Prima Racing Claims its First SCCA National Championship!

October 14th, 2014

At last year’s season-end party, Prima Racing team principal and driver, Andrie Hartanto announced a bold target for the team’s 2014 season; the STU Class SCCA National Championship. While the team had competed with SCCA Pro Racing at a few local World Challenge races in previous years, this was a new series, new class and a new level of competition for a dedicated, season-long campaign. Hartanto was confident that the team could do well, despite the fact that the team would have a long road ahead in order to qualify for the Runoffs.

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As the Pressure Heats up, APR Performance Keeps Prima Racing Cool

October 1st, 2014

On more than one occasion, frequent readers of Prima Racing’s updates have noticed that the team frequently replaces rotors. Lots of them. Despite running ducting to cool the brakes, the level of heavy braking generates substantial heat, causing excessive and sometimes critical levels of wear to both the rotors and pads. On numerous occasions Prima Racing has also been asked why the team hasn’t made the upgrade to larger brakes with more pistons, larger pads and bigger diameter rotors. There are a few reasons for this;

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Taking the Show on the Road: Prima Racing at the USTCC GT Class Race in Utah

September 15th, 2014

With the 2014 race season approaching its final chapters, Prima Racing pushed ahead with its final preparations to clinch not one, but two championships. The first and mathematically more challenging of the two was the USTCC GT Class championship. While the team enjoyed a surprise upset victory in the opening endurance race, a gross disparity in horsepower and mechanical failures pushed Prima Racing further down the points standings, despite some valiant qualifying efforts. It wasn’t until the most recent race at Laguna Seca that the team finally leveled the playing field with the addition of a CT Engineering supercharger package, which brought the car closer to GT Class standards. With a more powerful car, Prima Racing could now defend its qualifying position at the start of the race, plus stretch its lead. The team had displayed a commanding performance at Laguna Seca and looked poised to continue the momentum into the USTCC finale at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

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Prima Racing’s NASA Weekend at Laguna Seca Results in Surprise Success

July 30th, 2014

In previous years, Prima Racing has partaken in numerous NASA weekends, primarily within the Honda Challenge classes. With a gap in the racing schedule for the team, taking the S2000 back down to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for further testing seemed like a wise decision.  To do so, Prima Racing the team signed itself up for the ST3 (Super Touring) class while running the S2000 in their usual SCCA STU level of trim.

“Getting proper track time at Laguna is rare and it usually comes at a premium,” noted driver and Team Principal, Andrie Hartanto.  “We anticipate some stiff competition at Runoffs, which is held at Laguna Seca this year. We’re not looking to be competitive this weekend at all. This is strictly a testing weekend and we’re going to be constantly trying different stuff. While this weekend’s results do not directly affect either series that we’re actively campaigning in this year, the information we hope to take away from this weekend will be very important.”

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