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246GT#0416 Prototype Restoration
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Moorespeed Breakfast Tech Session #2

Hill Country Region FCA

Moorespeed Breakfast Tech Session
Saturday, February 23

9:30 AM

MOORESPEED

2131 Theo Drive Austin Texas 78723

(512) 474-7223

 

Come join the presentation of our 246GT#0416 Prototype Restoration

Please RSVP to david@moorespeed.com

Listen on iTUNES Sunday’s show – WPD/Moorespeed Driver Will Hardeman & team owner David Moore announce live on SPEED CITY Radio 598 298 MOORESPEED

Listen on iTUNES Sunday’s show – WPD/Moorespeed Driver Will Hardeman & team owner David Moore announce live on SPEED CITY Radio

Speed City Radioshow and Podcast

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– Austin driver Will Hardeman joins us live in the studio with team owner David Moore of Moorespeed!
– Racer CJ Wilson joins us live to talk about racing in the Rolex 24hours at Daytona!
– We play Les’ interview with Outlaw Porsche builder Magnus Walker!
Jonathan Green live from New Zealand at the Toyota Racing Series!

 

Speed City

VIR WPD/Moorespeed
Moorespeed, Hardeman Earn Highest Finish of the Season at VIR 600 359 MOORESPEED

Moorespeed, Hardeman Earn Highest Finish of the Season at VIR

IMSA #19 Hardeman

AUSTIN, Texas  (Aug. 26, 2015) – Moorespeed and driver Will Hardeman progressed to a season-best finish at VIRginia International Raceway during Rounds 11, 12 and Round 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series.

Hardeman finished fourth after starting third in the rescheduled Round 4 Sunday, Aug. 23. The race was rained out in two previous scheduled dates. Round 4 was long anticipated for Hardeman and Moorespeed. The team qualified a season-high third at NOLA only for the race to be postponed due to rain at NOLA and again at Watkins Glen.The first two races of the weekend at VIR had highs and lows, but a more conservative approach to the first half of Round 4 found Hardeman dropping back into the clutches of veteran Kasey Kuhlman.

A battle ensued between the two, and the hard-edged racing had consequences.Hardeman’s No. 19 Moorespeed/WPD Porsche and Kuhlman’s No. 15 Porsche made hard contact in Turn 14. Hardeman went off track but continued quickly to catch Kuhlman and make the pass for his fourth-place finish as Kuhlman went off track two turns later due to damage from the previous contact.

Team owner David Moore was proud of the gains Hardeman made but still sees room for improvement in his racecraft.

“He ran a conservative race but he got his best finish of the season,” Moore said. “He did a great job, but, I felt he was a bit too conservative for either of our taste. In hindsight, a podium finish was well within his reach if he drove the way he did in Race Two. His brake zones became longer, and he would get on the gas just a tad bit later. I would have liked to have seen him push harder, but I also didn’t want to push him into a spin. He maybe didn’t have the pace for first or second, but I think he could have held third.

“Will has worked so damn hard in record time; we all want it for him, and it can be frustrating. We talked again this evening after landing home in Austin, and he’s not satisfied with his performance. That’s a good thing. He’s proud of what he’s accomplished in only 12 months. I’m very proud, but he’s hungry for more and feels he is close to a breakthrough. He’s coming over dinner later this week, and we will debrief video and data of VIR again so we can really identify his weaknesses that we need to work through prior to COTA.

“But overall, it was a great weekend. We have been knocking on the top-five door for a while, and we finally got it and Will is in high spirits. The last race, he had one off that was induced by a move that was maybe not so kind from his good friend Kasey Kuhlman, but he didn’t let it faze him. He got back in the fight right away.”
Team driver coach Price Cobb, 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, further elaborates Moore’s comments.

“The difficult thing for each of us to realize is that Will is so naturally gifted that he is already running at the front but without the years of experience and knowledge everyone else has picked up during those learning years,” Cobb said. “Because of this, when Will finds himself in a difficult position there is a much smaller knowledge base to draw from, which can be a severe hindrance for him. The end result is that we get frustrated for no other reason than we forget his remarkable climb is all him, but without the usual foundation. Once we give ourselves the reality check, all is good again.”

Hardeman demonstrated his quick learning ability by making rapid progress over the weekend. He bested his previous finish in each race, continuously building momentum to his top-five finish in the final 45-minute race of the triple-header weekend.

