12/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 15:37
Continuing to build on a successful customer program, Atlanta Speedwerks will grow in 2019 with the launch of a two-car campaign in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The team will utilize the Honda Civic Type R platform, which has already claimed championship hardware in its first season of competition.
Based in close proximity to Road Atlanta, Atlanta Speedwerks operates the Spec MX-5 Challenge in partnership with Winding Road Racing as well as managing a two-car program in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup under the guidance of team owner Todd Lamb.
With a mechanical engineering degree and almost four decades of racing experience in everything from Global Mazda MX-5 Cup to World Challenge to Rolex GT to Michelin Pilot Challenge, Lamb handles business management, driver coaching, and car setups for Atlanta Speedwerks.
'We have been building this team every year, and I'm really happy to be returning to IMSA and the TCR class, which is an outstanding platform,' said Lamb. 'I raced a Honda Civic in World Challenge when they won the Manufacturers Championship (with Compass Racing), so when we were deciding what manufacturer to align with, it was great to already know so many of the guys at HPD to move forward with the Civic.'
Lamb will co-drive with Brian Henderson, who has raced with Atlanta Speedwerks in Global Mazda MX-5 Cup competition and has experience in NASCAR road races as well.
'This is an extension of our customer program and builds on what we already do in Global Mazda MX-5 and with the Spec MX-5 Challenge,' said Lamb. 'We are expanding as a shop, and being able to offer a wider diversity of programs gives us more options to provide our customers. Brian (Henderson) has done a great job at the Global (Mazda MX-5 Cup) level and that is great preparation for IMSA. We are talking to drivers about our sister TCR entry and hope to have our teammates confirmed soon. We do have testing opportunities available for the Roar at Daytona in early January.'
The Michelin Pilot Challenge will open at Daytona International Speedway with a four-hour enduro on Friday, January 25 to launch the ten-race championship.
'It has been a few seasons since I've raced in the endurance format, so I am really looking forward to it as it is where I first got my start in the sport,' said Lamb. 'A lot of my guys on the team also have experience in Grand-Am and IMSA through the years, so I feel like we've got a pretty deep bench of talent on this side of the pit wall. It's going to be super competitive but I am confident that we've got what we need to arrive prepared and to have a successful program.'