New Braunfels, TX – Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group continued their streak of strong Pirelli World Challenge GTS performances last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with tenth and second place finishes in the No. 19 Enertech Resources / Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4.
The team’s race weekend began Thursday, May 19 with testing sessions on the 2.5 mile course in Bowmanville, Ontario that allows a GT4 car to carry speeds as high as 145 miles per hour. Chase and the PMG team were both new to the circuit and took the test sessions to familiarize themselves with the nuances of the high speed course. CTMP is a course that favors cars with high amounts of horsepower and torque due to the need to drag race down the long straightaways for position. Both driver and team knew the weekend would bring challenges for their nimble Ginetta that favors momentum and cornering.
Qualifying on Friday, May 20 brought challenges for the Texas-based team and the Ginetta G55 GT4 proved to be lacking in top-end speed compared to its high horsepower competition. Chase qualified the No. 19 in fourteenth position on the starting grid. Although lower on the charts than desired, Chase was only 1.5 seconds off of the pole position, so he felt he could be competitive during a long green flag run in Round 7.
Patience was essential in Round 7 and lap after lap Chase studied his competition to identify and capitalize on their weaknesses. After 50 minutes of battling the competition Chase had advanced four positions, crossing the line in tenth place with a ninth place qualifying time.
“I felt a lot better about the course after Round 7,” said Chase. “It was my first time running at CTMP and it’s a tricky course that takes some getting used to. I wasn’t thrilled with my performance in Round 7 but I wasn’t upset either, I felt it was a good learning race and I knew I would be able to charge harder in Round 8.”
Round 8 featured a standing start which Chase and the Ginetta enjoy. Chase picked up an impressive six positions with a great launch and was third by turn two. The race, unfortunately, did not stay green for long and racing incidents brought multiple long caution flags that consumed much of the race time. When the race went green for the final time there were six minutes on the clock and Chase was in fourth position. Getting up on the wheel, Chase pushed the Ginetta G55 GT4 as hard as he could, overtaking two competitors and crossing the finish line in second position.
“Round 8 was awesome,” said Chase. “The cautions helped me regroup and focus on getting the job done. It’s unfortunate that there was so much carnage in the field but I am glad everyone walked away from their crashes. For me, when we went back to green with a few minutes left I knew I could push the car as hard as I wanted because our Pirelli PZero tires were still fresh. I wanted to deliver another podium to my team, Ginetta and sponsors Enertech Resources and Alta Towers to justify our reasoning for deciding to miss the first Red Bull Global Rallycross event. Needless to say, I am glad we chose to be in Canada and I’m looking forward to attacking Lime Rock Park next weekend with full force.”
Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, June 2 at 8:00pm ET.
Next stop on the GTS calendar is Lime Rock Park this weekend, May 27-28, for Rounds 8 and 9. For scheduling and information visit www.world-challenge.com.
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.
Photographer: Cayn James King
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada — Max Riddle won GTS Round 8 at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Canada presented by Audi at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Fifteen-year-old Parker Chase, and 16-year-old Nate Stacy finished second and third respectively. The 50-minute race was held in sunny, 60-degree weather conditions.
From an exciting standing start, pole-sitter Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, and Saturday’s Round 7 winner Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28, made contact in turn one, which sent both cars spiraling back through the field with damage. Aschenbach and Sandberg both pitted for repairs, going laps down.
That promoted Riddle, in the No. 07 TRG-AMR Adobe Road Winery, LaSalle Solutions Aston Martin Vantage GT4, fresh off a SprintX win moments prior to the GTS race, to the front of the field, ahead of Mark Klenin, in the No. 62 Klenin Performance Racing Schomp/Premiere Copy/Mike Ward Masserati Maserati GranTurismo, and Parker Chase, driving the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4. in third.
The action continued on lap two with Chase doing everything in his power to hold off Scott Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, and Jack Roush Jr., driving the No. 60 Roush Performance Ford Boss 302, in the battle for third, with Dollahite eventually moving around Chase for third place.
A full course caution was displayed on lap four, as James Vance, in No. 45 the Racers Edge SIN R1 GT4, made contact with the wall in turn five.
With the restart occurring with under 30 minutes to go, Riddle kept the lead while Roush Jr. passed Chase for fourth and then passed Dollahite a lap later for third.
Dollahite then had to fend off an attack from a persistent Dore Chaponick Jr., in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, who had moved up to fifth around Chase.
