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Sandberg, Aschenbach, Chase and Stacy in Class Championship Picture – GTS Class Overview

The GTS class has featured some of the best wheel–to–wheel competition seen in racing in recent years. And 2016 has been no different with six different drivers piloting machinery from five different manufacturers scoring GTS race wins thus far this season.

A number of new teams have entered the series bringing new platforms to PWC including ANSA Autosport. Brett Sandberg comes into the weekend leading the GTS Driver’s Championship with 1092 points after winning his fourth race of the season in Round 12 at Road America. He will pilot the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4. Teaming up with Sandberg is Dore Chaponick Jr. in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, and Bill Ziegler who will drive the No. 9 ANSA Motorsports KTM X–Bow GT4. Sandberg’s performance thus far has helped KTM stay in the lead in GTS Manufacturer’s Points with 90, six points ahead of Chevrolet coming into the weekend (84 points).

Leading the charge for Chevrolet is four-time series and two-time GTS champion Lawson Aschenbach piloting the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Z28. Since 2013, a Blackdog Chevy has claimed the GTS Championship – Aschenbach did so in 2013 and 2014, with Cooper winning in 2015. Aschenbach started off the season with a win at COTA in Round 1, and has since been victorious three more times including in Round 13 at Mid-Ohio. He comes into the weekend only 22 points behind Sandberg with 1070. He will team with series veteran Tony Gaples who will pilot the No. 11 Blackdog Speedshop Chevrolet Z28 – Gaples sits 8th in the class championship with 630 points.

Another team that has entered a new platform in the series is the Performance Motorsports Group. Fifteen–year–old Rookie Parker Chase pilots the team’s No. 19 Ginetta GT4 and has had an impressive season thus far – he sits third overall in the championship with 971 points. Parker’s best PWC finish of the season has been a second – a result he achieved in Round 6 at Barber and in Round 8 at CTMP. He will look to score his first PWC career series win this coming weekend. Parker will team with Harry Gottsacker, in the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4.

Jack Roush Jr. in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302, and 16-year-old phenom Nate Stacy in the No. 14 Rehagen Racing/Stacy Racing machine team up to lead the Ford charge. Roush won back–to–back races at St. Petersburg and comes into the weekend 6th in the standings with 801 points. Stacy finished second in Round 13 at Mid-Ohio matching his previous best result of the season (second at COTA in Round 1). Like Chase, Stacy will look to score his first GTS PWC victory this weekend in Utah – with 961 points he sits fourth in the run for the class championship. Roush and Stacy as will look to help Ford win its second consecutive GTS Manufacturer’s Championship in 2016 – coming into the weekend Ford sits in third with 80 points.

Scott Dollahite, piloting the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, comes into the weekend fifth with 856 points. Dollahite has been a model of consistency this season recording eight top 5 finishes in 13 starts.

Scott Heckert will pilot the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN Cars/Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4. Teaming with Heckert is Jade Buford who has won three races in six starts this season in the No. 45 SIN Cars SIN R1 GT4. Heckert sits 7th in the championship standings, while Buford sits 10th.

Canadian team Mantella Autosport Inc. brings a two–car effort to Utah with Anthony Mantella in the No. 8 Gulf KTM X–Bow GT4, and teammate Martin Barkey in the No. 80 MBRP Sportlab Sawmill Creative car.
TRG–AMR brings an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for Max Riddle, in the No. 07 Adobe Road Winery, LaSalle Solutions machine. Riddle won Round 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The 20-car GTS field includes Kevin Marshall, in the No. 44 VSA Motorsports Lotus GT4; Mark Klenin, in the No. 62 Schomp/Premiere Copy Klenin Performance Racing Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4; Jeff Courtney in the No. 99 RecStuff.com, Kenda JCR Motorsports Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo; Salt Lake City’s Vesko Kozarov, in the No. 23 Nissan/Nismo/Stance CA Sport Nissan 370Z NISMO; and Ron Ballard in the No. 93 AK&J Sealants RT Motorsports, LLC Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo.

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New Braunfels, TX (July 28, 2016) – Driver of the No. 19 Alta Towers / Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4 Parker Chase will hit the track at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend in Lexington, Ohio for Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 13 and 14 with Performance Motorsports Group.

