With high levels of anticipation and equally high levels of expectations placed upon himself, Andrie Hartanto entered the first race of his full-time professional racing career after joining BimmerWorld Racing. In his first testing weekend with a new car, Hartanto and co-driver, Tyler Cooke demonstrated a healthy pace at Daytona International Speedway, proving that they possessed front-running potential amid a fast and talented field of drivers. Hartanto returned to Daytona, eager to kick off the first race of the season as he and Cooke were confidently poised to challenge the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST field in their #81 BMW 328i.
In the weeks leading up to IMSA’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, there was a palatable level of speculation for Andrie Hartanto’s prospects for the 2015 racing season. Prior to the first race of the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, the series held a three-day weekend-long testing event at Daytona International Speedway. Hartanto’s first foray behind the wheel of the brand-new BimmerWorld BMW F30 328i would be at completely unfamiliar track. Hartanto would be sharing driving duties with Tyler Cooke, a young, race-winning driver with BimmerWorld in the #81 car.
Andrie Hartanto and BimmerWorld announce 2015 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season campaignDecember 18th, 2014
Concluding an SCCA national championship-winning 2014 season with Prima Racing, driver and team principal, Andrie Hartanto had indicated a desire to push even further in 2015. The dream of advancing to the next level of competition now becomes a reality with the announcement of Hartanto’s full-time involvement in professional racing with BimmerWorld.
Founded in 1997 by James Clay, BimmerWorld began as a supplier of used BMW parts and quickly grew to offer replacement parts, performance parts and race parts for all BMW enthusiasts and now also operates as a racing enterprise with its primary focus set upon the IMSA Continential Tire Sports Car Challenge. Hartanto will be partnering with Tyler Cooke, a young, talented racer who has already proven to be a race winner with Bimmerworld last season. Hartanto will be competing in Bimmerworld’s new turbocharged F30 328i race car.
Joining Hartanto in his new endeavor with BimmerWorld Racing are familiar sponsors Supertech Performance, Speed SF and Quickjack. In addition, Performance Technic will be joining forces with Hartanto in full-time professional debut with the BMW racing outfit.
“This is exactly the new challenge that I was looking for,” Hartanto admitted. “I’ve enjoyed my success in club racing and have learned a lot in the pro races I have entered over the years, but I’ve always wanted to dedicate my efforts towards a full-fledged pro campaign. I cannot give enough thanks my team, my sponsors or my supporters because this would not have happened without them. I’m really excited to finally have such a great opportunity with BimmerWorld. They’re an outstanding organization that I’m honored to be a part of for next year. I’m looking forward to delivering positive results.”
Supertech Performance is a leading valvetrain component manufacturer for racing application. They recently start to offer high quality forged Pistons for select applications . To learn more please visit http://supertechperformance.com
Speed SF is NorCal based premier track organizer, hosting amateur time Attack competition in various track in Whole California area. To learn more please visit http://speedsf.com
Quickjack is a portable jack by Ranger Product. A division of BendPak, leader in garage equipments. To learn more about quickjack please visit http://www.prima-racing.com/quick-jack/
Performance Technic is a premier San Francisco Bay Area BMW and Porsche specialist. they offer service, as well as performance upgrades for your automobiles. To learn more please visit http://performancetechnic.com
Following the end of a successful 2013 season, Andrie Hartanto announced to his Prima Racing team that the team’s 2014 targets would be much more challenging, more demanding and more focused. Hartanto wanted to do something that neither he, nor the team had ever done before; win the SCCA National Championship. A secondary goal was to also fight for additional wins in the US Touring Car Championship in the GT Class.
Each goal presented its own challenge, but both required a demanding level of performance from the team both on and off the track. In order to qualify for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs event, Hartanto would have to successfully place high enough through the course of a predetermined number race weekends in order to be eligible for the SCCA Runoffs. This meant battling formidable competition for a minimum of six regional races and placing within the top finishers at each one. If this couldn’t be accomplished, the team would need to venture to other regions in the hopes of putting in strong performances.
The USTCC GT Class posed an interesting driving challenge in that Prima Racing’s Honda S2000 was by far, the most underpowered car in the class. While it was no secret that Hartanto was capable of turning blindingly quick laps, the lack of power had been the team’s primary weakness, as the pole positions earned in qualifying carried less merit after being overtaken at the start of the race by higher powered cars. While the team had secured an opportunity to add more horsepower for the USTCC GT Class races through longtime sponsor CT Engineering, the addition of power would not come until later in the season, thus making the early races a rather extraordinary challenge for Hartanto behind the wheel.