The beginning of the weekend started roughly for the Austin-based Moorespeed team Saturday, Aug. 22 in Round 11. Hardeman spun in Turn 5b, the rear of the car hitting the wall, causing significant exhaust damage and rear body damage. Hardeman continued but was black-flagged due to his rear bumper hanging off his car. The team quickly removed the loose pieces and sent Hardeman back into the race. Hardeman kept a level head and focused on finishing the race and working on his racecraft. He finished 13th in the Platinum Cup class.

After Round 11, Moore, Cobb and Hardeman studied data and video to prepare for the double-header Sunday. Moore then took Hardeman to various corners on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit where he was having trouble and watched TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona cars’ race lines. On Sunday morning, Hardeman shaved 1.4 seconds off of his lap time, turning a best lap of 1 minute, 51.592 seconds in Round 12.

Starting eighth in Round 12, Hardeman was running within the top 10 and working his way up the field before a spin under braking into the famed Oak Tree turn cost him a position. He finished ninth overall and in the Platinum Cup class.

“I’m not content where I ended up with over the weekend because I know I’m better than that, and I can do better,” Hardeman said. “But when I step back and look at myself from a global perspective, I’ve never been to the track and have never raced before this year, so I’m OK with how I did. Six months ago a top five would have been a great achievement. Today now that I’m looking at podium territory, I know I can do better.

“My fourth-place finish was due to technicality, not because of speed, necessarily. It’s very easy to advance through the back of the pack. Once you get to the front, it’s more competitive than ever. When I get to the podium positions, they’re going to be that much more gratifying.

“First and foremost, I want to thank my wife, Anna, for being there this weekend. She’s my rock. I get to have a clear and very calm mind because she’s there in support of me, and I have no worries. And I have to thank my team for providing me a perfect car and all the tools I need to be successful: coaching, mentoring and support.”

Moorespeed next will compete on its home track, Circuit of the Americas, Sept. 16-18 in Austin, Texas for Rounds 13 and 14 of the championship. Visit imsa.com for a full schedule.

Austin Racer Will Hardeman
With little experience, Austin racer sweeps Pirelli GT3 Cup weekend at Circuit of The Americas 630 449 MOORESPEED

With little experience, Austin racer sweeps Pirelli GT3 Cup weekend at Circuit of The Americas

Written by DAVE DOOLITTLE

It was a perfect weekend for Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA driver Will Hardeman.

The 33-year-old from Austin, Texas, swept both races in his WPD/Moorespeed Porsche 911 at Circuit of The Americas, winning the first race by almost 35 seconds and taking the second victory Sunday in rainy conditions.

What’s more impressive is that Hardeman has only been driving racecars for about seven months and was competing for the first time at Circuit of The Americas.

“The thing is I’ve been watching people race here enough, and I know the right guys to talk to that know the track, that have turned more laps than anyone and the pros that have run the fastest times,” Hardeman said Sunday afternoon.

“This is my first race at COTA but I’m from Austin, I’m no stranger to the track.”

Hardeman comes from an automotive family and continues to work full-time at Continental Automotive Group (Austin Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, First Texas Honda, Austin Subaru, Continental Collision and WPD “Wholesale Parts Direct”.

He started to consider becoming a race driver after driving Circuit of The Americas during a charity event in April. Team principal David Moore rode a few laps with Hardeman then and was impressed with what he saw.

“David said, ‘You’re not driving the right line or anything, but I can tell you like to drive fast and there might be something here,’ ” Hardeman said of those first laps. “He kept on bugging me about it, saying, ‘We should probably look at going racing, you might have something.’ He kept on bugging me about it until finally we broke down and said, ‘OK, we’ll let’s try this.’

Once the decision was made to go racing, Hardeman bought a used 911 GT3 and went to work. Moore said he started with education, sending Hardeman to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving outside of Phoenix. From there it moved on to track time and advice from professional racers like Darren Law and Andy Lally.

Hardeman’s first experience at Circuit of the Americas was in August, and it was clear he had a lot to learn. “The first time we were at COTA I think Andy and I made him crash because we were pushing him so hard,” Moore said. “I came off the track and tapped the wall,” Hardeman said. “That was my first experience with COTA.”

