May 29-30, 2015 - Zandvoort, Netherlands - 3rd round of this year's International Endurance Series Championship. Hal drove two cars, No. 160 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 and No. 83 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW M3 E46 (3200cc) for Cor Euser Racing. The Lotus in SP3 class finished 1st in class and 9th overall and the BMW 8th and 42nd out of 48 cars in the 12 hours of Zandvoort at the Circuit Park Zandvoort. Other Lotus drivers were Huub Delnoij (Dutch), Cor Euser (Dutch) and Sam Alpass (English). Other BMW drivers were Simon Atkinson (English) and Hubb.
Race was split into two days because of local sound and running limits. On the 1st day Hubb started the BMW and Hal on the next. Cor started in the Lotus each day. Very hard race due to narrow track, heavy traffic and rain in the 3 hours of day one. Dry and cold were the conditions for the 8 hour race the next day. Lotus completed 326 laps, qualified 4th at 1:50.611 and our quickest lap was 1:50.931 provided by Cor. The car ran well but developed a low gear power problem in the last 3 hours of the race. Team was penalized 1 lap due to having excessive crew work on the car and lost another because of speeding under code 60 and opening a door during refueling. The BMW completed 203 laps, qualified 2nd at 1:50.303 and our quickest lap was 1:54.067 done by Hal. It had to stop early because of transmission issues. BMW had no penalties but Simon's luck ran out when he was involved in two contacts; 1st one before causing minor right rear body damage and the other durning the race which impacted right front body and the wheel toe which resulted in reduced lap times. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded on the series website.
May 26th, 2015 - Zandvoort, Netherlands - Drove two 55 minute sprint races in the
Dutch Race Driver Organisation (DRDO). Finished 9th and 10th in class on the famous Circuit Park Zandvoort. Raced No. 46 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 120D from Cor Euser Racing to gain track experence for the upcoming 12 hour of Zandvoort. Event was run late afternoon and under cold dry conditions. The BMW diesel lost power steering and developed an engine problem.
May 14-17, 2015 - Nurburg, German - Raced in the
24 Hours of Nurburgring in a BMW 235i Cup for Adrenalin Motorsport. This is the world's most difficult and largest GT and touring endurance races and is held on the Nurburgring. About 1/3 of the cars failed to finish. Attendance was 1/2 million fans and many more on TV and the internet. The No. 310 Nexen Tire and Drink Florida Orange Juice finished on the Podium 4th in the Cup 5 class of 14 and 47th overall out of 151
cars after 128 laps and the quickest of 09:56.565. Hal drove 3 stints (sunset, sunrise and Sunday mid-day or nearly 5 hours of the race. He was scheduled to drive the last but after having done 5 of these races, Hal decide to give our youngest (Andrea) his first finish of these historic 24 hour events. Our excellent and highly skilled 3 other drivers were Einar Thorsen (Dutch), Carsten Ohlinger (Gemany) and Andrea Barlesi (Belgium).
The BMW 235i Racing was designed to offer an affordable access point for track day enthusiasts who want to take the next step to club, regional or national race series. Weather for the week was between low 30s to 70F with rain and some sun. Race is started in 3 groups. We began in third after qualifying P11 out of 14 cars. Our race was incident free except for the normal exciting racing moments. However, we had a naging low power problem that kept us from producing faster laps.
Apr 24-26, 2015 - Silverstone, England-- Raced at the Silverstone Circuit in the 24 hours of Silverstone and drove the Lotus Evora GT4 for Cor Euser Racing. Other drivers were Sam Alpass, Dirk Schulz, Alistair MacKinnon and Jim Briody. The No. 37 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 3rd overall and 2nd in class. In 2011, our team was on the podium with the same result. This time we finished 5 laps from 2nd and 10 from 1st overall. Car ran trouble free. I drove about +5 hours in 3 stints and finished the race. Event was a mix of wet and dry conditions. Rain started Sat just after dark and the track did not dry out until Sunday morning near 8 am. This year our lap times were about 2 seconds lower (reduced power to save fuel) or about mid pack with 17 cars able to turn faster laps. Qualified with a 2:18.549 and started 16th overall. 14 cars finished out of 28 starts. We completed 519 laps with most about 2:24 and the quickest at 2:18.581 by Sam. Photo can be found at Gary Harman's website. Special thanks go to the crew and sponsors.
