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A long and busy race weekend was ahead of the Branden Peterson Race Team they arrived on Wednesday to prepare for the doubleheader Touring Car Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Thursday morning practice started with a wet course from overnight rains, providing a good opportunity to check out the rain tires and wet set-up that was last used during the last race of the weekend at Mid-Ohio in 2012. The afternoon session saw Bob Roth start to get familiar with the Mid-Ohio track and the 64 Honda Civic SI that he had piloted in previous years. Bob has a long history of club racing with class championships and he continues to improve his racing style, endurance racing on a number of competitive levels.
Friday practice had Branden Peterson in the car for the practice session, which was shortened due to a major incident on the track. Bob Roth went out late afternoon Friday to qualify by turning a 1:39.22 lap for an eleventh starting position.
With the back-to-back races late in the afternoon on Saturday, there was plenty of time to continue to improve the set-up and handling of the 64 Honda Civic SI Fortune Auto sponsored by
Trane. Race time came with Bob Roth driving the first race, beginning with a rolling start. Bob was able to continue to bring down his lap times and stayed in the 1:39 minute range for most of the race. Bob finished eleventh and was able to turn an unscratched car over to
Branden, who was to drive the second race. Branden started tenth based on the best time Bob turned in the first race. Both races were run under the clock--running twenty-five minutes each due to short yellows in each of the races. Branden was able to get his best lap time down to 1:38.12 and continued to run in the 1:38-39 minute times for the rest of the green flag racing, finishing eleventh as well.
This was the last race for the 2010 Honda Civic SI which will be stepping aside for a new 2013 Honda Civic SI 2.4 to be raced in October during the inaugural street race in Houston Texas, closing out the season. Much engineering, work and thanks to our many fine sponsors is always a part of Branden Peterson Racing, giving the team high expectations for many top finishes in the 2014 World Challenge racing season.
Branden Peterson Racing Does Well at Circuit of the Americas
The Touring Car World Challenge 2013 season started at the New Formula 1 track Circuit of the Americas located close to Austin, Texas over the May 17-19 weekend, comprised of a three-race format to be run in conjunction with Touring Car Spec B cars. The GT and GTS were also racing their third weekend after starting in St. Petersburg in March and running at Long Beach in April.
Driver Patrick Seguin of Ottawa Canada came on board with Branden Peterson Racing, and he brought some dedicated sponsors from his previous years competing in World Challenge. Along with a one race new sponsor from Gear Tie and new season sponsorships from Hybrid Racing and Fortune Suspension, the Honda Civic Si had a new look with a white hood and additional parts of the race car covered with logos and decals of valued sponsors.
The racing began with practice on the course Thursday, which was new territory for most of the team managers and drivers. Qualifying took place on Friday morning with many of the teams still struggling to find the right setup. Branden Peterson Racing’s number 64 Honda Civic Si qualified in eighth position, which was not as high as the team expected. Racing started for the touring cars and Spec B cars early Saturday morning, with two rolling-start back-to-back races. Patrick finished the first race in ninth place after some very intense contact with another car in turn fifteen, where the driver’s side took a pounding and the rear-view mirror was lost. His ninth place finish qualified him to start the second race in ninth position, which began a mere fifteen minutes after the end of race one.
The second race was incident-free for Branden Peterson Racing’s 64 car and Patrick was able to turn the sixth fastest lap time. After changing positions with a number of other cars, the 64 car ended up finishing in seventh place when the checkered flag fell on what became a sprint race.
Much work was done to improve the performance and handling of the 64 Civic between race two and race three. The stock transmission shift cable was replaced with a new cable provided by Hybrid Racing (a new sponsor for Branden Peterson Racing). The car was aligned with the expectation that it would get through the very technical part of the course faster. Some body work was needed and a replacement mirror was borrowed from a visitor to our paddock (Dennis) from his Honda Si which had been sitting in the parking lot.
Early Sunday morning the Touring and Spec B cars returned to the course for the third race. Patrick started sixth, dropped to eighth, but moved up to finish in fifth position by driving a smart race, utilizing his tires effectively and making some great passes in the final laps and challenging for fourth position—being barely edged out by a 2013 Honda Civic
Si. Finishing in the top five meant that the car had to clear a technical inspection, which it did with flying colors.
