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Speedwerks Announces Two-Car Honda TCR Program

Mazda MX-5 Challenge squad Atlanta Speedwerks expands to IMSA TCR with Honda…

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Atlanta Speedwerks has confirmed that it will run a pair of Honda Civic Type Rs in next year’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class.

The Georgia-based operation will join the IMSA challenge ranks as an expansion of its current racing activities in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

Team owner Todd Lamb will co-drive one of the cars with Brian Henderson, who raced for Speedwerks in Global MX-5s and also has recent experience in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The driver lineup of the second car, meanwhile, has yet to be announced.

“We have been building this team every year, and I’m really happy to be returning to IMSA and the TCR class, which is an outstanding platform,” said Lamb.

“I raced a Honda Civic in World Challenge when they won the manufacturers’ championship [with Compass Racing] so when we were deciding what manufacturer to align with, it was great to already know so many of the guys at HPS to move forward with the Civic.”

Several teams have committed to the sophomore season of the TCR class in IMSA, with Brian Herta Autosport, LAP Motorsports, Hype Motorsport Group and eEuroparts Racing already listed for 2019.

Lamb explained that Atlanta Speedwerks’ commitment to the class is part of an expansion of the team’s customer program.

“We are expanding as a shop, and being able to offer a wider diversity of programs gives us more options to provide our customers,” he said.

“Brian has done a great job at Global [Mazda MX-5 Cup] level and that is great preparation for IMSA.

“We are talking to drivers about our sister TCR entry and hope to have our team-mates confirmed soon. We do have testing opportunities available for the Roar at Daytona in early January.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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