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Performance Motorsports Group, the Official Factory Supported Ginetta Team, is forming a premier customer racing program for the 2017 season which will be headquartered out of the PMG Autosport headquarters in New Braunfels, Texas. 

The Texas-based team scored eight podium finishes and the “Rookie of the Year” championship in 2016 with young talent Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker behind the wheel of the team’s two GINETTA G55 GT4 race cars. With such a great season under their belt, PMG has decided to expand beyond a two-car factory supported program and is accepting applications from drivers looking to join a championship caliber GINETTA Factory Supported Customer Racing Program.

Currently, Performance Motorsports Group (PMG) is only accepting applications for a total of 3 seats in Pirelli World Challenge competition. One seat is available for GTS sprint races and two available for GTS Sprint-X events. Options are available for full-season entries or race-by-race entries, depending on the customer’s needs.

“I could not be more excited about 2017 and beyond. Starting our GINETTA Factory supported Customer Racing Program 2017. It’s going to be an exciting year to be a part of PMG-GINETTA. You will not find better resources and product in the paddock. Truly proud of what we have put together to
develop our North American GINETTA Factory Supported Customer Racing Program.,” stated Performance Motorsports Group’s Stuart Robinson.

PMG is currently only accepting applications for three open seats. For more information on Performance Motorsports Group and GINETTA Cars visit www.performancemotorsportsgroup.com and www.ginetta.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to begin the application process.

 

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Ginetta driver Parker Chase made Pirelli World Challenge history last weekend. The fifteen-year-old racing driver was awarded the 2016 GTS Rookie of the Year award following the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Chase entered Pirelli World Challenge GTS competition after just six months of sports car experience in a spec-miata and very quickly demonstrated his natural racing ability by earning a second place finish during the season opener at Circuit of The Americas, his professional debut.

With the support of Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars, Chase went on to achieve an impressive three second places, three third places and a total of ten top-five finishes in his No. 19 Alta Towers / Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4. Chase finished fourth place in GTS Driver’s Championship points.

Not only a competitor in GTS, Chase entered three rounds of SprintX competition and earned a third place finish at Utah Motorsports Campus with teammate and co-driver Harry Gottsacker.

Parker Chase, driver: “The Rookie of The Year award and fourth place in points is something I am really proud about considering my competition. I was the newcomer up against multi-time champion Lawson Achenbach and guys with a lot more years of racing experience like this year’s champion Brett Sandberg, Jack Roush Jr. and Nate Stacy so to go out and run with them was really cool.

“The Ginetta G55 GT4 really proved itself this year as a highly competitive chassis. In the hands of Performance Motorsports Group, I was confident in the cars ability to perform at the highest level during every on-track session. Thanks to my Car Chief Hunter Wright, Coach and Spotter Tim Barber and of course Team Principal Stuart Robinson.

“Last but not least I can’t say thank you enough to all of my sponsors, Alta Towers, Enertech Resources and Viking Communications for their support and really believing in our effort this year. This is just the beginning, there is much more to come!”

Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group race for the final time this year on CBS Sports Network Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 PM ET. Stay tuned for 2017 news and announcements!

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New Braunfels, TX – Pirelli World Challenge history was made last weekend when fifteen-year-old Ginetta Factory Recognized driver Parker Chase was awarded the 2016 GTS Rookie of the Year award following the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Chase entered Pirelli World Challenge GTS competition after just six months of sports car experience in a spec-miata and very quickly demonstrated his natural racing ability by earning a second place finish during the season opener at Circuit of The Americas, his professional debut. With the support of Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars, Chase went on to achieve an impressive three second place, three third place and a total of ten top-five finishes in his No. 19 Alta Towers / Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4.

Chase finished fourth place in GTS Driver’s Championship points.

Not only a competitor in GTS, Chase entered three rounds of SprintX competition and earned a third place finish at Utah Motorsports Campus with teammate and co-driver Harry Gottsacker.