Branden Peterson Racing was pleased with the finish of the final race for the 2010 Honda Civic Si which is being retired. The team is working on completing a new 2013 Honda Civic Si with a 2.4 type motor for its next World Challenge race this summer.
Peterson Racing makes the June 2013 cover of Grassroots
Motorsports! And, the timing couldn't be better as we
head to the Circuit of The Americas for what should be the
biggest World Challenge race ever. A stunning 92-car
field is expected, including 19 TC cars. So, check
out the cover below and be sure to follow us at COTA
throughout the weekend.
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2013 schedule has been posted on the Schedule
page and includes the following
at Circuit of the Americas
at Lime Rock Park
at Streets of Toronto
at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
at Sonoma Grand Prix
at Houston Grand Prix
can download the PDF
After a cross country haul, the Branden Peterson Race Team arrived to race at
the Infineon Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma, California. The #64 Swift Springs Comp Clutch race car arrived ready to race after a good racing weekend Mid-Ohio.
Two practice sessions were offered to prepare the race cars for the Infineon track with its fast sweeping turns and many elevation changes. On Thursday, Charles Solomon practiced in the car for his first time returning to race in World Challenge since racing in St. Petersburg in the Touring Car Division in March. Charles showed steady improvement, not only learning the Infineon track but in driving a front wheel drive race car for the first time. Branden Peterson practiced in the car on Friday, returning to race at the Infineon race track for the first time in five years.
Saturday’s Qualifying round came early, with cool track surfaces. Charles with the Dr. Natasha sponsorship on the car qualified ninth with a run of 1:52.037 on the 2.245 mile track.
The Saturday afternoon race started with a good standing start and the Touring Car drivers avoided some of the fender banging going on in the front of the field with the GT and GTS race cars. The race was run under two long yellow flags, which limited the amount of racing that Charles could do as he steadily moved through the Touring Car field and finished in sixth place, turning a 1:53 lap closely matching his qualifying time. Charles was proud of his finishing time as he returned to World Challenge racing.
Sunday’s race followed the Grand Prix Race with the Indy Cars and a number of other race groups including Vintage Historic Formula Cars from past decades. Branden Peterson started eleventh because of not being able to establish a qualifying time from Saturday’s race results. A good standing start from Branden moved him to eighth by the end of the first lap. The race was run under green for the entire duration, stretching the field out quickly from the start. Hard driving and pressing in the corners with the race car hitting the rumble strips, placing it on two wheels a number of times by Branden gave many fans in turn six something to cheer about. The Civic SI performed well on Sunday--responding to many suspension changes made after the Saturday race. A top-five finish for Branden was the goal for Sunday’s race. The team accomplished this after completing twenty-four laps for a fifth place finish.
Branden Peterson Racing would like to thank our sponsors, crew and all who were part of a very successful season for the Honda Civic
SI--which included eight top ten finishes, two top five finishes and a first place finish at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
World Challenge Race Series, after a two month hiatus from
competition, resumed its season at the always popular and
competitive Mid-Ohio Race course the first weekend in August.
A new race motor had been built during the down time by Winter
Race Engines of Denver Colorado utilizing Super Tech
Performance pistons and valves. Following installation,
Branden took the #64 Honda SI Race Car to Motorsports
Engineering in Ohio for a chassis dyno tune.
Thursday was a track practice day and all went well until the
end of the second practice session when the car developed
performance issues. After much research, the engine was found
to have some tolerance issues. On Friday morning, the issues
were corrected, the motor was cleaned and the afternoon
qualification session was run by Bob Roth, driver for the
Bob started the race in fourteenth position moving carefully
as he advanced through the field which was in much disarray
with almost half the race being run under a number of caution
flags. Bob finished the race in tenth place surviving numerous
incidences involving a number of cars on track.
Saturday night the #64 Honda was inspected thoroughly and
adjustments made for qualifying for Sunday’s race. Branden
qualified the Honda SI in fourteenth place on a damp track
left wet from rains on Saturday night. Sunday’s race was run
under many more green flag laps than the previous race on
Saturday. Branden was able to move through the Touring Car
field, making a dramatic pass for ninth place by moving around
the #32 Mazda on the outside at the end of the long back
straight with three laps remaining in the race. Branden noted
that he could feel the positive difference on hard
acceleration and on the standing start with the new engine
mounts on the #64 race car provided by the newest sponsor
Hasport Engine Mounts.