Mar 13-14, 2015 - Mugello, Tuscany, Italy-- 2nd round of this year's International Endurance Series Championship. I Drove two cars, No. 160 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 and No. 136 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 120D for Cor Euser Racing. The Lotus in SP3 class finished 6th in class or 35th overall and the BMW 9th and 53rd out of 73 cars in the 12 hours of Mugello at the Mugello Circuit. Other drivers were Huub Delnoij (Dutch), Cor Euser (Dutch) and Dirk Schulz (German). The BMW had no chance to win or finish well in this race. Promoter at the event combined classes and moved all diesel with much the higher powered cars. I drove the maximum time/stints allowed or for about 7 hours of the total. Race was split into two days because of local sound and running limits. Hal started the BMW and Cor in the Lotus each day. Very hard race with each car being hit 3 or more times by poor drivers in other cars. Each was knocked into the gravel trap (not our driver's faults) and loss laps. Lotus lead our class for much of the race until losses due to damages from the excessive contacts. Lotus qualified 4th at 2:01.108 and our quickest lap was 2:01.799. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Jan 8-10, 2015 - Dubai, UAE-- Won the A5 class and finished 34th out of 91 cars in the 24 hours of Dubai at the Dubai Autodrome. Drove #75 for Hofor Kuepper Racing in a BMW E46 Coupe. Other drivers were Brend Kupper (Team owner), Martin Kroll, Chantal Kroll and Sarah Toniutti. Drove 3 stints, mostly at night and for about 6 hours of the total. Hard won race against two faster BMWs due to their weight and more power. Qualified 4th at 2:15.765 and our quickest lap was 2:16.899. Race was mostly trouble free except for small oil leak near the end. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Dec 12-14, 2014 - Portimao, Portugal-- Set a World Record, won the Touring class and finished 3rd overall in the longest sports car race in the world. The Maxiendurance 32 hr race was held at the FIA Formula One testing track of Algarve International Circuit located in the historic southwestern area of Portugal. The event at 32 hours is supervised by the Spanish and Portuguese Automobile Federations and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest continuous circuit race. With its both grueling and heartbreaking test of endurance, race teams and drivers have to balance work, stress and rest with racing speed conditions and their car's ability to run for 32 hours without sustaining mechanical damage and while managing consumables such as fuel, tires, and braking materials. The event was a milestone and unprecedented in motor sport history. Award winning motor sport author Janos Wimpffen is writing the definitive history and commemorative book of the 2014 Maxi Endurance 32 Hours.
Hal drove two winning BMWs for more than 8 hours in the race for the team of Cor Euser Racing. Race conditions were wet, cold and windy for most of the event but did have a dry finish. Hal started No. 16 Drink Florida Orange Juice and Cor Euser (Dutch) finished taking the checker flag in the winning BMW 120D with 733 laps. The other drivers were Jim Brody (USA), Jorg Chmiela (Germany) and Maurice O'Reilly (New Zealand). Car ran well without major problems and quickest lap was 2:16.251. In the second team car, No. 17 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup Hal drove with Huub Delnoij (Dutch), Cor Euser (Dutch), Einar Thorsen (Norway) and Marcos Vivian (Australian) finishing 3rd in class with 430 laps and quickest at 2:16.698. The car had to be sidelined many hours due to an ABS brake problem and damaged cable after losing the rear wheel caused by a bearing failure. Interesting note in endurance racing; Huub Delnoij at 16 was the youngest participant driving his 1st and Jim Briody at 71 years the oldest and driving his 75th race. Race results can be downloaded here.
RUSH (2013 Movie) - Roger Parks, our Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 Silverstone Crew Chief was the historic F1 car technical adviser on this film. RUSH, is a sports drama film directed by Ron Howard about the 1976 Formula 1 season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Entertaining and was great to see some of the tracks where Hal has been racing. The late Sean Edwards, a driver Hal has raced against a number of times portrayed his father (Guy Edwards) in several scenes of the film. Guy was one of the drivers who pulled Lauda from the burning wreckage of his car during the German Grand Prix.
Sept 5-7th, 2014 - Barcelona, Spain- Raced in the
24 Hours of Barcelona. Did not Finished (DNF) in the SP3 class after driving 364 laps or 15.4 hours on the famous Formula 1 Circuit de Cataluna. Another hard and disapointing race this season for Cor Euser Racing in the No. 18 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 with drivers Hal Prewitt, Cor Euser, Vic Rice and Shane Lewis. Weather is very strange. There was a massive hail storm during night practice that destroyed tents and cars. Testing was red flagged after more than one foot of hail lined the race track edge. Race conditions were better, but had both wet and dry periods, and it was very hot (think Florida in the summer). We had the pole with 1:58.183 lap and the race started well with us leading for the first 2 hours. Then Shane lost the right rear wheel nut and limped to the pits. Next the throttle control failed causing us more than 35 mins down time. The high temperatures were hurting our drivers causing them to shorten their stints and get some medical help (except me.. at least growing up and racing in Florida's heat came in useful).I drove 2 stints or just over 3 hours. Our quickest lap was 2:00.0037. Somewhere near 3:20 in morning, Shane started to have control problems. Team talked about it and determined the likely cause was the differential. For those of you not mechanically inclined, basically it's the gears inside a housing that allow the power of the engine, through the transmission, to go to the drive axles that are connected to the rear wheels. He pitted and crew checked out the car. It was a bad problem just short of complete failure of the drive train. No easy fix without many hours of work. Decision was made to end the race and avoid the high risk of loss of the car. Everyone did an outstanding job. Luck was not with us again as this was the third time this year for this team and drivers with a DNF.
