Utah: Hyper Sport race report

Newest SpeedSource GT RX-8 Finishes 10th in Race Debut At the close of its first full racing season, the SpeedSource GT RX-8's distinctive body style and unforgettable engine sound are now familiar in the Rolex paddock. And thanks to the hard...

Newest SpeedSource GT RX-8 Finishes 10th in Race Debut

At the close of its first full racing season, the SpeedSource GT RX-8's distinctive body style and unforgettable engine sound are now familiar in the Rolex paddock. And thanks to the hard work of a dedicated crew and zero engine failures this year, top ten's and podium finishes became the standard for all the SpeedSource GT RX-8s in 2007. To that list of top performers, SpeedSource proudly adds the newest GT RX-8 recently debuted by the Hyper Sport team at the Sunchaser 1000K in Utah on September 15.

SpeedSource crew had worked steadily to build the car throughout the busy 2007 season, despite heavy demands to keep the No. 70 and No. 69 in top racing condition. Hyper Sport team manager Joe Foster took delivery of the car on August 23; the car was delivered on time and ran perfectly on its test laps.

At Miller Motorsports Park a month later, the car in its new team colors again performed impeccably from test day to race day. Piloted by Foster, Patrick Dempsey, and Charles Espenlaub, the No. 40 Sobe Beverages Hyper Sport GT RX-8 started the long 1000K race in 8th position, ran in the top 5, and finished in 10th.

Joe Foster added these accolades regarding the car's performance. "The whole Hyper Sport team was excited to receive our Mazda RX8-GT build by SpeedSource. In spite of the busy racing season going on, they got the car assembled for a shakedown at Moroso which went flawlessly. We took delivery of the car and then prepped it for its racing debut at the Sunchaser 1000 event in Salt Lake City. The car ran like a top for the whole 1000k event and we had a great finish for a new car and a new program for our team. Throughout the event the SpeedSource guys were supporting us as we learned the new car both from a chassis and engine support perspective. We're looking forward to running the car next season and are grateful to Sylvain Tremblay, Dave Haskell and all the

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Sylvain Tremblay , Charles Espenlaub , Joe Foster , Patrick Dempsey
Teams SpeedSource