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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.

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.”

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

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.

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Atlanta Speedwerks Pair of Honda Civic TCRs Scores Front Row Lock Out For Saturday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Robert Noaker

WATKINS GLEN, New York (June 25, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks locked down the front row for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class race on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, with Robert Noaker earning his second Motul Pole award in the opening four races and Todd Lamb qualifying second during Friday’s session.

Noaker’s best lap of 1:56.046 (105.475 mph) in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR was quick enough to set a new track record in the class and earn the team’s third top starting position in four races in the 2021 season. Noaker’s co-driver, Brian Henderson, scored the top spot at Daytona International Speedway in the season opener.

“I love this track,” Noaker said. “I’ve only been here one other time before this but on sims I’ve always loved it. It’s very different than any other track with the banking and there’s not much runoff. The car was handling and it’s good to get pole. It’s a four-hour race, so it’s just going to be staying out of trouble and try to stay out front. Hopefully I’ll hand the car off the Brian clean and see what he can do with it.”

Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Watkins Glen International – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Noaker was 0.825 ahead of Lamb in the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR during the session. Qualifying for the first time and racing for just the second time this season, Lamb turned a best lap of 1:56.871 (104.730 mph) just before the checkered flag flew on the 15-minute session. Lamb will co-drive with Ryan Eversley during Saturday’s four-hour race sitting second in the team championship and with Eversley second in the driver’s championship point standings.

“It was a great qualifying,” Lamb, also the team owner, said. “I’m really glad we can have both cars on the front row. We’re really coming together as a team, and to me that’s the biggest thing of all. It’s awesome to be able to drive this weekend, but as a team owner I just want to be able to have success and see both cars on the podium.”

The Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen gets underway at 2:35 p.m. EDT on Saturday from Watkins Glen International. The race can be seen live on the NBC Sports app via TrackPass.

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

Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR Earns IMSA Podium Finish at Mid-Ohio With Eversley, Smithson

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

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 15, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks scored a podium finish on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR competition, where Scott Smithson and Ryan Eversley co-drove the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR to a third-place finish at the Mid-Ohio 120.

Teammates Brian Henderson and Robert Noaker, starting at the rear of field, climbed as high as eighth in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR before ultimately finishing in 11th place.

The bronze medal was the second podium of the season for the No. 94 car after a second-place finish at Daytona in the season opener. Eversley shared the car in that race with co-drivers Todd Lamb and Greg Strelzoff, so Saturday’s finish leaves Eversley alone in second place in the season-long championship standings. The No. 94 car also sits second in the Team Championship and has boosted Honda to an early second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Smithson opened the race, his first at Mid-Ohio and his first in IMSA competition, in sixth position and ran a solid opening stint before pulling to pit lane under yellow to pass the car to Eversley. Eversley took over in eighth place, was running fifth at the final full-course caution with 24 minutes to go and climbed to third with 11 minutes to go.

Henderson ran a fantastic opening stint in the No. 84 Honda Civic, moving from last on the grid all the way to eighth during his stint. Unfortunately, Henderson drove most of his 50 minutes with a delaminated splitter, changing the handling of the car. The team tried to tape it into place during the pit stop when Henderson handed the car to Noaker. The issue forced Noaker to just off the pace of the leaders in the final stint and came home in 11th. Henderson and Noaker turned the quickest lap in qualifying, but were relegated to the rear of the field for the start after technical inspection.

The next appearance for Atlanta Speedwerks and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge comes at Watkins Glen International, June 24-27, for a four-hour race.

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

Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “Any time you race for Honda at Mid-Ohio you want to bring home a result. We were the best of our class, so to speak, because I always want to be the top Honda. It was a really good result for this team. We’ve had some really good speed, but Sebring wasn’t our best race. Scott did a fantastic job. The pit stop actually went really well, that was Scott’s first time ever doing a driver change. Hats off to him. His first weekend in IMSA and he qualifies right on top of the regulars, we get a podium, he did a great job with his pit stop, and he kept it clean with no issues. Two podiums in three races, I’m really happy about that. Thanks to Honda, HPD, Valvoline and the everybody involved in the program at Atlanta Speedwerks. I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen.”