Our sister car #65 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 120D racing in the D1 class was not classified due to not finishing enough race laps even though they were still running at the end. They had to spend almost 3:50 hours in the pits due to a few failures and a bad crash involving 5 cars. Driver Toto Lassally was unhurt but the car needed 30 mins to repair. There is this funny rule in Spain that says a car must complete at least 70% of the overall winner's laps. They did 456 and needed 457. Drivers were Peter Euser, Dirk Schulz, Toto Lassally and Jim Briody. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Aug 28-31, 2014 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium - Raced in the
24 Hours of Zolder in the No. 75 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup car for Cor Euser Racing. Finished 4th in Tourism class 3 and 33 out of 49 cars on the famous Formula 1 Circuit Zolder. I drove 4 stints or about 8 hours. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Peter Theuws and Jim Briody. Quickest lap was 1:59.608. We had wet conditions with more than 50,000 fans attending. The car, although under powered for our class, ran well with only time lost to change the rear differential gear and repair to the front body from contact with guard rail in turn 2. Race results can be downloaded here.
Jan 9-11, 2014 - Dubai, UAE-- Hal raced at the Dubai Autodrome in the 2014 24 Hours of Dubai. Finishing 5th in the D1 class and 50th out of 79 cars and 7th in SP3 and 76 overall. Drove two cars; the Lotus Evora GT4 with drivers Richard Verburg, Vic Rice and Shane Lewis and in a BMW 120D with Richard Verburg, Frank Nebig, Andrew Baxter and Prashanth Tharabi for Cor Euser Racing. Great drivers, however the race was nothing but many problems ranging from contact to equipment failures. The No. 162 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus had transmission shift problems and the new engine ate a valve train rocker arm in testing. The Team worked most of the night installing a spare engine. Downside was the engine had 60+ hours of wear and Vic had to start from the pits because none of us drove the required night test or qualifying. Race started, then things went terminal after only 23 laps. Car lost power, ran a few more laps and then the engine failed. DNF within the first two hours and lost of 2nd motor ending our weekend. I did not even have a chance to drive as car did not run most of testing and qualifying.
The No. 128 Drink Florida Orange BMW had its share of issues. I started the race and did get to drive 3 stints or about 6 hours. We had a slight contact damaging the front suspension costing a few laps. Did get to P2 at the 16 hour mark and held it until the 19th. Our race ended after 418 laps when Prashanth Tharabi missed a gear and over revved our diesel blowing up the engine. This event was the first time I have been on a team that lost 3 engines in a race. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Sept 6-8th, 2013 - Barcelona, Spain- Raced in the
24 Hours of Barcelona. Finished 7th of 58 overall and 2nd in the SP3 class on the famous Formula 1 Circuit de Cataluna. Race was a mixture of rain and dry conditions. I drove 3 stints or about 6 hours. Quickest lap was 2:00.387. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Rob Severs and Matthew Di Leo in the No. 22 Drink Florida Orange Juice Lotus Evora GT4 for Cor Euser Racing. Was an amazing come-from-behind finish. We were within 1 lap of the win after losing almost 1 hour due to an intermittent ignition electrical problem that caused the car to suddenly stop running. Our sister car #62 BMW 120D racing in the D1 class DNF (did not finish) due to an engine falure. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2013 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium - Raced in the
24 Hours of Zolder in the No. 2 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup car for Marcos Racing International. Finished 13th of 21 overall and 2nd in the DIV2-2 class on the famous Formula 1 Circuit Zolder. Great to podium again as this was my 1st race after the disastrous events of the May Nurburgring. I drove 3 stints or about 6 hours. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Dirk Schulz, Peter Euser and Jim Briody. Quickest lap was 1:59.869. We had cloudy dry conditions with more than 70,000 fans attending. The car, although under powered for our class, ran well with only time lost to change the rear differential gear.Race results can be downloaded here.
May 17-19th, 2013 - Nurburg, German -- Raced in the
24 Hours of Nurburgring driving the Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International with drivers Cor Euser, Vic Rice and Shane Lewis. The No. 184 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 4th in class and 132nd overall out of 175 cars after 49 laps and the quickest of 9:47.828. Not great... at least we were not one of the 36 DNFs. It was amazing we finished at all considering the poor conditions and our many problems. There is a very good reason this track is called "The Green Hell". It is every bit of that as my ankle was still swollen and sore two months later (more on this shortly). This was my 6th event here, 20th 24 hr race and 39th enduro race of my career. I was planning to best my 3rd place class finish of last year's 24.