The coming months saw more track time and race experience, including competing in Historic Racing Series races in Daytona and Sebring in November and December, scoring victories and podiums along the way. “Frankly he had a lot more competition that weekend than he did this weekend,” Moore said of the Daytona event. “There were a lot of pro teams that were there getting ready for the 24 Hours of Daytona.”

In between, Hardeman was testing at tracks around the United States, getting more and more comfortable with pushing the car beyond his comfort zone.

“Part of this whole education is the lingo of how to communicate back and forth between the driver and the engineers on what the car’s doing,” Moore said. “We did a test back in December at MSR Houston for two days and that’s all we did: We would make a change, Will would go into the car and then we had Darren Law go into the car right behind him. But they wouldn’t talk to each other — they would write notes on what the car did and then we would compare notes: Sway bars, wings, ride height, all those types of changes.

“That was probably the turning point in his driving abilities,” Moore said. “To be able to convey what the car was doing and understand that you just don’t get in a car and drive fast.”

Hardeman said this weekend was the first time he truly felt comfortable in a racecar, even under wet conditions Sunday.

“What’s funny is my lap times back then in August were what I was running in the rain today, and I thought I was fast and out of control at a 2-and-a-half minute lap back in August,” Hardeman said. “I just focused on learning the wet lines, staying in the marbles and really avoiding the paint at all costs. The way I was driving it was a little bit smoother in the rain and conservative, but it was still good enough to take home a win, and that’s all that counts.”

Hardeman will be racing this season in IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, starting in Sebring from March 18 to 20.

“I have a lot to learn and a lot of work to do, but I’m coming in with good momentum and a positive attitude,” Hardeman said. “IMSA is kind of the end of the road. If I can dominate there, we’ll see where it goes when we get there.”

Check out Dave Doolittle’s Blogs at Circuit of the Americas http://circuitoftheamericas.com/blog

WPD/Moorespeed at Daytona
WPD/Moorespeed IMSA GT3 Porsche Cup Team storms Daytona 700 276 MOORESPEED

WPD/Moorespeed IMSA GT3 Porsche Cup Team storms Daytona

The WPD/Moorespeed race team used the HSR Daytona Historics November 12-15, 2014 for testing and race simulation with new race driver Will Hardeman.

Darren Law and David Moore were thrilled to coach young Will in his first races where he placed 4th in Race #1 and took his first podium and first race win in his second race ever with a hard-fought victory in Class HEGT3 and 6th overall in the Hawk Performance H/P & GTM Enduro.

Wholesale Parts Direct Joins Moorespeed Team
Wholesale Parts Direct Join the Moorespeed IMSA GT3 Porsche Cup Team for 2015 630 410 MOORESPEED

Wholesale Parts Direct Join the Moorespeed IMSA GT3 Porsche Cup Team for 2015

WPD “Wholesale Parts Direct” of Austin Texas announced sponsorship agreement to run Will Hardeman in the 2015 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series with Moorespeed. The Team will run under the name of WPD/Moorespeed in both the 2015 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup and Pirelli GT3 Cup USA series.

Price Cobb and David Moore are providing personal coaching along with longtime friend of Moorespeed’s Darren Law in preparation for the 2015 IMSA GT3 Cup Series by Yokohama.

Jesse Lazare Podium
Lazare Takes first career GT Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 700 447 MOORESPEED

Lazare Takes first career GT Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Door Doctor/Moorespeed’s Jesse Lazare takes his first career GT win at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bomanville Ontario Saturday, July 12th in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

It was a four-man race for the most part of the race that tightened up the last few laps as the top four runners led by Jesse Lazare ran began working their way lapping the back of the field. Jesse was taken out of the Friday race by Angel Benitez Jr. sitting in second place who along with Colin Thompson and winner of race one, Sloan Urry looked for an opportunity that the young Lazare never afforded them.

Team Manager Price Cobb came on the radio, “Jess you have 10 laps to go, drive them like qualifying laps and the win is yours”. And that’s exactly what young Canadian Jesse Lazare did, taking his first win In the Porsche GT3 Challenge.

This could be the defining moment in the young Canadian’s first season with Moorespeed as he now enters the second half of the season with strong momentum and confidence that winning breeds. The remaining races are at Road America, Circuit of Americas (only 5 miles from Moorespeed’s workshop), and the final race in conjunction with Petit Lemans at Road Atlanta.

