Tested Performance, Proven Power
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GRAND-AM Cooldown Lap: Lime Rock Park (Rolex)
Notes And Quotes
Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli scored their third consecutive Daytona Prototype victory at Lime Rock Park, while Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took their third straight DP championship with a seventh-place finish.
Taylor held off Antonio Garcia to win by .334 seconds, giving the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP its third victory of the season. Garcia and Richard Westbrook also ended the season as three-time winners in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. Alex Gurney and Alex Gurney rounded out the podium in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, followed by the two Action Express entries (the No. 5 of David Donohue and Brian Frisselle, and the No. 9 of Darren Law and Joao Barbosa), giving the Corvette DP a sweep of the top five places to cap its first year of competition.
Needing a ninth-place finish, Pruett and Rojas iced their fourth DP title in five years by finishing seventh in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Ryan Dalziel entered the race with a mathematical shot at the championship, but finished sixth in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley started by Alex Popow.
Robin Liddell and John Edwards took their third GT victory of the season in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Liddell passed Andy Lally with three laps remaining, denying the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 started by John Potter its third triumph of 2012. Lally then had to pit for fuel, promoting the No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 of Dion von Moltke and Jim Norman to a second-place finish.
While 2012 GT champions Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal had problems early in the race that resulted in an eighth-place finish for the No. 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia, a third-place finish by the late-entered No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia of Allesandro Balzan and Johannes van Overbeek gave Ferrari the GT manufacturers championship.
- DP 1st: Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor, No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP
- DP 2nd: Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia, No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
- DP 3rd: Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
- GT 1st: John Edwards andRobin Liddell, No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
- GT 2nd: Jim Norman and Dion von Moltke, No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8
- GT 3rd: Johannes van Overbeek and Allesandro Balzan, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari
- Margin of Victory: .334 seconds (DP); 3.677 seconds (GT)
- Average Speed: 92.873 mph (DP); 88.389 mph (GT)
- Cautions: Five for 29 laps
Final Points (Unofficial)
- DP: Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas, 379; Ryan Dalziel, 367; Darren Law, 355; David Donohue, 348; Alex Popow, 346.
- GT: Jeff Segal/Emil Assentato, 387; Robin Liddell, 360; Paul Dalla Lana, 339; Sylvain Tremblay/Jonathan Bomarito, 336; Leh Keen/Andrew Davis, 329.
- In a change of strategy, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates opted to have Scott Pruett qualify the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. Pruett qualified second. The team had some drama when Memo Rojas had damaged bodywork during his stint, but the team held on to finish seventh – good enough to win the title.
- In addition to being the third straight DP title for Pruett and Rojas, it was their fourth in five years counting the 2008 crown. Pruett also won the 2004 title for the team, co-driving with Max Papis, while Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates won in 2006, giving the team a total of six championships.
- Richard Westbrook won his third TOTAL Performance Pole Award on Saturday morning in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. Jon Fogarty – quickest early in the 15-minute session – led the series with four poles in 2012.
- The second-place finish by Dion von Moltke and Dr. Jim Norman was the best for the new Audi R8 GRAND-AM. The only prior top-10 finish for the No. 51 APR Motorsports Audi was ninth at Montreal.
- Scuderia Corsa took the final GT podium position in its second Rolex Series race. Alessandro Balzan was coming off a pole-winning effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He was joined on the late entry by Johannes van Overbeek – on loan from Team Patron – who led 24 laps early in the race.
- 3 – GT laps led by Robin Liddell – the final three laps of the race
- 9 – Number of DP chassis manufacturers championships by Riley Technologies
- 10 – GT laps led by Patrick Lindsey in the No. 73 Horton Autosport Porsche GT3
- 15 – Number of championships for Chip Ganassi Racing teams in GRAND-AM and Indy cars.
- 89 – race-high GT laps led by Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3
- “This morning, I was just hoping for a podium. We made a lot of changes after qualifying, and when I saw Max (Angelelli) on the first restart, I saw we had a car that could win the race.” Ricky Taylor, race winner in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP
- “This has been an incredibly difficult and challenging season. We had to dig deep. We didn’t have the fastest car, so we had to right for every point in the championship. We made a strategy change today. We thought we’d be better off going with two driver changes, rather than two long stints.” Scott Pruett, No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley
- “We’re making progress at Lime Rock. We were finally able to win here – finally able to finish on the lead lap. We were able to do the right things and finish the championship.” Memo Rojas, No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley
- “I knew the No. 44 car was going to be close on fuel, so I tried to keep the pressure on him, and that’s what happened at the end.” Robin Liddell, No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro
- “Every time Ricky (Taylor) was able to open a gap, I was able to get back to him. But this track is not an easy place to overtake, and Ricky defending his position very well. I really think that last safety car gave him a little bit of a breather. After that, he was really fast. We’ve always had the pace this year – we could have won five or six races this year. We’re getting to where we take races like today as bad results.” Antonio Garcia, No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
- “(Not winning a race in 2012) was not for lack of effort. We had good pace and won a few pole positions, but we weren’t able to put everything together. You have to be perfect to win in this series.” Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP
- “APR did an amazing job developing this car. It seemed we never had the same car twice. The teamwork on the pit stop got me close to the front, and I was able to keep it there. I would have liked to have given Dr. Jim a victory, but a podium is the next best thing.” Dion von Moltke, No. 51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 GRAND-AM
The 2012 champs will be feted Monday evening at New York City’s Gotham Hall in the Rolex Champions Awards presented by SunTrust. The next scheduled Rolex Series test will be Oct. 27-28 at Kansas Speedway. The 2013 schedule will open with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 26-27 at Daytona International Speedway.