Start with a great crew, drivers and car. Race at the Nurburgring, then add rain, mud, fog, crash debris, cold and most of the things that go wrong in a 24hr. Welcome to this year's race. Cor, Vic and Shane have many stories they will never forget of wild conditions, almost crashes and heroic saves. In Saturday's qualifying my left front wheel came off when the lock pins failed. I felt a small vibration early in the lap, but with little test time available I needed to keep going. Very lucky the failure happened at a safe spot on the infield section of the track because in another few seconds I may have hit the wall in a corner on the Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop). That night as I lay in bed I wondered what the next day's race would bring.
Sunday, my first race stint started when Shane got out just after dark. About 1/3 of the way around the heavy rains began. I was on slicks, feeling the "Hell" and not sure I would get out. When I came in for the tire change, Cor asked if I wanted to continue. I said yes but oddly he asked again. That was a message. I got out and Cor climbed in. Later he commented "I was very smart, it was ..." He drove until the race was red flagged (stopped for +9 hours because of extremely dangerous conditions).
My second stint started Monday about noon. With 5 hours till the finish I was hoping for a dry track. Shane had come in on wornout rain tires. He said the track was drying but a little slippery. Team could only give me cold tires. Nice. Racing on a damp track with these tires meant I was in for fun. It didn't make any difference how careful I drove, the first turn included a beautifully performed 270 degree spin. As a few rain drops hit the windscreen I tried not to think what thrills would await on the rest of this stint. I think I radioed the crew something about not getting paid enough.
Next discovery was a river flowing across the track in the corner near the 8 km mile marker. Nice. There comes a time when every driver asks themselves, "why am I doing this?" With intermittent light rain, the track was cold and a mixture of wet and dry with mud, crash debris and running water. I thought, at least it was not like the last stint of hard rain, dark and fog. Rarely, do I look forward to the end of a stint. However, this time was one of them. Unfortunately it ended a little sooner than planned. I met my Waterloo thirty minutes later in the right turn between Eschbach and Brunnchen just before the 16 km marker. Most drivers don't like to use the word "crash", talk about them, show or view the in-car video. You can watch it here.
I was following a Viper closely as we were beginning to pass cars. He was positioned to drive straight while I was still turning to aline for the pass. One of the cars unexpectedly blocked, Viper hit the brakes hard enough to come loose. I was very close and forced to heavy brake to avoid contact. Use of hard brakes on a damp low grip track while in a turn was a perfect mix to allow the Lotus to come seriously loose. Rotating left, I corrected, but was unsuccessful stopping rotation. However, I was successful in keeping the Lotus on the track and not hooking into the very close left guard rail. Unfortunately I ran out of straight track as we were near the next corner. Even with the brakes locked and spun backwards, I still almost hit the Viper before leaving the track.
Car data said impact was near 90 mph, registered 5.57 and 4.7 Gs on the corner guard rail. The hit was so hard, it bounced the car back onto the track after the corner and was pointed in the right direction. Amazingly and a testament to the strength of the Lotus design, I could still move the car. However, it was a long, sad and slow ride back to the pits. I had let the Team down with my first Nurburgring crash.
In the last few minutes of the race, Cor made it out of the pits and we initially finished 6th in class until being moved to 4th. The 1st and 2nd place cars were disqualified for rule violations. I had a foot x-ray upon return to Miami; no breaks, just soft tissue damage. Doc order to keep it in a brace up to 12 weeks and check back with him in three weeks. There is a saying, "there are only two types of drivers that race the ring. Those that have and those that will (crash)." Still not sure I want to race here ever again.
May 14th, 2013 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium - Raced in the Dutch National Racing Team (DNRT) in the No. 250 Drink Florida Orange Juice BMW 118i Cup car for Marcos Racing International. Finished 10th of 18 overall and 2nd in the Division 1 class on the historic Formula 1 Circuit Zolder. We had rain and wet conditions the whole race. Jim Briody was my co-driver. He started and I finished. I set the quickest of 2:01.021 on the last lap of the race. Lots of fun to drive but the car was under powered for our class. Race results can be downloaded here.
April 13th, 2013 - Nurburg, German -- Raced in the 38th VLN Endurance Championship driving the Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International with drivers Cor Euser and Vic Rice. This was a big event with hundreds of cars and thousands of fans. We attended primarly to do testing and find the setup for the Lotus at the coming
24 Hours of Nurburgring. The No. 178 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 4th in class and 74th overall out of 203 cars after 4 hours or 23 laps and the quickest at 9:33.066.
