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Charlotte, N.C. (13 March 2017) – Change Racing will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition this weekend as the series stages Round 2 of the 2017 championship with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday.
With the support of commercial partners Forza Motorsport, Monster Energy, and Orion Lighting, Change Racing drivers American Corey Lewis, Dutchman Jeroen Mul and American Brett Sandberg will share the driving duties in the No. 16 Change Racing XBox Forza / Monster Energy / Orion Lamborghini Huracàn
GT3 in Saturday’s race as the team looks to translate its consistently strong speed into a healthy haul of championship points.2017 marks the sophomore season of IMSA WeatherTech competition for Change Racing, which suffered an early end to the race at Daytona following race-ending contact as the team was scored with a 25th place class result.
The Sebring event is one that has a long tradition, both as a cherished Florida Spring Break event as well as a race with 65 years of sometimes outrageous racing history. The 3.74-mile circuit is arguably the bumpiest and most brutal on the IMSA calendar, with large sections of airport runway combined with transitional asphalt sections. Featuring a green flag time of 10:40 AM ET on Saturday and running into the dark Florida night with a 10:40 PM ET checkered flag, the race is one that requires perfect execution through a range of conditions.
The 2016 edition lived up to its reputation with huge transitions in conditions, as a sunny warm race start turned to rain that was so significant that it caused a two hour delay. Despite the extensive precipitation, Lewis delivered a stand-out drive in his debut Sebring 12 Hour outing with an impressive charge to the lead in the middle stages of the race.
Change Racing is the road racing arm of RAB Racing, which has a winning history in NASCAR Xfinity competition. Change Racing first started competing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship in 2013, picking up seven team and driver championships by 2015. In 2016, the team grew to also compete in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship with the Lamborghini Huracàn GT3.
In the space of less than one month this year, the fortunes of Change Racing varied massively at Daytona International Speedway. The IMSA opener saw the team dealt two servings of bad luck as two crashes forced the team to end the race early. But just a few weeks later, the same group of team members were a part of the effort to put D.J. Kennington into the Daytona 500. The Canadian racer did exactly that, marking a significant professional breakthrough for team principal Robby Benton, who made the show in his third try as a team owner.
From the Pit Box: Team Principal Robby Benton
“The 12 Hour is a very challenging race—the Sebring track is tough, it is a long day for all the teams and drivers, and you really never know what the race is going to throw at you. We saw that last year and certainly expect the unexpected again this weekend. Hopefully we can have a clean race, put some points on the board, and start to build some momentum for the season. The Lamborghini Huracàn has been very competitive and hopefully that is the case again this weekend. Although we have seen that having speed is not enough, so we’ve got to execute all week long and that will be our focus.”
Change Racing Driver Bios
Corey Lewis Birthday: October 17, 1991 Age: 25 Hometown: Nazareth, PA Website: http://coreylewisracing.com Twitter: @CoreyLewis39 Instagram: @Coreylewis39
A young talent and World Champion on the move, Corey Lewis has an extensive list of events to be added to his lengthy resume of racing. Lewis, who started out in the karting ranks quickly made his way through open wheel cars, including Skip Barber and Pro Mazda, ultimately ending up in sports car racing, where he currently has found his home with North American Lamborghini team, Change Racing.
Lewis secured the 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am Championship in only his first year of competition with Change Racing, capping off the season with a big weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The 2016 season of racing brought Lewis to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Change Racing as well as a seat in the Strategic Wealth Porsche Cayman in the Continental SportsCar Championship. Lewis also competed in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo race at Laguna Seca where he dominated the field with a Pro-Am class win after starting last on the grid.
Lewis made his Rolex 24 debut just this past WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season (2016) with Change Racing in his Lamborghini Huracan GT3 car finishing 18th.