On lap 13, as cars battled for position, contact ensued between Roush Jr., and Dollahite that ended both drivers’ days in the tire barrier in turn three, and brought out the safety car for a full-course caution with Riddle leading, Klenin second and Chaponick Jr. now in third ahead of Chase.
With the incident cleaned up, the field resumed green-flag racing with just over five minutes remaining. Riddle led a four-car train into turn two as the leaders diced for the top spot at CTMP.
Among the late movers was Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush Performance Road Racing Ford Boss 302, who moved to fifth in the late stages and battled with Chase for fourth.
Chase, meanwhile, got around Chaponick Jr. for third when his attack on Klenin failed to materialize in the final corner on lap 21.
With two laps to go, Riddle continued to lead Klenin by a slim-margin with Chase in third and the late-charging Stacy now up to fourth coming to the white flag.
Chase then pulled off a pass on the inside of Klenin out of the final corner coming to the white flag.
Heading on the back straight on the final lap, Riddle led with Chase quickly closing and Klenin right on his bumper in third.
With Riddle heading for the checkered flag and Chase in second by just three tenths, Klenin slid through the final corners, nearly losing control of his Maserati and handing third place to Stacy in the Mustang. It was still a career best finish for the Maserati driver. Scott Heckert, in the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, completed the top five in round eight of the GTS season.
Of note, GTS Driver’s points leader Aschenbach ended up 12th, just one position behind Sandberg who finished 11th. Tony Gaples, in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28 won the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award for gaining seven positions on the first lap. Chase won both the Motortrendondemand.com Clean Pass of the Race Award and the Cadillac ATS-V Move of the Race for his pass on Chaponick. Stacy won the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award for gaining 10 positions during the race.
Results are provisional until posted final. Watch the enhanced race coverage of Round 8 from CTMP on CBS Sports Network June 2 at 8pm Eastern. GTS teams now head to Lime Rock Park, May 27-28 for Rounds 9 and 10.
“This whole weekend has been magical taking the win on my home track in my home country in front of a lot of fans, it couldn’t be better,” said Riddle. “Congratulations to Parker (Chase) and Nate (Stacy) for their amazing races. This whole weekend has been great, I found out my finance is pregnant, and three wins (two in SprintX, one in GTS), and a third (GTS Round7), and four podiums, the whole weekend has been one of the wildest ever. I couldn’t be happier.”
“It was a good race, we have been struggling all weekend,” said Chase. “We qualified 14th yesterday and I didn’t expect to do this good today. We started ninth and got up to third. I was just shooting for points and to do as could as I could. The yellows really helped us.”
“The race went pretty well, we started 13th with a bit of rough start and got the car underneath us,” said Stacy. “We were trying to save tires, and the double yellows helped us. On the restart we were sitting sixth and trying to get as much as we could as possible — can’t wait for next weekend.”
Bowmanville ON — Results from Sunday, May 22, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Race Round 8, part of the Canadian Grand Prix Presented by Audi. Drivers listed by position, place in class, class, name, hometown, car, laps:
1. 1, GTS, Max Riddle, Vancouver Canada, Aston Martin Vantage GT4
2. 2, GTS, Parker Chase, New Braunfels TX, Ginetta GT4, 23
3. 3, GTS, Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, Ford Boss 302, 23
4. 4, GTS, Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 23
5. 5, GTS, Scott Heckert, Ridgefield CT, SIN R1 GT4, 23
6. 6, GTS, Martin Barkey, Huntsville Canada, KTM XBow GT4, 23
7. 7, GTS, Dore Chaponick Jr., Miami FL, KTM XBow GT4, 23
8. 8, GTS, Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, Chevrolet Camaro, 23
9. 9, GTS, Anthony Mantella, Toronto Canada, KTM XBow GT4, 23
10. 10, GTS, Kevin Marshall, Incline Village NV, Lotus GT4, 23
11. 11, GTS, Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, KTM XBow GT4, 21
12. 12, GTS, Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 18
13. 13, GTS, Jack Roush Jr, Livonia MI, Ford Boss 302, 12
14. 14, GTS, Scott Dollahite, Austin TX, Lotus Evora, 12
15. 15, GTS, James Vance, Freeland WA, SIN R1 GT4, 2
New Braunfels, TX – Currently second in the GTS point standings, Ginetta Factory driver Parker Chase is ready to make his Canadian debut with Performance Motorsports Group this weekend in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP), otherwise known as Mosport, is one of the fastest and most challenging road courses in North America. Chase will average over 100 MPH in the No. 19 Alta Towers / Enertech Resources Ginetta G55 GT4 around the 10-turn 2.5 mile circuit as he battles to claim the GTS points lead. Chase has been able to reach the podium during every race weekend of the season and is ready to continue that streak.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at Mosport,” said Chase. “The Performance Motorsports Group team has given me a really fast and well-handling Ginetta at every event so far and I have full confidence that we will be fighting for another podium. We are in a good spot right now, second in the Championship and the goal is to build on that. I want to keep the car clean and finish on the podium. Thanks to Alta Towers, Enertech Resources and Performance Motorsports Group for allowing me to chase this championship.”
Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group race live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo/.
Thursday, May 19
10:20 AM – 11:05 AM | Unofficial Testing 1
2:25 PM – 3:20 PM | Unofficial Testing 2
Friday, May 20
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM | Practice 1
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM | Qualifying
Saturday, May 21
10:20 AM – 11:20 AM | Race 1
Sunday, May 22
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM | Race 2
New Braunfels, TX – Ginetta Factory driver Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group continued their podium streak this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park with a second place finish in Round 6 of Pirelli World Challenge GTS competition.
The weekend began with two unofficial testing sessions on Thursday, April 21 followed by practice that same day. Chase started out strong by leading the first official practice session with a 1:31.621 fast lap. Qualifying for Round 5 proved to be challenging and the Performance Motorsports Group team battled a few small technical issues in the pits while running second fastest. With the track drying from earlier rains, he watched from the sidelines as his time dropped to thirteenth fastest. Staying positive, Chase felt confident in his ability to cut through the field.
When the green flag waved to start Round 5, the skies opened up and rain poured down on the course. An early yellow and then red flag was called by Race Control to allow teams the opportunity to pit and change to Pirelli PZero rain tires. Under the direction of Performance Motorsports Group Team Principal Stuart Robinson, the No. 19 stayed on slick Pirelli tires. Chase was making consistent progress and overtaking competitors after the restart but the weather made a turn for the worst and the race was ended early due to hazardous conditions. Chase had made up seven positions before the checkered flag dropped, earning a sixth place finish and the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award.
Chase’s fastest race lap in Round 5 placed him right where he left off for Round 6, starting in sixth place. Chase rocketed to third place immediately on the start of the race. After a short yellow flag for a stalled car on the starting grid, Chase stayed up on the wheel and battled the competition for the remainder of the race. Chase fell back as far as fifth place before mounting his attack on the podium. With only minutes to race Chase stuck passes on Lawson Aschenbach and Scott Dollahite to earn a career best second place finish.
“It was a great weekend for us,” said Chase. “The Performance Motorsports Group team really knows their way around these Ginetta G55 GT4 race cars and prepare a fast and stable package for me every session. Round 5 was a little challenging but it was the right move to stay on slick tires and I think if I had a few more laps I could have put it on the pole for Round 6, the car felt that stable out there even in the wet. I am really happy to deliver a second place finish to Ginetta in my first race as a Factory driver and I know we will be on that top step soon. Congratulations to my teammate Harry Gottsacker on a great weekend and thanks to Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta.”
Watch GTS Rounds 5 and 6 from Barber Motorsports Park on CBS Sports Network Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 PM EST.
Next up for Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group is GTS Rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Mat 19-22, 2016.
Onboard highlights of Parker Chase finishing second at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsport Park presented by Porsche Round 6 GTS.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jade Buford capped off an almost perfect weekend with a victory in Saturday’s Round 6 GTS race at Barber Motorsports Park at the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Parker Chase and Scott Dollahite finished second and third respectively.
When the lights went out for the standing start, pole sitter Buford, in the No. 45 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, stalled allowing the field to surge by. Second on the grid, Lawson Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Z28, drag raced into the lead with Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, slotting into second. Chase, in the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4, moved up into third from his sixth starting position.
With Buford momentarily unable to re-fire his machine, Race Control issued a full-course yellow. Before the field could come back around to the front straight, Buford was under way and pushed to catch up to the back of the field for the restart on lap 3.
On the restart, Aschenbach launched cleanly into the lead with Dollahite and Chase in pursuit.
By lap 7, Aschenbach held a 1.559 second lead over Dollahite with Scott Heckert, in the No. 54 SIN Cars/Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, up to third and making a charge.
By lap 10, Heckert passed Dollahite for second through turn 8. While the drivers of the No. 54 and 46 machines battled for position, Aschenbach was able pull to out to 2.184 second lead. And by the next lap his lead was up to 2.438 seconds.
Farther back in the field an intense duel raged for 8th between Ernie Francis Jr., in the No. 98 Breathless Racing/Beta Tools/Liquid Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302, and Jack Roush Jr., in the No. 60 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302. The two Mustang drivers traded the position back and forth as the race continued.