Apr 5-6, 2013 - Budapest, Hungary -- Two Podiums finishes. A 2nd and 3rd place while racing two different cars in the 12HR of Hungary. My 1st race of 2013 was very cold and wet. I think it rained non-stop for three weeks. Drove for Marcos Racing InternationalLotus Evora GT4 SP3 class. Co-drivers were Cor Euser, Henk Thijssen and Dirk Schulz. In the BMW 120D D1 class were Cor Euser, Liesette Braams and Dirk Schulz. Great finish considering the many problems. After qualifying 2nd fastest in the SP3 class, both cars were disqualified because we decided not to test during the night rain sesion. Almost barred from the race we sucessfully appealed and started from the pits. I drove the BMW and Cor the Lotus. Later just as I was due to my first Lotus stint, Henk lost the oil belt resulting in more than 1 hour repair that cost us a 2nd overall win. The Lotus ran well in the wet and I came within .8 of a second of Cor's fastest lap. In the end, the Lotus finished 6th overall, 3rd in class and 310 laps. Quickest was 1:59.85 and ran better than most Porsche 997 Cup cars. The BMW finished 10th overall, 2nd in class and 295 laps. Quickest was 2:09.622. I drove almost 6 of the 12 hour race with most of the time in the BMW because of the Lotus pump falure. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
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Sept 21-23, 2012 - Silverstone, England-- Raced at the Silverstone Circuit in the Britcar 24 Hour and drove the Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Martin Rich, Alistair MacKinnon and Jim Briody. The No. 26 Drink Florida Orange Juice did not finish after driving 261 laps and a time of 11:42:38. Result was 9th in class and 27th overall out of 33 cars. After taking 3rd place last year, we were the car to beat but luck was not with us for this race. We were the fastest in class with lap of 2:15.985 and started 8th on the grid P1 in class. 6 laps in, Alistair experienced a right front suspension failure that required 50 mins to repair. This knocked us back to last place and about 30 laps behind. Returning to the track, the car, drivers and crew were performing well until near the 12 hour mark. We had climbed back to P2 in class and 6th overall when the transmission failed while on my in lap for fuel and a second stint. Crew could not make the repair.
I did a live video broadcast just after the start of the race for the What the World Doesn't Know About Dyslexia event at the The Key Learning Center in the Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC. It was an honor to talk with and answer quesions from the students, teachers and parents. They showed a video on my history and 24 hours of Barcelona race. Special thanks go to the students for the invite and to our Crew and the Lotus Factory for support and sponsorship of this race.
Sept 8-9, 2012 - Barcelona, Spain-- Raced at the Circuit de Catalunya in the 24 hours of Barcelona. I drove the Lotus Evora GT4
for Marcos Racing International. Other drivers were Jim Briody, Henk van Zoest, Dirk Schulz and Alister McKinnon. At the finish, the No. 21 Drink Florida Orange Juice
had the 3rd fasted class lap of 2:01.967 and after 532 laps we Podiumed 3rd in SP3 and 33rd overall out of 51 cars.
For this race, luck was not on our side. Had to start from the pits after everyone passed due to a problem. The BMW M3s were quicker cars and the best we could do was P2 in class and 9th overall at the 13 hour mark when more problems knocked us back. Over the next 11 hours lost more than 1 1/2 hours to the car stopping on the track and other issues. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here. Did get to shoot a video on the race and my history at the request of The Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC to be shown at their What the World Doesn't Know About Dyslexia event on Sept 22, 2012.
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May 19-20th, 2012 - Nurburg, German - Raced in the
24 Hours of Nurburgring in a Porsche Cayman R-PDK for Mathol Racing. The No. 231 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished on the Podium 3rd in the V6 class of 11 and 44th overall out of 170
cars after 129 laps and the quickest of 09:54.630. Hal started and drove 2 single and double stints, for about 6+ hours of the race.
Our excellent and highly skilled 3 other drivers were from Germany; Andreas (Andy) Weishaupt, Jochen (Joe) Herbst and Daniel (Dan) Schwerfeld.
Ours was a highly competitive field with the BMWs able to turn better laps. While this was the car's 1st 24hr, we made it the fastest Cayman. Weather for the week was between low 30s to 70F, rain, sleet and hail with some sun.
Race is started in 3 groups. We began in 5th row of third group and qualified P6 out of 11 cars. Our race was incident free with only a few minor problems and the normal racing exciting moments.
This is one of world's largest GT and touring endurance races and is held on the Nurburgring
Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop) and F1 tracks. Due to the weather, attendance was on the lite side, maybe 1/4 million fans and gads more on TV and the internet.
Watch in-car video of our car in Lap 79
of the 24h race.
Jan 26-29, 2012 - Daytona Beach, Florida USA-- Raced at the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Hal drove in #12 Porsche GT3 997 Cup for Alliance Autosport in near 6 hours of the 24. Other drivers were
Jon Miller, Matt Schneider, Darryl Shoff and Scott Rettich. Was a hard and unlucky race for our Team's first Rolex 24.
We caused the 1st yellow of the race when the cultch failed in the 2nd hour. After making repairs we had dropped to nearly last place.
A few hours later, after runing quick laps and working back up the leader-board, we had another problem. Saturday evening,
Matt was pushed by another Porsche hard into the wall at 160 mph while rounding NASCAR turn 2.