Recap courtesy of: www.grand-am.com
Katech 2012 Track Attack Video Compilation
New Katech Valve Cover Inserts
These new Katech valve cover inserts are manufactured with a different method to reduce cost and provide a broader range of styles for customers to choose from. Rather than CNC machining and filling with paint, these inserts are brushed, printed, and then clear coated.
Katech Street Attack Z06 at Summit Point
Check out this video of a Katech Street Attack Z06 customer showing all the Porsches who’s boss at a PCA event at Summit Point. This is not a radical racecar. It’s a Katech Street Attack Z06 vehicle package.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio held a busy weekend of racing, hosting both the Trans-Am and Grand-Am race series. It was a scorching weekend as crews battled 95 degree ambient temperatures and fearless competition.
Miller Racing and their Katech-powered Camaro’s had a strong performance this weekend; however, driver of the #12 car, Pete Halmser, withdrew from the race citing back problems from a preexsting condition. Mike Miller finished second in his #11 Katech-powered Camaro, and was able to gain some valuable points for Miller Racing. Bob Stretch, driver of the #98 Camaro stated, “As much as I enjoy winning,” said Bob, “I really missed racing against Pete. He’s such a great competitor and it would have been nice having him back there pushing me. You always want to race and win against the best, and I hope Pete’s back in the car soon. I was glad to see Pete’s teammate Mike Miller finish second and have that team enjoy a strong showing. They’re good competitors and great for the Series.”
Grand-Am GT Class
The Katech-powered #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R driven by Robbin Liddell and John Edwards scored their fourth consecutive finish, crossing the finish line in third place in-class after starting on the pole. Jim Lutz, Chevy Racing program manager stated, “We are proud of the #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team and drivers John Edwards and Robin Liddell on their podium finish in GT’. Autohaus Motorsports #88 Camaro GT.R finished ninth in-class, and finished on the lead lap.
ADAC GT Masters
Driver’s quotes following the race at Sachsenring:
Charlie Geipel: “The Camaro does not fit naturally on the Sachsenring. In the race on Sunday we stalled during a pit stop, the engine immediatly fired up, but we still lost around 30 seconds and several postions. We are still at an early stage of development and have managed to finish Sunday with both cars. While our rankings are certainly not outstanding, it was ok under the circumstances.”
Max Sandritter: “With the many curves of the Sachsenring, it was an especially difficult course for us, as the Camaro does not like tight corners. I felt good in the car, buth the competition was fierce. However, we are making good progress. In Oschersleben and Zandvoort we were still about three seconds behind the leader, here we were able to reduce the gap to 2 seconds.”
Grand-Am GT Class
The next stop for Autohaus and Stevenson Motorsports is the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio sports car course. The race will take place on June 9th and will be shown live at 4:30 PM on the Speed channel. Fresh off a podium finish for both teams in Detroit, they will be contending for valuable points in the driver, team and manufacturer standings. Currently Chevrolet holds second place in the Manufacturer championship, and the teams hope to close a six-point deficit behind Ferrari. In the team championship standings Stevenson Motorsports is in second place and Autohaus holds the fifth spot. Robin Liddell, driver of the Stevenson #57 Katech-powered Camaro holds second place in the driver’s championship.
Trans-Am TA2 Class
With a 25-race history dating back to 1967, the Trans-Am series returns to Mid-Ohio sports car course for round three of the championship in Lexington, Ohio, June 8th-10th. Miller Racing will be fielding two cars, as Mike Miller’s Katech-powered Camaro is back in the hunt and is ready to race. Pete Halmser finished in second place at the last race at Lime Rock, and also holds second place in the points standings.
ADAC GT Masters
Reiter Engineering has developed a 5th generation Camaro racecar, powered by a thundering Katech 7.9 liter engine and built to take on the exotic European competition. The combination of the chassis technology that Reiter Engineering is known for and the remarkably powerful, yet durable Katech Motorsports engine creates a menacing track warrior that is ready to take on all challengers. With it’s muscular build, a potent 7.9 liter engine and charcteristic American V8 rumble, this contender is a crowd pleaser in the ADAC GT Masters. YACO Racing will be fielding two Camaro GT’s this weekend at Saschenring; a 2.3 mile, 11-turn road course that stretches over a scenic area of Eastern Germany.