In 2017, Lewis will return to Change Racing for his sophomore season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
– 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Pro-Am Class Champion including 12 wins and 2 podiums
- 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Pro-Am Class win at Laguna Seca
- Podium, Continental Tire SportsCar Championship, Watkins Glen 2016
- 2016 Change Racing WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition including two top-five finishes at CTMP and VIR
- 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am Champion & World Champion (Change Racing/ Lamborghini Huracan)
- 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am Wins: Watkins Glen, VIR, COTA, Road Atlanta, Sebring
- 2014 CTSCC at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ST class winner (BERG Racing/Porsche Cayman)
- 2014 CTSCC at Kansas pole and podium finish in ST class (Rebel Rock Racing/Porsche Cayman)
– 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo at VIR back-to-back wins Pro-Am class (Change Racing/Lamborghini Huracan)
Name: Jeroen Mul
Birthday: June 14, 1990
Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Growing up in Amsterdam, Jeroen Mul did not come from a family of racers and rather took a liking to the sport off his own interest. Mul started out in go-karts and then primarily competed throughout Europe in his early years, racing in open wheel cars before making the move to GT racing in 2012.
Jeroen started his sports car career in the Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup and then competed in the Dutch Super Cup challenge where he walked away with a win in Belgium. Mul eventually grew to where he currently stands now with Lamborghini. Mul dominated the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series in 2014, only finishing outside of the top-five twice.
Aside from his on-track activities, Jeroen also has an automotive business degree from IVA Driebergen. Mul was also a driving instructor in 2015 at Academia and Lamborghini Esperienza customer programs. Since his time spent with Lamborghini has grown throughout the years, Mul also works as a brand ambassador for the Italian car company.
Also, he went to a school that specializes in drifting, and they asked him to come back to be an instructor. His big brother is a firefighter and now is in training to become a policeman (in the Netherlands). His little brother is a drift guy–still finishing school though!
The 2017 12 Hours of Sebring will be Mul’s debut in the event.
– 2013 Dutch Supercar Challenge at Belgium Win
– 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo wins: Silverstone, Paul Ricard, Nurburgring
- 2014 Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome A6-AM class second place (rhino’s Leipert Motorsport, -Lamborghini Gallardo GT3)
- 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza win (Lamborghini Huracan)
Name: Brett Sandberg
Born: September 20, 1989 Hometown: Allendale, NJ Website: www.brettsandberg.com Twitter: @Sandberg47 Instagram: @Brett_Sandberg
Unlike most, Brett Sandberg did not have the typical karting background which drew him into the sport. Sandberg dove right into racing in the NASA Honda Challenge Championship, finishing the season with a Championship win.
Since his start, Sandberg has raced a slew of cars, making it easy for him to conquer any car that he competes in. Sandberg’s list of race cars include an Acura Integra, Acura TSX, Porsche Cayman & 911 GT3, Lamborghini LP560, Nissan 350Z, Aston Martin, Audi R8 LMS and KTM X-Box GT4.
2015 marked a big year for Sandberg as he competed in three different race series – Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo – along with making his European debut at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. He built on that experience to win the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship.
Brett Sandberg raced in the 2013 Sebring 12 Hour with Flying Lizard Motorsports, starting 7th and finishing 9th in GTC competition.
– 2009 NASA Honda Challenge Champion (Acura Integra)
– 2011 Grand-Am at Daytona International Speedway Rolex 24 debut (Rick Ware Racing, Porsche GT3 Cup Car)
- 2011 Grand-Am at Sebring 12 Hour GT2 class debut (West Racing/Lamborghini LP560)
- 2013 IMSA GT3 Challenge Championship fourth place & Rookie of the Year Winner (Privacy Star Truspeed/Porsche)
- 2015 ADAC Nurburgring 24 Hours debut with a DNF (Prosport-Performance GmbH/Porsche GT3R)
- 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS class Champion (KTM X-Bow GT4)
About: Change Racing is a team competing in the IMSA GT Daytona class, as well as the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series. We also provide trackside support, engineering and program management for other teams in various series throughout North America.
Founded by successful real estate developer and Lamborghini Carolinas CEO Eddie Littlefield, along with NASCAR team owner Robby Benton, the duo first joined forces to compete for the 2013 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series North American Championship in its inaugural year in North America.