Spa was a great experience but unfortunately it saw an early and disappointing end to the race for us. Close to 12hrs into the race, Bernd got taken out by an erratic move from an AM car and sent him spinning into the wall hard. Luckily Mercedes-AMG builds a strong racecar and Bernd wasn't injured in the accident. Many thanks to the whole Black-Falcon team who worked so hard throughout the whole week, and gave us a really fast car to work with in the race. Just a bummer that we couldn't show the full potential of our efforts, all the ingredients were certainly there! Anyway, I enjoyed my night stint and am looking forward to doing the race again, hopefully as soon as next year! Enjoy some pictures
The Spa24hr weekend officially gets underway today! Bernd Schneider is joining Maro, Oliver, and I and we're excited to see what kind of result we can all produce together. I did lots of laps Tuesday during the Bronze/Silver test and during the Free Practice today, Maro and Bernd will continue where I left off in the development of the setup for the race. I'll be getting back in the car tonight to get my first laps in darkness around Spa, absolutely can't wait!!
The Zandvoort Carrera Cup race is coming up this weekend, and I absolutely can't wait. Zandvoort is a track that reminds me of the best tracks in the US: Awesome elevation changes, great rhythm, just general fun! It's hands down my favorite weekend on the Carrera Cup calendar, I love driving there. I had my best qualifying of 2013 there and I'm excited to see what we kind of result we can put together this weekend!
Norisring has come and gone. Unfortunately a mistake in tricky conditions in qualifying meant not so awesome starting positions for the two races. In race 1 I went from P16 up to P12, and in race two, I ended in the same position I started in P11. Not a bad weekend, but not a great weekend either.
Headed into the Norisring Carrera Cup weekend tomorrow! I've always loved racing here, looking forward getting out on track tomorrow. The more important news to share though, is the result from last weekend at Paul Ricard; I'm happy to announce that I've bagged my first podium finish in Europe! In the 6hr race into the evening, the Black-Falcon crew delivered a great performance and my two teammates drove some amazing stints before I got in the car with 2hrs to go. I drove the car through the sunset and into the night, bringing the car home in 2nd place in class, and 8th overall! It was an amazing experience and we're all stoked and motivated to give absolutely everything next month when the Spa 24hr race rolls around. Lots of work ahead of us still but we're in a great position and I simply can't wait Enjoy the pictures!
Round 3 of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place tomorrow and it's going to be a 6hr race into the night here at the Paul Ricard circuit in France! Today was my first day ever driving on this track and I enjoyed it, just need to pick up a bit more time in the tricky last sector. The car is feeling good though and we're looking solid for the race tomorrow! At the moment the plan is for me to drive the final two stints into the night, can't wait For those who want to watch, a link for the live stream is below!
What a dream it is to drive on the Nordschleife.. Last weekend the Carrera Cup Deutschland raced on the same weekend as the Nürburgring 24hr which meant a 4 lap sprint race around the legendary track for us! Thursday was my first time back in the car there after two years without turning a lap, and I didn't quite have the confidence to really challenge the braking zones around the 25km circuit. As a result, my pace wasn't quite where I wanted it to be, but I can't complain with my 10th place finish at the end of the weekend. Grateful for Project 1 Motorsport for a great car all weekend!
The news has been broken on twitter, so it's time to share it here as well! After lots of work in the last two months sorting out my plans for this upcoming season here in Europe, I'm happy to announce the following program: I'll be competing full time with a dual program consisting of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Blancpain Endurance Series! I'm back for a 3rd year with Project 1 where we'll be tackling PCCD harder than ever, and then I'll be racing in a Mer...cedes SLS GT3 car with Black Falcon in the BES championship! Really excited how this season has come together and it all gets underway tomorrow with the first BES weekend @ Monza! Stoked on it Thanks again to all my family, friends, and fans for the support!
For those interested, the live stream for the Blancpain Race can be found at the official Blancpain GT website below.
