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

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.

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:

  • 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.




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.



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.
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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.


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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.