By lap 14, Heckert started to reel in Aschenbach as the leaders caught the back of the field and made their way through traffic. Aschenbach’s lead was down to a .670 seconds. And by lap 18, Heckert had closed in on Aschenbach and down the back straight leading into turn 8 passed the driver of the No. 10 machine for the lead.
By lap 19, Heckert built a lead of 1.016 seconds over Aschenbach with Dollahite remaining in third 3.442 seconds behind the leader. Of note, Buford was on the charge and had worked his way through most of the 22-car field up into 5th.
By lap 23, Dollahite closed on Aschenbach for second while Chase pursued in 4th. On the same lap, Dollahite passed Aschenbach through turn 8 allowing Chase to close on the No. 10 machine, while Buford had now closed on the bumper of Chase’ No. 19 machine.
Buford then executed a deft pass of both Aschenbach and Chase down the front straight as the three when three wide. Buford squeezed through turn 1 and into third. He was awarded the Cadillac ATS-V Move of the Race for the pass.
Buford then set his sights on Dollahite for second and by lap 26 had closed on the Evora and executed the pass for position. Behind them Aschenbach and Chase battled for fourth.
On lap 27, drama ensued when leader Heckert spun through the esses in the turn 10/11 section of the track allowing Buford into the lead, with Dollahite into second. Chase, who had passed Aschenbach earlier in the lap, slotted into third. Heckert righted his machine and slotted back into 5th.
On lap 29, Chase had tracked down Dollahite and through turns 5 and 6 passed for second.
At the checkered, Buford completed the sweep of the weekend with an amazing last-to-first victory. Chase would finish 4.177 seconds behind the leader for second, with Dollahite 2.343 seconds behind Chase. Aschenbach and Heckert completed the top 5.
Of note, Tony Gaples, in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, won the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start award for gaining five positions off of the start. Kevin Marshall, in the No. 44 VSA Motorsports Lotus GT4, was awarded the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger Award for gaining 10 positions during the race.
“The start was a rookie mistake on my part,” said Buford. “I really just psyched myself out with the standing start. I knew what to do and I had practiced numerous times. A thousand times in my head. Coming from IMSA, we only have rolling starts. I saw the lights go out and I said to myself to go. I just didn’t hear go in my head. I just made a rookie mistake and I’m sorry for the series and the other drivers. Luckily the SIN car is an amazing machine and the team gave me a strong car. I was able to keep the tires under me and stay patient as I was driving through the field. The car is as good as it can be right now. Scott (Heckert) looked like he lost it but I couldn’t really see what happened on his spin. I was trying to be as patient as possible as I was coming through the field. I just basically kept asking for
the gap to the leader and my pace. I just kept my head down and attempted to run the best laps I could. I kind of know how to pace myself with this new SIN car. But I could see how you could burn off the tires pretty easily with this car too. I knew everyone had their own battles in the field and everyone gave me a lot of respect today. I tried to give them that respect back too.”
“The Ginetta car was great today,” said Chase. “I got a good start from sixth and moved up initially. After the restart, I began charging and diced with Scott (Dollahite) for second at the end. It feels good to get close to the top spot. I was doing as much as I could to keep the car underneath me. Dollahite and I had a good battle today. It was really fun. I’m ready for the next race already.”
“We had a great start with the Lotus Evora,” said Dollahite. “The car was very consistent and hats off the team and the Evora guys. At the end, I saw Parker (Chase) coming up on us and I was able to play traffic a little bit at the three-quarter mark of the race. I just couldn’t hold him off at the end. That’s racing and we look forward to Canada (CTMP). The Lotus Evora is constantly under development and it is a new car to the series. But we are working to improve the car
each time out. We didn’t change much from Friday to Saturday. We will do some more development before the next race in Canada. But the Lotus Evora has been a great car so far for us.”
“I had a really good car at the start,” said Heckert. “I noticed the tires starting to give up a little bit in the middle of the race. I was trying to conserve a little at that point, but probably should have pushed a little harder. Then I wouldn’t have had to push so hard at the end. I was pushing hard as I was trying to get away from Jade. I had been catching a little of that curb (Turn 11) each time. It helped the car rotate. But that time I missed it and got six inches too much curb. That made the car come down pretty hard and rear end got free then. It’s very unfortunate. Those cars don’t like bouncing over curbs. The front tires were good but I was struggling for rear grip at that point. Overall it was a good weekend for me and obviously for Jade and the team. I look forward to going to Canada next (at CTMP).”
