Ready for Evaluation: SERKET Racing Prepared for Road America
August 6th, 2013
SERKET Racing driver Mark Llano has a big challenge awaiting this coming weekend with Rounds 9 and 10 of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series at Road America.
Coming off of a tough, but valuable race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Llano will be well prepared for the track racing journalist Robin Miller refers to as, “the best test of road racing in North America.”
“We should be able to hit top speeds at this track,” Llano said. “With the great coaching from Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler (Porsche factory driver), Sean Edwards and Ramez Wahab (team owner of NGT Motorsport). I’m ready to turn some fast laps and apply what these amazing pro drivers have been coaching me on.”
The former Marine and his team will take on the high-speed track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 8-11 for the 2013 Road Race Showcase. The permanent road course is a challenging 4.048 mile 14-turn circuit. Road America is known for its front stretch between Turn 14 and Turn 1, where drivers can hit an excess of 150 miles per hour. The course also possesses a well-known Turn 11 referred to as, “The Kink.”
“I raced at Road America once during a PCA event last year,” Llano explained. “At the time, I believe I had only three months of training behind the Porsche GT3 Cup car, which is nothing when you’re talking about the caliber of racers I’m now up against in the IMSA Series, and the amount of seat time these drivers have. I expect to see some good racing.”
Llano will have to conquer the road course on multiple machines this weekend, not only by car but also by bike. Road America will host its annual, Tour de Road America bike ride on Friday, August 9 with opening ceremonies beginning at 5 p.m. The SUBARU Tour de Road America is a bike ride held to help raise funds for multiple charitable organizations that support the fight against cancer.
Llano plans to take part in the festivities by donning full camouflage while biking around the course. He will ride in support of those fighting against cancer and in honor of those fighting for America’s freedom. To learn more about the bike ride or to sign up visit the Tour de Road America website.
“We are very happy to support the bike ride to fight cancer,” Llano said. “This is no doubt a great cause to fight and celebrate survivorship. Having watched a loved one pass away due to cancer, I understand the affects emotionally and I’m glad to be a part of this mission.”
The excitement begins early Thursday August 8, with testing at 8:40 a.m. ET. The green flag for Race One drops Saturday, August 10 at 8:40 a.m. ET. For a full schedule visit the IMSA website.