ZIP Racing to debut 'Sports Car-Specific' Trailer at Atlanta ALMS race. CHICAGO, April 22 - With a mobile retail store introducing trendy new lines of Hazardous Sports activewear, six beautiful models and the same number of dashing race car ...
ZIP Racing to debut 'Sports Car-Specific' Trailer at Atlanta ALMS race.
CHICAGO, April 22 - With a mobile retail store introducing trendy new lines of Hazardous Sports activewear, six beautiful models and the same number of dashing race car drivers, product give-aways, TV crews and even one of its Porsche race cars on display, fans who ventured into the paddock at Sebring International Raceway had never seen anything quite like the presentation by ZIP Racing at the recent Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
The Florida race fans embraced the team, which was competing in its first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) event, with open arms. They had something to cheer about at the end of the weekend too, as the black Hazardous Sports Porsche #33 of Steve Ivankovich, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly overcame a variety of challenges to finish tenth in the tough GT class.
Now the team, which also includes Brent Sherman on its roster of regular drivers, has another exciting introduction planned for the next ALMS race, which will be held at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center in Braselton, Ga. June 27-29.
The Chicago-based team will debut a new trailer built by Competition Trailers of Henderson, Texas and Harrisburg, N.C. at that race. Although Competition Trailers has a wide variety of products to offer all sorts of racers, this trailer was designed especially for sports car teams.
"We felt that trailer manufacturers hadn't addressed the needs of a multi-car, multi-driver sports car team," said Ivankovich, team president. "The needs of a sports car team are different from a stock car or drag racing team. When we looked to purchase a trailer three years ago, we were left with choices that never fitted the bill, even with a custom-built trailer. But Competition Trailers really listened to our needs, and they have just spent seven months developing a trailer for the needs of a professional sports car team. The results are truly amazing, and we're looking forward to showing them to other members of the sports car community at Road Atlanta.
"The trailer features an extra-long and slide-out lounge to accommodate up to eight drivers and their egos," Ivankovich added with a smile. "It includes helmet and suit storage. A separate engineering/driver-debrief computer workstation is included, as is a shock dyno station. There is cabinetry for sports car-specific parts and spares, and personal storage space for 14 crew members.
"There is also an expanded view deck to hold up to 24 people, with a canopy. On the side there are dual canopies, with the street side specifically fitted for hospitality with cable TV outlets, speaker outlets, exterior cooling links and lighting. There is an upgraded, high-capacity generator to power all the goodies.
"And last but certainly not least, there is a custom-configured overhead section that can fit two Porsche GT3RS cars plus a full compliment of body panel spares," he added.
Speaking of the two Porsches, Ivankovich added that ZIP Racing has been very busy preparing them, too.
"We signed up with Pratt & Miller last spring in order to help us understand our race cars better," Ivankovich noted. "After substantial testing and evaluation, we wanted to do some tweaking. Some of the changes we made for Sebring worked and some didn't. It's a process. We learned a lot at Sebring, and we will continue to learn more and progress as the season moves on.
"We have some great partners in Hazardous Sports, Alliance Residential, Dunlop, OZ Racing Wheels, Brembo, Moton and RPM RaceGear that are part of our development process," Ivankovich continued. "We feel we owe it to those relationships to put the best-possible product on and off the track, and we will continue to do so. Now Competition Trailers is in that mix, and we're very pleased with the product they have delivered to us and the development time they have invested in the process.
"Sebring was a baptism by fire for us," he added. "We will continue to learn more and do better. Right now we're figuring out what changes that were made to the cars worked and which didn't. We're planning several tests before Atlanta, so we'll get it sorted out. Tenth place was nice, but we're in this for the long haul and we plan to do even better, starting at Atlanta."
The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will be broadcast live on CBS Sports at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, June 29.
For more information, see www.ZIPRacing.com, www.hazardous-sports.com, www.competitiontrailers.com, www.imsaracing.net, www.americanlemans.com, www.andylally.com, www.pumpellyracing.com, www.brentsherman.com and www.restartcommunications.com.