Scott Smithson, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m really happy with it. I didn’t come in here with a lot of expectations because everything was thrown at me all at once. It was a new car setup, a brand-new track, IMSA, more traffic, driver changes – a lot was thrown at me. I’m thrilled. I feel like I had the pace, I just need to work on race pace. But Ryan is an animal. He’s awesome. It was a great weekend.”

Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “Unfortunately that splitter was loose right from the start and flapping around. It cost us some speed, but I was still able to work my way up to eighth which I was really happy about. I would have liked to run a little better but considering the splitter and all that, I handed the car to Robert in one piece. He got in there and did what he could with it. We got a finish, we’re on the board, and I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen. The Atlanta Speedwerks guys did a great job, we just had a little issue but we’ll put it behind us for the next one.”

Todd Lamb, Owner: “It was a weekend of highs and lows for us. It was a rollercoaster. The 84 car got their third pole, so we’re really happy with that. We have some new team members this weekend that are helping to bring some consistency and structure as we move forward, so we’re very thankful for their help this weekend. We had a good run with the 94 car. We have Scott Smithson on board, and for his first weekend with us, in IMSA and at Mid-Ohio, he did phenomenal. I’m excited to see what he can do for the rest of the season. We’ve got a little bit of time to get regrouped for Watkins Glen, and we’re looking forward to great things as the season progresses.”

Mid-Ohio 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

Henderson Earns Atlanta Speedwerks Third Consecutive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Pole at Mid-Ohio

Mid-Ohio 120 – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic TCR, Brian Henderson, Robert Noaker

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 14, 2021) – Brian Henderson and Atlanta Speedwerks earned a third consecutive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR Class pole on Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in just three races and will start Saturday’s Mid-Ohio 120 on the front row. Teammate Scott Smithson, making his IMSA debut, will start the race seventh.

The two-hour Mid-Ohio 120, part of the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, will get the green flag at 3:35 p.m. ET on Saturday. The race can be seen live through TrackPass on the NBC Sports app.

Henderson drove the No. 84 Pagid/Sabelt Honda Civic TCR to the Motul Pole Award with a lap of 1:28.813 (91.526 mph) on the 2.258-mile circuit. That lap also set a new TCR class track record and is the third pole position for the car in as many races this season. Henderson’s co-driver Robert Noaker earned the pole in the season opener at Daytona, while Henderson set the mark at Sebring and now Mid-Ohio.

“We’re really happy to secure that third pole,” Henderson said. “There were a few other cars in contention, so I knew I needed to get as much as I could out of it at the end. I set up, got a big gap and just went for it. It was a pretty good lap and got on the pole. That’s three in a row for us and we’re really happy about that. We’re bringing that into this race and with some good luck and smart driving, we’ll bring it to the end and be on top.”

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

Smithson, who began racing in 2019 and is making his first IMSA start this weekend, will start seventh after a lap of 1:30.051 (90.268 mph). Smithson will share the No. 94 Dinner With Racers/Lemons of Love Honda Civic TCR with co-driver Ryan Eversley in the two-hour race. Smithson’s 15-minute qualifying session was cut one lap short when, on his final flying lap, he had a temporary issue with the steering wheel that left him just 0.102-second from improving all the way to fifth on the grid.

“It’s a brand-new track for me and being new to the sport it’s hard for me to get up to speed quick,” Smithson said. “That session felt a lot better than practice, I had to adjust a bunch of lines. In my last lap, where the steering wheel came off, I was throwing down a decent lap. I think we’re in good shape for tomorrow. I think we can click off good, solid laps for an hour and hand the car over to Ryan to bring it home.”

With qualifying complete, Atlanta Speedwerks turns its full attention to Saturday’s race. Eversley, who co-drove the opening two rounds with Greg Strelzoff, sits second in the Championship standings with the No. 84 car second in the team championship.

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.”