This weekend prooved to be an exceptional one for Katech-powered race cars. Three victories at the Detroit Grand-Prix on the Belle Isle road coarse led the way for both the Camaro and Cadillac. Performing at peak efficiency in the back yard of GM headquarters, both vehicles proved more than up to the task of staving off the challenges of the competition. A Katech-equipped Lumina CR8 was also victorious in Italy for the first time with the Solaris Motorsport race team.
Rainy friday(teams did not have have a lot of time to get used to the track)
The #3 Katech-powered Cadillac CTSV.R, driven by Johnny O’Connell finished 1st in both Pirelli World Challenge races this past weekend on the 14 turn, 2.1 mile temporary street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit. A competitors’ mechanical issue at the start led to a full course caution, allowing O’Connell to move to first place. He maintained his position until the 50 minute race expired and he took the checkered flag.
“When you’re racing in front of your world headquarters, you want to do well,” O’Connell said. “This was a race that was, in many aspects, won in qualifying. We really put in one of my better laps this morning, and that allowed us to get on the front row. When that start happened, I saw Randy Pobst out of my peripheral vision not go, I knew that bad things were likely to happen. When I got into Turn Two, that’s really the first time I took a look at what was around me and Lawson was the only one there, so I realized it was probably pretty big. I’m grateful that nobody got hurt.” Andy Pilgrim in his Katech-powered #8 Cadillac CTS-V.R was also on the podium.
Johnny also won the second WCC race on Sunday, Andy Pilgrim finished 4th. We’re excited,” O’Connell said. “This street race is the only place in the world where you’re guaranteed that your boss is watching you. You’re on the race track and you can see the RenCen [the GM Renaissance Center] in the background.” O’Connell and Pilgrim have had an awesome season so far, which is really the result of everyone at Cadillac Racing and Katech Engines doing their homework in the off-season.
Autohaus Motorsports took the win home in their #88 Katech-Powered Camaro GT.R. Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards had to drive hard and push their Camaro on the narrow course at Belle Isle. Camaro GT.R program manager Jim Lutz stated, “What a tremendous win for Autohaus Motorsports, too, with Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards in the No. 88 Camaro GT.R.. This Belle Isle course is very tight, and Taylor and Edwards had to race their way to the front under very competitive conditions. What an impressive effort.” The No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R led a class-best 35 laps, ran a clean race and grabbed the checkered flag in the shadows of the GM headquarters.
Stevenson Motorsports was also on the GT podium, Robin Liddell and John Edwards drove an excellent race. Their Katech-powered #57 Cheverolet Camaro GT.R ran flawlessly and was at the front of the pack all day. Driver John Edwards stated, “I really enjoyed this track. My stint was far less eventful than Robin’s, although when we caught a slower DP and I was behind the Ferrari, that was the only chance I knew I had to get by him because the Ferrari was obviously very quick. Tried to take advantage of it and kind of cut down on a corner when Guy (Cosmo) got held up. Got along side of him a couple of times, but couldn’t make it happen. Then we just watched him drive away. Fortunately we were ahead of all the people that mattered as far as the championship is concerned. So, it felt like we were in a pretty good spot. On the first pit stop, we lost a couple of spots, and Robin drove hard and made up a little bit of that. Once he got close to the No. 70 car and Jordan (Taylor), being so similar on times, it was going to be pretty hard to make a move on the tight streets.”
The Super Stars series was at Mugello circuit this past weekend. (Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello) is a race course in the Mugello region of Italy near Florence. Its length is 5.245 km (3.259 mi), with 15 turns and a long straight. Francesco Sini started on the front row with his Katech-powered Chevrolet Lumina CR8. He pushed hard, and was able to get his maiden win in the exciting Super Stars series.
Driver Francesco Sini, can be seen here kissing the Katech Motorsports logo after it powered him to his initial victory.
Podium at Mugello
Mike Kasatkin, Marketing Dept.
Katech Motorsports engines have placed many drivers on the podium around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to race in our own back yard. The next stop for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship is the narrow 2.1 mile, 14 turn temporary street course constructed on Belle Isle, located at the mouth of the Detroit river. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City for the first time in four years, June 1-3.
Stevenson Motorsports #57: Robin Liddell, John Edwards
Autohaus Motorsports #88: Jordan Taylor, Paul Edwards
MBR #46: Michael Baughman, Jeff Nowicki
World Challenge Championship
Cadillac Racing: #3 Johnny O’Connell, #8 Andy Pilgrim
Trans Am 2
The iconic Trans Am Series is America’s road-racing series, dating back to its first season in 1966. This past weekend marked the inaugural race of the 2012 season for Trans Am. The race was held at the 2.549 mile, 10 turn Mosport International Speedway located on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Katech Motorsports is proud to be the engine supplier for Miller Racing and the duo of their TA2 Camaro race cars. Pete Halsmer drives the # 12 Katech-powered 5th generation Camaro followed by his teammate/owner, Mike Miller in the # 11 Chevrolet Camaro.
