Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer won the Rolex Grand Am Race at Road America. Mayer qualified the car and handed over to Hartley after 40 minutes. Hartley climbed aboard the number 8 Starworks BMW/Riley in 12th place in the Daytona Prototypes field. A relentless drive through the field from the 23 year old New Zealander saw him take the lead with just under 30 minutes remaining.

Winners #8 Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley: Scott Mayer, Brendon Hartley
Winners #8 Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley: Scott Mayer, Brendon Hartley

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Starworks’ planned strategy to conserve fuel in the latter stages worked out, as it gave Hartley track position with 30 minutes remaining. Hartley then left the field in his wake and was the fastest car in the field before backing off to take the chequered flag with 4.290 seconds to spare.

The New Zealander said: “I want to give a big thanks to Scott, Peter and the whole Starworks team who did a brilliant job with the strategy to save fuel. Scott did a great job on his first stint. This is a great day as I haven’t had a win in a while and I really needed a good result and thankfully it came today.”

Hartley made his Daytona Prototype debut with Starworks at this years’ Daytona 24 Hour. Hartley is of course well-known for being a member of the Red Bull young driver programme for four years, which gave him the opportunity to be F1 reserve driver for both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2009 and 2010. Since this deal ended in 2010 Brendon has raced in World Series by Renault, GP2. Most recently Brendon is regarded as one of the leading young stars of Grand Am in the USA and also in LMP2 in Europe.

Brendon is also the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 test and simulator driver.

The next round of the Rolex Grand Am Series is at the Kansas Speedway on August 16th and 17th.