“The Rookie of The Year award and fourth place in points is something I am really proud about considering my competition,” said Chase. “I was the newcomer up against multi-time champion Lawson Achenbach and guys with a lot more years of racing experience like this year’s champion Brett Sandberg, Jack Roush Jr. and Nate Stacy so to go out and run with them was really cool. The Ginetta G55 GT4 really proved itself this year as a highly competitive chassis. In the hands of Performance Motorsports Group, I was confident in the cars ability to perform at the highest level during every on-track session. Thanks to my Car Chief Hunter Wright, Coach and Spotter Tim Barber and of course Team Principal Stuart Robinson. Last but not least I can’t say thank you enough to all of my sponsors, Alta Towers, Enertech Resources and Viking Communications for their support and really believing in our effort this year. This is just the beginning, there is much more to come!”

Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group race for the final time this year on CBS Sports Network Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 PM ET. Stay tuned for 2017 news and announcements!

About Parker Chase:

Parker Chase’s career began in 2010 racing karts where he earned several championships in multiple Rotax categories. In 2015, the young Texan made the transition to racecars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship series with considerable success. Moving up the racing ladder, Chase made the transition to sportscars. In early 2016, Chase signed on with Performance Motorsports Group to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. Chase has earned multiple podium finishes at just fifteen years old, making him the youngest podium finisher in the history of the GTS Class. In addition to his Pirelli World Challenge efforts, Chase also competed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series with Chase Rallysport where he has also finished on the podium.

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 New Braunfels, TX – Harry Gottsacker is ready for the Pirelli World Challenge GTS season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, October 7-9.

Transitioning from karts to sportscars, Gottsacker made his Pirelli World Challenge debut at Barber Motorsports Park in April of this year. In just six race weekends and eleven races, Gottsacker has achieved a podium finish and multiple special awards. While not in contention for the overall championship, he hopes to cap off his rookie season with a podium finish.

Not only will Gottsacker race in GTS Rounds 18 and 19 but he will also share the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 GT4 with teammate Parker Chase for SprintX Round 6 for the final race of the season on Sunday, October 9.

“This year has really flown by, it’s hard to believe that we’re already at the season finale,” said Gottsacker. “It’s been great to get to drive the Ginetta this season, I’ve had some success and learned a lot, there’s not much more I could ask for. I would of course love to get on the GTS podium in this final weekend so that is what I will try to achieve. I think it will be an exciting weekend and I look forward to it.”

The Pirelli World Challenge finale will take place on Sunday, October 9 and can be viewed on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 PM ET. A full schedule of events can be found at www.world-challenge.com.

About Harry Gottsacker:

Sixteen-year-old Texan Harry Gottsacker began his career at the young age of 13 racing karts at a national level. Instantly successful, Harry gained interest from Intrepid North America and was recognized as a factory driver. Harry’s notable karting accomplishments include 2014 WKA Daytona Road Race Champion, 2015 Florida Winter Tour Podium Finish, 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge DD2 Champion. Harry will compete in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge racing a Ginetta G55 with Performance Motorsports Group. Harry will also compete in a full season of the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series.

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New Braunfels, TX (September 23, 2016) – Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver Parker Chase achieved his seventh podium finish of his rookie season in Pirelli World Challenge last weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Chase, age 15, qualified the No. 19 Alta Towers / Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4 in sixth position in an extremely close GTS field for Round 16 on Saturday, September 17. As the clock ticked closer to zero, Chase moved his way closer to the front of the pack. Mounting a brilliant charge, Chase advanced four positions, from sixth to second place, in under twenty minutes. He crossed the line in second place, just 1.8 seconds behind leader Nate Stacy.

“I had a sea of KTMs ahead of me on Saturday for most of the race, gave me a really great view of the chaos,” said Chase. “After Barkey and Sandberg had contact, which I was lucky to avoid, I just started hunting down Nate trying to get my first win. We didn't win, but I'm happy with second place points. The Ginetta G55 performed flawlessly thanks to the Performance Motorsports Group guys.”

Sunday’s Round 17 saw Parker in fifth place on the starting grid for the standing start. When the lights went out, Chase’s launch kept him in fifth place and out of trouble as an early caution halted the field. Battling with Lawson Aschenbach for most of the fifty minutes, Chase was able to execute a late-race pass for fourth place, where he crossed the finish line.

“It was a great points weekend for our team,” said Chase. “I finished ahead of two people in front of me in the Championship and that’s important going into the triple-header at Laguna. Most importantly, I had a lot of friends and family out here in Sonoma supporting me and I want to say thank you to them coming out. It means a lot to have their support.”