Branden, by moving into ninth place at the checkered flag, was
awarded the “Hard Charger Award” for improving the most
positions of all competitors from his starting position. Right
now, the team is working hard to put the funding together for
the next race at Infineon Aug. 25-27. You can watch the
Mid-Ohio race on VERSUS Saturday, August 20 at 5pm Eastern
(re-air Sept. 1 at 3:30pm EST).
Next race will be at Infineon Ca. Aug. 26-28
Branden Peterson Racing partnered with Shea Racing again after our historic win at Long Beach.
The intent was to have Shea Holbrook behind the wheel of the Perky Jerky # 67 Honda Civic, but after a battle with a cold/flu she turned the driving duties over to Branden Peterson.
Qualifying was snowed out, and drivers would start based on 2011 drivers’ points, which put Branden at the back because he had not earned any driver points nor started a race in 2011. Branden had a fantastic start, passing 14 cars in the first four corners before the full course caution flew, earning the Optima Best Standing start award. Branden ran as high as 8th but with 2 small driving mistakes and a GT Corvette driving into the right rear that damaged a wheel, was relegated a 10th place finish.
Broadcast on Versus Saturday, June 18 3 p.m. Eastern.
The next World Challenge race will be at
in Ontario, Canada. At this point, we do not have the budget to attend
the race in Canada and have an opportunity to attend a SCCA National Race at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Branden Peterson Racing partnered with Shea Racing for the Long Beach World Challenge race on April 16-17.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach is the largest, most prestigious street race in the United States, and by winning her class, Holbrook became just the second female winner in World Challenge history. Holbrook won in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car division with an estimated 120,000 spectators watching. She also earned the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award and the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for improving 14 positions from her 33rd overall spot on the combined class grid.
With the win, Holbrook becomes the first female World Challenge winner since Melanie Snow captured the S1 class win at Sears Point in 1996.
Watch the web cast at www.world-challengetv.com
or tune in to Versus TV on April 30 at 2:30 PM EST (re-air May
2 at 3:30 PM EST).
This partnership will continue for the next World Challenge race at Miller
Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on April 29.
The last two races of the 2011 World Challenge race
schedule have been added to the Schedule
The 2011 World Challenge race
schedule is now available on the Schedule
the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in Lexington, Ohio Branden was once again called to duty for another race team, that of High Street Racing Acura Integra Type R that was competing in the SCCA War Games Eight Hour
Enduro, this time with slightly different responsibilities as Friday test driver/car development and co-driver for the eight hour enduro.The engine in the Type-R had recently been up graded with SUPERTECH PERFORMANCE parts. High Street drivers and team owners included Bob Roth and Dave
Even though there were not a lot of cars entered for this
enduro, there were some very good race teams. Some of the race teams were Honda American Race Team with two cars and Coletti Motorsports also with two cars, vying for an overall win. For Saturday’s eight hour enduro race, we started on pole but sank like a rock in the first hour due to the loose condition of the car and the cooler morning temperatures.
As the day progressed, the attrition to the two cars of
H.A.R.T., steady and fast driving, tire strategy, and great pit work by High Street Racing slowly saw the Acura Integra move towards the front of the field. In the final hour of the race, the team made its final pit stop under yellow solidifying the first position. As the checkered flag flew at the eight hour conclusion, High Street Racing found themselves with a class and overall victory.
Branden was asked to Crew Chief and help strategize for
Snyder Motorsports at the NASA 4-Hour Enduro at Pueblo
Motorsports Park. Sunday afternoon saw all four Snyder Motorsports drivers
(John Clark, Gary Miller, Ashley Burt and Rick Snyder) compete as part of Team Snymo in the
3rd race of the 2010 NASA RM Regional Enduro Championship.
Team Snymo entered John Clark's GTS3 BMW M3 into the E0 class. Starting in the 7th position out of 18 cars (2nd in the E0 class of 3 cars),
starting with John Clark in the car for the first hour. John put in a great drive to bring the car in on lap 27 in the 8th position overall (2nd in class). Gary Miller then took over for the second hour, running very competitive lap times and moving Team Snymo all the way up to 3rd position overall (1st in class) before pitting on lap 56.
