Tuesday, November 28, 2006

ADR3 Homologated for CSR & ASR

Mark Johnson of ADR Motorsports North America announced that the ADR3 was recently homologated by SCCA for the ASR & CSR classes. Mark also reported that, "We just completed 3 days of testing and ... the car was well balanced and quick."

Mark said that, "while the car was well balanced and quick, it just didn't seem as fast as should be. Well, it turns out that our map was not quite right. We were off 60hp at 6000rpm, and 80 at redline. After loading the new map, the motor sounds great, real crisp. Can't wait for the next test day."

The first US based ADR3 was powered by a 1507cc fuel injected Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle engine (250 bhp) and was driven at track days and some in SCCA and NASA racing events. The ADR3 is a completely new car from its predecessor, the ADR Sport 2. The ADR engineering staff has designed a new chassis, windtunnel tested body, and a host of other items to improve the cars performance, reliability, and ease of service.

A dry sumped 2.0 liter Honda K20A VTEC engine (250+ bhp) powered car with a Hewland FTR sequential gearbox is also offered as an engine choice for CSR/ASR.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Bandini Article in Autoweek

Nick Kurczewski has written about the history of Bandini production and described Marc Richelsoph's featured 1957 Bandini Sport International “Saponetta”. The car now sports a 750-cc dohc four-cylinder Crosley engine with Bandini aluminum heads and red cam covers.

Excerpts include ...

“Interest in America surged when Bandini Siluros—with their screaming 750-cc engines and wildly flared front fenders—won SCCA class championships in 1955 and 1957.”

“The car’s doors barely reach knee-level, the tops of the rear fenders are only 27 inches from the ground. Once in, nothing is far from reach—including the street below! Nonetheless, the vintage wood-rimmed steering wheel, exposed chassis tubes and painted-metal dash look and feel sublime. Under the hood is a 750-cc (45.8-cubic inch) dohc four-cylinder Crosley engine. Red cam covers, Bandini aluminum heads and lots of polished alloy give the American engine a mini-Ferrari look. Output is only 68 hp, but with a rev limit of 8500 rpm and the Saponetta’s scant 900-pound curb weight, performance is pretty spicy.”

“A four-speed transmission (from a Fiat Topolino) sends horsepower to the rear wheels. Mounted on a sparkling set of 15-inch Borrani wire wheels, the tires themselves are only 2.75 inches wide. The sum of all these parts equals a rare race car that its owner loves to use. 'You point it and it just goes,' Richelsoph says. 'It’s simply an amazing little car to drive.'”

[ 1957 Bandini Sport International, Autoweek article ]


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

New Website Store Launched

Just in time for "Black Friday" shopping and the following holiday gift buying season, the Sports Racer Network has updated our book selection pages to a much improved and deadicated Amazon store. Viewers can browse items by category, read details including customer reviews, add items to a shopping cart, then easily check out via Amazon.

The Sports Racer Network's Amazon Store currently contains book categories for

Other book categories will be added in the near future, as well as a video section.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

IMSA Lites 2007 Schedule Announced

The IMSA Lites 2007 schedule will expand to 12 races at six venues. Like 2006, IMSA Lites will conduct two races per event weekend as it partners exclusively with the American Le Mans Series. The new class structure was also confirmed.

Coming off an inaugural season that included full fields of cars and competitors at the most recognized circuits in North America, IMSA today announced the 2007 schedule for IMSA Lites that sees new venues and additional races for its teams and competitors.

IMSA, the Georgia-based sanctioning body also will take on responsibility for all facets of competition starting next season. IMSA’s long list of at-track services will be made available for all teams and competitors including technical inspections, timing and scoring and registration.


Date / Event / Location

March 16-17 / Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring / Sebring Inter. Raceway, Sebring, Fla.

May 18-19 / Utah Grand Prix / Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah

July 06-07 / New England Grand Prix / Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn.

Aug. 25-26 / Grand Prix of Mosport / Mosport Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

Oct. 04-05 /Petit Le Mans / Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

Oct. 20-21* / Monterey Sports Car Championships / Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif., *Subject to final confirmation by promoter.


As is the case with North America’s premier brand of motorsport, IMSA Lites will feature multi-class racing. It presents a dimension of competition as drivers must be aware of the class’ distinctly different speeds as they navigate the race tracks. It is the same challenge American Le Mans Series drivers face.

“In its first year, IMSA Lites demonstrated that it is the right product at the right time,” said Tim Mayer, COO of IMSA. “The 2007 series schedule and complete oversight by IMSA will continue to add value to the IMSA Lites package. We appreciate the cooperation and support of our partners with Elan Motorsport Technologies and West Race Cars, and we all have great expectations for 2007 and beyond for IMSA Lites.”

“Our goal is to differentiate IMSA Lites from other styles of sportscar racing,” continued Mayer. “Along with premier events, we have focused on creating great clarity for the customers. Three homologated cars, one for each class, makes sure that competitors will be focused on the racing, not on who can create the next best tweak. IMSA’s technical staff are highly capable and are focused on keeping the competition on the race track, not in the garage. So with great cars, great racing, great venues and clear organization, we think that this will be the defining series at this level of sportscar racing.”

