180 Races (166 Starts) 138 Sprints / 42 Enduros (+3hr) with 22 24 hr races. Low 3.89% DNF accident rate
Notable: 3rd overall 2011 24 hrs of Silverstone, 3rd in class 2012 &
4th in class 2011 24 hrs of Nurburgring, 1st in class 2010 24 hrs of Dubai, 2nd in class 2009 24 hrs Barcelona, 2007 4 top 10 Grand-Am Rolex GT finishes with a 9th in class 24 hrs of Daytona and 4th Koni Daytona Challenge
2013 Sep 8: in Enduro Barcelona, Spain CREVENTIC 24 HOURS OF BARCELONA driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP3
2013 Sep 1: in Enduro Heusden-Zolder, Belgium R.A.C.B. Sport Menzo 24 Hours of Zolder driving a BMW 318Compact in class DIV22
2013 May 20: 4th in Enduro Nurburg, Germany ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP10
2013 May 14: in Enduro Heusden-Zolder, Belgium DNRT 500 KM van Circuit Zolder driving a BMW 318Compact in class DIV1
2013 Apr 13: 4th in Enduro Nurburg, Germany VLN VLN Enduro Championship Nurburgring driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP10
2013 Apr 6: in Enduros Hungaroring circuit CREVENTIC 12 Hours of Hungary driving a BMW 120D in class D1
2012 Sep 23: DNF due to mechanical at Silverstone Circuit BRITCAR 24 hrs of Silverstone driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class 3
2012 Sep 9: in Enduro Barcelona, Spain CREVENTIC 24 hrs of Barcelona driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP3
2012 May 20: in Enduro Nurburg, Germany ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring driving a Porsche Cayman-R PDK in class V6
2012 Jan 28: 28th in Enduro Daytona International Speedway Grand-AM 24 Hours of Daytona driving a GT3 997 Cup Grand-AM in class GT
2012 Jan 13: DNF due to mechanical at Dubai, United Arab Emirates CREVENTIC Dunlop 24 hrs of Dubai driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP3
2012 Jan 13: DNF due to mechanical at Dubai, United Arab Emirates CREVENTIC Dunlop 24 hrs of Dubai driving a BMW 120D in class A2
2011 Dec 3: 5th in Enduro Willows, California NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill driving a Spec Miata in class E3
2011 Oct 1: in Enduro Silverstone Circuit BRITCAR 24 hrs of Silverstone driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class 3
2011 Sep 24: 5th in Enduro Barcelona, Spain CREVENTIC 24 hrs of Barcelona driving a BMW 320D in class D1
2011 Jun 25: 4th in Enduro Nurburg, Germany ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring driving a BMW 120D in class D1T
2011 Jun 17: in Enduro Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium BTCS 12 Hours of Spa driving a BMW 120D in class T3D
2011 Jun 4: 3 races non-podium in Sprints Silverstone Circuit GT4EUROCUP GT4 European Cup driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class GT4
2011 May 22: in Enduros Hungaroring circuit CREVENTIC 24 HRs of Hungaroring driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SP2
2011 May 7: 2 races non-podium in Sprints Donington Park Circuit DSC Britcar Races driving a Lotus Evora GT4 in class SS2
2011 Jan 14: DNF due to mechanical at Dubai, United Arab Emirates CREVENTIC Dunlop 24 hrs of Dubai driving a BMW 120D in class D1
"Drivers often receive more praise than we deserve. Endurance racing is a Team not a Driver's race. No single person wins it and any member can cause the loss. Win Endurance races by clicking off laps and staying out of the pits, not damaging or killing the equipment. It's nice, but you don't have to be the fastest driver on the track." -Hal Prewitt
RUSH (2013 Movie) - Roger Parks, our Lotus Evora GT4 Crew Chief was the historic F1 car technical adviser on this film. RUSH, is a sports drama film directed by Ron Howard about the 1976 Formula 1 season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Entertaining and was great to see some of the tracks where I have been racing. The late Sean Edwards, a driver I have raced against a number of times portrayed his father in several scenes of the film. He was one of the drivers who pulled Lauda from the burning wreckage of his car during the German Grand Prix.
