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Team Seattle-The Heart Of Racing Ready For Island Walls
Posted by: newsla on May 27, 2014 - 03:58 PM
Team Seattle-The Heart Of Racing Ready For Island Walls

Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing is coming to the Motor City for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Detroit Grand Prix to run on the Belle Isle racing circuit May 30-31.


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Mario Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) andIan James (Phoenix, Ariz.) sit sixth in the ultra-competitive GTD point standings. Neither Farnbacher or James have ever raced on the 2.3-mile, 13-turn island circuit located in the middle of the Detroit River. The duo will have to rely on the team's experience as well as their own "street sense."

"Running street course for the first time there is always the question, how much room for error do you leave?" James said. "With the current state of the GTD class you cannot leave anything in reserve as the competition is so fierce and so deep. Our Porsche normally has good traction out of slow corners and the Team Seattle-Heart of Racing car has been good in that department all year. I like street courses as it adds another variable and challenge to the whole race. You really get the sensation you are driving on the edge, plus the technical challenges that are thrown at the team to make the car work efficiently is all part of the challenge."

Although this is Farnbacher's first visit to the Belle Isle circuit, he is ready for the challenge.

"I have been watching a lot of videos to learn the track," Farnbacher said. "I like street circuits and Detroit seems to be a nice track, but a little bumpy. On street courses you are fast if you scratch the wall with your mirrors. Our car is not as wide as the Audi. So I think the Porsche has more agility in between the walls. I like racing in the streets. Last year I drove the first time at a street circuit in Singapore and I enjoyed it. It is fun to drive close to the walls."

Alex Job, team owner, will have the team ready for the rigors of street racing.

"The Team Seattle-Heart of Racing guys are doing their homework," Job said. "We've loaded them up with video and data to help expedite their education on the Belle Isle circuit. A lot of drivers in the GTD field have never raced at this track before. The team and drivers that get up to speed the quickest will have a good weekend. We hope to be the first to get there."

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