On lap 3, the # 65 Camaro of Tom Sheehan got side-by-side with the # 11 car of Mike Miller, the two bumped doors leaving Miller sliding into the tire wall. Sheehan spun and stalled. Miller was uninjured but the car sustained serious damage and was forced to retire. Sheehan made an effort to continue, but retired later in the race with a broken drive shaft. By midway through the shortened race, Halsmer began pressuring Bob Stretch in his # 98 and eventually wore him down, making the pass before the race went yellow. This was Halmser’s first race marking his return to Trans Am and his first race and first win in the Trans Am 2 class. “We’re really pleased,” said Halmser. “This is the first race for both of these cars and Mike Miller’s racing operation.” The win was really just a matter who managed their tires the best,” added Pete. “I could see his (Stretch’s) tires were going off quicker than mine. I think that was always one of my strengths in Trans Am in the past.” Trans Am returns to American soil to celebrate Memorial Day in the most traditional of ways – at Lime Rock Park. In a new twist the race will be held Saturday, May 26.
The #12 Katech-powered Chevrolet Lumina CR8, driven by Francesco Sini raced at Donnington Park in England this past weekend. Donnigton is a 2.459 mile, 12 turn circuit that was opened in 1931 and features a long front straight, allowing drivers to achieve extremely high rates of speed. There were two races held this weekend, during the first race Sini had a bad start and had a great amount of wheel spin which allowed the AWD Audis to claim the lead. Francesco fought his way and rounded out the top ten with a 10th place finish. During the second race Sini had a strong start and battled his way to a 4th place finish.
Photography credit to Thawley
Katech Engines have an unprecedented reputation in road racing, winning prestigious races such as the 24 hours of Le Mans, Zolder, Daytona and Spa. A reputation for endurance can’t be earned in an advertisement or a dyno-graph. It must be earned on the racetrack and proven year after year. Katech has spent the last 35 years building a reputation for endurance by never compromising it’s engine-building morals.
A Katech-powered trophy truck driven by the duo of Eric Vigouroux – Alex Winocq just won the 24 hours of Morocco. During this grueling event the team covered a record-breaking 1,973 km and pocketed 3 out of 4 stages of the race. For this feat, Katech Motorsports prepared a 7.0 liter LS1 which produced over 500 ft/lbs of tq. The engine performed flawlessly in the scorching 130 degree heat and sandy conditions.
The victory did not come easy, it was a very exhausting race, shared the driver and co-driver while taping their hands together. Vigouroux stated, “I could feel the heat! I have four reasons to feel very satisfied: First, this is our come back to the racing world after one and a half year away; second, we have shown that the Trophy Truck maintains its reliability and high performance level; third, Alex and I, we have done this race together as we were never apart; and last but not least, we started up again with a victory for both of us after the FIA World Cup in 2WD in 2010.”
Laguna Seca raceway is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit located in Monterey, California. It held Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race. Cadillac Racing’s factory driver Andy Pilgrim was able to secure a 3rd place in his Katech-powered #8 Cadillac CTS-V.R coupe. Pilgrim was happy with his third-place run while carrying rewards weights, and had to hold off a charging Lawson Aschenbach at the finish. Pilgrim states, “Manufacturers points are all we care about. Of course, I was going to try and get to Alex Figge, because I wanted him to be a cushion between us and the Porsche. It just really kept me focused. Lawson raced me fair and really close.
Cadillac drivers sitone-two in the Championship point standings. O’Connell is on top with 573, followed by Pilgrim with 559. Pobst moved to third with 502, followed by Aschenbach, 427, and Sofronas, 409. Safronas retired with a mechanical problem on the front straight to bring out the race’s first caution on lap 15. Cadillac also maintained the Manufacturers Championship lead over Porsche 37 to 33. Volvo closes the gap with 25, followed by Chevrolet with eight.
Competition was very tough among the nine PC-classentrants. After a full day of racing around the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 2.238-mile, 11-turn track, the top three cars were a mere 1.725 seconds apart. Core Autorsport #05 driven by Jon Bennett and Colin Braun took first place. Jon Bennett, founder and co-pilot of CORE Autosport #05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 stated “This is a dream come true, It’s been a long time getting here for me and I’m very honored and proud to be part of CORE Autosport. I drove the wheels off of this car during my stint. Colin put together a smokin’ move at the end of the race and here we are. “I’m so happy. It’s just an unbelievable result.
The 2012 ALMS season has been filled with wins and podiums in three rounds of competition for Rock Hill, SC-based CORE Autosport. The season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring was won by lead driver Popow in the #06 machine, as well as the second round on the streets of Long Beach with the #05 Bennett / Braun pairing taking third spot in both events. Thanks to consecutive wins and podium finishes in the three 2012 ALMS rounds, CORE Autosport holds a comfortable lead in the 2012 ALMS PC driver and team championships.