Sept 6-8th, 2013 - Barcelona, Spain- Raced in the
24 Hours of Barcelona. Finished 7th of 58 overall and 2nd in the SP3 class on the famous Formula 1 Circuit de Cataluna. Race was a mixture of rain and dry conditions. I drove 3 stints or about 6 hours. Quickest lap was 2:00.387. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Rob Severs and Matthew Di Leo in the No. 22 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International. Was an amazing come-from-behind finish. We were within 1 lap of the win after losing almost 1 hour due to an intermittent ignition electrical problem that caused the car to suddenly stop running. Our sister car #62 BMW 120D racing in the D1 class DNF (did not finish) due to an engine falure.
Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2013 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium - Raced in the
24 Hours of Zolder in the No. 2 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup car for Marcos Racing International. Finished 13th of 21 overall and 2nd in the DIV2-2 class on the famous Formula 1 Circuit Zolder. Great to podium again as this was my 1st race after the disastrous events of the May Nurburgring. I drove 3 stints or about 6 hours. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Dirk Schulz, Peter Euser and Jim Briody. Quickest lap was 1:59.869. We had cloudy dry conditions with more than 70,000 fans attending. The car, although under powered for our class, ran well with only time lost to change the rear differential gear.
May 17-19th, 2013 - Nurburg, German -- Raced in the
24 Hours of Nurburgring driving the Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International with drivers Cor Euser, Vic Rice and Shane Lewis. The No. 184 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 4th in class and 132nd overall out of 175 cars after 49 laps and the quickest of 9:47.828. Not great... at least we were not one of the 36 DNFs. It was amazing we finished at all considering the poor conditions and our many problems. There is a very good reason this track is called "The Green Hell". It is every bit of that as my ankle was still swollen and sore two months later (more on this shortly). This was my 6th event here, 20th 24 hr race and 39th enduro race of my career. I was planning to best my 3rd place class finish of last year's 24.
Start with a great crew, drivers and car. Race at the Nurburgring, then add rain, mud, fog, crash debris, cold and most of the things that go wrong in a 24hr. Welcome to this year's race. Cor, Vic and Shane have many stories they will never forget of wild conditions, almost crashes and heroic saves. In Saturday's qualifying my left front wheel came off when the lock pins failed. I felt a small vibration early in the lap, but with little test time available I needed to keep going. Very lucky the failure happened at a safe spot on the infield section of the track because in another few seconds I may have hit the wall in a corner on the Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop). That night as I lay in bed I wondered what the next day's race would bring.
Sunday, my first race stint started when Shane got out just after dark. About 1/3 of the way around the heavy rains began. I was on slicks, feeling the "Hell" and not sure I would get out. When I came in for the tire change, Cor asked if I wanted to continue. I said yes but oddly he asked again. That was a message. I got out and Cor climbed in. Later he commented "I was very smart, it was ..." He drove until the race was red flagged (stopped for +9 hours because of extremely dangerous conditions).
My second stint started Monday about noon. With 5 hours till the finish I was hoping for a dry track. Shane had come in on wornout rain tires. He said the track was drying but a little slippery. Team could only give me cold tires. Nice. Racing on a damp track with these tires meant I was in for fun. It didn't make any difference how careful I drove, the first turn included a beautifully performed 270 degree spin. As a few rain drops hit the windscreen I tried not to think what thrills would await on the rest of this stint. I think I radioed the crew something about not getting paid enough.
