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Old 12-06-2005, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default PR: First 25hr Endurance Podium for Sheehan, Subaru STi

Here is the press release that was just sent out to the media...

ART/ESX/C&D/TC Design/JustRacing.com: NASA 25hrs at thunderhill

FIRST 25HR ENDURANCE PODIUM FOR SHEEHAN, SUBARU STI

Martinez, CA – Grand-Am Cup and USTCC driver Gary Sheehan of Martinez, CA has helped earn Subaru its first-ever podium finish in a North American Endurance race, with a 3rd place overall finish in the #66 ART/ESX/Car & Driver/TC Design/JustRacing.com Subaru STi, at the 25hrs of Thunderhill. Racing in the highest car class (ES), against proven powerhouse GT cars such as Porsche 996 and BMW M3, Sheehan qualified the all-wheel-drive, turbocharged, four-cylinder car 4th on the grid, (with a lap of 1:58.447 on DOT street-legal Toyo tires). In his first-ever 25-hour endurance race, Sheehan drove the team’s first, middle and final stints, a total of 7 hours, on the way to helping the team secure their unprecedented high overall finish.

The team’s strategy was to run the car’s power and suspension settings very conservatively, to ensure a full 25 hours of reliability, keeping more power in reserve if needed in the closing hours. Despite running most of the race at a modest, less-than-stock 9psi of turbo boost, Sheehan and the team’s exceptional group of drivers were able to post extremely competitive lap times. Early in the race, Sheehan laid down the team’s fastest race lap, a 1:59.8 on lap 3. During his final, marathon four-hour stint, he was turning consistent laps of 2:01, preserving the team’s P3 position while managing tire wear on the single set of tires used over the final stint. It was more than enough to comfortably secure the podium finish, and the team is overjoyed at its fantastic result.

Gary Sheehan comments, “Marshall Pruett put together an incredible team effort here; Jaime from ESX, Tony and Joe from TC Design, our own Joel Gat and the entire crew were absolutely amazing, going without sleep for days, and keeping the car running flawlessly during the entire race. All our drivers did a fantastic job, and we are very happy to have put the Subaru STi on the podium against so many higher-powered GT cars. I want to especially thank Marshall for asking me to be on this team, and Ali Afshar of ESX for the car and support…what a fantastic experience.”

"The STi was incredibly consistent the entire race. During my last stint it felt nearly identical to what I drove at the start of the race. Considering this car was converted to a 25-hour car in just one month, it is a testament to the quality of preparation and products that went into this effort. The PDX-tuned engine never skipped a beat and the Toyo tires performed consistently throughout. The StopTech brakes and Pagid pads were incredible, with consistent pedal feel and fade-free stopping ability the entire 25 hours, all on a single set of rotors! Nothing on the car felt used up at the end of the race. Simply amazing!"

The race, which finished Sunday at noon, featured 58 entries, in a multitude of classes, and boasts a timed length of 25 hours of competitive racing; 1 hour more than LeMans, Daytona, Nurburgring, or Bathhurst. It’s a daunting test against a who’s who of well-known touring car and GT teams and drivers, but a solid, well-organized effort from the entire team kept problems to a minimum. The team’s full line-up of drivers included: Gary Sheehan (Grand-Am Cup, USTCC); Dave McEntee (ALMS); Csaba Csere (Editor-in-Chief, Car and Driver); Dale Sievwright (USTCC); Auston Harris, age 14 (Formula TR); Marco Romani (BMWCCA).

Primary Team Sponsors:
Advantage Racing Technologies: www.racedataengineering.com
Easy Street Motorsports (ESX): www.esxmotorsports.com
Car and Driver: www.caranddriver.com
TC Design: www.tcdesignfab.com
justracing.com: www.JustRacing.com
StopTech® Brakes: www.stoptech.com
Pagid Brake Pads: www.braketechnology.com
Toyo Tires: www.toyo.com
Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation: www.SamSchmidt.org

The team would also like to thank 2005 NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart for his generous contribution to our fund-raising effort for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Follow Tony’s lead, at the above web address.

Find additional race coverage at the Car and Driver (www.caranddriver.com) and JustRacing.com (www.justracing.com) websites.


(photos courtesy of JustRacing.com)
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Old 12-06-2005, 08:41 PM   #2
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Gary, congratulations!

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Old 12-06-2005, 08:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-06-2005, 09:01 PM   #4
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ha! you had to deal with dave mcentee!! hee hee

havent seen him in awhile!! funny guy

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Old 12-06-2005, 09:11 PM   #5
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That's quite an achievement! Congrats to you and the rest of the team.
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #6
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:25 PM   #7
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congrats

I have a question about the winglets on the front fenders, were they used to smooth airflow around the mirrors?
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:43 PM   #8
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awesome job. congrats!