Chase returns to Pirelli World Challenge competition after a short time off, during which he competed with Chase Rallysport in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites championship at Marine Corps Air Station New River where he earned a career-best third place finish.

This weekend will mark Chase’s first time to Mid-Ohio, a 13-turn 2.258 mile permanent road course that is often called the most competitive road course in the United States. Chase and Performance Motorsports Group are hungry for a strong result after a few weekends of bad luck in the Pirelli World Challenge series.

“We’re in the second half of the season at this point and I am proud of what our team has accomplished so far,” said Chase. “We’ve had a little bad luck the past few weekends but the guys always keep their head up and always work their tails off to give me the best car possible. We’ll have our work cut out for us at Mid-Ohio for sure seeing as we have never been there before. I expect to be competitive and gather some points towards the championship.”

The first session of the weekend begins on Thursday, July 28 followed by qualifying and races on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. For a full schedule and live streaming information visit www.world-challenge.com. Follow Parker Chase on Facebook www.facebook.com/parkerchaseracing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/parker_chase19

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.

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STATS (through 6 of 12 rounds): 9th in Lites points (85); 6 starts, best finish 5th

POSITIVES: One of the numerous rookies to join the GRC Lites grid in 2016, Gottsacker has managed to put together some respectable runs with a brand-new outfit in PMG Rallysport. The first came at his home track in Dallas, where the Texan placed third and second in his two heats on the way to his first career top five run. Better yet, it came after a difficult practice session that saw the car end up on two wheels on top of a tire barrier.

Marine Corps Air Station New River was another high point; at the time of the red flag for severe weather in the final, Gottsacker sat fifth in the running order. The race was later declared official, giving him another fifth place run to go alongside teammate Parker Chase’s podium.

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NEGATIVES: Unfortunately, Gottsacker couldn’t find any luck at the first two doubleheaders of the year in Phoenix and Daytona. At both events, he missed both finals, only earning heat points for the weekend. But even when he didn’t make it to the main event, Gottsacker admitted that he’s learned plenty about how to get faster and closer to the front of the grid.

“It’s completely different than all of the sports car racing I do,” he explained. “It’s just way more intense, way more hardcore with a lot more contact. I kind of toughened up for Dallas and it showed and paid off. Everyone is really, really good and knows what they are doing— honestly, if you can qualify on the front row, you have a chance to win.”

OUTLOOK: A new driver on a new team is often a low-ranking combination in the championship in any series, but Gottsacker has had plenty of bright spots throughout his first six Lites starts. This year’s field is deep, making it hard for most rookies to really stand out, but a pair of fifth place runs show he’s on the right track.

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STATS (through 6 of 12 rounds): 9th in Lites points (85); 4 starts, 1 podium

POSITIVES: Despite missing the season-opening event in Phoenix, Chase proved he could adapt quickly to rallycross without missing a beat at his home event in Dallas. Coming out of a championship battle in sports car racing, the young Texan clawed his way into the main event via the last chance qualifier and earned a sixth place result.

But at Marine Corps Air Station New River, he managed to do something that he and the PMG Rallysport team likely didn’t expect so soon: earn a podium finish. Chase was running third in the Lites final when it was red flagged due to severe weather conditions, and held the position when the race was declared official that evening. Not bad for only four career starts.

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NEGATIVES: Missing Phoenix essentially ended Chase’s bid for the championship before it could truly start; after all, giving up 110 points to the leader in the first weekend creates quite the deficit. He also failed to make it to the second Daytona final, but that hasn’t made Chase any less comfortable or confident in his new endeavor.

“It’s pretty much completely different, so I just throw all that out the window,” Chase said of the lack of crossover between sports cars and Lites. “Sports cars definitely help me in some of the tight stuff on the asphalt, compared to those other guys that are from truck stuff and the dirt, but it’s completely different. I just really want to get up top and beat everybody—I don’t really look out for anybody, except just me being the best.”

OUTLOOK: Nine drivers have taken Lites podiums so far this year, including four that had never raced in the series before this year, and Chase is able to count himself part of both categories. It makes him a compelling driving prospect to watch for the next few years, especially if he elects to shift his long-term focus to earning a Supercar promotion.

