The Stoner/Automatic Aston Martins will appear in multiple series and formats this year.
LANCASTER. Pa. (18 January 2023) --Stoner Car Care racing fielded by Automatic Racing will start 2023 with the traditional appearance at Daytona with the IMSA Michelin Pilot Series “Roar Before the Rolex 24” this coming weekend.
The team, however, will not be chasing a finish in the Bronze Cup series, but instead will focus on a wider range of race types, including the World Racing League (WRL) endurance series, the new IMSA VP Racing Sportscar Challenge, and a smaller amount of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Series races.
All three race types are multi-level, multi-turn road course endurance races. The largest difference between the races will be the length of time spent racing and the number of drivers. The longest races will be the WRL Series ranging up to two 8-hour race days and commanding three different drivers to work together. The IMSA Michelin Pilot Series averages 4-hours with two drivers, and the new VP Racing Sportscar Challenge is a sprint race up to 1-hour long and only using one driver.
Stoner CEO and Driver, Robert Ecklin, Jr. will once again be behind the wheel for several of the races this season. “I’m always excited, always thankful to be out there on the track, because it’s not something you can assume will happen.” stated Ecklin. “I enjoy running with my co-driver, Ramin [Abdolvahabi], and I’ve been working with Dave Russell as a team owner for many years now. It's a wonderful relationship with a great cultured team of people that he has employed and brings to the track. Everybody works hard to put a good car on the track - a good car that is podium possible. So, if the drivers can deliver - and we’re always working like hell to deliver - that makes for a good weekend!”
When asked why the shift to a wider range of races this year, Ecklin responded...
“I race to extend the branding of our products, and personally to become a better race car driver: race craft, lap times, technique, understanding the car better, understanding tracks better, understanding the competitors. This will allow that expansion while presenting a new challenge.”
The new series kicks off this weekend. Follow along on our social media platforms and newsletter.
About Stoner Car Care
Stoner Car Care produces high-performance car washes, waxes, polishes, and dressings for auto enthusiasts and car care professionals. The Stoner Car Care line-up includes Invisible Glass, America's #1 Automotive Glass Cleaner, along with many other appearance products. Whether driving, washing, or waxing, Performance Matters! Stoner car care proudly formulates all our product since 1942. www.stonercarcare.com
About Invisible Glass
Automatic Racing sees their way to victory with Invisible Glass, the top-selling automotive glass cleaner in the United States. The Invisible Glass product line includes aerosol and spray bottle cleaner, Invisible Glass with rain repellent for windshields and wiper blades. Find more online at https://www.invisibleglass.com
About Automatic Racing
Based in Orlando, Automatic Racing is one of the longest-running teams in the paddock, forming in 2001 and competing in all but one of the 11 MICHELIN Pilot Challenge races at Daytona. The team has been developing, preparing, and racing the prestigious Aston Martin Vantage GT4 since 2012. Automatic Racing won the 2017 MICHELIN Pilot Challenge title. https://automaticracing.com