Watch Parker Chase on CBS Sports Network Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 PM ET. Follow on Twitter, www.twitter.com/parker_chase19 and Facebook, www.facebook.com/parkerchaseracing for live updates from the track during race weekends.

Next stop for Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca October 7-9 where they will race three times to decide the GTS Champion.

About Parker Chase

Parker Chase’s career began in 2010 racing karts where he earned several championships in multiple Rotax categories. In 2015, the young Texan made the transition to racecars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship series with considerable success. Moving up the racing ladder, Chase made the transition to sportscars. In early 2016, Chase signed on with Performance Motorsports Group to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. Chase has earned multiple podium finishes at just fifteen years old, making him the youngest podium finisher in the history of the GTS Class. In addition to his Pirelli World Challenge efforts, Chase also competed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series with Chase Rallysport where he has also finished on the podium.

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16-Year-old Nate Stacy Scores 1st Pirelli World Challenge GTS Victory Saturday at Sonoma Raceway with 15 year-old Parker Chase Runner-up, Hugh Plumb takes 3rd.

SONOMA, Calif. – Nate Stacy of Owasso, Okla., became the youngest GTS winner in the Pirelli World Challenge Saturday at Sonoma Raceway with a sensational driving exhibition in his No. 14 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302.

Stacy, 16, was the youngest PWC winner ever two years ago at when he captured the TCB class at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at the age of 14.

Parker Chase, 15, of New Braunsfels, Texas, made up one of the youngest 1-2 finishes in professional auto racing history with a second place finish in the Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4, while pole winner Hugh Plumb of Unionville, Pa., rounded out the podium lineup Saturday in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4.

“It was a pretty wild race for me and I have to give thanks to the other drivers who gave me respect on the track today,” said Stacy. “This win is a very big accomplishment for me. I was trying to get that win all year and I thought I had one at St. Pete but, unfortunately, a tire rode snapped. Actually, at one point today, I was moving my rearview mirror around in the car to see more things behind me. I knew there were a lot of different guys battling to get up to me. I felt like I was getting jumped by KTM X-Bows on several occasions.”

“There was a sea of KTMs in front of me most of the day and I had a front row seat of all of the action,” Chase explained. “It was pretty chaotic at times. But a few of them got together as they were battling Nate (Stacy). I had a close call with (Brett) Sandberg and then I just started running down Nate. I was just hoping I could get by him at the end. It was a good points day for us and we will see how Sunday goes in the next GTS race. The Ginetta GT4 is a great car and you really don’t have to conserve the tires. The car is consistent throughout the whole race. Once I got into second place, I was just head down and trying to catch Nate.”

“We had a few issues with the car early this weekend but the ANSA Motorsports guys did a great job getting everything right for me,” said Plumb, a former PWC race winner. “We had a good qualifying session with the pole position. Congrats to Nate and Parker. I wish I was doing what they are doing at 15 and 16 years old. I’m so happy to be back in World Challenge. They do an amazing job. It’s very professional and some great racing, too.  We made adjustments with the car in qualifying but I think we over-adjusted for the race. So we’ll go back look over things to change for Sunday’s race.”

On Saturday, Stacy grabbed the lead from his second starting slot at the green flag and held off a variety of drivers in a wild, entertaining 50-minute sprint affair at the 2.38-mile, 12-turn permanent road circuit north of San Francisco. Stacy’s Ford took on a contingent of new GT4 machinery as some five different drivers fought the teenager for the lead in the 29-lap event, round 16 in the GTS category.

Among the contenders for Stacy’s lead position were GTS point leader Brett Sandberg of Allendale, N.J., in the No. 13 ANZA Motorsports KTM X-Bow, Anthony Mantella of Toronto, Ont., Canada in the No. 8 Mantella Autosport KTM X-Bow, Martin Barkey of Huntsville, Ont., Canada in the No. 80 Sportlab Sawmill Creative KTM X-Bow, Chase and Plumb. However, Stacy drove a brilliant race in fighting off the challenges of his contenders and scored his first GTS win in Pirelli World Challenge.