Photo credit: Larry Chen

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IN BRIEF: Miki Weckstrom reclaimed the top spot on the GRC Lites podium during Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross action at Marine Corps Air Station New River, posting his second victory of the season for Olsbergs MSE X Forces. Sunday’s Round 7 was suspended due to severe weather for the safety of drivers and fans.

HEAT RECAPS: While DirtFish Motorsports’ Conner Martell earned the Lites pole on Friday, fellow championship front-runners Oliver Eriksson and Cabot Bigham dominated their respective heats on Saturday. Both drivers won each of their two heats to start the main event from the front row. AF Racing Team’s Alejandro Fernandez won the last chance qualifier.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Eriksson’s bid for his third victory of the season ended before it could truly start on Saturday, as his car was wheeled off the starting grid before the final began with an electrical failure. That opened the door for teammate Weckstrom, who shot to the lead at the start of the main event and began to open a gap on Blake “Bilko” Williams.

After reaching the halfway point of the race, severe weather forced a red flag with Weckstrom, Williams, and Parker Chase in the three podium spots. The race was later declared complete, returning Weckstrom to first place for the first time since Phoenix and giving Williams and Chase their first-ever Lites podiums.

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UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

  1. Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  2. Blake “Bilko” Williams, #22 Rhys Millen Racing
  3. Parker Chase, #19 PMG RallySport
  4. Cabot Bigham, #2 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  5. Harry Gottsacker, #69 PMG RallySport
  6. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing Team
  7. Collete Davis, #07 River Racing/Rhys Millen Racing
  8. Conner Martell, #21 DirtFish Motorsports
  9. Alex Keyes, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
  10. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  11. Christian Brooks, #44 AF Racing Team
  12. Cole Keatts, #53 Olsbergs MSE X Forces
  13. Travis PeCoy, #3 AF Racing Team
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QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Miki Weckstrom, #45 Olsbergs MSE X Forces: “I am extremely happy to be back up here again. Just to be able to be here and race until the end. I was pretty confused for a while, thinking what is going to happen—was I going to win or what was going on? However, I am very happy that it ended like this.”

Blake “Bilko” Williams, #22 Rhys Millen Racing: “It’s been a long journey. Last year I came out and watched this race and decided I wanted to get into GRC. Here we are a year later on the podium. Starting with that, it’s been a lot of work, but I feel like in the first five races I’ve done I’ve had a lot of bad luck and using a little bit of good luck. Thanks everyone at GRC for putting on a good event, and everyone for coming out, all the fans. Happy 4th of July weekend.”

Parker Chase, #19 PMG RallySport: “We started dead last in the final, but everything just kind of went our way. We worked really hard to get the car fixed after the last chance qualifier—it had a little damage. I think the car looks good right now. I know we don’t have much to do. From here we are going to try to move up a bit and see what we can do.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 GRC Lites season:

Miki Weckstrom earned the second victory and fourth podium finish of his GRC Lites career on Saturday at MCAS New River. Weckstrom now leads all Lites drivers in podium finishes in the 2016 season.
Blake “Bilko” Williams took the first podium of his Lites career by finishing second. The result came in his sixth career start.
Parker Chase’s third place finish was also the first podium of his Lites career, and came in his fourth career Lites start.
Cabot Bigham’s fourth place finish and two heat victories were good enough to return him to the points lead over Oliver Eriksson. The heat wins were the first and second of Bigham’s Lites career.
Harry Gottsacker equaled a season- and career-best result by placing fifth on Saturday.
Christian Brooks’ streak of five consecutive Lites main event appearances was snapped with a fifth place finish in the last chance qualifier.
Only four drivers have made it to all six Lites main events this year: Weckstrom, Bigham, Eriksson, and Conner Martell. In addition, five drivers with limited programs have made the main event in every Lites round that they have started: Tanner Whitten, Alex Keyes, Colin Braun, Trenton Estep, and Preston Murray.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: Points accurate to completion of Saturday’s Round 6.

