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.
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.
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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.
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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.