20 08, 2016

TruSpeed On Top at Buttonwillow

2016-12-07T10:24:35+00:00August 20th, 2016|

Team TruSpeed Autosport comes to WERC races to win. With a crew outfitted with a full complement of gear on a tractor trailer for its GT3 Cup car, Team TruSpeed Autosport plays at a high level, yet a win in 2016 had eluded them. That is until the sun went down at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in June.
 
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TruSpeed Autosport has been battling with Team Prototype Development Group all season long for top honors in ES and for overall wins. In every event this year, Team Prototype Development Group has come out on top, and they had a one-lap lead over TruSpeed for the first hour even after one pit stop.

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25 06, 2016

The Late, Late Show With the Western Endurance Racing Championship

2016-06-25T00:00:48+00:00June 25th, 2016|

When the air is still at Buttonwillow during an enduro, the dust that gets kicked up from two-offs or four-offs rises from the apexes and exits, and just hangs in the air. When you drive through it, the only thing your lights illuminate is the dust itself. It’s scary and disorienting. And if enough cars are dropping wheels around the track, every apex is shrouded in the infamous Buttonwillow dust.
Round two of the Western Endurance Racing Championship series took the green flag at 7 p.m. in April en route to a three-hour battle in the darkness. Despite the still air, the dust and the late starting time, the race went from green to checkers with no full course cautions and no mangled metal.

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15 04, 2016

The Darkest Road in the West – The Western Endurance Racing Championship kicks off 2016 at Willow Springs International Raceway

2016-04-15T00:00:21+00:00April 15th, 2016|

The Western Endurance Racing Championship series regularly visits Buttonwillow Raceway, Thunderhill Raceway and even the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, but it hasn’t held an event at Willow Springs International Raceway in nearly a decade. Willow Springs is difficult enough during the daytime, but at night? Only the bravest need apply.
Five of Willow Springs’ nine turns are some of the fastest in the country and Rosamond, Calif., is so far from civilization that when the sun dips behind the ridge to the west, it gets dark. Really dark.
Still, 17 teams signed up for the kickoff event, a three-hour race on Friday evening.

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1 11, 2015

WERC Goes From Start to Finish in the Dark at Buttonwillow

2016-12-07T10:24:35+00:00November 1st, 2015|

Races in the Western Endurance Racing Championship series nearly always begin in the warm orange glow of a setting sun and finish in the pitch black of California’s San Joaquin Valley — but not the October event. It began in the dark at 7 o’clock and ended at 10 o’clock, when the stars shone even brighter in an indigo sky.
In ES, Team TruSpeed brought the biggest gun to the knife fight with its Porsche Cup car, but the car suffered a mechanical breakdown after just three laps, and retired. At the end of hour one, Team Prototype Development Group was leading, but before the two-mark the team suffered a crash in the Grapevine turn, and retired.

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