PERFORMANCE TECH: THE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME TEAM AT MID-OHIO

Florida-based LMPC team makes a summer home on the shores of Lake Erie


When you’re a southern Florida-based LMPC team racing in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the six-race stretch above the Mason-Dixon Line can be a taxing time of the season. Not only are those team transporters racking up a heavy diesel bill, but the team is losing valuable time to work on the cars while they’re in transit. Performance Tech Motorsports, which runs the No. 18 ORECA FLM09 driven by Anthony Nicolosi and Jarrett Boon, plus five Cooper Tire Prototype Lites cars, was lucky to have a friend in Ohio with the answer to their problem: a yacht club!

Since departing Lime Rock Park, Performance Tech Motorsports has been calling the Catawba Island Yacht Club on Lake Erie home. The yacht club has more than 200,000 square feet of space for yacht storage, which goes unused during the summer months when the boats are all docked in the marina. What better place to put two 18-wheelers and set up a make-shift race shop? Lucky for Performance Tech, CIC Chairman and CEO Jim Stouffer is a friend and fellow racing enthusiast. And now, he’s an honorary member of the team.

Performance Tech Motorsports has embraced its summer home. The team already has hosted a reception for Catawba Island Yacht Club members to get an up close look at the cars and learn more about the American Le Mans Series and the LMPC class. You’ll also find the CIC logo on the nose of the No. 18 LMPC, which finished fifth at Mosport.

Could Performance Tech’s move to Ohio for the summer make them the greenest LMPC team in the paddock? By relocating to Ohio for the summer, the team estimates it is saving 10,000 miles on each of its two team transporters. That’s a lot less fossil fuel burned and greenhouse gas emissions in the air. The team’s efficiency also receives a nice boost thanks to 11 extra days to work on the cars, instead of coasting on the highway.

Thanks to their home away from home, Performance Tech Motorsports will only need to travel approximately 75 miles to get to the next round of the ALMS championship. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 6 with ESPN2 airing the race starting at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 7. Live video coverage on race day will be available at 3:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com in the US, and americanlemans.com for international viewers. Canadian fans may also watch live coverage on Rogers Sportsnet. Worldwide radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio at americanlemans.com. For more information on the broadcasts, go to americanlemans.com/tv.

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