Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fresh off it’s season opening run at Daytona, team owner Don Istook and the RS Werkes Racing #11 Audi RS 3 are looking forward to a solid finish in the TCR class at the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (“Conti”) Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, March 16.

“I am delighted to be back at Sebring after a long absence” beamed  Istook.  “The fans here in Florida are among the best of any track we race on.  I last raced here with our Audi S4’s and previously with Toyota and Porsche and was even an IMSA GTU crew chief many years ago.  The track has come a long way from what it was in the early 80’s, when I was first here.”

The team showed great promise in the opening race at Daytona before a racing incident brought the team’s race to a premature end.  “After my co-driver crashed at Daytona, Audi Sport Customer Racing was instrumental in working with us to get the much needed parts for our repair, so we look forward to putting the Forge Motorsport Audi Sport RS 3 back on the track at Sebring.”  Istook also shared,  “We have a couple of crew this weekend that are new with one being an Audi corporate Field trainer and the other a long time Audi friend who happens to be on the board of Audi Club of America, which is also one of our sponsors.”

The team will be adding veteran driver Ethan Low to the driver lineup for Sebring.   Low will be making his 2018 IMSA debut with RS Werkes Racing, co-driving with Istook.  Low enters his third season racing in the Conti and the race at Sebring will mark his 20th race in the Series and his third Conti start at Sebring. 

Istook commented, “We are fortunate to have Ethan co-driving with me this weekend.  This being his home track, I’m sure I’ll lean on him for a bit of advice.  It’s nice to have such a resourceful, young man step in and collectively, we expect a great race finish.

“I cannot think of a better place to debut this season that at my home track here at Sebring”, offered Low.  “I love the technical track challenge of Sebring.  I get to race and coach here a lot.  I love racing in front of all the incredible fans that come to Sebring to watch us race.   Their passion for our sport is second to none!”

In just his second Conti race as an 18 year old, Low recalled how he nearly won the race here at Sebring.  “We had a great run that day.  My co-driver was excellent in the opening stint, but had a little dust up right before he handed the car off to me.  I got in the car and was right on the leader when I got radioed in to do a pass-through penalty for his earlier dust up.  After serving the penalty the race went green flag the rest of the way and we had to settle for fourth in a thirty car field.  Had we not had to serve the penalty, we would have won the race by ten seconds.  It sure would be nice to help put the RS Werkes Racing team on podium on Friday along with our partners, Forge Motorsport, Audi Club North America and Audi Ft. Worth.  Our team looks forward to the challenge.”