The third hour proved to be the turning point as Ashley Burt was able to run some very fast laps (he ran the fastest lap of the race for Team Snymo with a 1:47.3) which allowed him to catch the leader on the track. After hounding the leader for several laps, Ashley made the pass for the overall and class lead before finally pitting on lap 86. This allowed Snyder Motorsports owner Rick Snyder to take over for the fourth and final hour with the car already in the overall and class lead. With crew chief Branden Peterson calling the strategy from pit lane, Rick ran a steady final hour to bring the car home for the overall and class win (Source:
Racing's Civic SI attended the final race of the World-Challenge race season at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah.
The course configuration at Miller is one of the more daunting in all of
motorsports; its three + mile configuration laid out across the desert with no reference points. You spin out here, and you may not know which way is forward. For qualifying, we thought we had a competitive car and rolled the dice on a harder tire set-up for this particular colder session. We wanted the harder tire because we knew the race would take place in the heat of the afternoon, but in the end, we sacrificed our qualifying position, relegating us to 9th position on the grid.
At the start, many cars did not change their set-up from the cooler morning to the warmer afternoon and were loose and spinning all over the place, handing us a few positions right off the bat. For the majority of the race, we ran in 4th place on the heels of Tommy
Lepper. In the closing laps, we closed harder on Tommy but also had Eric Meyer who qualified third but was one of those loose spinners, catching back up to our battle. Eric snuck past us to take the 4th position, we tucked back in behind his car in hopes of following him past Tom, but still came up 14 feet short of passing Tom at the checkered flag.
The Competition Clutch/Supertech Performance/BC Racing #64 Civic SI finished in the 5th position; typically we are pretty happy with a 5th place position, but this time our lap times were some of the fastest on the track and we feel we could have placed on the podium.
We also learned during the course of this weekend that the #50 Volkswagon of Irish Mike’s Racing that had finished first at VIR was disqualified, moving us from 5th to 4th in that race’s final standings.
Branden Peterson Racing
attended VIR World Challenge Sports Car Wars September 10th - 12th 2010 with our Honda Civic SI Competition
Clutch/Supertech Performance/BC Racing. This was a double-header event with Carl
Hober, guest driver/West Coast ringer. Carl was to be the first race of the weekend, and qualified 9th. He began 9th and finished 7th in tricky light rain conditions. The team was posed on pit wall with rain tires ready to go at any minute, but it never was wet enough.
The second race of the weekend, team owner and primary driver Branden Peterson qualified the Honda Civic SI at 7th place but unfortunately had to start at pit lane because the team was late getting the car to pre-grid. At the start, Branden got a handful of positions and settled into 8th place and it looked like that was going to be the finishing position. With about 8 laps to go, the course went full-course yellow because of debris on the track, thus bunching all the cars up and because of expedient communication from crew chief Kurt
Ristow, Branden was able to get a jump on the two cars in front of him, moving into 6th place and began chasing down the #5th place black
TSX. With about two laps to go, the black TSX went wide, thus relinquishing 5th place to
Next race will be at Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah on October 3rd 2010.
Branden Peterson Racing
finally goes racing, after destroying a TSX last fall, getting a new TSX ready and then switching to a HONDA CIVIC SI (per Honda request). The Mid-Ohio double race weekend with Indy Cars and America Le Mans was the debut for our new Civic. Bob Roth, who is a sometimes guest driver and also supporter/tech help for brand
Branden Peterson Racing
came on board with TRANE HEATING AND COOLING to drive the first race of the weekend on Saturday. Bob started 12th , drove a very clean race and tried to conserve the car for Branden’s race on Sunday . This clean driving did earn Bob a 9th place finish. Branden had to start last in Sunday’s race because of World Challenge rules and a bit of a mix up on the team’s part.
At the start, Branden did grab a handful of positions and was running 11th for the first part of the race. But, as the race wore on, the other cars seemed to slow down as our CIVIC seamed to be getting faster--thanks, in part, to one of our new sponsors, BCRacing Suspension coil over shocks. We feel that the BCRacing shock kept our car very consistent as our fellow competitors’ handling was falling off; by the time we were at 4 laps to go, we were in 4th place! But, we were not going to be able to finish in 4th because in racing you need lots of parts to work at a 100%, and on this given day with 2 laps to go the ECU (the car’s computer) decided that it did not want to run and put the #64 engine into a limp mode relegating us to a 12th place finish.
We are looking for a 4th place or better finish at our next race at
VIRGINA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY September 10, and then on to MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK October 1-3. If you are interested in coming
to one of these, please email
your guest/crew list to: email@example.com.
a gallery of the crash between the #73 Mazda 6 and the #49
Acura TSX from the Road Atlanta race in September 2009. Click
here to see the pictures.
