Monday
Oct222012

CAYMAN WRAP-UP FOR CLARKE

While he clearly remains “Speedy”, Dan Clarke is no longer simply a “former Champ Car ace”. He is now a rising star of US GT Racing. Last weekend, at Road America, the Indianapolis based Brit wrapped up the Intercontinental Trophy Series title with yet another clean sweep.
 
Clarke’s total dominance of the series was evident during practice and qualifying as he drove well within himself and was still able to grab the Forgeline Pole award. “My pole time was a 2m25.8s which I was happy with for pole although I had previously recorded a 2m24.8 in practice, I knew I didn't need to go any quicker to keep pole position”.

The competition got considerably tougher once the flag dropped in both races as Clarke was given a stern test of his speed and patience by Mike Bavarro in his BodyMotion Racing Cayman. Bavarro seemed to have a slight horsepower advantage and used it to full effect on the long, fast straights of Elkhart Lake.  
 
"It was fun to get some tough competition from Mike” Clarke explained. “In Race 1 my Boomerang Bay Mixers car felt great and it gave me the confidence to drive around the outside of him into Turn 3 and n in race 2 I was able to out brake him into Turn 8.”
 
It was a day of real celebration for the whole Isringhausen Motorsports Team as it clinched the Team Championship. Team owner Geoff Isringhausen battled with Clarke early in Race 1 which gave Dan a huge amount of satisfaction. “Geoff got great acceleration from his brand new PDK transmission at the start and got on the inside of me running up to Turn 1. It was a very proud moment witnessing the results of my hard work coaching him and watching how super aggressive and confident he was from the start of the race.”

The ITC Team Championship victory was also due, in no small part, to Geoff Isringhausen Jnr's efforts winning both P2 Class races. Isringhausen Jnr. belied his rookie status and lack of racing experience to beat the P2 class champion, Scot Leader, in both races.
 
Clarke is relishing the chance to defend his ITC Series title in 2013 and the chance to compete in the new GTP Class Cayman. “These will be 400hp slick tired cars with more aero downforce and carbon fiber body panels, weighing it in at 2500lb instead of this year's 3050lb,” enthused Clarke. He went on to say that “they should be amazing to drive I'm hoping I get a chance to race one for Isringhausen Motorsports!”
 
Dan wants to stay loyal to the team and series that gave his sports car break in 2012 but he is also looking at establishing himself as a professional GT racer in 2013. “I’m 100% working on team relationships in the Grand-Am series right now and I hope this year's success has raised some eyebrows.” Clarke is confident that the ITC Series title can open some doors. “I have demonstrated that I can drive sports cars fast now. Anyone out there who can help me get a foot in the door with a team, please feel free to come forward and reach out to me”.