Lazare Young Canadian Star
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Lazare Finds Home With Legend Cobb

Le Mans Winner Helps Guide Young Canadian Star

Jesse Lazare wanted to further his racing career, a challenge in its own right. But rather than just finding help, he found a mentor to push him and a series that gives him tough competition. Canadian Lazare, 17, is the driver of the No. 31 Door Doctor/Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fielded by Moorespeed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Original article courtesy IMSA:

http://www.imsa.com/articles/lazare-finds-home-legend-cobb

 
The team is run by 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Price Cobb, who is much more than a general manager for Montreal resident Lazare – he’s a mentor and confidant. “Price is everything,” Lazare said. “He helps everyone out. He helps me, he helps the mechanics, and he’s even booking the hotels. It’s great to have him work with me. I never have to double-think on if he’s giving me the right information. I learn a lot from him. “He’s taught me how to give feedback to the engineers and explains exactly what I should be feeling when I’m out there in the car. There’s a lot more to it now, being in a Porsche.”

Cobb also had a hand in helping Lazare choose the series to bring the talent he showed while winning three Canadian karting championships. Cobb also has a storied past with Porsche and understands the factory’s ability to offer advice and help to developing drivers through single-make series such as GT3 USA and beyond. “I felt unequivocally that we could accelerate the decision making by putting Jess in a 911,” Cobb said of Lazare’s career path. “Porsche engineers have masterfully tuned the car to mask the fact that the engine is behind the rear axle, but it is still the defining sports car. Drive it well, and your resume will be far richer for it.”

“The Yokohama Porsche GT3 Cup series is tough. It’s at the top and runs at the most prestigious tracks alongside the series that has other cars racing where Jesse might ultimately drive as a professional.” Lazare needed a series that would promise him bright future, so he turned to sports cars. He needed a series that has successfully developed drivers, so he turned to the Porsche single-make series. More importantly, he needed competition and a healthy amount of track time, so he turned to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

“We looked around, and sports cars just promised a better future,” Lazare said. “My manager hooked me up with Price, and that’s how we got started in the GT3 series.”

Lazare and the Moorespeed team enjoy the tracks in the American series, but they’re still tough to learn for the series rookie while he also balances the challenge of devising a quick setup with his engineers. “More laps you have on a track, the better,” Lazare said. “Once you know a track, you can focus on the car. That’s been the hardest part for me. I’ve never been to any of these tracks. Testing is expensive, so I rely a lot on the track walks and practice sessions.”

But the next stop in the series is familiar ground for Lazare, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will race there July 10-12. The fearsome, 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit is Lazare’s favorite track and the only one on the schedule on which he has raced before this year. “I have a good shot there,” Lazare said. “I’ve raced there at least 15 times in formula and stock cars. We definitely have our hopes up for that one. I’m going for the win. I have the best shot there because I finally have an equal playing field. I have a lot of experience, and I know where to pass.” Lazare put that circuit knowledge to work Friday, July 11 by earning his first career pole in the series, buoyed by plenty of support from his family and friends in the Montreal area this weekend at CTMP.

Door Doctor/Moorespeed’s Lazare Right At Home Out Front In Canada 700 505 MOORESPEED

Door Doctor/Moorespeed’s Lazare Right At Home Out Front In Canada

Lewis, Nielsen In Close Pursuit Of Teen Rookie

Jesse Lazare is the only full-time driver from Canada in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, and he put that local knowledge to good use Friday to lead the opening day of practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Lazare, 17, from Montreal, turned a top lap of 1 minute, 20.565 seconds in the No. 31 Door Doctor/Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car during the afternoon practice.

Series rookie Lazare is a three-time Canadian karting champion who considers the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit at CTMP as his home track. Fellow series rookie Michael Lewis was just behind Lazare in second on the speed charts, with a top lap of 1:20.584 during the morning session in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian entry. Lewis is third in the championship with two victories this season. Another series rookie, Christina Nielsen, benefited from track knowledge with the third-best time of the day, 1:20.935, this morning in the No. 25 NGT Motorsport Porsche. Denmark native Nielsen competed in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin season opener in May at CTMP to learn the circuit during her first season of racing in North America. Sloan Urry was fourth overall at 1:20.985 during the afternoon practice in the No. 20 JDX Racing 911 GT3 Cup car, while Michael Schein rounded out the top five at 1:21.073 in his best lap from the afternoon session in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports entry. Platinum Cup championship leader Colin Thompson was eighth overall at 1:21.199 in the No. 14 Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County entry. His closest pursuer, Angel Benitez Jr., was seventh at 1:21.171 in the No. 05 Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport Porsche. Thompson leads the championship standings, 116-112, over Benitez. Lewis is third with 102 points.