Cabot Bigham, 247
Oliver Eriksson, 233
Miki Weckstrom, 232
Conner Martell, 225
Christian Brooks, 167
Tanner Whitten, 165
Alejandro Fernandez, 110
Collete Davis, 94
Alex Keyes, 85
Parker Chase, 85
Harry Gottsacker, 85
Travis PeCoy, 83
Colin Braun, 59
Trenton Estep, 57
Blake “Bilko” Williams, 55
Preston Murray, 33
Jon Bennett, 14
Cole Keatts, 12
Nur Ali, 3

Photo credit: Larry Chen & CaynJames King

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​New Braunfels, TX
– Harry Gottsacker is back behind the wheel of the No. 29 Performance Motorsports Group GInetta G55 GT4 this weekend in Elkhart Lake, WI for Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 11 and 12 at Road America.

This weekend marks Gottsacker’s third Pirelli World Challenge outing with Performance Motorsports Group. He has shown great speed and consistency, placing in the top-ten three out of four races he has entered this season.

Gottsacker has had no time to rest, despite the month-long break from Pirelli World Challenge racing. A full-time Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites program with PMG Rallysport keeps Gottsacker incredibly busy and forces him to stay at the top of his game both mentally and physically.

“I think I am very fortunate to race in two series that are so different from each other,” said Gottsacker. “I love driving the rally car one weekend and the Ginetta the next. Not only is it a ton of fun, but the racing education I am getting is indispensable to my career. Having the Performance Motorsports Group guys behind me in both series is so crucial because they know what I like and don’t like, they know how I want the car to act and feel, we work well together. I look forward to changing gears with them and getting on track at Road America.”

Road America is a 14-turn, 4.048 mile course in Elkhart Lake, WI that demands a driver’s attention both mentally and physically due to its high speed corners and drastic elevation changes.

Watch Harry Gottsacker and Performance Motorsports Group live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo. For more information about the race weekend, visit www.world-challenge.com

For live updates from the track like Harry Gottsacker Racing on Facebook, www.facebook.com/parkerchaseracing and on Twitter @HarryGottsacker

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, June 23
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Practice

Friday, June 24
5:15 PM – 5:40 PM | Qualifying

Saturday, June 25
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM | Race 1

Sunday, June 26

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Race 2

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 – After a month-long break from Pirelli World Challenge competition, Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group are set to put the pedal down at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for GTS Rounds 11 and 12 this weekend, June 23-26.

Although it has been a month since Chase has been behind the wheel of his No. 19 Enertech Resources / Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4, he and the PMG team have been incredibly busy with their Red Bull Global Rallycross effort. In fact, this weekend marks the second of three race weekends in a row for Chase and PMG.

“Pirelli World Challenge and Red Bull Global Rallycross have a lot more in common than meets the eye,” said Chase. “From a driver standpoint, both series require me to maintain incredible amounts of focus, but series levels of competition are very high and both series have me racing at places I have never been before each weekend. My desire to win in both series is, of course, very strong.”

With nine races completed and nine races remaining, the battle for the title of GTS Champion remains incredibly close. Chase has shown remarkable consistency and speed thus far and currently sits in third place in the point standings. The 14-turn, 4.048 mile road course at Road America should allow the nimble Ginetta G55 GT4 to shine.

“I am really looking forward to racing at Road America,” said Chase. “The greatest asset to the Ginetta G55 GT4 is its consistency and handling, two very important assets to tackling a track as long as Road America. Thanks to my sponsors Enertech Resources and Alta Towers, my team Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta for all of their support. I hope to deliver strong results this weekend.”

Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo. For more information about the race weekend, visit www.world-challenge.com

Enjoy live updates from the track by liking Parker Chase Racing on Facebook, www.facebook.com/parkerchaseracing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/parker_chase19

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Thursday, June 23
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Practice

Friday, June 24
5:15 PM – 5:40 PM | Qualifying

Saturday, June 25
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM | Race 1

Sunday, June 26
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Race 2

About Parker Chase

At fifteen years old Parker Chase is the youngest podium finisher in the history of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The young Texan’s career began with karting in 2010 where he raced to become the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015 Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series with considerable success. In 2016 Chase was signed with Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. In addition to his full season Pirelli World Challenge drive, Chase will compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites with Performance Rallysport and select races in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.