Harry Gottsacker from San Antonio driving the No. 29 Ginetta GT4 made his Pirelli World Challenge debut in the GTS class. Gottsacker finished in a very respectable 6th place and earned himself the Optima Battery "Best Standing Start" award!
Results are provisional until posted final. With the 4th Aschenbach leads the GTS Driver’s Championship with 546 points. Chase sits second overall in the Championship with 518 points. Watch the CBS Sports Network broadcast from Barber Motorsports Park on May 7, 1 PM Eastern. GTS drivers now head north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, May 19-22 for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Championship.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Results from Saturday, April 23, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Race Round 6, at Barber Motorsports Park, and the Grand Prix of Birmingham presented by Porsche, part of the 7th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Drivers listed by Position, Name, Hometown, Car, Laps
1. Jade Buford, Nashville, TN, SIN R1 GT4, 32
2. Parker Chase, New Braunfels TX, Ginetta GT4, 32
3. Scott Dollahite, Austin TX, Lotus Evora, 32
4. Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 32
5. Scott Heckert, Ridgefield CT, SIN R1 GT4, 32
6. Harry Gottsacker, San Antonio TX, Ginetta GT4, 32
7. Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 32
8. Jack Roush Jr, Livonia MI, Ford Boss 302, 32
9. Kevin Marshall, Incline Village NV, Lotus GT4, 32
10. Ernie Francis Jr., Miami FL, Ford Mustang, 32
11. Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, KTM XBow GT4, 32
12. Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, Ford Boss 302, 32
13. Jeff Courtney, Milwaukee WI, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 32
14. Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, Chevrolet Camaro, 32
15. Anthony Mantella, Toronto Canada, KTM XBow GT4, 32
16. Jason Alexandridis, Ashland OR, Aston Martin Vantage GT4, 31
17. Clint Guthrie, Birmingham AL, MASERATI GranTurismo MC Trofeo, 31
18. Alline Cipriani, Sao Paulo Brazil, Ginetta GT4, 31
19. John Allen, Denver CO, Porsche Cayman, 30
20. Dave Ricci, Palm Beach FL, Chevrolet Camaro, 28
21. Dore Chaponick Jr., Miami FL, KTM XBow GT4, 7
22. Martin Barkey, Huntsville Canada, KTM XBow GT4, 2
New Braunfels, TX – Six weeks since the previous round of racing the GTS season is set to return to action this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park Rounds 5 and 6. Chase Racing and Parker Chase seek to claim their first career podium at the picturesque road course in Birmingham, Alabama.
Driver of the No. 19 Ginetta G55 GT4 Parker Chase currently sits in third place in the GTS Driver Championship, only 52 points out of the lead. Chase has earned two podium finishes in four races this year but wants to advance his position on the podium to the top step.
Chase will be in a brand new Ginetta G55 GT4 that was prepared and tested by Texas-based Performance Motorsports Group.
“I am looking forward to getting back in my Ginetta this weekend,” said Chase. “I always want to win but with being my first weekend competing as a Ginetta Factory Driver I want to win that much more. The guys at Performance Motorsports Group have put in a lot of work since St. Pete prepping a brand new Ginetta G55 GT4 that I will be driving this weekend and for the remainder of the season. I am confident that they have prepared a car capable to win so that is what I am going to try to do.”
Driver of the No. 29 Ginetta GT4 Harry Gottsacker from San Antonio, TX will be making his Pirelli World Challenge Series debut in the GTS class.
The race weekend will begin on Thursday, April 21 with testing, practice and qualifying. Races can be viewed live at www.world-challenge.com/streamvideo/ and will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 PM EST.
Full Schedule / All Times Central
Thursday, April 21
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Testing
10:40 AM – 11:10 AM – Testing
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM – Practice
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Practice
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Qualifying
Friday, April 22
1:15 PM – 2:10 PM – Race 1
Saturday, April 23
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Race 2
This is now the third season we’ve done the Total Driver Performance rankings, so here’s just a quick overview on how it works. We combine each driver’s total points, average points per race, average qualifying position, average finishing position and average positions gained/lost per race, say a little chant, put the metric in an oven and bake out these rankings. Only part of that is true. If you remember, I also started the MKET (Matt Kistler Eye Test) rankings in 2015, which you can find at the bottom of the post.
Through 4 rounds TRG’s Max Riddle is in leads with -.1616. Riddle has an average positions gained per race of +5.5. Youngster Parker Chase sits second with a TDP of -.1711. Derek DeBoer is in 3rd and Tony Gaples, who has an average positions gained per race of +4.5 is 4th. Nick Esayian rounds out the top 5 with -.2231.
