Team Hardpoint News and Notes

Team Hardpoint News and Notes

27.06.2020: A New Audi, a New Championship, Experienced Crew Members and More in June for Team Hardpoint Team Hardpoint's recent announcement that they'll compete for a Sprint Cup championship in this year's IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship was the hi


A New Audi, a New Championship, Experienced Crew Members and More in June for Team Hardpoint
 



Team Hardpoint's recent announcement that they'll compete for a Sprint Cup championship in this year's IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship was the highlight of a busy unexpected spring break for the team.



As announced, co-drivers Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly will compete behind the wheel of the No. 30 Hardpoint/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT3, along with the No. 31 Hardpoint/GridRival Audi R8 GT4 in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
 


More news and notes from Team Hardpoint follow as the team prepares for their IMSA WeatherTech GT Daytona debut at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 4, live on NBCSN at 6 p.m. EDT. 
 
 


Brains Behind The Brawn



 
A large part of the reason that Team Hardpoint was able to move so quickly from Michelin Pilot Challenge to the WeatherTech GT Daytona championship is the experience behind the scenes.
 


Team Hardpoint sports John Horton as Chief Engineer and Gary Biehl as Team Manager and Crew Chief, giving the team a leg up on taking on a project as challenging and significant as this.
 


Horton is an experienced engineer in the IMSA and IndyCar paddocks and has worked specifically with the Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the past. Biehl has managed a number of professional sports car teams and brings a strong leadership presence to Team Hardpoint.


 
The two have more than 50 years of combined sports car racing experience, providing a formidable punch to the team's program.
 



No Substitute For Seat Time

 


Though the series, along with most of the world, has been on hiatus, Team Hardpoint has tried to improve and stay in the game with a couple of test sessions at VIRginia International Raceway, Ferriol's home track.
 


The recently acquired Audi R8 LMS GT3 tossed a wrinkle into those plans, however, while also trying to fit into an understandably restrictive set of IMSA testing rules. As of now, the plan is to shakedown the new GT3 at Sebring International Raceway once the test ban expires and prior to the team's WeatherTech debut at Daytona International Speedway on July 3rd.
 
 

Staying Fresh On Hiatus


 
The most difficult part of the extended break, for drivers, has been keeping fresh and fit until time to get back into the car. The limited testing has helped, and like many drivers Pumpelly has fired up his Simcraft Full Motion Apex 6 rig for seat time. Along with working with his trainer, Pumpelly's other hobbies have helped keep him ready to race.
 


"I've also been skateboarding with my son at some of the local parks which is a great workout," Pumpelly said. "I've even flown a helicopter a bit as flying challenges the mind in many ways racing does and I've really enjoyed getting up in the air.
 




By Racers, For Racers

 


GridRival has been on the side of the Team Hardpoint Audi from the start. But what is GridRival?
 


GridRival is the world's first social-gaming platform built exclusively by and for motorsports fans. The application engages race fans through a unique fusion of fantasy-style gaming and betting, motorsports content, and built-in social functionality. Users can play with friends or challenge themselves in a public group with strangers using GridRival.com or the GridRival app on mobile.
 
 



Hardpoint Paddock Foundation Remains Open
 



While racing resumes and the world returns, at least partially, to "normal," the Hardpoint Paddock Foundation continues to raise money for paddock-specific causes. More than 40 out of work weekend warrior crew members have benefitted from grants through the Hardpoint Paddock Foundation.
 


More information, ways to donate, and "Flatten the Curve" merchandise remains available www.realracingheroes.com. Because administration of the 501(c)3 foundation is covered through Team Hardpoint and Hardpoint Outfitters, all proceeds donated or raised are distributed to those in need without the overhead that other Foundations may need to cover.
 






Reece White- photos Team Hardpoint



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