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Autometrics Tops Saturday Afternoon Daytona Testing
Capping a week that witnessed the completion of a new ST Porsche Cayman, the team’s expansion to two cars, and the signing of two young hotshoes, Autometrics Motorports topped the Saturday afternoon IMSA Daytona test session with the 1st and 3rd fastest cars in the ST class.
To be sure, it’s been busy around the shop and in pitlane.
“It’s been crazy,” said team owner Gordon Friedman, “but in the best possible way.” “We really pushed ourselves through the holidays to finish the Cayman. Then just this week we were able to put together the program for Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman to run the Porsche Boxster.”
The addition meant the team had just a handful of days to reassemble the Porsche Cayman chassis, race prep last year’s ST Porsche Boxster, and then, once trackside, dial everything in.
Team regulars Cory Friedman and Mac McGehee shared driving duties in the new #24 Autometrics Motorsports / Hasting Fiberglass / Mac Business Solutions / Porsche Cayman and ultimately set the fastest time in the fourth test session.
“We’ve raced a lot of Porsches here at Daytona,” said Cory Friedman, “and we had a good idea what kind of setup the new car would respond to. But it’s still a freshly-built car with a long to-do list. Our ability to top the ST leaderboard this afternoon is really a testament to the Autometrics Motorsport crew who’ve been working through the holidays and through the night these last few days to make this happen.”
Recently-signed team drivers Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman proved to be a potent addition to the team as both drivers used this, their first test with Autometrics Motorsports, to finish the session with the 3rd fastest time.
“We’re very excited to have Adam and Remo in the Boxster,” said Gordon Friedman. “To come here and run this well having never driven the car before is a good indication of the kind of driving talent these two young men possess.”
Autometrics Motorsports returns to Daytona International Speedway for round 1 of the IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge on January 23rd.
Autometrics to Run Two Porsches at Daytona
Charleston, SC (Dec. 30th 2013) – Though the holiday season is typically celebrated with days off and late mornings, there’s no time to rest for Autometrics Motorsports as the team prepares two Mac Business Products / Hastings Fiberglass / Porsche race cars for January’s IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) at Daytona.
Autometrics Motorsports and Daytona veterans Cory Friedman and David Baum will share driving duties in the team’s freshly built Porsche Cayman, while hotshoes Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman will pilot the 2013 Continental Challenge Porsche Boxster in their first event for the team.
“It’s all great news,” said Gordon Friedman, owner of Autometrics Motorsports. “We’ve got tremendous sponsors and drivers returning for 2014 and we have the privilege of adding to these the new and considerable talents of Ruscitti and Isman. We’re expecting big things.”
With the sizeable resumes of the team’s 2014 driver lineup, expectations are large indeed.
David Baum has been competing and winning behind the wheels of Porsches since 1998 and returns to CTSCC competition after a fast and successful 2013 season.
A longtime member of both the Autometrics Motorsports team and Friedman family, Cory has won club and professional races in all manners of Porsche and has competed extensively at Daytona International including a class win in his most recent race there, the HSR 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911.
New-to-Autometrics-Motorsports drivers Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman are anything but new-to-racing as Ruscitti is a championship winning karter and Pirelli World Challenge Rookie of the Year, and Isman is a regular front-runner in the Canadian Touring Car Championship.
“To put it simply,” said Gordon Friedman, “we couldn’t have a better lineup of experience and talent.”
With over 30 years experience building the finest Porsche race cars and engines, Autometrics Motorsports and its customers regularly win professional and club races. Look for the team to continue these winning ways January 23-26th when the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season opens at the Daytona International Speedway. You can learn more about the team, and follow their projects and progress online at: www.autometricsmotorsports.com
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A Race of Survival at Watkins Glen
On a weekend that witnessed wildly inconsistent weather, multiple-car crashes and even a few rollovers, Autometrics Motorsports reached the Grand Am ST class checkered flag with a combination of consistent speed and careful strategy.
COTA Grand Am 2013 Race Summary
It’s always exciting going to a new track for the first time, and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) was no exception. COTA is the newest and arguably nicest Formula 1 circuit in the world, and the facility certainly did not disappoint. Thursday was the Promoter’s Test day and the first order of business was having our drivers David Baum and Cory Friedman get familiar with the track configuration and the best way to execute it. The #24 Hastings Fiberglass / Mac Papers Porsche Boxster was good enough that we did little set up work the first day.
After an evening to process what was learned the day before, on Friday we focused on making the car as fast as possible. Our pace was good on old tires, typically within a second of the fastest cars in class. Practice, much like the test day, was plagued with black flags, so track time and set up opportunities were compromised. The final session of the day was qualifying, and David did a good job, qualifying about halfway up a very large and competitive ST field. We closed out Friday with race prep and pit stop practice.
Everything was in good order when we arrived to race early Saturday morning. It was a good day for racing; the weather was perfect, clear, cool and dry. David took the green flag and had a strong opening stint. He maintained position and avoided multiple potential disasters, and just before the one-hour mark, he turned the car over to Cory in perfect condition. The stop was early, and we knew we needed time under caution to make it to the end, but all of the front-runners took the same gamble.
From the drop of the green flag on the first restart, Cory began to move up positions. The Boxster proved to have excellent race pace. There are no easy passes in the top-15, but with tenacious battling and inspired racecraft, #24 moved firmly into the top-10 (see highlight video). The intense racing was interrupted by a pair of short cautions, and into the last hour Cory was fighting hard with the points-leading Honda and an unusually wide VW for a spot in the top-5.
With under 10 minutes remaining, the race and weekend had gone nearly flawlessly, and a repeat of the 5th place finish we had at Daytona was looking very reasonable, though we were dangerously low on fuel. We had to hope that fuel economy during the cautions was better than expected or for a late-race caution. Regrettably, neither came to be, and fuel ran out with 2 laps remaining.
None of the other 15 cars that were on the same fuel strategy as us had this problem, exposing a huge lack of parity in the class. This is a problem we’ve known about since last season and requested a change in the regulations multiple times. We can only hope that with this undeniable evidence, our next request will not be denied.
Despite the disappointing conclusion, it was a fun, exciting and highly competitive weekend. David will be joining us again for the CTSCC event at Road Atlanta next month, where we’ll look for another top-5, or with a bit of luck, a spot on the podium.
CTSCC COTA 2013 Highlight Video
Grand Am Race at Indianapolis
Fernando Pena Finishes 2011 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Platinum Championship 2nd in Driver Points
Two race wins and Five podium finishes propelled Autometrics Motorsports driver Fernando Pena to a second place finish in the Platinum Driver Championship. The season featured some good luck, bad luck, minor crashes, a disqualification that was overturned, and some unprecedented penalties. Fernando did a fantastic job in his first season in IMSA Challenge and we’d like to congratulate him on a well-deserved second place finish. We’d also like to thank Colours Inc for their support throughout the season.