It’s interesting to note that championship leader Brett Sandberg is in 17th position mostly because his average positions gained/lost per race is -1. However, he averages an incredible qualifying position of 1.75 and average race finishing position of 2.75. That’s good. Lawson Aschenbach is in 13th position with an average qualifying position of 3.25 and finishing of 3.5. Charts? Charts. As usual, clickies makies charties biggies.
TDP Stats (NOT IN ORDER)
TDP Rankings (in order):
Teenage racing star Parker Chase took his second podium result in as many weekends during yesterday’s Pirrelli World Challenge in Austin, Texas.
The Ginetta USA racing team finished the double header with a third and fourth place overall in the GTS class for their Ginetta G55 GT4 car. Starting the weekend opener from sixth on the grid, a chaotic start saw Parker drop to last place as he avoided an early collision up ahead.
Two yellow flag periods playing into the 15 year old drivers’ hands, and allowed him to claw back positions until he was back in fourth place with just two laps left to run. With a podium result in sight, he planted his car perfectly to snatch third place just in the nick of time.
Parker Chase, Driver: “The crash [ahead] put me up to fourth place and I thought: I can’t believe I am close to a podium finish after everything that happened today. When the race was green flagged again I was told by the team radio that we had only two laps to go. I knew that was the moment to attack. I got the overtaking in the first breaking zone and I handled the car as I could to finish the weekend with a third place!”
Adolpho Rossi, Team Ginetta USA boss; “Finishing the first four races with two podium places, a fourth and a fifth position is something incredible. Needless to say those are the results of a lot of work from our team. We will do our best to keep on this good way so Team Ginetta USA will reach even stronger results in the Pirelli World Challenge.”
The result confirmed Team Ginetta USA as a new force in the grid for the Pirelli World Challenge series. The team debuted in the series in the Texas double header after having conquered six championship titles and two runners up titles in Florida’s state series. The dedication of drivers and entrepreneurs Adolpho Rossi and Alline Cipriani is yielding good results much faster than anyone could foresee. The next event for the GTS class is scheduled for April 24th in Alabama.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. – Pirelli World Challenge newcomers Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group overcame adversity and executed with strong performance that included a fourth and third place finish last weekend in GTS Rounds 3 and 4 on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
Driver of the No. 19 Ginetta G55 GT4 Parker Chase, who just one week earlier earned his inaugural GTS podium in his debut race, had never raced on a street course prior to last weekend’s event on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Chase was unable to participate in the sole practice session due to a loose rear dif that kept the Performance Motorsports Group in the pits for the majority of the session. The team finished the repairs just before qualifying and Chase, turning his first laps of the weekend, threw down a competitive flyer lap of 1:20.237 placing him 6th on the grid.
In Round 3, Chase executed a brilliant start and drove a smart race. Chase battled with his competitors throughout the 50-minute race, ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth position.
Chase started Round 4 in 6th but fell back to 13th place on the start. An early yellow flag allowed Chase to regroup and close the gap on his competitors which he took full advantage of. Chase kept his head down, stayed focused and began passing his competitors one at a time. With minutes left to race Chase overtook Lawson Ashenbach with a brilliant inside move in turn one which earned him a third place finish, his second in four races.
“I had a great weekend with Ginetta and Performance Motorsports Group,” said Chase. “It was my first street course race and I am very happy to have come away with a clean car and a podium finish. The PMG crew did a great job giving me a car that felt very consistent and reliable for both races this weekend. I want to thank Ginetta for the opportunity to drive their race car and I am really looking forward to Barber, I think I have a shot at a win there and that’s what I am going to try to do.”
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama takes place April 22-24 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information visit www.world-challenge.com
About Parker Chase
At age 15, Parker Chase will be one of the youngest drivers to compete in Pirelli World Challenge, piloting the No. 19 Ginetta G55 in the GTS class in select races. The Texas native started his career in 2010 racing go karts, and was later named the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the highly competitive Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015, Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2015. That year, the young racer earned his SCCA and NASA licenses, fully prepared for the 2016 season. In addition to competing in select races of the Pirelli World Challenge, this year Chase will also compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross Series and a partial season of the highly competitive IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.
After a successful Pirelli World Challenge series debut last weekend at Circuit of the Americas with Performance Racing Group, Ginetta Cars has extended its agreement with young racer Parker Chase for two additional race events.
