ECC Motorsports ready for Round 2, Homestead
April 8, 2015
(TEAM RELEASE) AJ Henriksen, Adam Andretti and ECC Motorsports head into Round 2 of the 2015 Trans Am Road Racing Series at Homestead Miami Speedway with a new plan. In Round 1 at Sebring, Adam Andretti ran as he had in 2014 in his front running TA2 class Chevy Camaro. His teammate Henriksen, however, entered a Corvette in the TA class opener. For Homestead Andretti will continue his championship chase in the #44 Camaro in TA2. Henriksen will be back in a team TA2 Camaro for the first time in 2015.
"We have what is Adam's back up car that I will be driving at Homestead. We did this last year where I ran the second car when we could" said Henriksen. "The difference this year is that when I don't run the TA2 car, I will be racing the TA car getting it ready for a full season in 2016."
"We can do this on the tracks that I don't know very well. It’s not as expensive to race the TA2 car. I am able to learn a track and try some different setups for Adam and at the same time save some money. At the tracks I know well, we can run in TA and see what we can make of it."
The season opener at Sebring was not the success they were hoping. "Overall, besides the race everything went great. My car was really fast. I was happy. Adam's car was the same." Henriksen said. "In the race I raced with Cliff side by side thru turns 1, 2 and 3 and then had some contact with (David) Pintaric. That knocked a wire off the alternator and it wouldn't stay running."
"Adam had our first ever clutch failure. It was really weird. We were solid all weekend. Running a solid 2nd and 4 laps from the end the clutch started to give up. Adam nursed it to the finish, though."
Andretti finished 18th in TA2 one lap down and Henriksen's early exit slotted him in 19th in class.
In 2014 ECC Motorsports ran both cars in TA2 with both finishing well into the top 10. Andretti qualified on the front row in 2nd spot and challenged for the lead. He finished 2nd. Henriksen started his first race of the season 7th on the grid and finished 6th.
ECC is looking forward to another two cars finish in the top 10. "It should be good. We will do a little R & D with the backup and see where things fall into place."
The Trans Am Series returns to competition April 11-12, 2015 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Updates and live timing and scoring can be found at GoTransAm.com