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They’re all in different situations—one is making his first start of the season after a full 2015 campaign, one is in his second event as a rookie, and one is making his GRC Lites debut. But Texas natives Nur Ali, Harry Gottsacker, and Parker Chase are all more than excited for this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross event at Fair Park in Dallas, and all three are hoping to produce strong finishes with family and friends in attendance.

“Anything is possible, but of course the goal is to win,” said Ali, who finished seventh in Lites points last year. “Personally speaking, the goal is to win the race this weekend at home, standing on the podium with the number one underneath me in front of my crowd, sponsors, family, and friends. But I have a good feeling that this will be a very good weekend for us.”

Gottsacker (of San Antonio) and Chase (of New Braunfels) comprise an all-Texan team at PMG Rallysport, which is competing in its first GRC Lites season. Gottsacker made his debut in the class in Phoenix, finishing as high as second in heats, and hopes to make his first Lites main event on Saturday.

“It’s cool to be in my own hometown,” he explained. “Having all my family come out and check it out and see what I’m really doing is pretty fun. We’re just going to watch out—this track is really, really tight. It can be really interesting to race with (other cars) while on this track.”

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As for Chase, he will be making his first start in Lites after missing Phoenix due to a World Challenge commitment. At only 15 years old, the newest driver in the class is excited about switching from rear-wheel drive sports cars to all-wheel drive rallycross cars, and adding dirt and jumps to his racing resume.

“It’s real fun—it’s completely different from what I’m used to,” Chase admitted. “(Here, you) go balls out and go as fast as you can! It’s fun and I really like it. The dirt is new to me. At my house I ride side by sides in the dirt, so that’s pretty much the only thing I’ve ever done close to this. I’m excited to see what we can do.

“I think we’re at a good pace, and I’m ready for (the final). Hopefully I can get on the podium on the first race.”

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Finally, Ali (Trophy Club) has spent numerous years racing in the state of Texas. Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was one of the state’s most promising open-wheel and Legends racing talents.

“I started off with Legends racing back in 1998, and we did the Star Mazda road course series at Texas Motor Speedway at one point in the year in Fort Worth, in this market,” he added. “I went on to win the Star Mazda regional championship back in 2001 and 2002. So racing on my home turf has been, in any sense, a very successful entity for me.

“Having friends and family come to those races many, many years ago was exciting. So going into this weekend, in a Red Bull GRC Lites car, racing on my own home track, I am looking forward to it.”

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New Braunfels, TX – Performance Motorsport Group and Ginetta Factory Recognized driver Parker Chase earned two top-ten place finishes in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 9 and 10 at Lime Rock Park last weekend.

Chase began the weekend showing great speed in the No. 19 Enertech Resources/Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4. A fast lap time of 56.129 seconds around the 1.4 mile track put Chase third on the grid for Round 9 on Friday, May 27. The 50-minute race began just hours after qualifying and Chase was ready to race. Unfortunately, issues with the car’s handling and high temperatures in the cockpit forced him to focus on fighting to keep the car clean rather than fighting for position. Chase crossed the finish line in seventh position.

Chase’s fast lap in Round 9 of 57.363 put him in fifth position on the starting grid for Sunday's race. The race featured a standing start and Chase executed a perfect launch, rocketing to third position before the first turn. Chase was putting a nice gap between himself and fourth position when an early caution flag brought the field back together. With under 30 minutes on the clock the field went back to green flag racing and Chase was locked in a four car battle for the podium. Chase and fourth place Hugh Plumb made contact in Turn 1 after going door-to-door and Chase was given a drive-through penalty for the incident, sending him back to eighth position. Chase jumped up three spots to fourth position and was looking strong when a late race caution flag halted his progress. The race was ended under yellow with Chase in fifth position.

“It was a difficult weekend,” said Chase. “It is a little disappointing to not make the podium after the car was so strong in the early sessions but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Friday the car’s handling just went off after a few laps, I think we missed a little on the setup there. Saturday we had the setup figured out and I was battling for the lead when my competitor and I found each other in Turn 1 and I had to serve a penalty for the contact. At the end of the day, two top-ten finishes and a clean car is nothing to be upset about in the big picture. I want to thank my sponsors Enertech Resources and Alta Towers, Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars.”