Not giving up and after a few hours of repairs
we were driving again. But in Hal's late night stint, he reported the car had high-speed stablity issues and had to be brought in
for additional adjustments. Luckily, the team's run of bad luck was over and all the hard work paid off with the car running the next 15 hours
flawlessly. We moved up from nearly last to finish 28th in class and 41st of 58 cars.
"Obviously we would have liked to have finished higher up the finishing order, but the team and my co-drivers put in a tremendous effort,"
stated Alliance Autosport Driver Scott Rettich. "It was unfortunate that someone blew a tire and hit us on the banking. Over the entire 24 hour
race that was the only contact we had with another car. Without that on track incident I think we could have easily finished in the top 15."
Hal congratulates John Pew in DP #60, his 2006 Daytona 24 hour co-driver for winning this year's race.
Jan 12-14, 2012 - Dubai, UAE-- Raced at the Dubai Autodrome in the 24 hours of Dubai . I did double duty and drove two cars; the Lotus Evora GT4 and a BMW 120D
for Marcos Racing International. Started off well with the Lotus second place on the
grid in its class. Drivers were Cor Euser, Simon Atkins, Alistair MacKinnon and Richard Verburg. The No. 126 Drink Florida Orange Juice
had the fasted class lap of 2:12.123, ended with a DNF after 298 laps placing 61st overall out of 73 and 16th in the SP3 class.
Luck was not on our side. Was the car to beat, class P1 at the 4 hour mark and had climbed into a 5 lap lead when hit by Frenchman
Jean Paul Pagny (BMW 130I #51) on the straightaway between turns 5 and 6. He decided it was ok to change from the full left to the right
side of the track while directly in front of passing cars and told us he was too busy to check his mirrors. Impact was made on left rear
wheel causing a violent hard spin that took the Lotus off the right side of the track and ending back on in the center facing on coming
traffic. Was one of those "praying" moments. No body damage but caused lots of wheel, suspension and steering issues. Knocked us back
30+ laps and more than an hour and a half. After running another six hours droped out after transmission had problems likely due to the
impact and when Team owner decided to call a stop. Special thanks go to the crew and Lotus Factory for support and sponsorship.
Race had mostly fast cars so it was very hard to win a podium in any class or overall. For whatever reason, Diesel cars had a very
small turnout so they moved our BMW 120D to the next faster (A2) class and gave it more fuel trying to off set the time. I started our
#131 near the end of the grid as it was the slowest car in the race. Other drivers were Paul Follett, Richard Verburg, Yves Junne and
Peter Morris. About the time Lotus was hit, BMW got to P3 in class. Very hard to do well, but we were doing the job. During the race had a
few issues that caused a drop to P4. About 10 am with 4 hrs to go broke a drive shaft. Easy to fix, but Team cross-theaded key bolt ending
its run. Wins don't always go to the fasted cars. Had we not stopped, would have finished P3 in our class. Official finish at 412 laps was
47th of 73 and 7th in class.
At the end, I did get to drive almost 8 hrs of the 24 and in both cars. Sad race, don't think I've ever driven one when a team had two
cars DNF. Lots of bad luck at this one. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
Dec 2-4, 2011 - Willows, Calif USA-- Raced at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in the The United States Air Force (USAF) National Auto Sport Association (NASA)'s 9th running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Drove #98 Mazda Miata (1600cc) for Hooverspeed. Other drivers were Jim Briody, Andrew Novich and Gordon Bentley (of Speed Secrets fame). Finished 615 laps with fastest of 2:07.656 and 5th in class E3 out of 23 and 22nd overall of 83 cars. I drove 8+ hours including a long 4 in addition to the finishing stint. Did get the car to class P1 before an hour setback due to contact in turn 12. Got hit on the left nose by an unkown driver. This was a fun and enjoyable race on one of the US's more interesting tracks and run under a strange set of rules.
Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2011 - Silverstone, England-- Raced at the Silverstone Circuit in the 24 hours of Silverstone and drove the new Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Dick Freebird, Alistair MacKinnon and Jim Briody. The No. 57 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 3rd overall and 2nd in class. Hard race. Climbed from last to 3rd after being hit in the left rear by an idiot (BMW M3E46 #68) just after turn 1, on lap 1 that sent me spinning and kissing the cement wall. We finished 1 lap from 2nd and 14th from 1st overall. Our class was not the fastest (3rd of 4) and had about 27 of about 60 cars. One driver had 2 penalties for time/speed pit errors and we had a number of tire problems which in total caused excessive pit stops (26 for +72 mins). I drove about +7 hours in 6 stints, started and finished the race. Jim was not able to drive due to illness. Alistair, Dick and I did most of the driving with Cor getting in a few early morning stints. Completed 559 laps with most about 2:22 and the quickest at 2:16.593 by Alistair (mine was 2:18). Special thanks go to the crew and Lotus Factory for support and sponsorship.