New for 2007 is an updated class structure, designed to keep the simplicity of the original structure, money saving stability for the competitors, eliminating the need for constant updates, which has been a feature of this style of racing. IMSA Lites features three separate classes of open-top sports racer prototypes – Lites1 , Lites2 and Lites3. The series offers a step up to those racers who would like to advance beyond the club racing level and run at some of the most prestigious sportscar events in North America.


Lites1 is exclusively for the DP02 chassis designed and produced by Elan Motorsport Technologies. It features a carbon-fiber monocoque, race-designed suspension and uprights, a six-speed sequential gearbox, and a full aerodynamic package that features a front splitter, diffuser and rear wing. It will be powered by 2.3-liter, inline four engines prepared and sealed by Elan Power Products, along with a full ECU, racing dash and data logger.

“These cars are designed and prepared by the same team that has designed and prepared the new DP01 Champ Car,” said Elan Motorsports Technologies CEO, David Bowes. “An affordable race car with this level of technology built in creates great value for our customers, and we are delighted to be a founding partner in the IMSA Lites category, where we are sure that the close racing and great venues will provide enormous excitement in the series.”


West Race Cars is the exclusive provider for chassis in Lites2. The WR1000 racer is powered by a 1,000-cc Kawasaki powerplant prepared and sealed by Muzzys. Featuring exciting styling and performance, along with excellent customer service, the West has rapidly become one of the most desirable products in the “D-Sport” category of race cars.

“West Race Cars is pleased to continue our association with IMSA and the rapidly growing IMSA Lites Series," said Ted Spooner, CEO of West Race Cars. “Providing chassis on an exclusive basis for the Lites 2 class gives us the opportunity to increase our brand awareness and retain our growing relationship with IMSA. This also allows us to maintain and grow our customer base, many of which have future aspirations of continuing to climb the IMSA ladder onto the American Le Mans Series.”


Lites 3 will be made up of Formula SCCA cars designed by Elan/VanDiemen and sold by SCCA Enterprises. This forms an easily accessible, low cost entry level into the series and racing in front of professional crowds, in a car that is readily available.

Entry forms for IMSA Lites will be available shortly on the sanctioning body’s Web site, www.imsaracing.net.


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Holiday Help For Busy Racers

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When you go to Amazon through the image above or a link below, and purchase a gift certificate or an item, a few pennies from your transaction go into the Sports Racer Network piggy bank. So, thanks.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Huge H Mod Gathering in Early 2007

Pass the word and drag those old cars out of the garage. Plans are underway for the largest H Mod event in history, to occur during the spring of 2007 at a West Coast race track.

Marty Stein, who is coordinating the race group, has been working with the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) to secure a dedicated race group for small displacement sports racers. The location will most likely be Laguna Seca, and will take place in the April time frame. Marty says “This thing is really snowballing. I'm sure not everyone who is interested will actually enter, but we have over 30 potential entries with 24 already expressing interest.”

Car eligibility is per HMSA's normal classes:
Class B-2: 1947-1955 Sports Racing cars under 1500cc
Class C-1: 1955-1960 Sports Racing cars under 2000cc
Class D: 1959-1965 Sports Racing cars

Car preparation will be to HMSA car prep rules, which are pretty straightforward and should not be a problem for anyone with vintage club affiliation. If you have any questions about car eligability or tire requirements, contact Marty Stein.

Driver eligibility is also per HMSA driver prep rules. All vintage clubs belong to the Vintage Motorsports Council (VMC), and thus any recognized club affiliation will suffice. VMC or other licenses are NOT required. Neither is HMSA membership ... only payment of the entry fee.

The tentative entry list already includes:

  • Don Racine
Beach Mk IVB
  • John Rankin
  • Jamie Pfiefer
  • Rich Campbell
Brand X-Saab
  • Charles Christ
Crosley Hotshot
  • Marylou Robson
  • Mark Brinker
  • Stephan Booth
Fiat-Crosley Special
  • Bill McCann
  • David Lambert
Jabro MkI-Crosley
  • Lou Pavesi
Kangaroo MkI-Fiat
  • Fred and Annie Plotkin
LeGrand MkII-Fiat
  • AA "Gus" Chofre
  • Franklin Rudolph
Nardi Frua-Crosley
  • Don Baldocchi
Nichols Fairchild-Panhard
  • Don Racine
  • Lee Osborn
Siata 300BC
  • -Fiat: Gary Winiger
  • -Crosley: Marylou Robson
  • -Crosley: Marty Stein
  • T-5: Gene Leasure
  • J.F. Boone
Thundermug (Dale Tholen's)
  • Chuck Wood
  • Rich Campbell

If you are interesting in participating in this race group, either
join the H Mod Yahoo discussion group, or contact Marty Stein via email at tessmar06@yahoo.com .

