CRP Racing Fields Two Car Team in World Challenge GT, Signing Patrick Lindsey To Pilot Hawk Performance Sponsored Corvette

Harrisburg, NC – CRP Racing adds a second car to its Corvette stable, signing Patrick Lindsey, of Santa Barbara, CA, to pilot the No. “12” Hawk Performance sponsored C6 Chevrolet Corvette for the 2011 World Challenge GT season.

Patrick Lindsey made his World Challenge Touring Car debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2007. After two years in Touring Car, 2010 found Lindsey run a successful partial season in World Challenge Grand Touring, starting nine races and finishing in the top five 7 times, with two podiums. Lindsey also received the MTM Special Ops Watch “Move of the Race” at the Toronto Grand Prix.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the #12 Hawk Performance/CRP Racing Corvette,” says Lindsey. “I was impressed by CRP’s success last year and I am confident we will build on that success in 2011. Hawk is a motorsports icon. I look forward to the chance to represent Hawk on the track, showcasing how their outstanding product can inspire confidence in every corner.” Regarding his new teammate, Mike Skeen, Lindsey says, “I was really impressed with Mike’s drive at Mid-Ohio last year, as was everyone. There is no doubt that we will help push each other to get to the podium. I just hope we have enough quarters for the laundry…champagne is tough to clean!”

CRP Racing owner, Nick Short, believes Patrick is the perfect fit to complete the team. “We’re thrilled to have Patrick on the team. He’s young, fast and passionate about racing,” says Short. “I think the pairing we have chosen is two of the best up and coming drivers out there today.

Hawk Performance will be the primary sponsor for the No. “12” Corvette. David Roberts, Chairman, President and CEO of Carlisle Companies, Inc., who acquired Hawk Performance Braking products in 2010, said, “Patrick Lindsey validated himself as one of the premier drivers in World Challenge last year and we wanted him in the Hawk Vette for the 2011 World Challenge season, so needless to say, we are pleased that he has agreed to drive for us this year. The CRP Racing/Carlisle Team will be a force in 2011 with Patrick in the Hawk Corvette and Mike Skeen in the Cragar Corvette. Both the Hawk and Cragar cars will be equipped with Hawk Performance brake pads and the latest Cragar racing wheels in 2011. Hawk pads have been the choice of World Challenge champions for 6 consecutive seasons and 12 of the last 14 years. Hawk Performance brake pads continue to be the #1 used brake pad in all of SCCA and we will continue our R&D efforts, in the test lab and on the track, to continue that tradition of success.”
The team invites fans to stop by the transporter at all World Challenge races to meet Patrick, Mike and the crew and to check out the Cragar & Hawk Corvettes.

Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and managed by WC Vision, the World Challenge Championship will offer three categories this year – GT, GTS and Touring Car. The series will feature 12 races at eight different venues, beginning with the doubleheader weekend at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg March 25-27.


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