"We looked at a lot of options available to us and the reason we went with Audi is, firstly, their car is very fast and has shown to be a winner world wide. Secondly, their customer support program is way beyond that of anything else that is offered by any other manufacturer to a customer in the USA. We are very happy with our choice and believe that with the engineering support and constant development that Audi offers, we will return to the top step of the podium. We have been welcomed by Audi to its customer program with open arms, something we have not experienced before with previous cars we have run. This program came together very quickly and I cannot say enough about the Audi staff that stepped up to make this happen for Long Beach. We must also thank our sponsor, Hawk Performance, for supporting our decision to change manufacturers and look forward to bringing them the results they deserve."
"As a sponsor, I am very pleased to see that we are moving to Audi and their terrific R8," said Dave Roberts, President and CEO of Carlisle Companies/Hawk Performance. "I own an R8 street car and if the race car is as capable as the street car, it will make the team a World Challenge front runner in 2014. I am confident that with the R8 being prepared by Nick Short of CRP Racing and with Mike Skeen behind the wheel, the Hawk/CRP Racing/Audi Team will challenge for the championship this year. I can't wait for the race this weekend at Long Beach."
Hawk Performance is a leading supplier of severe duty and high performance friction products manufactured in ISO-certified facilities for the motorsports and performance automotive aftermarket. Hawk Performance products are engineered to allow users to control, command and conquer the terrain for which their vehicles are designed.
CRP Racing, based in Charlotte, NC, is a leading edge race car engineering company with a winning pedigree that offers full service race car preparation, full track set-up, restoration and custom fabrication, shock, dyno and design services.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
CRP Racing Debuts Audi R8 in Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach Grand Prix FeaturedWritten by CRP Racing Staff
Long Beach, Calif. - After campaigning Chevy Corvettes and Nissan GT-Rs since their debut in World Challenge in 2008, CRP Racing, along with Hawk Performance, will bring a new challenger to the Long Beach Grand Prix. CRP Racing has acquired an Audi R8 Ultra from Audi Sport customer racing, a car that CRP owner, Nicholas Short, believes is the future for the CRP team.