New Jersey Motorsports park is a 2.25-mile, 14-turn road circuit located about an hour south of Philadelphia. Robin Liddell and John Edwards powered the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R to a solid second place finish at the end of the 2.75-hour race. The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R started on the pole, the team did an excellent job in the GT class getting a second place finish. The #88 Autohaus Motorsports team had a strong performance as well and finished fifth.
Runner-up in GT, Robin Liddell stated, “Well, it was a really hard race for us. John [Edwards] did an excellent job this weekend coming back from an injured and qualified the car on the pole. It looked really strong. We decided to try and save fuel and run the two-stop race; seemed to be playing into our hands with no cautions. And I think we all needed to save a bit near the end. But yeah, very, very hard. We were about five laps short on the tires so everybody around us was a wee bit better. But we were just hanging on. I know myself and the No. 42 and the No. 44 were absolutely all over the place just trying to hang on at the end there.”
The German team YACO Racing entered two Camaro GT3s’ in the ADAC GT Masters debut in Zandvoort located in the Netherlands. This technically demanding 13 turn, 2.67 mile circuit put the two newly developed Sereni Camaros to the test with their powerful Katech engines. The newly developed Katech-powered cars showed their developers they are on the right track and that the Camaro GT3 is becoming a serious competitor.
After pushing hard to the front of the pack during the second race on Sunday, the Camaro GT3 #35 was hit on the left rear side by a Porsche at the end of the start/finish straight in lap 27. The subsequent damage to the suspension forced the car to retire early.
Hans Reiter (developer of the Camaro GT):
“I am pleased that we had no technical problems. Previously, we had found a large number of software errors and we worked hard to correct them until the race this weekend. We have explored the majority of the errors by now. The driver Charlie Geipel even set the fastest lap in his last race lap, proving that he is not too far away from the top. We are still losing too much time at the start which we need to analyse. I am convinced that we will have a real chance once we resolve this issue”.
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is an awards program that discovers and celebrates the second-stage companies that make an impact in their markets, in their communities and in the state. Last month Katech was honered as on of those companies.
Stephen Chue, president and technical director of Katech, as well as key members of the company were present at the awards ceremony in Lansing. It was a great team effort to come this far, and we will continue to strive toward being a more efficient and effective company. Governer Rick Snyder stated, “It was good to pause and reflect on our success, but today we need to keep pushing towards our next goal”.
The Grand Prix of Miami in Homestead, FL started under a yellow flag due to hard rain and standing water on the track. Persistent rain and poor visibility led to 24 of the race’s 54 laps being run behind the pace car under yellow flag conditions. Conditions continued to deteriorate, leading race officials to halt the event 52 minutes short of the scheduled distance (2 hours, 45 minutes). The average speed was only 65.857 mph as the cars were sliding all-over the track. The rain was so bad that many of the surrounding towns around Homestead, FL were under flood warnings put out by the National Weather Service. With steady rain late Saturday morning during the scheduled time for qualifying, the session was cancelled and the starting grid was set by the point standings
Stevenson Motorsports #57: John Edwards, Robin Liddell
John Edwards and Robin Liddell were able to push through the rain and managed to grab 3rd position in the GT class. Their Katech-powered Chevrolet Camaro GT.R ran great finished 8th overall. Liddell states, “The conditions are pretty horrendous out there. But on the restart we managed to get into the lead, and then the #40 car hit me in turn 8, pushed me on the grass, so we lost a lot of spots. So that was a bit annoying. But managed to work our way back up, so not too bad.” Edwards stated, “It was a hard race just because the conditions were so treacherous. You couldn’t put a wheel wrong, you had to be really careful. It was changing conditions the whole time. For a couple of laps, the puddles would start to diminish, then more rain would come in and they’d get bigger, so you didn’t know what you had at any given time. It was a constant changing battle every lap.”
Autohaus Motorsports # 88: Paul Edwards, Jordan Taylor
The Katech-powered Chevrolet Camaro GT.R of Autohaus Motorsports finished 9th in class and 14th overall. Their finishing spot does not do the team justice, as they worked hard this weekend after encountering car issues. The team was able to sort everything out and get the #88 out on the track. The torrential downpours halted the race 52 minutes short, which left them at the back of the GT-class. Taylor stated, “There was so much spray, you couldn’t see more than two car lengths in front of you. I was trying to pop out to one side or the other, trying to get a clear view of what was going on. I couldn’t see the cars in front of me, couldn’t even see their tail lights.” The most frustrating fact was that shortly after officials stopped the event, the rain lightened and skies appeared to clear.
Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R: #3 Johnny O’Connell, #8 Andy Pilgrim
The 3rd round of the SCCA WCC took place this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Johnny O’Connell was able to grab 2nd place, Andy Pilgrim took 4th. O’Connell extends his GT Drivers’ Championship lead with the runner-up finish, holding a 501 to 452 point lead over teammate Pilgrim. “It was a really good race with Patrick,” O’Connell said. “With us carrying all the weight, I figured out pretty early that he was just going to try to wear me down, make me use up my tires and then have his way with me. I actually backed my pace off a little to let him get close. I figured eventually he would take a run at me going into Turn 1. We raced each other super clean, and I think the fans enjoyed that. I was just hoping for traffic that never came. You have to give it to them. They were a little bit stronger today, but shoot, with 144 pounds…we were carrying a lot of weight.
