Posted (02/26/2013) -
AUSTIN, Texas—RSR Motorsports will race at Circuit of the Americas for the first time this weekend, and they plan to take advantage of having three cars to try various setups and maximize practice time. Of those three entries, Tom Dyer and Andrew Novich will be driving a 2013 Honda Civic Si for the first time, as well as carrying title sponsorship from US LED and Thor Motor Coach.
Dyer and Novich will be working with the rest of the RSR Motorsports drivers to get the team’s Hondas set up properly and to learn the 20-turn track as quickly as possible. They hope that having six drivers sharing information will be an advantage when the flag waves on Saturday for round two of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
“The synergy of all six drivers working together is a good way to keep from getting bogged down,” says Novich. “We’re small enough to be nimble but big enough to have all of our bases covered, with all three cars working on something different. We can go in different directions and know definitively what direction to go to get our cars faster and faster each session.”
Dyer agrees, adding, “We put that to good effect at Daytona, and I believe we’ll do the same everywhere this season. When you have the power of three as opposed to two or one, it really enhances your opportunity to try a variety of things and maximize your track time. In our case, we have drivers who are all very talented, and that was exemplified at Daytona when we tried different setups.”
The No. 197 Cruise America Honda Civic Si of Owen Trinkler and Corey Fergus, as well as the No. 198 Honda Civic Si of Sarah Cattaneo and Chris Puskar, will join Dyer and Novich’s No. 196 US LED/Thor Motor Coach Honda on the starting grid. This weekend marks the first visit to Circuit of the Americas for all six drivers.
In addition to the teamwork required this weekend, each driver will have to find the best approach for learning the track. Novich says, “It will be about walking the track before the weekend starts and taking a look at each corner to get the lay of the land. It’s more than just knowing left and right: it’s elevation change, camber and how tires will wear. You can’t just look at a video and know; you have to be there to see it and experience it.”
The 2.5-hour GRAND-AM of the Americas begins at 10:05 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 2. Catch the broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, March 9, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Keep up with RSR Motorsports and their Austin debut online at www.RSRMotorsports.com and www.Facebook.com/RSRMotorports.
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Thor Motor Coach, US LED, Honda Performance Devlopment, CaseTech, OS Giken Racing Clutches and Limited Slip Differentials, Eibach Springs, Performance Racing Oils/Millers Oils, Midway Ford Truck Sales, DBA USA, Team RaceWorks, Performance Speed Tech, and Carbotech Performance Brakes.