Sandberg looked to ready to move to the top spot on lap 26 when the point leader made contact with another car and spun. The veteran sports car racer came back to seventh, just ahead of his points rival Lawson Aschenbach of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the No. 10 Black Dog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro. Aschenbach also had an eventful Saturday after participating in an earlier sports car race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The four-time PWC series champion then caught a plane to Northern California to compete in the Sonoma Raceway contest. Due to no qualifications, Aschenbach had to start last in the 17-driver field but drove up to eighth after a battle as high as sixth Saturday.

Chase started sixth and drove a smart race to second on the last lap as the teenager made one final attempt to pass Stacy for the win. However, Parker took his Ginetta GT4 machine too wide in turn nine and Stacy went on to a 1.87-second win.

Utah winner Scott Heckert of Ridgefield, Conn., rounded out the top-five Saturday in GTS at the wheel of the No. 54 Racer’s Edge Sin Car GT4 followed by veteran Kevin Marshall of Incline Village, Nev., in the No. 44 VSA Motorsports Lotus GT4.

Other race awards and recognitions were determined as follows:

The Optima Batteries Best Start award was issued to No. 29 Harry Gottsacker in the Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4 for his two position gain at the start of the race.
The Cadillac Move of the Race was determined to be the sequence involving No. 19 Parker Chase moving by No. 80 Martin Barkey in the Mantella Autosport KTM X-Bow GT4 who in turn had moved by No. 13 Brett Sandberg in the ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 at Turn 7 on lap 14 of the race.
The KIA Turning Point was determined to be the contact between Barkey and Sandberg and the off-road move by Chase to avoid with 5 minutes remaining in the race.
The VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award was given to No. 44 Kevin Marshall in the VSA Motorsports Lotus GT4 for his nine position gain through the session.

Best lap, which determines pole position for Sunday’s round of competition, was obtained by Barkey with a 1:43.138-second lap time.

Round 17 of the GTS competition is set for Sunday at 10:15 am PDT as a preliminary event to Sonoma Raceway’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.

Sonoma, CA – Results from Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Round 16 Race, part of the Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway Presented by Cadillac. All results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos. PIC, Class, Name, Hometown, Car, Laps, Status
1. 1, GTS, Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, Ford Boss 302, 29, Running
2. 2, GTS, Parker Chase, New Braunfels TX, Ginetta GT4, 29, Running
3. 3, GTS, Hugh Plumb, Unionville PA, KTM XBow GT4, 29, Running
4. 4, GTS, Martin Barkey, Huntsville QC, KTM XBow GT4, 29, Running
5. 5, GTS, Scott Heckert, Ridgefield CT, SIN R1 GT4, 29, Running
6. 6, GTS, Kevin Marshall, Incline Village NV, Lotus GT4, 29, Running
7. 7, GTS, Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, KTM XBow GT4, 29, Running
8. 8, GTS, Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 29, Running
9. 9, GTS, Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 29, Running
10. 10, GTS, Jeff Courtney, Milwaukee WI, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 29, Running
11. 11, GTS, Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, Chevrolet Camaro, 29, Running
12. 12, GTS, Jason Alexandridis, Novato CA/Novato CA, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 29, Running
13. 13, GTS, Anthony Mantella, Toronto ON, KTM XBow GT4, 29, Running
14. 14, GTS, Bill Ziegler, Ponte Verdra FL, KTM XBow GT4, 29, Running
15. 15, GTS, Harry Gottsacker, San Antonio TX, Ginetta GT4, 29, Running
16. 16, GTS, George Kurtz, Scottsdale AZ, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 28, Running
17. 17, GTS, Greg Milzcik/Greg Milzcik, Littleton CO, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 28, Running

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New Braunfels, TX – Harry Gottsacker will race the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 GT4 this weekend, September 16-18, at Sonoma Raceway in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 16 and 17.

Gottsacker earned his first professional podium last month at Utah Motorsports Campus in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Round 4 and was on his way to a podium in GTS when a late race tire issue ended his day prematurely. Unlike the other tracks he has competed at this season, Gottsacker has driven at Sonoma Raceway before, which gives him a bit if a different outlook entering the race weekend. Instead of using early sessions to learn the track, he can focus on communicating with Performance Motorsports Group about setup changes and car preferences.

“Sonoma is a great track,” said Gottsacker. “I am excited to get back behind the wheel of my Ginetta again. It will be very interesting to see if our cars will be competitive there, but I have a good feeling that we’ll be able to keep the momentum going and hopefully pull off another podium finish.”