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Katech Inc. Honored as One of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”
(Clinton Twp.) – Katech Inc. has been recognized as one of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Katech Inc. will be honored at an awards ceremony during the eighth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, May 3, 2012 in Lansing, Mich.
Katech is a global manufacturer of performance engines. Specializing in professional racing, Katech offers a full spectrum of services ranging from innovative CAD/CAM design to prototyping, testing and manufacturing engines that meet customers’ strictest requirements.. Katech engines are also well suited for motorcycle, marine, military and industrial purposes. Made famous by the GM Corvette Racing team, Katech engines have powered legends A.J. Foyt, Dale Earnhart, Dale Earnhart Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Johnny O’Connell, and Ron Fellows and hold top honors from IROC, Trans-Am, IRL, ALMS, SCCA Pro, Grand-Am, FIA GT. Katech received the “Global Motorsports Engine of the Year” in 2006 and the NASCAR “Engine Builder of the Year” award from 1995 to 1997 and. Founded in greater Detroit (Michigan, USA) in 1977, Katech enjoys proximity to clients including General Motors and other manufacturers. More passion, more power: www.KatechEngines.com
Stephen Chue, President and Technical Director of Katech said, “We have had great success in winning some of the most prestigious races in autoracing around the world, it is a great honor to be recognized by a panel of business and financial experts as one of the 50 second-stage companies to have the right elements to grow and contribute to the local community.”
Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Katech Inc. are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, industrial and venture capital communities.
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Founding underwriters are PNC Bank, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Dynamic Edge, Inc.
Contributing Underwriters are DTE Energy Foundation, Comcast Business Class, Comcast Spotlight, Varnum Attorneys at Law, Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Huntington and DBI Office Interiors.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Edward Lowe Foundation, Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Small Business Association of Michigan
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On any given weekend, there are Katech engines powering race cars in numerous different venues around the world. Team owners pick Katech because of our racing heritage and reputation for reliability. This past weekend the Super Stars series had it’s first race at Monza in Northern Italy. Katech had two engines running in the GT class of the Grand-Am sports car series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Yet another Katech engine ran in the ADAC Masters GT series at Oschersleben, in Germany. Katech would like to congratulate all of our teams on an outstanding performance this weekend, and we wish everyone the best of luck the rest of the season.
Super Stars: Solaris Motorsports, Chevrolet Lumina CR8
Francesco Sini, driver of the Solaris Chevrolet CR8 qualified 1st and finished 3rd this weekend, and was down only 1.6 seconds from the from the leader. They raced at Monza, located in Northern Italy it is a 3.6 mile, 11-turn track that is notorious around the world as one of the fastest and deadliest tracks around. These are impressive results considering that this was the first race for team Solaris Motorsports.
Grand-Am GT class: Autohaus Motorsports,Stevenson Motorsports.Chevrolet Camaro
Autohaus Motorsports #88, Paul Edwards, Jordan Taylor
Autohaus states “We finished the race in 6th place, which doesn’t reflect what our car, drivers or crew is capable of … but we’ll take it. Big thanks to our outstanding crew that worked especially hard this weekend repairing damage and getting the car ready.” Overall it was a good race at a very demanding track.
Stevenson Motorsports # 57, Robin Liddell, Ronnie Bremer
Team Stevenson Motorsports ran strong all weekend, and finished right behind Autohaus in 7th place in the GT-class. The Katech LS3-based engine performed flawlessly and propelled the car to a top-10 finish.
Yaco Racing, ADAC GT Masters, Chevrolet Camaro GT3
Team Yaco racing had their debut at the Oschersleben track in Germany. The Katech-built, LS-based engine ran great and had no issues. The Camaro GT did not have the opportunity to prove its qualities in its first race. The YACO team had difficulties to keep up with the large field of 40 cars. This problem was caused by the error memory in the central unit of the electronic engine control. This error memory was full during the sessions. Consequently, the central unit limited the maximum engine speed. The speed of the car was reduced which made it unsuitable for racing. This problem was caused by a software error and it will be solved with an update from the software manufacturer. Hans Reiter who developed the Camaro GT is still optimistic. “The software problem will be solved quickly and we will definitely do more tests to ensure the competitiveness of the car in the next GT Masters race.”
The 2.3 mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports park in Birmingham, Alabama will be the location for the 2nd round of the Grand-Am Rolex sports-car series. The race will take place on Saturday, March 31st and will be aired on SPEED channel at 4pm ET. Katech Motorsports will have 2 cars in the race. Paul Edwards, driver of the Katech-powered # 88 Autohaus Chevrolet Camaro took the pole in today’s qualifying in the GT class. Robin Liddell qualified 3rd in his Katech-powered #57 Stevenson Chevrolet Camaro. On behalf of the Katech staff, we would like to wish everyone the best of luck and to have fun at Barber.
