Otto Father and Son Control HSR Opener Otto Motorsports Earns Two-Wins, Two Top-Tens at Sebring SEBRING, Fla., March 5, 2006 -- Otto Motorsports took two race wins and two other top-ten finishes in the season-opening Historic Sports...
Otto Father and Son Control HSR Opener
Otto Motorsports Earns Two-Wins, Two Top-Tens at Sebring
SEBRING, Fla., March 5, 2006 -- Otto Motorsports took two race wins and two other top-ten finishes in the season-opening Historic Sports Car Racing Series (HSR) Sebring Endurance Challenge at Sebring International Raceway this weekend. The only father-son team in the Historic Stock Car Division for Late Model Stock Cars (internally known as Group Eight) controlled the class throughout the weekend. Wayne Otto (Watchung, NJ.) won both the non-points paying Qualifying race on Saturday, March 4, and the 30-minute feature event today for the Group Eight. Otto's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which nearly broke the track record for the class, came across the line just seconds ahead of his father, Edgar Otto, Jr. (Boca Raton, Fla.) in both events. The elder Otto, who, at age 76, is in a self-proclaimed race against Father Time, took fifth-place in the qualifying race on the 3.7-mile Sebring circuit and sixth in today's race.
"Not too bad all-in-all," remarked Otto. "More to come in Atlanta. In road racing, because of the way you qualify, it is usually pretty much follow-the-leader, so it was fun passing other cars. On balance, I would say, race-wise I did well, and time-wise I kind of held my own. I think I acquitted myself reasonably well. But, I think I need to take some driving lessons from my kid now."
While Wayne dominated the class in both the races, Edgar Otto had a more exciting race day in his No. 17 UrAssist "Freedom to Go" Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Starting fifth in the former Matt Kenseth Busch Grand National car, he was forced off track when another car spun in front of him. Falling through the ranks, the owner of Otto Motorsports had to fight his way back through the field. He moved up to sixth at the checkered flag solidifying the strong first weekend of the season for the Boca Raton-based operation.
"If Father Time won was inconclusive," continued Edgar Otto. "In today's race, on the first lap, second turn, a car spun in front of me and I had to leave the track to get around him. I re-passed four cars but, because I never had a clear track I couldn't really turn a fast time. My best time was a 2:16.4 [two minutes, 16.4-seconds] on Sunday and 2:15 on Saturday. So, the times were better than last fall in qualifying but not as good as the 2:14 I turned in the race then. The last guy I passed, coming-off the last turn, I took him by a half-a-car. So, it was fun racing. He went in too hard and gave me just enough room to get under him. That is always a very satisfying pass especially for an old man. The battle continues with Father Time. I can't wait to rejoin it at Atlanta. I want to go faster."
The event was Edgar Otto's 23rd appearance in an HSR stock car at Sebring and one of his strongest to date. Despite being the oldest competitor in the class, Otto again showed his mettle behind the wheel despite it being his first race since November of 2005. The team will now travel to Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. for the second race of their HSR season. The Classic Motorsports Walter Mitty Challenge Presented by Mazda, like Sebring a premier event on the schedule, will be held April 27-30th on the 2.56-mile road course in suburban Atlanta.