Mike Hedlund and Pierre Kaffer will join forces in the #8 Starworks BMW-Riley at the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park in a few days.
With both regular 8 car drivers Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer having previous commitments this weekend, the Fort Lauderdale squad has once again recruited Pierre, who has competed with the team twice before this year, including taking a podium at the Six Hours of The Glen, and invited Mike to make his Daytona Prototypes debut for the season finale race on Saturday.
Mike is a regular American Le Mans Series GTC driver with JDX Racing. He has also made a number of Rolex Series GT starts with Extreme Speed Motorsports this year.
The #2 Starworks driven by Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel is sitting in sixth position in the Rolex Series Drivers’ Championship with 284 points - just 20 points from the top of the leader board (and fifth in the Team Championship).
Mike Hedlund, #8 Starworks: "I'm really excited to get my first start in a Daytona Prototype at the season finale at Lime Rock Park. Coming off a 2nd place finish in the ALMS GTC class here back in July, I'm looking forward to returning and running strong. With a compressed race schedule I won't have much time to get up to speed, so having the experience of Starworks and Pierre Kaffer helping me along will be invaluable. Having watched the DP guys battle from the seat of a Rolex GT car this year, it'll be a lot of fun to mix it up with them! There's no way I could miss the last GRAND-AM race and I'd like to thank Peter and Scott Mayer for the chance to run the car - hopefully we can finish out the season with a good result for them!"
Peter Baron, Team Owner, Starworks Motorsport: “We are always excited when we bring new people to DP racing. It was real unfortunate when we the 2013 schedule came out as Scott Mayer had a conflict he could not get moved. It’s a shame he has to miss the finale after making steady progress all season and will miss out on the last one. But this created the opportunity to get Mike in the car. Mike tested with us in May and when the opportunity to put in a new driver came up, Mike was our first call. He did a tremendous job getting up to speed in the car and we look forward to a great from him at Lime Rock.
“Pierre Kaffer will be subbing in for Brendon Hartley this weekend after Brendon's P2 ELMS efforts find him fighting for a top 3 season finish at their last race in Europe this same weekend. When I saw a call from his ELMS team boss show up on my phone last week, I knew they wanted him bad for the last race. Seeing that the 8 car is out of the championship hunt, the right thing to do was let Brendon fight in Europe this week. But we are excited to have Pierre back! He is fresh off a WEC race from COTA and is now leading the WEC P2 championship. The 8 car has been a threat to win all season long, and with the addition of Mike and Pierre I see this threat continuing.”
The final 2013 GRAND AM Rolex Series weekend is at Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT on September 26-28, 2013 with the race broadcast LIVE on 9/28, 1:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 2.