Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TUSC: Fall-Line Motorsports wraps up successful pre-season testing program

Fall-Line Motorsports Press Release

Buffalo Grove, IL (November 25, 2013) - Fall-Line Motorsports finished up the four-day TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pre-season test that took place at Sebring International and Daytona International Speedways November 16-20. They tested with 18 other cars in the GTD category in preparation for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January.

Fall-Line confirmed drivers Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub just last week and the pair were on hand to test their Audi R8 LMS along with Al Carter, Bryan Sellers, and Audi factory driver Christopher Mies.

The test went according to plan and the team turned many miles over the course of the four days on both tracks. They had a rigorous testing program to implement and engineers and team principals were pleased with the results and everything was executed perfectly.

With so many cars to compete against, pre-season testing is as important as ever heading into the race at Daytona. Competition is tight and the field is impressive and the team has their work cut out for them but is pleased with progress thus far. 

Charlie Putman"The test was exciting and we certainly accomplished a lot.  As drivers, we are starting to make friends with the car, which is much improved over where we left off last year!  There is still a mountain of learning to be done both engineering-wise and driver-wise, but we are off to a good start.  We are going to be very busy over the holidays and right up to the Daytona 24.  It is great to see everyone on the team so excited and motivated by this project." 

Charles Espenlaub: "We are coming off a great season with Fall-Line right into preparation for what looks to be some great GT racing next year. The Sebring and Daytona tests provided us with a lot of data to make the Audi R8 a top competitor. The always-awesome team at Fall-Line has been working non stop, and yet the laughs and good times continue as our camaraderie grows even stronger. I feel that 2014 will be another great year."

Michael Harvey, Team Manager: "It was great to be back at the track to start testing with our 2014 program. We had a detailed test plan which we successfully accomplished at both tracks. The car performed very well and we managed to cover a lot of miles, which was important for both the drivers and engineers. Obviously the first two events are big ones so car preparation and track time for the drivers is extremely important. As always, the Fall-Line crew did a great job and with the amazing support we receive from Audi sport customer racing this test was a great success."

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3's in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,  and one Audi R8 in the TUDOR Untied SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSCC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com

Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for customer racing events. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout the GT3 racing format worldwide, including victory in the GT class in the 2013 edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 Liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components.

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies.

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Photo credit: Fall-Line Motorsports