Autohaus Motorsports #88. John Edwards, Jordan Taylor
Stevenson Motorsports #57. Robin Liddell, Ronnie Bremer
On behalf of the Katech staff, we express our deepest condolences to Bill’s family, friends and racing community. Fritz Kayl, CEO and one of the founders of Katech knew Bill personally and had a long-lasting relationship on and off the track. “We’ve lost a friend, and Bill’s death is a great loss to the sport”
One of the worlds’ greatest drivers and innovators has died at the age of 81. According to the National Hot Road Association(NHRA), he died early Thursday morning. Bill was born in Malvern, Pennsylvania in 1930 and has been a fierce competitor in drag-racing since the 50’s. He re-invented the sport with numerous innovations in chassis and engine technology. Bill “Grumpy” Jenkings raced in stock, naturally aspirated and gasoline-fueled classes. He pioneered the Pro-Stock class and he won the first Pro-Stock event, the 1970 Winter-Nationals, in his 1968 Super Sport Camaro. At that same event he made Pro-Stocks’ first 9-second quarter mile pass.
Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins was inspiration for grassroots drag racers across America. As a driver, master engine builder, and championship-winning team owner. Throughout his racing career, Bill constantly challenged the norm and always thought out-side the box. He experimented with unconventional set-ups such as taking advantage of NHRA’s weight allowances and using them to his advantage. Mr. Jenkins crammed a 331 CID small block Chevrolet into a short-wheelbase Vega and dominated the field. He invented the tubular chassis and brought the dry-sump oiling system to drag-racing.
2012 marks the 23rd season of the World Challenge Championship. It has been named the most competitive road racing series by AutoWeek, Car & Driver and RACER Magazine. The series is all about world-class drivers piloting production-based cars that come from more than 10 auto manufacturers. It’s a formula that has and will continue to serve the interests of manufacturers, drivers, automotive enthusiasts and race fans. Cadillac Racing’s potent Katech-powered CTS-V.R Coupe race cars return to the track in 2012 to compete for the Pirelli World Challenge Series title. They finished 2011 with victories in two of the season’s final four events and a flurry of podium finishes. Both the # 3 and # 8 Katech-powered CTS-V.R Coupes have been updated with advances in body work and powertrain. The team is focused on capturing both the Driver and Manufacturer titles. No strangers to the checkered flag of a race, veteran racecar drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim bring a fierce sense of competition to the Cadillac Racing team. O’Connell is behind the wheel of the # 3 car, and Pilgrim drives the # 8 car, and both cars are based on the critically acclaimed Cadillac CTS-V Coupe production car.
The 2012 WCC season kicked off this previous weekend with the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Katech engines performed flawlessly and propelled the Cadillac CTS-V.Rs to the top of the podium. During race 1 on Saturday, Johnny O’Connell finished right behind Porsche 911 of Aschenbach. But after official review O’Connel was declared the winner of race one. The officials revealed that Aschenbach passed multiple cars and took the lead at the scene of a local yellow between turns three and four for the stalled # 23 Mustang Boss on the final lap. As a result, Aschenbach was penalized 60 seconds, dropping him to 11th in class and 27th in the final race standings. This marked the sixth career victory for O’Connell in World Challenge competition and his third St. Pete win. The second race on Sunday showed how well the Cadillac’s were running, with a 2nd and 3rd podium finish.
O’Connell will move on to Long Beach with the early GT points lead, 265-239, over Aschenbach. This marks his second consecutive victory in the Katech-powered # 3 Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R on Saturday night after winning the 2011 season finale at Road Atlanta. O’Connell states, “It really shows all the hard work that Cadillac did in the offseason. We had really good cars. I actually had a better car today. We had made some changes to it overnight to make it more nimble and it was, but the added weight that we got from winning yesterday made a difference. That is the hardest I’ve driven in a long time. I was just pushing so hard.”
Andy Pilgrim, of Marina Del Rey, FL., made it two Cadillacs on the Race 2 podium with a third-place run in the Katech-powered # 8 Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R Coupe. Pilgrim was at the center of a number of wild starts and restarts but he managed to keep it clean and secure another solid result. Pilgrim finished fourth in Race 1.”It was very wild,” Pilgrim said. “The restarts were especially wild. I was hoping we’d both get top fives this weekend and get out of here, because you never know with this place. It’s a street course and there’s a lot of damaged equipment. It’s just a street race. I’m very happy with top three today. Johnny got a great win yesterday and for me, it’s always a team deal, but I’m glad to be on the podium. What can I say? It’s St. Pete and we’re out of here with two top fives, so I’m happy.”
-Mike Kasatkin, Marketing Dept.