Chase has little time to rest as he heads to Dallas, TX for his Red Bull Global Rallycross debut with PMG Rallysport in the No. 19 Enertech Resources/Alta Towers GRC Lites car.

Watch GTS Rounds 9 and 10 on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, June 9 at 8:00 PM EST.

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About Parker Chase

At fifteen years old Parker Chase is the youngest podium finisher in the history of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The young Texan’s career began with karting in 2010 where he raced to become the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015 Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series with considerable success. In 2016 Chase was signed with Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. In addition to his full season Pirelli World Challenge drive, Chase will compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites with Performance Rallysport and select races in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.

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Two weeks ago, San Antonio’s Trenton Estep was a complete unknown to the GRC Lites field. An experienced kart racer, he was nonetheless searching for a ride as the series and its teams began packing up for the season opener in Phoenix.

Fortunately, the right break came through at the right time: when Parker Chase, competing in multiple series in 2016, found himself in a championship battle with a scheduling conflict, the PMG RallySport team found itself in need of a driver. A few phone calls later, it would be Estep, not Chase, campaigning the #19 Lites ride at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

“GRC was definitely was in our vision for the future, but the budget wouldn’t allow it for the whole season,” Estep explained of the opportunity. “Parker’s father Eric called my dad Monday of last week and said there was an open seat in Parker’s car for me to drive, so we came up with the budget and I was able to come here and flew out Wednesday.”

For a true first-timer, Estep’s results over the weekend were highly impressive. Despite having only shaken down the car in a parking lot before flying to Arizona, he survived the pressure cooker that is a seven-car last chance qualifier to make it to the first main event of the year. There, he avoided the troubles that plagued many others to post a fifth-place finish.

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“I think it was very extremely difficult to adapt because there is no car that’s similar to this,” he admitted. “I have no real car experience. I did pre-season testing in Formula 1600 open wheel cars, but the rest of my experience comes from karting. To come to this, it’s a really different experience. It’s a difficult one to adapt to, but it’s been cool.”

Sunday’s results had a chance to be even better, as the Texan gained command of the 310-horsepower Lites machine. He ran in fourth place for a majority of the final, even inheriting the lead with four laps to go when Miki Weckstrom took the Joker Lap.

Unfortunately, a podium wasn’t meant to be; a lingering control arm issue caused by contact with a tire barrier finally proved too much to overcome. The part finally snapped with only a few laps to go, causing Estep to spin from first place.

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“About five laps before (the spin), something happened where I clipped the outside barriers on the last corner,” he noted. “It didn’t feel like anything happened until I was going under braking and everything just, progressively got worse and worse—it started biting to the left.

“So from there on I just went, and once (Weckstrom) took the Joker Lap, I was leading. Then, all of a sudden it came out into turn one and the thing just snapped.”

Still, PMG RallySport managing partner Stuart Robinson was more than pleased with the team’s very first Lites round. Both Estep and Harry Gottsacker, who posted fast times and finished as high as second in the heat rounds, showed great promise in their series debuts.

“With our first debut event in the books now, we’re very happy with both PMG RallySport drivers,” he explained. “Trenton, with literally no seat time and us signing him on the Friday before the event, surely exceeded our expectations. And Harry was the quickest car in the last heat that he was crashed out of by another driver. All of us including myself all learned a lot, and we’re excited about our future in GRC.”

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As the PMG RallySport squad looks to the rest of the season, both Estep and the team are working to see how they fit into one another’s plans. While Robinson balances a brand new rallycross squad with Chase’s driving commitments on his sports car team, Estep already knows what he’s going to focus on if he takes over the car once again later in the year.

“We are working diligently to get Trenton back in the car,” Robinson added. “Parker Chase has two more conflicts, so for sure Trenton will fill in for Chase while he goes for the World Challenge championship with our sports car program, PMG Autosport.”

“Definitely some more time in the dirt will help me,” the Texan added. “I think the last turn was really beneficial to me throughout the weekend. And as far as the drivers go, GRC allows quite a bit of contact. That’s something to learn going into (the next time) I can get in the car.