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Old 12-06-2005, 10:46 PM   #9
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Wow, that's absolutely awesome! Congratulations!
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:09 PM   #10
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Like we say in France, "Chapeau bas!!!". (Hats down)
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:08 AM   #11
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congrats

I have a question about the winglets on the front fenders, were they used to smooth airflow around the mirrors?
No, the wings are there to create downforce--dirty downforce (lots of drag), but downforce nonetheless. The fact that they help to split the airstream around the mirrors is only a side benefit. They are from a 2001 CART Indycar, and my company, ART, will be offering a variety of such Indycar/Prototype-themed products.
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:25 AM   #12
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>>>Auston Harris, age 14<<< ? ... more details ?
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:36 AM   #13
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>>>Auston Harris, age 14<<< ? ... more details ?
See for yourself at his web page. This board won't let me post links yet, but it's his full name.

Keep an eye on this kid. We're all going to be seeing a lot more of him.

The 25 Hour was truly awesome, BTW. I am hugely proud of our entire team.

Gary Sheehan is a total Rock Star. And that McEntee guy ain't so bad, either!

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Old 12-07-2005, 01:02 AM   #14
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No, the wings are there to create downforce--dirty downforce (lots of drag), but downforce nonetheless. The fact that they help to split the airstream around the mirrors is only a side benefit. They are from a 2001 CART Indycar, and my company, ART, will be offering a variety of such Indycar/Prototype-themed products.
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Old 12-07-2005, 01:04 AM   #15
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WOW!!! ... Lucky ... but TALENTED KID!

Auston, who had never driven an all wheel drive car much less a turbo charged car before Friday announced his arrival to the team by setting the teams quickest lap of the day during his 20 laps of familiarization testing.

Auston drove a total of four hours in two stints. The first stint was from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday while the second as from 11:30pm until 1:00am. Throughout both stints Auston demonstrated his skill by turning consistently quick lap times. He turned his fastest race lap during his second stint, in the dark.
Car and Driver through their web site, CarAndDriver.com maintained a log of the event with periodic updates. A quote from one of the logs reads: “... And it’s also distinguished by a teen-aged driver.
Still 10 days away from his 15th birthday and unable to drive on public roads, Auston Harris is nevertheless a veteran racer and one of the quicker of the four who share the car with our man Csere.”

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Old 12-07-2005, 03:42 AM   #16
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wow... one talented... and damn lucky kid, im jealous to say the least lol
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:07 AM   #17
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WOW!!! ... Lucky ... but TALENTED KID!

Auston, who had never driven an all wheel drive car much less a turbo charged car before Friday announced his arrival to the team by setting the teams quickest lap of the day during his 20 laps of familiarization testing.

Auston drove a total of four hours in two stints. The first stint was from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm on Saturday while the second as from 11:30pm until 1:00am. Throughout both stints Auston demonstrated his skill by turning consistently quick lap times. He turned his fastest race lap during his second stint, in the dark.
Car and Driver through their web site, CarAndDriver.com maintained a log of the event with periodic updates. A quote from one of the logs reads: “... And it’s also distinguished by a teen-aged driver.
Still 10 days away from his 15th birthday and unable to drive on public roads, Auston Harris is nevertheless a veteran racer and one of the quicker of the four who share the car with our man Csere.”

http://www.ct-motorsport.com/
No doubt--he was just a sweetheart, but also gave the older/veteran drivers a REALLY hard time--made fun of all of them and generally hung right in when it came time to give each other ****. Loved him, and I'm working to help his management team to get him into bigger and better things for next year. Anybody would want to do the same after meeting him and seeing him drive. Playful yet serious, and serioulsy fast--not a bad combination for someone that turns 15 on 12/11...

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Old 12-07-2005, 05:33 AM   #18
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thats frikken awesome! Inspires me even tho i can drive on the roads, how do you get involved in that kind of stuff anyways?
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Old 12-07-2005, 09:50 AM   #19
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Great job Gary!
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Congrats to the team!

Job well done!
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:12 AM   #21
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Oh, and nice winglets on the front fenders! Wonder how much time will go by till we see those on street cars (read: ricers)
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:22 AM   #22
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Oh, and nice winglets on the front fenders! Wonder how much time will go by till we see those on street cars (read: ricers)
I'm REALLY hoping it won't be anytime soon, but I'm probably kidding myself...
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:41 AM   #23
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Congrats to the whole team- just finishing a 25 hour race is quite an acomplishment!

One set of rotors- wow! Impressive.
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Old 12-07-2005, 11:24 AM   #24
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Way too go Gary and your team. I was wondering what you had been driving lately.
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Kaymin ... check out your local go-karting and Auto Cross scene. If you go to the SCCA web site ... you can look up the local action in your area. Washington has a pretty active Auto Cross scene ... a good place to inexpensively get into fast precise yet pretty safe driving ...
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