Sept 23-25th, 2011 - Barcelona, Spain- Racing in the
24 Hours of Barcelona. Finished 31st of 59 overall and 5th in class on the famous Formula 1 Circuit de Cataluna. Race started in the rain, ran mixed and finished dry. I drove 4 stints or about 6 1/2 hours and finished the race. Quickest lap was 2:14.525. Other drivers were Cor Euser, Jan Versluis, Trevor Knight in the team's No. 61 BMW 320D from Marcos Racing International. Was an amazing finish due to the many problems of racing a new car; failed brakes, non-stop tire and fuel issues. Lost ABS/Traction Cnt and 70% of braking control for half the race. Our sister car #63 BMW 120D finished 1st in class. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
June 23-26th, 2011 - Nurburg, German - Raced in the
24 Hours of Nurburgring in a BMW 120 Turbo Diesel for Marcos Racing International. The No. 184 Drink Florida Orange Juice finished 4th in class and 96rd overall out of 203 cars (250 tested) after 116 laps and the quickest of 10:47.425. Loss more than 1 1/2 hours due to three tire failures and one minior contact. Hal Started, Finished and all together drove four stints or for about 8 hours of the race. Other drivers were Jim Briody, Toto Lassally and Cor Euser. This a GT and touring car endurance racing event on the Nurburgring. No question this has become the world road race of the year. Maybe 1/2 million fans and gads more on TV and the internet. Likely between the 5 races there were 700+ race cars (250 in the 24 hr, 250 Porsche GT3 Cup cars and classics) and at least 1,000 drivers from all over the world. The venue of this event is held on the Nurburgring Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop) and F1 tracks. Un-edited pictures taken by Tom Lafleur are available of the Drivers Tour prior to and of the 24h race.
June 17-18, 2011 - Spa, Belgium-- Raced at the historic Circuit De Spa Francorchamps in the BTCS 12 Hours of Spa.
Set in the beautiful Ardennes forest, it is considered one of the most challenging race tracks in the world. Drove a BMW 120D for Marcos Racing International with drivers Jim Briody, Hal Prewitt, Toto Lassally and Cor Euser. A very difficult race as it rained most of the event and we had very poor visibility. Finished 2nd in class and 22nd out of 49 cars after driving 201 laps and the quickest at 2:53.526.
June 3-6, 2011 - Silverstone, England-- Raced at the historic Silverstone Circuit in the European GT4 events and drove the new Lotus Evora GT4 for Marcos Racing International. For the most part we had wet to drying conditions, limited test time and therefore never did find the right setup. Struggled with a never ending power-on oversteer problem and could not get under a 2:19 lap. Ran 3 races (two 25 min sprints and one 50 min enduro). Finished 15th and 13th in the sprints and 11th in the Enduro.
May 21-22, 2011 - Budapest, Hungary-- Two 3rd place finishes while racing in the 12HR of Hungary driving the new Lotus Evora GT4 and a BMW 120D for Marcos Racing International with drivers Jim Briody, Hal Prewitt, Toto Lassally, Frank Nebig and Cor Euser. Laps times were 2:05 for the Lotus and 2:16 for the BMW. During the race I drove almost 8 hours in the Lotus and 2 in the BMW 120D. Had many problems; BMW:Brake line cut and fire, steering and tire issues; Lotus: rear damage from contact, shifting/wiring falures and lost rear wheel from stud issue. Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
May 6-8 & 9, 2011 - Donington Park & Norwich, England -- Raced at the historic track in the Donington Park in the Dutch Super Car race driving the new Lotus Evora GT4 and tested at the Lotus Factory in Norwich. Was hit by wild BMW and lost windscreen during 1st 50 min race causing car to run only 30 of the 45 laps. Did turn 7th fastest lap of the 34 car field. In the 2nd 50 min race turned competitive laps with the best at 1:15.5 and finished mid-pack after a slow start in wet conditions. Video highlight are available in Episode 3
Jan 13-15th, 2011 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The #134 MyPluggz.com/Drink Florida Orange Juice/SPEEDCOM/Marcos Racing International BMW 120D team of Hal Prewitt, Will Turner & Don Salama of Turner Motorsport and Toto Lassally saw their bid for a repeat win in the 24 Hours of Dubai end early Saturday but not the effort to raise funds for a pair of children's charities through EveryLapCounts.com . Prewitt had just taken the wheel of the second-place No. 134 for a Saturday evening driving stint in what had been a trouble-free run to that point by all four drivers. He was accelerating up to speed after an on-course safety period when he felt the steering stiffen. Prewitt made it to the pits where the crew confirmed the problem was due to crankshaft pulley failure. Turner qualified 5th Thursday in the D1 (Diesel 1) class out of a total of 85 on the track. Full Story at: www.speedtv.com Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
May 13-16th, 2010 - Nurburg, German - Racing in the
24 Hours Nurburgring. Finished 8th in class and 179th overall out of 197 cars after a hour six accident while leading the D1T (Diesel 1) class ultimately led to the 13th hour retirement of the No. 179 Drink Florida Orange Juice/SPEEDCOM/ Marcos Racing International BMW 320d early Sunday morning in the 38th annual race. Hal Prewitt, Toto Lassally and Cor Euser were shooting for their second-straight international 24-hour race win of the year. The new and fourth Team driver Raymond Coronel had an accident while trying a pass Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. which eventually ended their bid for consecutive victories. Hal commented, "Great to drive P1, the car was fantastic and all we had to do was stay out of trouble. It was not to be". This is a GT and touring car endurance racing event on the Nurburgring and held on the Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop) and F1 tracks.