Just one week after turning 15 and therefore becoming eligible for competition in the sports car racing series, Chase and newly formed race team Performance Motorsports Group journeyed to Circuit of the Americas for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2016 race season. Chase showed an impressive run from the start, topping the charts in Practice 2 and qualifying 8th for Race 1. Three disqualifications up the field moved Chase and PMG up to a 5th place starting position.
In front of a home crowd, Chase and the No. 19 Ginetta G55 started the race in 5th, patiently pacing himself throughout the race two take 4th. He stayed there until two laps to go when he made the pass for third, securing a podium finish in the opening event.
He started Race 2 in 5th, showing a great battle with Max Riddle in the Aston Martin and Kevin Marshall in the Lotus. Chase overtook Riddle in turn 15 and stayed ahead for the rest of the race. The up-and-comer finished 5th and showed the 5th fastest lap time of the race, within a second of the race leader, an impressive feat for a rookie racer in a new machine with a new team.
"The Ginetta felt great all weekend," said Chase. "It's a very consistent car, and I'm happy to have been able to bring them two top five wins in our opening weekend. To earn a podium finish at a home track with my friends and family here meant a lot to me. The guys at Performance Motorsports Group did an incredible job."
"I'm incredibly impressed with Parker Chase," said Team Principal Stuart Robinson. "He has truly stepped up to the plate and taking our program we designed for him to the next level. I couldn't be happier for the team and our results in our first weekend out."
Continuing the momentum of the team's success, Ginetta cars, Parker Chase, and Performance Motorsports Group have extended their current arrangement to now include the next four rounds at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Barber Motorsports Park.
"We are thrilled for Parker and the team," said Mike Simpson, Ginetta Factory Driver. "Not only have they proven young Parker as a driver to watch, but shown the competitive pace of the Ginetta G55 GT4 during its Pirelli World Challenge debut. We can't ask for more than that!"
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AUSTIN, Texas – Lawson Aschenbach scored a first round victory at Circuit of the Americas to open up the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS season, part of the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by VP Racing Fuels. Sixteen-year-old Nate Stacy finished second, while 15-year-old Parker Chase finished third.
The rolling start saw Scott Dollahite, in the No. 46 SDR Motorsports Lotus Evora, lead from pole fending off challenges from Nate Stacy, driving the No. 14 Roush Performance Road Racing Ford Boss 302, and Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, who passed Stacy quickly thereafter and then took the lead from Dollahite in his first lap charge and never looked back.
A full-course caution was issued by Race Control on the opening lap to retrieve the No. 54 Racers Edge Motorsport SIN R1 GT4, driven by Bob Michaelian which went off course.
The green flag flew to restart the race at the 13-minute mark of the 50-minute race, and Aschenbach led Dollahite and Stacy to the green flag. Soon after, Stacy was able to pass Dollahite for second as Kevin Marshall, in the No. 44 VSA Motorsports Lotus GT4, followed in fourth with Parker Chase, driving the No. 19 Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta GT4, in fifth.
In addition, both Derek DeBoer and Max Riddle, driving TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4s moved into sixth and seventh, respectively, passing Anthony Mantella, driving the No. 8 Mantella Autosport Inc. Gulf KTM XBow GT4.
The half-way point of the race saw Aschenbach working lap nine ahead of Stacy by roughly three seconds, with Dollahite, Chase and DeBoer following. Riddle was in sixth ahead of Marshall in seventh, with Brett Sandberg, in the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4, in eighth and Tony Gaples, in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, in ninth and Jeff Courtney, in the No. 99 JCR Motorsports RecStuff.com/Kenda Maserati GranTurismo, in 10th. Of note, Gaples was making his 150th Pirelli World Challenge start.
Gaples, however, would soon suffer tire damage that dropped him through the order forcing his Camaro to pitroad, while Sandberg would spin, and in the process relinquished a number of positions.
On lap 11, Marshall got around Riddle for sixth place, while Courtney also closed on Riddle, passing him on lap 13. Courtney then closed in on Marshall for sixth as the Maserati and Lotus drivers dueled for the position, which allowed Sandberg to catch them in his KTM X-Bow. That created a three-car train for sixth, seventh and eighth with Sandberg eventually passing both the Maserati and Lotus.
Further up the track, another battle was developing for the final podium spot as Chase tracked down Dollahite’s Evora for the final podium position with 11 minutes left on the clock.