“But there was definitely something to be proud of (in Phoenix). I was really happy. I was just trying not to think too much about it and drive the best that I could.”

parker chase p1 lime rock parkLakeville, Conn. – Parker Chase led GTS practice in the Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Park Grand Prix presented by Bentley. Weather conditions for the 40-minute session were 79 degrees and partly cloudy.

Opening the session Nate Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush Performance Road Racing Ford Boss 302, went straight to the top of the practice time sheet with a lap of 57.433. GTS cars are using the chicane on the uphill at Lime Rock Park for the weekend event, the class did not previously use the chicane in their last visit to the circuit in 2013.

Parker Chase, driving the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4, was the first driver into the 56-second range, running a lap of 56.629 early in the session while points leader Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, made his presence known in second place with a lap of 57.281 ahead of Stacy.

Aschenbach then matched Chase’s time exactly, as both had run a 56.629 lap 10 minutes into the session ahead of Jack Roush Jr., driving the No. 60 Roush Performance Ford Boss 302, in third and Stacy in fourth. Fifth belonged to Anthony Mantella, driving the No. 8 Mantella Autosport Inc. Gulf KTM XBow GT4.

Chase then took over position one, shaving four hundredths of a second off quick lap and bringing the mark down to 56.589.

At the half-way, 20-minute mark of the session, Chase’s time held up to be fastest over Aschenbach, but Martin Barkey in the No. 80 Mantella Autosport MBRP Sportlab Sawmill Creative KTM XBow GT4, was now in third ahead of Jade Buford, in the No. 45 Racers Edge Motorsports Sin R1 GT4. Rounding out the top five was Scott Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora.

When the green flag flew to end the incredibly tight session, Chase topped the charts, with Aschenbach in second and Hugh Plumb, in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 in third. Buford and Barkey completed the top five. Heckert and Roush Jr. followed in sixth and seventh, respectively. The top 11 cars were separated by just under 1 second.

GTS class drivers next take to Lime Rock Park for Round 9 qualifying at 1 p.m. eastern. Follow live timing and scoring on world-challenge.com.

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New Braunfels, TX – Performance Motorsports Group teammates Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker will compete side-by-side once again this weekend at Lime Rock Park in the Pirelli World Challenge Memorial Day Grand Prix.

Parker Chase burst onto the Pirelli World Challenge scene with impressive performances in his No. 19 Enertech Resources / Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4, earning a podium finish at every race weekend. Chase enters the race weekend riding the forward momentum of a second-place finish at last weekend’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and is not shy about his desire to earn his first professional victory.

“Right now we have a great package that is capable of winning,” said Chase. “I am thrilled to come in second, but that is not what we are here for. I want to earn my first win and I want to earn Performance Motorsports Group’s first professional win very badly. The Performance Motorsports Group guys have given me a great car all year and I know I can trust my Ginetta to stay consistent in the race. It’s right at the tips of our fingers, now we just have to grab it.”

Harry Gottsacker made his Pirelli World Challenge debut at Barber Motorsports Park where he earned two top-ten finishes and the OPTIMA Batteries Hard Charger Award. Gottsacker is also competing in a full season of Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites and made his debut last weekend in Phoenix, AZ.

“I am really happy to be back in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock,” said Gottsacker. “I think I know the car better now and I will be able to really push it towards the front. It will be a bit of a change from the rally car I drove last weekend and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

The Lime Rock Park race weekend marks the second of three in a row for the Performance Motorsports Group teammates who will travel to Dallas, TX on June 4 for the second round of Red Bull Global Rallycross competition.

Watch Parker and Harry compete live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo/ or tape-delayed on CBS Sports Network Thursday, June 9 at 8pm ET.

Schedule:
Friday, May 27
10:50am – 11:30am | GTS Practice
1:00pm – 1:15pm | GTS Qualifying
2:45pm – 3:45pm | GTS Race 1

Saturday, May 28
12:00pm – 1:00pm | GTS Race 2

*All Times EST

About Parker Chase

At fifteen years old Parker Chase is the youngest podium finisher in the history of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The young Texan’s career began with karting in 2010 where he raced to become the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015 Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series with considerable success. In 2016 Chase was signed with Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. In addition to his full season Pirelli World Challenge drive, Chase will compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites with Performance Rallysport and select races in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.

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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