck out of the way, because we’re really looking forward to the rest of the year.”

After a stop for fuel, fresh Michelin tires on the front and a driver change to Lamb, the Honda was back on track. As the remaining leaders made their stops over the next three laps, Lamb cycled back to a 2.37-second gap over second-running Tom O’Gorman’s Honda.

But less than one lap later, the race’s second and final full course caution erased that gap, as well as the 14 seconds to third place and the 21 second lead over fourth. With the GS class cars making their second and final pit stop under yellow, Lamb was riding in 2nd overall position, still leading the TCR class, behind the pace car.

Poised for the final 30-minute dash to the finish on the lap 35 restart, Lamb’s momentum literally disappeared. The Civic unexpectedly lost power at the green flag, dropping several positions.

“We really don’t know what happened yet,” Lamb said. “At one point, it felt like it was at 50 percent power. I reset the car and fired it back up, and everything seemed fine. We came to the green flag and as soon I stepped on it coming out of turn 17 I could feel it switch to low power mode. I just got out of the way. We fell right to the back of the pack and I spent the rest of the race resetting it every lap and trying to keep every position I could.”

Though the car made it to the finish, it was a lap behind the eventual winning Honda. Despite the disappointing finish, the season-long momentum continues. Lamb’s best lap of 2:15.757 (98.129 mph) was the second quickest of the race in the TCR class. And, of course, the team found itself out in front – just like in Daytona, when Lamb led a flat tire with minutes remaining in the four-hour race.

“We keep putting each other in position to win, and that’s all you can do,” Lamb said. “We’ll come back the next time and hope to put it all together.”

The Atlanta Speedwerks team has a lengthy break in the schedule until round three during the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, May 3-5. The Mid-Ohio race is another two-hour race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge championship.

The Sebring race will air on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, March 28 at 3 p.m. EDT.

About Atlanta Speedwerks
Atlanta Speedwerks is a professional road racing team and prep shop, providing road racing services, car builds, roll cages, and parts. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company runs winning arrive & drive programs in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup and SCCA Spec Miata, among others. Professional coaching and driver development round out the company’s offerings.

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

Atlanta Speedwerks Spec MX-5 Series, $100k winner

With eight drivers still alive for the Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship prize of $100,000 on Sunday morning, Peter Ensor erased all doubt by dominating the field, leading all 13 laps at Road Atlanta, and taking home the grand prize.

The Championship prize boiled down to one race, with the regular season worth one-third of the points, and each of the two weekend races at Road Atlanta worth two-thirds of the final tally. All season long, each driver was placed in a randomly selected, identically prepared NC-generation (third generation) Mazda MX-5, all on Yokohama Tires and Pagid Brakes.

The story continues here….

Ensor Sweeps Spec MX-5 Weekend, Claims $100,000 Prize