SEBRING, Florida (March 18, 2021) – Atlanta Speedwerks’ two-car effort led more than half the laps in the four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge opener at Daytona in January, earned the TCR class pole position, and finished on the podium. This week, Ryan Everlsey and Greg Strelzoff return in the No. 94 Lemons of Love/Dinner With Racers Honda Civic TCR with Robert Noaker and Brian Henderson once again in the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR, at a Sebring International Raceway track where all four drivers have been quick in the past.
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. Practice for the week got underway on Wednesday, March 17, with qualifying on Thursday, March 18.
Atlanta Speedwerks’ two-car effort continues at Sebring, though a third Honda Civic TCR sits in the team’s Gainesville, Georgia shop for drivers looking for a competitive package for the remainder of the 2021 season. Following the first race of the year, Eversley and Strelzoff sit second in the point championship, while Noaker and Henderson boosted the No. 84 car to the lead of the VP Fuels Front Runner Award standings by leading the most laps at Daytona.
Henderson and Noaker teamed for the first time at Sebring last November during the rescheduled 12-hour weekend, starting from the rear of the field after a motor change, climbing as high as third, and finishing sixth. Noaker is believed to be the youngest pole sitter in the history of what is now Michelin Pilot Challenge, turning 17 just after his fast qualifying session at Daytona. The pair were in contention until contact with Henderson behind the wheel ended the day early and left them officially with an 11th-place finish.
Eversley and Strelzoff both made their Atlanta Speedwerks debut at Daytona. Strelzoff returned to racing for the first time in five seasons, running a solid stint during the race and passing off to Eversley for the run to the finish. The popular podcast host and social media darling led late in the race and took the checkered flag in second place.
One thing that the team knows is that pit stops will be even more buttoned-up than ever. Atlanta Speedwerks utilizes Daniel Benjamin’s Pit Crews to help vet and select crew members for the two-car program. More information can be found at pitcrews.co.uk.
The team was in action at Sebring for the first time on Wednesday afternoon with a one-hour practice. A second practice on Thursday morning at 10:25 a.m. ET gives way to Thursday afternoon’s 15-minute qualifying at 3:30 p.m. ET to set the grid for Friday’s race. Friday’s two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 gets the green flag at 2:35 p.m. ET.
Todd Lamb, Team Owner: “We’re ready to build on our results from Daytona. Everyone did a great job, but we’re still pressing to get better. Sebring is a track that we know very well through all of our Atlanta Speedwerks business and fits our drivers well, so we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
Brian Henderson, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “Last year’s Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 was Robert and I’s first-time sharing the Honda Civic TCR. We’ve had more time sharing the car since then, and are feeling confident going into Sebring this year. I have been working hard off the track in anticipation of this event. I know our car will be quick, and we are focused on being there at the end of the 2-hour race. Sebring is a rough and challenging track, all the more fun to race at! After looking back at Daytona and the speed our team had, I am hungry for a win. I am very grateful for the opportunity to continue gaining experience with this awesome team.”
Robert Noaker, Driver, No. 84 Honda Civic TCR: “I’m excited to get back to Sebring, I know a lot more about the car this time around and feel more confident going into this weekend. Sebring is an extremely fun track and it’s very challenging to hit your marks every lap. The bumps there are my favorite thing about the track, you’re just hanging on through the corners trying to stay on the limit. The run we had at Daytona was great and everyone on the team did a phenomenal job. Hoping we carry our momentum from Daytona into Sebring to put the No. 84 Sabelt/Pagid Honda Civic TCR on the podium!”
Ryan Eversley, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “Daytona was a great way to start out the season for the No. 94 car and I’m confident our teammates in the No. 84 will bounce back and be right in the mix for the win this week at Sebring. Greg is even more fired up then he was before the season started and I’ve been able to race a few times since Daytona in other cars so we both feel ready to go. I know the Atlanta Speedwerks team has been busy prepping our Honda Civic Type-R’s and they had a strong result here last season so things are looking good.”
Greg Strelzoff, Driver, No. 94 Honda Civic TCR: “At Daytona, I was not close to my best shape. My training is far further along this time and I am really excited to get back into the car. Sebring is a much more technical track and there are some amazing sections. It could not be more different than Daytona. But I have been reviewing my data from Daytona and watching Sebring race videos from the past. The goal is to get the win that eluded us at Daytona!”