Events begin on Friday, September 16 with two practice sessions at 8:45 AM CT and 12:30 PM CT. Saturday, September 17 brings qualifying 12:45 PM CT and Round 16 at 4:50 PM CT. The weekend comes to a close with one final race on Sunday, September 18 that goes green at 10:15 AM CT.

Follow Harry Gottsacker on Facebook, www.facebook.com/harrygottsackerracing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/harrygottsacker for live updates from the track.

About Harry Gottsacker:
Sixteen-year-old Texan Harry Gottsacker began his career at the young age of 13 racing karts at a national level. Instantly successful, Harry gained interest from Intrepid North America and was recognized as a factory driver. Harry’s notable karting accomplishments include 2014 WKA Daytona Road Race Champion, 2015 Florida Winter Tour Podium Finish, 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge DD2 Champion. Harry will compete in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge racing a Ginetta G55 with Performance Motorsports Group. Harry will also compete in a full season of the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites

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New Braunfels, TX – Ginetta Factory Recognized driver Parker Chase will race at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, September 16-18, with Performance Motorsports Group in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 16 and 17.

Chase has been a strong contender for the podium at each Pirelli World Challenge weekend in this, his rookie season. The previous event at Utah Motorsports Campus saw Chase gather third and fourth place finishes, a strong points weekend the team needed after a few weekends of bad luck mid-season.

With the season coming to a close, the penultimate weekend of competition at Sonoma Raceway leaves no margin of error for Chase, who is currently third in the GTS Driver Championship standings. Chase is just 32 points ahead of fourth place and 69 points out of second place. Chase’s primary goal is to score as many points as possible this weekend on the 2.385 mile road course.

“I’m ready to get back in the car,” said Chase. “I was fortunate enough to get out to Sonoma and learn the course last week which was really important considering how important this weekend is for Performance Motorsports Group and myself. The track is fun and really flowy. It should suit our Ginetta well and I can’t wait for this weekend.”

Events begin on Friday, September 16 with two practice sessions at 8:45 AM CT and 12:30 PM CT. Saturday, September 17 brings qualifying 12:45 PM CT and Round 16 at 4:50 PM CT. The weekend comes to a close with one final race on Sunday, September 18 that goes green at 10:15 AM CT.

Follow Parker Chase on Facebook www.facebook.com/parkerchaseracing and Twitter www.twitter.com/parker_chase19 to keep up with his progress during the weekend.

About Parker Chase:
Parker Chase’s career began in 2010 racing karts where he earned several championships in multiple Rotax categories. In 2015, the young Texan made the transition to racecars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship series with considerable success. Moving up the racing ladder, Chase made the transition to sportscars. In early 2016, Chase signed on with Performance Motorsports Group to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. Chase has earned multiple podium finishes at just fifteen years old, making him the youngest podium finisher in the history of the GTS Class. In addition to his Pirelli World Challenge efforts, Chase also competed in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series with Chase Rallysport where he has also finished on the podium.

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RANTSVILLE, Utah – Canada’s Anthony Mantella drove his No. 8 Mantella Autosport KTM X-Bow to his first Pirelli World Challenge pro victory Saturday at Utah Motorsports Campus by winning the 50-minute GTS Round 14 sprint event.

Mantella, the Canadian importer and distributor for the KTM X-Bow, started sixth on the grid and quickly moved towards the front as he battled early leader Scott Heckert of Ridgefield, Conn., who won the pole in the No. 54 Racer’s Edge Sin Car GT4. By lap two, the Toronto driver had slid by 17-year-old Harry Gottsacker of San Antonio, Texas, for second.

On lap four, Mantella took the top spot from Heckert and held the advantage to lap 11 when a full course caution slowed the field. On the restart, Gottsacker dove to the inside to hold the No. 1 position before Mantella grabbed back the lead on lap 12. From that point, Mantella never relinquished the lead and defeated GTS point leader Brett Sandberg of Allendale, N.J., by 2.285-seconds for his first time at the top of the podium in a professional race. Mantella, a former snowcross racer in Canada, also recorded the fastest lap of the race with 1:58.504 and will start from the pole position in Sunday’s GTS race scheduled for 11 a.m. MDT.