Sandberg’s sixth place didn’t last long, as Marshall got around him with Courtney involved as the three-car battle continued to evolve until Sandberg’s car slowed temporarily on the front straight, costing him valuable distance. It wouldn’t be over, though, as Sandberg caught the group again, bringing teammate Dore Chaponick Jr., in the No. 12 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 along. The battling continued, with Courtney going through to sixth and Marshall exiting the track with a damaged Lotus.
Up front, Aschenbach managed the pace to take the victory ahead of Stacy by 2.031 seconds, while Chase was able to pass Dollahite for third with two laps to go, to finish on the podium in his Pirelli World Challenge debut.
Dollahite was fourth ahead of DeBoer, who won the Optima Batteries Best Start Award with a first lap charge of seven positions, with Sandberg getting by Courtney on the last lap for sixth. Courtney would finish seventh, with Chaponick, Jr., Riddle and Mantella completing the top 10. DeBoer also won the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger, improving eight positions during the race.
Courtney’s battling heroics would earn him the Cadillac ATS-V Move of the Race Award for his pass on Riddle in turn seven.
“Race was pretty good for us today. I knew coming into the weekend that the GT4 cars would be very tough to pass,” said Aschenbach. “They seem to be quite a bit faster than our Z-28 on the straights. I was going to have pounce quickly on cold tires to gain some advantages. It was fun to be out there and it’s great to be back in the PWC series. It’s a fun event here at COTA and Austin is just a great city. The racing here is fast for drivers and exciting for the fans. Nate pushed me the whole time. He did a great job and I could see him coming at me. Tony (Gaples) started his 150th PWC race today and Tony and I are great friends. I learned that the Black Dog Speed Shop team was a top notch operation. And with GM and Black Dog working together, we were able to make this GTS program work and now very successful. I was hanging on at the end with the race car. Our car is quite heavy right now. We might have abused the tires a little more than the other cars. I was pushing very hard today. It was tough out there. We hit the setup very well for this heat today.”
“I started in the second spot but Lawson (Aschenbach) got by me pretty quickly,” said Stacy. “I was then able to get by the Lotus and tried to chase down Lawson. It was just a little too late. I was throwing the Mustang around pretty aggressively at the end. It was a fun and everyone on my Roush team worked hard all weekend. It’s a very weird mix between driving hard and driving safe. I think I found a couple with the car that made it better for me and I hope it will help for Sunday’s race.”
“We started fifth with the Ginetta. I was stuck in fourth for most of the race but, with two laps to go, I made a move on the Lotus and slid by for third,” said Chase. “The Ginetta is a new car to the PWC series with the GT4 platform. It’s very fun to drive and it stays consistent throughout the race which is important on a hot track like we had today. I love the car and I hope stay with the Ginetta group for many years to come.”
GTS drivers next hit the track at COTA for Round 2, scheduled for Sunday at 11:00 a.m. central time. Live video is available on motortrendondemand.com and live timing on world-challenge.com. Catch all the action from COTA on a CBS Sports Network broadcast, Thursday March 17 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.
AUSTIN, Texas – Results from Saturday, March 5’s 20-lap Pirelli World Challenge Championship GTS Round 1 race, part of the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas presented by VP Racing Fuels, with finishing position, class, first name, last name, hometown, laps, and fastest laps.
1. GTS, Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens FL, 2:18.553
2. GTS, Nate Stacy, Owasso OK, 2:18.661
3. GTS, Parker Chase, New Braunsfels TX, 2:18.669
4. GTS, Scott Dollahite, Austin TX / Austin TX, 2:18.965
5. GTS, Derek DeBoer, Ashland OR/Novato CA, 2:19.892
6. GTS, Brett Sandberg, Allendale NJ, 2:18.444
7. GTS, Jeff Courtney, Milwaukee WI, 2:20.811
8. GTS, Dore Chaponick Jr., Miami FL, 2:18.655
9. GTS, Max Riddle, Vancouver Canada, 2:20.683
10. GTS, Anthony Mantella, Toronto Canada, 2:18.667
11. GTS, Nick Esayian, San Diego CA, 2:21.846
12. GTS, Mark Klenin, Lone Tree CO, 2:22.516
13. GTS, Martin Barkey, Huntsville Canada, 2:19.464
14. GTS, Ron Ballard, Phoenix AZ, 2:23.731
15. GTS, Kevin Marshall, Incline Village NV, 2:21.236
16. GTS, Tony Gaples, Libertyville IL, 2:20.902
17. GTS, Jack Jr, Livonia MI, 2:19.002
18. GTS, Conner Kearby, Seal Beach CA/San Antonio TX,
19. GTS, Patrick Byrne, Spokane WA,