Jan 14-16th, 2010 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - The No. 112 El Salvador Impressive/SPEEDCOM/Marcos Racing International BMW 120D and drivers Jim Briody, Hal Prewitt, Toto Lassally and Cor Euser scored a major comeback victory in the 5th Anniversary 24 Hours of Dubai, winning the D1 (Diesel 1) class while racing in support of EveryLapCounts.com , a global fund raising effort supporting charitable causes for children through major international endurance auto races. Full Story at: www.speedtv.com Race report, entry list, results and photos can be downloaded here.
July 11-12th, 2009 - Spa, Belgium - Racing in the
25h VW Fun Cup. More information can be found at the Nederlanse Site or England Site.
Finished 58th in class of 104 and 86 out of 151 cars. Ran 363 laps in 25 hours 4 mins. Was slowed by a 45min (15 laps) time need to recover from an crash by one the Team's novice drivers.
This a single class touring car endurance racing event
on the Circuit De Spa.
Set in the beautiful Ardennes forest in Belgium, it is considered one of the most challenging race tracks in the world.
Funcup Cars are identical, 760kg (1700lb) Volkswagen Beetle replicas,
race designed, single-seaters, with super-strong space frame chassis.
Most are powered by an 1800cc, 130 bhp VW/Audi petrol engine, with a 5 speed gearbox,
race brakes and fully adjustable suspension. Drivers were USA Hal Prewitt, Jim Briody and rookies
Rupert Jaron, Michael Garrett and Matthew Preston of the UK driving their 1st major race.
May 21st-24th, 2009 - Nurburg, German - Raced in the
24 Hours Nurburgring. Finished 6th in class and 73rd overall out of 172 cars. Other drivers were Jim Briody,
Toto Lassally and Cor Euser. This a GT and touring car endurance racing event on the Nurburgring,
inspired by the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Spa 24 Hours. The venue of this event is held on the Nurburgring Nordschleife (the 22.835km north loop) and F1 tracks. Drove a BMW 120 Turbo Diesel for Marcos Racing International.
January 24 - 27th, 2008 - Daytona Beach, FL - Racing in the
Rolex 24 hrs at Daytona. This is the first race of the 2008 Rolex Series and held at Daytona's famed Circuit. Team finished in 27th GT class position out of the 45 entries after struggling with a number of mechanical problems. Drove with Matt Connolly Motorsports in #21 Pontiac GTO.R. Co-drivers were Diego Alessi, Karl Reindler, Spencer Trenery and Vic Rice. Hal drove partial stints and had to setout most of the race after not recovering from a multi-day sickness.
June 14-17th, 2007 - Watkins Glen, NY - Racing in the
Watkins Glen Historic Races by
HSR. One of the largest and best vintage/historic
racing event in the North East. Driver Hal Prewitt raced his Porsche GT3RS in the Historic Enduro and sprint races.
Won 1st in class in all races and a 2nd overall in the 1 hr Historic Enduro.
April 25-29th, 2007 - Braselton, GA - Racing in the
30th Anniversary Walter Mitty Challenge by
HSR . The Mitty has become
a spring tradition in Atlanta and lays claim to being the largest and best vintage/historic
racing event on the entire East Coast. Driver Hal Prewitt in his Porsche GT3RS finished 1st in class
in the Historic Enduro and two sprint races.
Jan 21, 2007 - Sebring, FL - Prewitt Racing wins the PBOC 6hr Enduro with drivers
Hal Prewitt and David Murry.
Two 1st place wins in sprint races by driver Hal Prewitt.
Dec 06, 2006 - Team's 2006 Porsche
GT3 997 Cup car is for sale. Fully equipped and in IMSA configuration. Premier
fuel cell, Moton 2 way shocks and full Motec Pro with all upgrades
including steering and brake sensors. Has freshened clutch, gear box and about 32 race hrs
on the car. Asking 180K. Also have extensive new (+60K $) spare parts available. Email us
at mail at prewitt.net
Dec 06, 2006 - Hal Prewitt becomes 2006 Overall Class Winner in PBOC Race Series.
Nov 06, 2006 - Prewitt Racing sets new team records while testing at Daytona International
Speedway with a 1:50.0 and at Sebring Raceway with a 2:05.7. In car video is available on
Sept 06, 2006 - Takes 2006 National Champion Title in runoffs during the
Championships at Mid-Ohio Sports