U.S. Race Car Driver Hal Prewitt Doubles Up in Barcelona in Pursuit of 24H International Endurance Series Championship
Prewitt and Teammates Racing No. 160 Lotus Evora GT4 and No. 92 MARC Cars Ford Focus Saturday in 24 Hours of Barcelona
BARCELONA, Catalunya, Spain (September 4, 2015) – Tech pioneer, fine-art photographer and accomplished race car driver Hal Prewitt will continue his quest for the 2015 24H International Endurance Series (IES) Championship Saturday at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya co-driving two different race cars in the 24 Hours of Barcelona.
The twice-around-the-clock endurance race begins Saturday, September 6, at Noon local time in Barcelona - 6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT in the United States – and the action can be followed at www.24HSeries.com/Live.
Prewitt is preparing for his second 24-hour race in a row following a fifth-place finish in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Zolder in Belgium, but more is on the line in Spain.
The 24 Hours of Barcelona is the penultimate round of this year’s 24H IES, a professional sports car racing championship held throughout Europe and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Prewitt, a native Floridian who resides in Miami and Park City, Utah, is the top American in the series, currently eighth overall out of the 646 drivers that have raced in the global championship this year. Points will be at a premium this weekend with just two races left in the season, and Prewitt will maximize his potential in Barcelona by racing in two different race cars.
Prewitt co-drives both the No. 160 Drink Florida Orange Juice/Cor Euser Racing Lotus Evora GT4, which competes in the SP3 class, and will race for the first time in the No. 92 MARC Cars Australia Ford Focus in the SP2 division.
"It’s great to be back in Barcelona and driving the 24 hour race,” Prewitt said. “Friday finished with qualifying and night practice, which I did in both cars. I ran a few acceptable laps but most teams are struggling a little bit with the weather. We had a mixture of wet and dry today but nothing like last year when we had a massive hail storm that left more than one foot of hail lined along the race track edge. We are expecting a dry race with maybe the small chance of a shower.”
Prewitt will share the Lotus with team owner and timeless Dutch driver, Cor Euser, and his countryman, Huub Delnoij, an emerging 17-year-old talent.
Euser qualified third in SP3 in the Lotus in Friday’s qualifying, turning a top-lap time of 2:01.477 in tricky and damp conditions.
"We have two races remaining in the championship and a good finish is needed to maintain our position,” Euser said. “Our team has worked very hard to prepare the Lotus. Hal and Huub are good drivers and will do well. With some luck we should finish P1.”
Prewitt, Euser and Delnoij scored an SP3 class victory in the Lotus earlier this summer in the IES 12 Hours of Zandvoort in Holland in May.
Co-drivers with Prewitt in the Focus include top Australian talents Ryan McLeod, Peter Leemhuis and Morgan Haber as well as Englishman, Jade Edwards. The entry clocked in eighth fastest in a wet SP2 qualifying session at 2:15.305.
“The MARC Focus is a very interesting design,” Prewitt said. “It took a few laps to figure it out because it is quite different than the Lotus or other GT cars I have raced. Something like driving a stock car used in the U.S. in NASCAR except that it’s a right-side drive while the Lotus is left. For the race I am planning on doing two stints but spending most of time in the Lotus."
In a professional driving career that will reach 198 races in Barcelona, Prewitt has earned 73 first-place finishes and 115 total podiums. He has competed with Cor Euser Racing since 2009, and a second-place finish three races ago in ENEOs 1000km Race in Lithuania was his 16th podium with the team.
- Prewitt’s international racing adventures are being chronicled in a blog appearing for the remainder of the international racing season on leading sports car racing web site, www.SportsCar365.com, which now has Prewitt’s Zolder report posted.
- In addition to being a race car driver, inventor and technical pioneer, Prewitt is also an emerging fine-art photographer. He is opening a new gallery in Park City, Utah this year and always takes time to hone his fine-art photographic skills while traveling around the world. The Prewitt original below is the Milky Way at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. The Canyon and rocks were lit by "painting with light" in total darkness and using a hand held flash light.
About Hal Prewitt
At just 14, Hal Prewitt obtained a junked car, rebuilt it and taught himself to drive. As a teen he began autocross racing, flying planes, painting, building electronics and programming. The combination would lead to a high-flying career in computer software and hardware, race car driving and, eventually, photography. He was 38 in 1992, when he sold his tech company to Sony and turned his full attention to parenting his two young sons. Later he pursued and became a successful international race car driver. A former elected official and an enthusiastic participant on several government, for profit and non-profit boards, Prewitt is at the top of his game in racing. He also manages investments, photographs, grows oranges and operates Prewitt Enterprises, LLC in Florida and Utah.
About Hal Prewitt Photography
Traveling the world on photo projects, business missions and attending races lets Prewitt explore amazing locations and capture a wide array of magical moments. Soon, his new gallery in Park City, Utah, will display many of his majestic wildlife and landscape images which have become collectors’ items. “Capturing a great scene is not unlike winning a race,” Prewitt said. “When it all comes together at that ideal spot and special moment, it’s that unique experience like winning each race, a moment that will never be repeated.”
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