“This is my first pro win and this track is such a great place to race,” said Mantella. “I had a pro driver (Sandberg) on my tail and the track conditions were spectacular. As I crossed the finish line, I had tears in my eyes. I was thinking about everybody who helped me get here. The start was wild today as I split two cars into turn one and didn’t lift off the throttle. It was just a matter of time until I could get the lead. I had more speed than those guys in the corners. This car (KTM X-Bow) is spectacular right out of the box. And it has been driver development. You race again pro drivers and amateur drivers but at the pro level. And this GTS series is a good one. The camaraderie is very good in the paddock too. Brett will come over and give some tips also. It a great feeling.”

Sandberg, who started fifth in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow, extended his GTS point lead after his nearest rival, Lawson Aschenbach of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., took seventh in the No. 10 Black Dog Chevrolet Camaro Z-28.

“It was a great race,” said Sandberg. “The ANSA guys did an amazing job. We made some changes to the car after a not so great qualifying and it improved the car quite a bit. We got caught up in the start and shuffled back all the way to tenth or so. It was all about managing my pace and working my way back up, trying to gain as many spots as I could on the restart. Overall we are super happy with second and will take the points for the championship.”

Parker Chase, the 15-year-old high school sophomore from New Braunfels, Texas, staved off a great challenge with Heckert to secure the final position on the GTS podium, taking the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4 to third Saturday. The two young drivers put on a tremendous show for the final nine laps of the 25-lap feature.

“We started second and got off to a rough start, I think I fell back to ninth or tenth,” said Chase. “On the first lap a competitor threw up some rocks into my windshield and cracked it in two places so I was looking through spiderwebs the entire race. The full course yellow helped me work my way back up to the front. Heckert really made me work for it in the corners, he was putting a lot of pressure on me in the corners and I was happy to stay out front.”

Rounding out the top-five in the GTS category was veteran Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee, Wis., with his popular No. 99 Kenda/JCR Motorsports Maserati Gran Turismo MC Trofeo.

The finish was a tough for the Gottsacker, Chase’s high school racing teammate, as Harry challenged for the lead early in the race and looked solidly in the third position late in the race before sliding off the track on lap 24.

In addition to winning GTS Round 14 and securing the fast lap, Mantella was also the recipient of several awards including the Optima Batteries Best Start award for his three-position gain at the start of the race; the KIA Turning Point of the race for his pass for the lead after the restart; and the Cadillac Best Move, also awarded for his restart passing maneuver.

GTS Round 15 will be live streamed at MotorTrendOnDemand.com and fans can follow timing at LiveTiming.net/PWC/. CBS Sports Network broadcasts of UMC GTS action begin Sunday August 21st; check World-Challenge.com or your local listings for times and re-broadcast events.

Grantsville, UT – Results from Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Round 14 Race, part of the Grand Prix at UMC Presented by Energy Solutions. All results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos. PIC, Class, Name, Hometown, Car, Laps, Status
1. 1, GTS, Anthony Mantella, Toronto ON, KTM XBow GT4, 25, Running
2. 2, GTS, Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, KTM XBow GT4, 25, Running
3. 3, GTS, Parker Chase, New Braunfels TX, Ginetta GT4, 25, Running
4. 4, GTS, Scott Heckert, Ridgefield CT/Freeland WA, SIN R1 GT4, 25, Running
5. 5, GTS, Jeff Courtney, Milwaukee WI, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 25, Running
6. 6, GTS, Scott Dollahite, Austin TX, Lotus Evora, 25, Running
7. 7, GTS, Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Bch Gardens FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 25, Running
8. 8, GTS, Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 25, Running
9. 9, GTS, Dore Chaponick Jr., Miami FL, KTM XBow GT4, 25, Running
10. 11, GTS, Martin Barkey, Huntsville ON, KTM XBow GT4, 24, Running
11. 10, GTS, Harry Gottsacker, San Antonio TX, Ginetta GT4, 23, Not Running
12. 12, GTS, Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, Ford Boss 302, 17, Not Running
13. 13, GTS, Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, Chevrolet Camaro, 17, Running
14. 14, GTS, Max Riddle, Vancouver BC, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 11, DNF
15. 15, GTS, Vesko Kozarov/Vesko Kozarov, Salt Lake City UT, Nissan 370Z, 7, DNF
16. 16, GTS, Bill Ziegler, Ponte Verdra FL, KTM XBow GT4, 4, DNF