Historic Motor Sports Association is one of the most respected historic racing organizations in the United States, producing world class events across the country. HMSA members own, restore, preserve and race the most historic and valuable sports and racing cars in the world.
HMSA events feature historic production cars built through 1966 and purpose built Formula, Sports Racing and IMSA cars built through 1984.

HMSA was created in 1977 to serve as the sanctioning body for premiere historic racing events such as the world famous Monterey Historic Automobile Races and mandates that the cars race as they were and not what they could have been (historically correct within time period the car originally raced).

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Single Marques for 2007 IMSA Lites

The allowed chassis for each of the three IMSA Lites classes were announced as Elan, West, and SRSCCA.

Elan Motorsports Technologies.
Braselton, GA.

The three classes for IMSA LITES in 2007 have now been established as follows:-

LITES 1 class will be all Elan DP02 chassis. No other manufacturer to participate in the class.

LITES 2 class will be all West chassis. No other manufacturer to participate in the class.

LITES 3 class will be all SRSCCA.

The rules and regulations for each class will be published in the next few weeks. The 2007 schedule will be published very soon and will be similar if not the same as 2006.

David Bowes, CEO of Elan Motorsports Technologies said “I am pleased with the fact that the rules will be stable for the next five years. Anyone buying an Elan DP02 can be confident of good competitive racing in IMSA LITES for years to come. Elan will continue to develop the DP02 to become more competitive in the C Sports Racer category of the SCCA for 2007.”

Elan also announced that Kevin Kloepfer, founder and owner of Comprent Motorsports, is to be the sole agent and distributor of the Elan DP02 chassis and parts with immediate effect. Anyone interested in purchasing a DP02 should visit the Elan website and contact Kevin on 706 543 1797 ext 22 or e-mail Christian Rushforth (Chief Designer of Sports Cars at Elan) at chrisrushforth@elanmotorsports.com.

David Bowes added “I believe that IMSA LITES class 1 will become a very important rung on the progression ladder for ambitious young drivers. Elan will be offering the most successful DP02 driver a test drive with one of the leading Star Mazda teams at the end of 2007 and there is also the opportunity for the right driver to test with the Panoz GT2 team next year. Elan will be organizing winter open test sessions at Road Atlanta and Sebring during the next three months, with driver coaching and factory team assistance. All customer (and potential customer) teams are invited. We have sold over 20 DP02 cars to date this year but we still have a limited number of cars for sale over the winter on a first-come first-served basis.”

For more information, see the
[ IMSA Lites website ]


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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cooper Cruises to ARRC ASR Title

(File photo not from ARRC event.)

Glenn Cooper drove to a dominating victory in the ASR class at during the 2006 American Road Race of Champions event at Road Atlanta. Cooper lead the field from the green flag and for the entire race, finishing first overall in the race group.

Cooper, and his borrowed Swift Viking DB4, qualified 1st in ASR with a pole time of 1:25.165. Jean-Luc Liverato traded his former Radical for a Elan/Van Diemen DP02 and was 2nd on the grid with a 1:25.687 lap. Third in the ASR class was David Obenauer in a Radical Prosport with a 1:29.081 lap.

[ Qualifying Results ]

In the race, Cooper's best lap was a 1:25.823, while Liverato managed a 1:26.855 best lap during the 20 lap event. Unfortunately, Obenauer dropped out after 13 laps after turning a best lap of 1:27.960.

[ Race Results ]

[ Winning car for sale ad ]

Pro Shootout

Jean-Luc Liverato also competed in the ASR class, with his Elan/Van Diemen DP02, in the Group 10 Pro Shootout. He was the only ASR which participated. He qualified on pole for the entire race group with a 1:25.349 lap. He stayed in front of the pack and finished first overall, turing a 1:26.295 best enroute to his win.

[ Group 10 Qualifying Results ]

[ Group 10 Race Results ]

ARRC Background

After laying dormant for 20+ years, the American Road Race of Champions moniker was revived by Road Atlanta and the Atlanta Region SCCA in 1994. This time around, the race would feature the regional-only classes not invited to the National Runoffs: Improved Touring, Club Ford, Club Sports 2000, A Sedan and Formula Mazda (before both of the latter became National classes).

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ligier Importing JS49 LMP3 to North America

Former F1 team owner, Ligier Automobiles, has identified North America as a target market for there recently introduced LMP3 sports racer. Steve Shelton Jr. reports that, “the first JS49 is in the Port of Miami and has already been sold.”

Designed and built by Guy Ligier and the Martini company he bought in 2004, the JS49 is aimed squarely at the rapidly growing band of amateur racers in series such as SCCA C Sports Racer. The new car features an Aluminium monocoque, wishbone suspension, a Sadev 6 speed sequential gearbox and is propelled by a dry sumped 240bhp two litre Honda VTEC engine on Magnetti Marelli management.

Steve Shelton Jr. also stated that, "The first and subsequently the second car will come with a 2.4 liter Honda automotive engine."

For more information, photos, and a video, view the
Ligier Chassis page.


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