I'm back home and have had a few days to reflect on the incredible experience that was my first Rolex 24 at Daytona. To return to my old team Performance Tech Motorsports in this new capacity was simply awesome. The hard working, never give up team spirit that I remember from my time working there is still as strong as ever; We worked through a rough start to the weekend to arrive at the beginning of the race with a super competitive package.
My first stint in the car was ...great. I ran a consistently fast pace, driving the car up through the field making good passes for position, and ended up bringing the car into the pits in 1st place at the end of my stint. I felt so relaxed in the car, and just had so much fun; I can say with certainty that I'm in love with prototype cars! Downforce, and the performance of the car especially under braking was ridiculously sweet, and I'm hoping that this is just my first opportunity to hop in some prototype equipment. Again, a huge thanks to the Perf Tech guys for the opportunity to come back, and for all the hard work last week, it was a pleasure to work with this incredible team again!
For those interested, my official press release from the race is below. Thanks for the support!
It's been a fun (and full!) few days of preparation and now we're ready for the big race to begin! Having never driven the LMPC car before this weekend, it's been a quality challenge to adapt to all the downforce and I'm feeling just about up to speed in the car now. The car is feeling great and I'm simply excited for a lot more time in the car over the course of the race! The best way to follow me personally will be on twitter at @seanjracing and the best way to follow the race generally can all be found on the information on the link below!
Enjoy, I know I will!
Happy to announce that I'll be starting in my first Rolex 24 at Daytona next weekend! A super last minute opportunity came up with Performance Tech Motorsports and we're really excited to be working together again! It's crazy to think that less than 4 years ago, I was working as a jr. engineer for Perf Tech, doing fuel calculations and buckling drivers into the LMPC car at Petit Le Mans. How things can change in just a few short years! Super grateful for the opportunity and really looking forward to the race!
Back in Germany after a the last race weekend of the season in Austin, and also a few much needed days at home! Last week was my first time home since January, so grateful for that time.
The Supercup race weekend in Austin was bittersweet. With a decent qualifying, I started P12 in race one and had the best battles I've had all season long out on track. Halfway through the race, the balance of the car started to deteriorate and I had to defend like my life depended on it...! I finished in the same position I started, overall super crazy fun racing! Stoked on it!
Unfortunately in race 2, there were some 'Last race of the year so lets be insane' moves out there and I got hit several times on the first lap, barely completed the 2nd lap with a broken steering rack and pulled into the pits. Not the way I wanted to end the season, but race 1 is what I'm holding onto. Race 1 was hands down the most fun I've had in a racecar in 2014 and I'm glad to finish the season with that experience!
Thanks all for the support this year!
Thinking of my friend and teammate Sean Edwards who was killed in a testing accident a year ago today. In remembrance of Sean and in the campaign for improved safety in motorsports, here's my #jump4SEF picture! Please check out Sean Edwards and the new Sean Edwards Foundation website. Please consider donating, and I encourage everyone to make and tweet their own #jump4SEF pictures as well!
We're gearing up for our final Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland race weekend out at Hockenheim! It's been a nice break of 3 weekends off but I'm absolutely ready to be getting back in the race car this weekend. Can't wait!
Not the best weekend out at Lausitzring. Long delays due to weather (see video link attached) super tough mixed wet/dry conditions when we did end up driving, traffic in qualifying, and bad luck with the starting position in the races. I'm generally always pretty good at standing starts, almost always holding my position at the very least, and often improving my position as well, but this weekend the left side of the grid was still wet while the right side (the racing line)... was mostly dry. My qualifying positions both ended up being on the left hand side and in race 1, I lost 4 places before turn 1, and in race 2, I lost 7 or so just spinning wheels trying to get the car moving forward, it was simply rugged.. Race 1 the result was ok with P12, but still not where we want to be. And in race 2, after the bad start, it got even worse when I got hit hard and spun in turn 6 on the first lap. Falling almost down to last, I was able to work my way 10 or so places back towards the front but it's frustrating to be in that position to begin with. Overall, it was a weekend to forget and I'm now looking forward to our next weekend at Sachsenring!