Next discovery was a river flowing across the track in the corner near the 8 km mile marker. Nice. There comes a time when every driver asks themselves, "why am I doing this?" With intermittent light rain, the track was cold and a mixture of wet and dry with mud, crash debris and running water. I thought, at least it was not like the last stint of hard rain, dark and fog. Rarely, do I look forward to the end of a stint. However, this time was one of them. Unfortunately it ended a little sooner than planned. I met my Waterloo thirty minutes later in the right turn between Eschbach and Brunnchen just before the 16 km marker. Most drivers don't like to use the word "crash", talk about them, show or view the in-car video. You can watch it here.
I was following a Viper closely as we were beginning to pass cars. He was positioned to drive straight while I was still turning to aline for the pass. One of the cars unexpectedly blocked, Viper hit the brakes hard enough to come loose. I was very close and forced to heavy brake to avoid contact. Use of hard brakes on a damp low grip track while in a turn was a perfect mix to allow the Lotus to come seriously loose. Rotating left, I corrected, but was unsuccessful stopping rotation. However, I was successful in keeping the Lotus on the track and not hooking into the very close left guard rail. Unfortunately I ran out of straight track as we were near the next corner. Even with the brakes locked and spun backwards, I still almost hit the Viper before leaving the track.
Car data said impact was near 90 mph, registered 5.57 and 4.7 Gs on the corner guard rail. The hit was so hard, it bounced the car back onto the track after the corner and was pointed in the right direction. Amazingly and a testament to the strength of the Lotus design, I could still move the car. However, it was a long, sad and slow ride back to the pits. I had let the Team down with my first Nurburgring crash.
In the last few minutes of the race, Cor made it out of the pits and we initially finished 6th in class until being moved to 4th. The 1st and 2nd place cars were disqualified for rule violations. I had a foot x-ray upon return to Miami; no breaks, just soft tissue damage. Doc order to keep it in a brace up to 12 weeks and check back with him in three weeks. There is a saying, "there are only two types of drivers that race the ring. Those that have and those that will (crash)." Still not sure I want to race here ever again.
May 14th, 2013 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium - Raced in the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT) in the No. 250 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup car for Marcos Racing International. Finished 10th of 18 overall and 2nd in the Division 1 class on the historic Formula 1 Circuit Zolder. We had rain and wet conditions the whole race. Jim Briody was my co-driver. He started and I finished. I set the quickest of 2:01.021 on the last lap of the race. Lots of fun to drive but the car was under powered for our class.
April 13th, 2013 - Nurburg, German -- Raced in the 38th VLN Endurance Championship driving the Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International with drivers Cor Euser and Vic Rice. This was a big event with hundreds of cars and thousands of fans. We attended primarly to do testing and find the setup for the Lotus at the coming
24 Hours of Nurburgring. The No. 178 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 4th in class and 74th overall out of 203 cars after 4 hours or 23 laps and the quickest at 9:33.066.
Apr 5-6, 2013 - Budapest, Hungary -- Two Podiums finishes. A 2nd and 3rd place while racing two different cars in the 12HR of Hungary. My 1st race of 2013 was very cold and wet. I think it rained non-stop for three weeks. Drove for Marcos Racing InternationalLotus Evora GT4 SP3 class. Co-drivers were Cor Euser, Henk Thijssen and Dirk Schulz. In the BMW 120D D1 class were Cor Euser, Liesette Braams and Dirk Schulz. Great finish considering the many problems. After qualifying 2nd fastest in the SP3 class, both cars were disqualified because we decided not to test during the night rain sesion. Almost barred from the race we sucessfully appealed and started from the pits. I drove the BMW and Cor the Lotus. Later just as I was due to my first Lotus stint, Henk lost the oil belt resulting in more than 1 hour repair that cost us a 2nd overall win. The Lotus ran well in the wet and I came within .8 of a second of Cor's fastest lap. In the end, the Lotus finished 6th overall, 3rd in class and 310 laps. Quickest was 1:59.85 and ran better than most Porsche 997 Cup cars. The BMW finished 10th overall, 2nd in class and 295 laps. Quickest was 2:09.622. I drove almost 6 of the 12 hour race with most of the time in the BMW because of the Lotus pump falure.
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