Sixty-four cars started the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and after twelve long hours of racing, Katech engines did not have a single issue. The finishing order for the race was; CORE #06 first, PR1 second, CORE #05 third and all three cars were within one lap at the end. PR1 was poised to win with their strategy but in the last ten minutes or so lost all gears except fifth & sixth, which showed that the engines make good torque and PR1 was very appreciative of that. They only went down about 3 seconds a lap only using fifth & sixth!! On behalf of the Katech staff, we would like to congratulate everyone that participated in the historic 12 Hours of Sebring.
CORE Autosport drivers Alex Popow, E.J. Viso and Burt Frisselle in the Katech-powered ORECA FLM09 have won the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in sunny Florida, in the LMPC class (12th overall). CORE Autosport dominated the podium for the historic event, scoring a third-place finish (15th overall) for the sister #05 machine driven by team founder/owner Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Eric Lux. Co-driver Alex Popow of the LMPC-class winner #06 Core Autorsport stated, “I’ve got to hand it to E.J. It was that last hour where he fought to keep the car up front. And to think that he and I got first place at Sebring after less than a week in the car. Amazing.” For Burt Frisselle this was an especially emotional win. Thirty-five years prior (1977), Burt’s father Brad won the 12-hour classic and was present for this years’ race.
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports team owner, Bobby Oergel, would have liked to stand one step higher on Sebring’s podium, but he is still inspired by his team’s performance during the twelve hour race. “In terms of pure execution, the crew performed flawlessly all week,” Oergel exclaimed. “I really couldn’t be more proud of them. We’re all true racers on this team, so we’re obviously not thrilled that we didn’t win tonight. But we are eagerly anticipating running for the team championship this year and championships are won when you make a bad race exceptional, and that’s exactly what we accomplished tonight. Rudy, Ken, Butch, and the guys took a car with a busted nose and only two gears and nearly won the 12 Hours of Sebring with it. That’s the type of team that can challenge for wins and the championship, and that’s why our heads are held up high.”
Bar1 #7 car had steering rack problem and crashed a couple times before retiring and the #8 car overheated the front brakes half-way through the race. Dempsey had all mechanical issues with the starter and electrical system. RSR was out front in the beginning but ended up burning up the clutch. Muscle Milk struggled a little but was doing ok till an accident sent them to the garage.
Saturday March 17th marks the 60th running of the historic 12 hours of Sebring live from sunny Florida. It is also the opening round of the new-for-2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. The PC class race cars feature a full carbon fiber chassis and body work, carbon brakes and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting. Katech is the official engine supplier for the nine-car PC field. These cars are lightweight and can reach speeds of 170 mph. Qualifying will take place on Friday March 16, 3:20 PM – 4:25 PM. The race will kick off Saturday March 17, 10:30
Follow the race with live timing: http://www.imsaracing.net/2003/lt/ltc.html
Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing #25
Henri Richard, Duncan Ende, Ryan Lewis, Dane Cameron
Core Autosport #05 & #06
#05 Colin Braun, David Martinez, Jon Bennet
#06 Alex Popow, E.J. Viso, Burt Frisselle
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52
Butch Leitzinger, Rudy Junco
Performance Tech #18
Anthony Nicolisi, Jarrett Boon
Rocket Sports Racing #9
Bruno Junqueria, Tomy Drissi
Merchant Services Racing #7 & #8
Chapman Ducote, Javier Acheverria, Pablo Sanchez #7
Kyle Marcelli, Lucas Downs,Dean Stirling #8
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing #5
Memo Gidley, Mike Guasch
Katech customers are very loyal.Once they realize the high level of craftsmanship and pride that Katech employees have, they come back for repeat business. In this instance a customer came to us for a Street Attack build. Katech Performance built him an engine based on the existing LS7 platform; he then preceded to road race the car. After attending several Katech Track Attack events and logging over 40 hours, the customer was hooked on road racing and the engine was ready for a rebuild. Instead of going to another engine builder the customer came back for another build, a full race Track Attack LS7.
A build of this magnitude fits well with Katech, as we are experienced with building cars of this stature. Katech became famous in endurance road-racing by winning 24 hour races such as Daytona and Le Mans. This is no small feat as engines have to be extremely durable, yet maintain great power throughout the duration of the race and beyond.
To bring the build to the next level and turn this Corvette into a full Track Attack Z06 Katech scrapped the LS7 and went with a completely different engine. A strong block had to be selected, so we went with a RHS LS race block which has priority main oiling and allows the main bearings to see oil before it goes to the cam and valvetrain. This block is made of a heavy-duty A357-T6 Aluminum, which is much stronger than the softer material used in the factory LS7 block.The RHS cylinder case has added crank clearance if a customer wants to increase stroke up to 4.600”. A Callies Compstar crankshaft and H-beam rods were used with forged pistons that are cooled by oil squirters. The camshaft of choice for this engine is GM stage 3. It has been proven to provide a stable valvetrain and make great power.An ARE pump and pan are used to combat oil starvation experienced in high lateral-g turns. To supply air and fuel LS7 cylinder heads and a FAST 102mm intake are fed by a huge billet throttle body and injectors. This combination made 644 HP on Katech’s engine dyno and is track ready.