Change Racing BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix Media Information
Long Beach, Calif. (3 April 2017) – Change Racing will make its Long Beach Grand Prix debut this weekend in the BUBBA Burger Grand Prix for Round 3 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech championship.
With the support of Monster Energy, Orion Lighting, Xbox, Windows 10, Forza Motorsport 6, Pertamina, Lamborghini Carolinas, Lamborghini Squadra Corsa, the team will look to bring the momentum of a strong weekend performance last month at Sebring out West and convert that into a big result on the California street circuit.
Double Debut for Change Racing Drivers
Saturday’s (4 PM ET LIVE on FOX) race start at Long Beach will be the first for Corey Lewis and Jeroen Mul, although both have been to the track as spectators.
Lewis: “It’s my first time driving at Long Beach. I spent the last two years there as a spectator so I’m very much looking forward to getting to actually drive this year. I’ve been doing a lot of studying watching old race films to see how the races play out and to be honest I’ve been playing a lot of Forza Motorsport 6 in preparation for this weekend’s event.”
Catch My Drift: Jeroen Mul and his brother Sebastian arrived in Long Beach one week early to take in the US Formula Drift series event. It is Sebastian Mul’s (younger brother to Change Racing driver Jeroen) goal to become a pro drifting driver, and this year is competing in the German Nurburgring Drift Cup and in the Drift GP (European championship).
Street Wise, Lewis Past Experience: Lewis has twice raced on temporary street circuits — the Detroit Grand Prix in IMSA WeatherTech (2016), and the Streets of Toronto in Pro Mazda (2012).
Lewis: “To be completely honest I really do enjoy racing at the street circuits — it’s very demanding on the driver to make sure we have our points around the race track as you know there’s really no margin of error with the barriers being so close. I’ve also been training very hard on these off weeks in preparation knowing that this track is pretty physical, like Sebring as it’s a typical Street circuit being very bumpy.”
Long Beach is the Monaco of North America: Frequently compared to the crown jewel of motorsports, Long Beach runs on a temporary street course that is bordered by concrete around the entire circuit. While it marks the first-ever appearance for Mul at Long Beach, at least he has some kind of street racing experience, having twice raced Porsche Supercup at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Mul: “In my 2 years in Porsche Supercup I had the very lucky opportunity to race on probably the world’s most famous street track through Monaco during the Monaco GP. The concept of it being a street track is very similar obviously in that no mistake goes unpunished since the walls are so close! Monaco was even narrower though and a bit more technical but still Long Beach will be a very intense track to race!”
New Tracks: Making his rookie run in IMSA WeatherTech competition this year, Mul will be learning nearly every track on the 2017 schedule as he races on it. In addition to using Forza Motorsport to get a feel for the track and what he will need to do this weekend, he has gone the extra mile to prepare with simulators:
Mul: “I’ve prepared as well as I can by training on a simulator at the Technical University in Delft, The Netherlands. In collaboration with this Sim company we have had a very accurate model built of the track in Long Beach together with a model of our Lamborghini Huracán GT3. I have done multiple hours on this in the last few days refining my lines, finding a rhythm and simulating a full race weekend with all the different sessions including a full race distance. This was very helpful and I feel very confident that I can now also get into this rhythm quickly once we arrive in Long Beach for the race next weekend!”
All But For The last Lap: After racing over 1200 miles, the Sebring 12 Hour saw the team run short of fuel by just under one mile while running third. Despite the disappointment with the last lap setback and the ultimate race result, the weekend demonstrated a strong execution from the sophomore IMSA WeatherTech team.
Mul: “Sebring was obviously a race with very mixed feelings. In terms of result we were very disappointed considering our pace throughout the entire race. But in terms of overall performance everybody did an amazing job! The team did an incredible job making the car as balanced, fast and consistent as it was right off the truck.
“Corey (Lewis) did an amazing job qualifying and starting our car and I felt I drove the stint of a lifetime in the final 50 minute sprint to the finish. Third place was what we at least deserved everything considered and it was just extremely unfortunate that I had to park the car one lap before the end. I feel more than ever that with this team we are definitely able to fight for the top steps. And I can’t wait to use the momentum we have from Sebring going into the race here in Long Beach!”
Lewis’ Sebring Rearview:
Lewis: “Unfortunately, Sebring didn’t end the way that we wanted it to but I cannot be more proud of how hard the team has worked in preparation not only for Sebring – building the car from scratch four days before the event, but also for Long Beach. As a team at Sebring we showed amazing pace throughout the whole race battling for the top spot the whole time. Change Racing is gelling extremely well and it’s the best it’s ever been. Pushing forward going into Long Beach I think we’re going to carry all the momentum that we built in Sebring to this next event and we’re knocking on podiums and race wins, it’s just a matter of time for us.”
From the Pit Box: Robby Benton
“Long Beach is an unknown for most teams in the GTD class, especially us. Neither we as a team, or either of our drivers have any applicable experience on the streets of Long Beach. We’ve worked extensively in simulation, but nothing prepares you for the actual circuit until you get there. Practice time is short and the schedule is condensed from what we are used to, so unloading with a good baseline will be key. I want to allow the drivers maximum time to get laps and learn the circuit, so our focus will be just that – laps. From there, circumstances will dictate the weekend and we’ll do all we can to influence our own set of circumstances in a positive way by qualifying well and working to stay toward the front of the class. This is a street circuit and your fortunes can change very quickly. We hope to build on the momentum gained at Sebring and make our first trip to Long Beach a memorable one.”
Change Racing 2017 BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix Media Information:
Team Partnerships: Monster Energy, Orion Lighting, Forza Motorsport/Xbox, Windows 10, Pertamina, Lamborghini Carolinas
2016 IMSA WeatherTech Championship: 10th in GTD Class
Change Racing Team Information:
Tom Finney -Transporter driver/tire specialist
Keith Hinkein – Pit manager
Steve Ragan – Mechanic
Greg Turner – Mechanic+fueler
Jonathan Bartlett – Lead Engineer (Lives outside of London)
Scott McGarrity- Tire specialist (lives in Ireland)
Ranald Maclean – Mechanic (lives in Stockholm)
Charles Price – Rear tire changer-ex RCR NASCAR mechanic, (lives in LA)
Matt Dobson – Jack and tire carrier-mechanic (lives outside of London)
Rick Carpenter – Logistics manager-fire bottle
Michael McCoy – Engineer/strategist/data acquisition
Austin Gager – Web design, photography, videography, social media, digital content, driver data collection
Change Racing Driver Bios
Birthday: October 17, 1991
Hometown: Nazareth, PA
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!
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)