Qualifying starts at 10:35 a.m. Friday. Two 45-minute races are scheduled. Round 9 of the season starts at 5:40 p.m. Friday, with Round 10 at 10:10 a.m. Saturday. Both races will be streamed live at FansChoice. TV and live updates on all on-track sessions will be provided @IMSALive on Twitter.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com

991 sebring
LAZARE FOURTH IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP SEASON OPENER 300 250 MOORESPEED

LAZARE FOURTH IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP SEASON OPENER

Strong drive for Canadian teenager at Sebring

Original article courtesy IMSA:

SEBRING, FL – Canadian racer, 16-year-old Jesse Lazare from Montreal, Quebec made his 2014 racing debut this past weekend at the historic 12 Hours of Sebring. Lazare, at the controls of his new www.doordoctor.com  / Garaga sponsored 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Platinum class car impressed in practice.

“We got this car on Monday,” Lazare said of his new Moorespeed prepared 991. “There is a lot to learn – and very little time to do it.” Lazare was stunningly quick right out of the box in his new mount.

“Jesse tested here in the 997 a couple of weeks ago, so I expected him to be quick in practice with the new car,” Moorespeed’s Price Cobb said.  At the end of the two series test session, Lazare was 2ndfastest.

A misunderstanding in qualifying concerning the Yokohama tires meant that Lazare couldn’t show his true speed in the qualifying session, where he ended up 14th. “Not what I hoped for,” the Canadian youngster said. “But sometimes these things happen, so we have to move on. What I do know is that I will have a good car for the race,” Lazare added.

At the start of the race, Lazare took a few laps to settle in. He originally dropped from 14th to 16th, but then he found his legs, and in true Lazare form – to the front he went.  Lazare methodically picked off drivers one at a time. “This is the first time I drove a GT car, so the racing is way different from what I am used to. I needed a few laps to settle in, but then I got going.”  Soon Lazare was in the top 10, then the top 5, and set to challenge for a podium. As the checkered flag fell, Lazare was on the rear bumper of the 3rd place car – he finished fourth.

“Couldn’t be happier,” Lazare said of the race. “My Door Doctor/Garaga sponsored Porsche doesn’t have a mark on it, and we were so close to a podium. I want to thank Price Cobb and the Moorespeed crew for a great car. Also, thanks to my other sponsors Yokohama and Sparco, who are supporting me this year.”

Cobb was equally happy with his young charge’s performance. “When I signed up to help Jesse, I knew from what I’d been told and had seen in earlier results that he was a talented guy. The after testing knew it to be the case. Today his performance cemented that for me – what a great drive. He has remarkable situational awareness and his ability to make on track racing choices belie his age.  The rest of the season with him will be one heck-of-a-ride”

Lazare will now prepare for the next rounds of the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Championship at Laguna Seca.

Jesse Lazare Quick Facts: Jesse Lazare is a 16-year-old racer from Montreal, Quebec. For 2014, Lazare competes with Moorespeed in the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Series in the USA and select races in Canada. In 2013, Lazare scored two podiums in USF2000 championship for Pabst Racing Services. In FF1600, Lazare competed in 16 races. He amassed five wins and seven podiums, including winning the CAN-AM CUP in the Canadian FF1600 Championship. One of his podium finishes was part of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix weekend in FF1600. Lazare is also a three-time Canadian National Karting Champion. In 2011 he was the Canadian Junior Rotax Max National Champion and he represented Canada at the Rotax Max World Finals. In 2012, he captured his third Canadian National Championship, this time in Rotax Max Senior and again he represented Canada at the Rotax Max World Finals.

Away from the track, Lazare enjoys skiing and hockey, and he attends Lindsay Place High School, (Pointe Claire, Quebec ). For more information on Jesse Lazare, visit www.jesselazare.com, or his ‘fans of Jesse Lazare on Facebook page.

Jesse Lazare is supported by Door Doctor, www.doordoctor.com Garaga, Yokohama Canada and Sparco USA

– See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/lazare-fourth-porsche-gt3-cup-season-opener#sthash.VyDQXwFl.dpuf
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