 

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GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Scott Heckert, of Ridgefield, Conn., qualified for the pole position in GTS Round 14 at the Grand Prix of UMC presented by Energy Solutions. Third-place points contender and New Braunsfels, Texas, resident Parker Chase qualified for P2, while Texas residents Scott Dollahite (Austin, Texas) and Harry Gottsacker (San Antonio, Texas) completed the second-row P3 and P4 positions respectively. Closing out the top-five qualifiers with four different auto manufacturers was Allendale, NJ’s Brett Sandberg.

Heckert, driving the No. 54 SIN Cars/Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 car, ran a 1:57.311 at 95.536 m.p.h. that was just enough for the P1 position as Chase, in the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4 ran a scant 0.004-seconds slower in his bid for the pole.

Diversifying the top-three manufacturer representation, Dollahite’s 1:57.372 at 93.487 m.p.h. in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora was still only just-shy of 0.05-seconds from pole position, while Chase’s teammate and fellow Ginetta GT4-driver, driving the No. 29 car, Gottsacker registered a 1:57.397 (at 93.467 m.p.h.) for entry into the second row of the qualifying grid. Continuing with manufacturer diversification and an extremely close field, Sandberg’s No. 13 KTM XBow GT4 run was 0.02-seconds behind Dollahite and 0.086-seconds behind the pole, clocking in at 1:57.435 at 93.437 m.p.h.

Said pole-sitter Heckert, “It took a few laps for the tires to come in for qualifying. Every lap we were building to that speed. We have been working on the balance all weekend to see how the desert air works with the car. It’s funny. I got lost a few times learning the track this week in the first practice. There is not a lot of site locations on the track and you have to go off the brake marker boards. If you don’t use them, there isn’t much to go off of here. But now the track is a ton of fun.” Of his No. 54 SIN R1, Heckert remarked, “After driving the stock car (Xfinity Series) last week at Watkins Glen and now the SIN car in PWC, they are two completely different animals. Whatever a car is supposed to, it does it differently. The stock car is heavy and has big dive on the brakes. The SIN car is very stable. Every aspect of the car is different from last week. Luckily I have enough laps in the SIN car to back up to speed very quickly. I’m ready for the race. We’ve done a couple of long runs. So I felt good about it.”

With the top nine grid positions within 0.5-seconds of pole, the extremely tight GTS class takes to the track for Round 14, a 50-minute race, at 5:15 p.m. MDT on Saturday. Live timing can be viewed LiveTiming.net/PWC/ while live streaming of the event can be viewed at MotorTrendOnDemand.com.

Grantsville, UT – Results from Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Round 14 Qualifying part of the Grand Prix at UMC Presented by Energy Solutions. All results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos. PIC, Class, Name, Hometown, Car, Fast Time
1. 1, GTS, Scott Heckert/Chris Beaufait, Ridgefield CT/Freeland WA, SIN R1 GT4, 1:57.311
2. 2, GTS, Parker Chase, New Braunfels TX, Ginetta GT4, 1:57.315
3. 3, GTS, Scott Dollahite, Austin TX, Lotus Evora, 1:57.372
4. 4, GTS, Harry Gottsacker, San Antonio TX, Ginetta GT4, 1:57.397
5. 5, GTS, Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, KTM XBow GT4, 1:57.435
6. 6, GTS, Anthony Mantella, Toronto ON, KTM XBow GT4, 1:57.502
7. 7, GTS, Martin Barkey, Huntsville ON, KTM XBow GT4, 1:57.581
8. 8, GTS, Jeff Courtney, Milwaukee WI, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 1:57.711
9. 9, GTS, Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, Ford Boss 302, 1:57.782
10. 10, GTS, Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Bch Gardens FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:58.185
11. 11, GTS, Max Riddle, Vancouver BC, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 1:58.237
12. 12, GTS, Dore Chaponick Jr., Miami FL, KTM XBow GT4, 1:58.521
13. 13, GTS, Vesko Kozarov, Salt Lake City UT, Nissan 370Z, 1:58.794
14. 14, GTS, Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 1:58.965
15. 15, GTS, Bill Ziegler, Ponte Verdra FL, KTM XBow GT4, 2:01.675
16. 16, GTS, Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, Chevrolet Camaro, 59:59.999

 

 

harry gottsacker 2016 08 12 gts prac 1Photo: CaynJames King

GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Harry Gottsacker, 17, of San Antonio, Texas, posted the fastest time in GTS practice Friday at Utah Motorspots Campus in the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4.