Branden Peterson Racing is proud
to announce two new sponsors:
Branden Peterson Racing attended the Petite LeMans at Road Atlanta with our SUPERTECH
Performance / Competition Clutch,
Acura TSX #49.
Qualifying had battles for position over the whole Field. We started with our normal qualifying procedure of two hot laps. The two qualifying laps were not fast enough, so Driver Branden Peterson stayed on track pushing and looking for that fast lap. With 4 minutes to go, the three Realtime Acura TSXs came back on track to try and better their best lap time. Branden tagged on to their three car train for the drafting advantage and posted 1:37.9, which was good for our best World Challenge qualifying position of 11th. Upon the start of the race, SUPERTECH Performance /
Acura TSX #49 moved up to the 10th place. For the first 5 laps, we had a challenge for the 10th position from Kevin Helms Honda Civic. By the 6th lap, we were able to hold the position and put some distance between us. Kevin would later have to retire his Civic because of over heating. Then, with half the race over and the 9th place car 4 corners ahead of us, we settled into a slower race pace but that does not mean we were above mistakes. Branden spun, not hitting anything or losing a position, but losing even more time to the leaders. This mistake would later prove to be fatal. Because of this spin, the lead cars were approaching the #49 TSX in the closing laps. With 2 laps to go, the #73 Mazda 6 hit the #49 Acura, sending both the cars into the wall; Branden's Acura getting the worst of the damage from contact with the wall and relegated to a 13th place finish. The TSX suffered very heavy damage to the right front and right rear. The damage to the right rear of the chassis being too extensive to ever repair (see below for video and action shots of the crash).
In-car video (right
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Branden Peterson Racing is proud
to announce Competition Clutch as a sponsor for 2009.
Also, the 2009 race schedule has been posted.
BRANDEN PETERSON RACING attended the Honda 200 July 19-20 at Mid-Ohio, racing in the WORLD CHALLENGE TOURING CAR class.
As with most of our race weekends, the ACURA TSX started off a little slow but in most on track sessions, we got one second faster. We qualified poorly at 19th. The start had a turn two crash, taking out Charles Espenlaub and Pierre Kleinubing (moving our #49 TSX up to 17th). This brought out the 1st of two full course yellows. The second yellow came out when a Mazda lost a motor and came to a stop on track. As the race unfolded, 3 more cars had slowing problems eventually putting them a lap down, and we took full advantage. We finished 13th with our fast-lap of the weekend coming during the race (1:39.867). The 13th finish paid $600. Also a big thank you to Mark German from GREEN FILTER who brought us a XXL Twister air filter. This GREEN FILTER was good for .6 of a second lap time improvement.
Our next race will be at ROAD AMERICA Aug. 8-10. We are dropping a new motor with more horsepower in the
TSX. Also Crew Chief Kurt Ristow is working on some new front A-arms.
be seen on the Photos page.
Branden Peterson Racing brought the black Acura TSX out to Mid -Ohio Sports Car Course for round 7 of the SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP. Prior to the race weekend, we did a lot of suspension changes and got a very trick exhaust system from RCREW RACING to make the car a bit faster than what we had at Salt Lake.The weekend started of very wet, but slowly dried as the weekend went along. The only drama we had all weekend was losing an oil line in the first practice session which required an inspection of the bottom of the motor to make sure there was not damage from oil starvation when the line came off. The race was somewhat uneventful. We started 22nd and finished 19th, winning $350. Pictures can
be seen on the Photos page.
the new 2006 Acura TSX racecar at the Utah Grand Prix in Tooele, UT. Pictures can
be seen on the Photos page.
Racing is please to announce new sponsorship relationships
with the following companies:
Racing presents a new 2006 Acura TSX racecar to be campaigned in the 2007
SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series. Pictures can
be seen on the Photos page.
drives the #49 Green Filter Racing Honda Civic to a 19th place finish at the Grand Prix of Denver.
Racing will be debuting a new Acura TSX racecar in the near future. Stay tuned for details and pictures.
2006 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series schedule has
been posted. See the Schedule
page for all the details.
Welcome to our new sponsors:
- Rapid 2-Way
- Calico Coatings
- Digital Motorsports
Check out the Sponsors
page for more information.
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