Gottsacker, recipient of a pair of Optima Batteries Best Starts Awards this season, clocked a best time of one minute, 57.992 seconds during the first practice for Saturday’s GTS Round 14 competition at UMC.

Performance Motorsports Group teammate Parker Chase managed the second-best practice lap, clocking in at 1:58.061. The 16-year-old New Braunsfels, Texas, resident and third-place GTS points contender piloted the No. 19 PMG Ginetta GT4 in search of a podium-top finish this weekend.

With a third-best lap-time of 1:58.831, Miami, Fla.’s Dore Chaponick, Jr., drove the #12 ANSA Motorsports KTM XBow GT4 to within one second of the top practice lap. Nate Stacy, from Owasso, Okla., drove the No. 14 Roush Performane Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302 to just outside the one-second differential, clocking in at 1:58.999. Rounding out the top five was second-place GTS points contender Lawson Aschenbach, driving the No. 10 Black Dog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28, to a best lap time of 1:59.094.

After another practice session later today, GTS Qualifying starts at 9:35 a.m. MDT on Saturday.

 

 

 

Harry GottsackerPhoto: CaynJames King

New Braunfels, TX (August 11, 2016) – Performance Motorsports Group drivers Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker resume Pirelli World Challenge GTS class racing this weekend among the mountains at Utah Motorsports Campus in Toole, Utah.

Chase currently sits in third position in the GTS Driver Championship. Earlier this week Chase was given the opportunity to test the Ginetta G57 prototype at Utah Motorsports Campus, allowing him to learn the course. The young Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver enjoys the 24-turn, 4.5 mile circuit and feels his nimble No. 19 Alta Towers/Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4 will be a podium contender.

“We’re hungry for a podium finish,” said Chase. “The Ginetta G55 should be very strong here in Utah because of the weaving nature of the track so I want to charge hard and get back up on the podium. As a new driver I often drive tracks that are foreign to me so being able to come out here and test the Ginetta G57 was such a beneficial experience for myself and the team because I already have an idea of what we will need to make the car perfect. Thanks to Performance Motorsports Group, Alta Towers, Enertech Resources and Ginetta for the opportunity to drive.”

Parker ChasePhoto: CaynJames King

On the heels of a strong sixth place performance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course two weeks ago, Gottsacker feels strongly that he can make a run for the podium this weekend in the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 GT4.

“Coming off of a great weekend makes me very optimistic about our chances here in Utah,” said Gottsacker. “My Ginetta is running strong and I am comfortable behind the wheel so it should be a good one. I hope to be making a run for the front of the pack.”

For a full schedule of events, visit www.world-challenge.com. Follow Parker and Harry on Facebook www.facebook.com/pchaseracing and www.facebook.com/harrygottsackerracing.

About Parker Chase:

Parker Chase’s career began in 2010 racing karts where he earned several championships in multiple Rotax categories. In 2015, the young Texan made the transition to racecars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship series with considerable success. Moving up the racing ladder, Chase made the transition to sportscars. In early 2016, Chase signed on with Performance Motorsports Group to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. Chase has earned multiple podium finishes at just fifteen years old, making him the youngest podium finisher in the history of the GTS Class. In addition to his Pirelli World Challenge efforts, Chase also competes in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series with Chase Rallysport where he has also finished on the podium.

About Harry Gottsacker:

Sixteen-year-old Texan Harry Gottsacker began his career at the young age of 13 racing karts at a national level. Instantly successful, Harry gained interest from Intrepid North America and was recognized as a factory driver. Harry’s notable karting accomplishments include 2014 WKA Daytona Road Race Champion, 2015 Florida Winter Tour Podium Finish, 2015 Texas ProKart Challenge DD2 Champion. Harry will compete in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge racing a Ginetta G55 with Performance Motorsports Group. Harry will also compete in a full season of the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites series.