GHG has been a proud fan of dynamo racecar driver Shea Holbrook for many years. And now we have even more reason to celebrate Shea as she adds Team Owner to her abundant skill set. We hope you will all enjoy reading about Shea's great new adventures.
But before you read on . . . . we want to acknowledge some very special individuals and organizations. Through the very generous support of Simon Kirkby and Jeanette Veitenheimer of the exemplary Lime Rock Park Drivers Club, Shea and her team were able to shakedown their fleet of 3 at this race track gem (GHG's happiest place on earth) in advance of their Pirelli World Challenge race on July 4-6, 2013. A heartfelt shout out to The DRIVERS Club and to our good friends Ian Prout and Elivan Goulart of SCDA for their outstanding alliance.
We also want to say what a joy it was to get spend time with Shea and her family-run organization. A terrific group of individuals. A big thanks to Shea, Erin, and Jeff and the great team they have assembled. At risk of forgetting anyone, great to meet you Nick, Joel, Denise, Jon and Maggie!
Live Online Broadcast of the PWC at Lime Rock Park: http://www.world-challengetv.com
TV Broadcast: NBC Sports, July 20th, 4pm ET
For Shea Racing's full 2013 schedule, http://shearacing.com/?page_id=1003 !
Posted on May 22, 2013 by Shea
Reprinted with permission from Shea Racing
Shea Holbrook’s transition from driver to driver and team co-owner came with a big dose of big picture.
In 2013 Shea Racing has expanded from just Shea Holbrook and her family-run team to a three-car effort with the addition of Jon Miller of Orlando, Florida, and P.J. Groenke of Toronto, Canada.
The team will continue to compete in Pirelli World Challenge, with Miller driving in the Touring Car (TC) category and Holbrook and Groenke driving in the Touring Car B-Spec (TCB) category. The move to add two drivers to the team required Holbrook to turn over her Honda Civic TC car to Miller. Holbrook and Groenke will drive slightly modified Honda Fits in the TCB class.
The decision to move herself down a class to give fully sponsored Miller the Civic was Holbrook’s Business Owner 101 moment wherein she expanded her viewpoint to include the bigger picture.
“It was a business decision to help advance the growth of the team. I took step back in class — but I don’t think it’s a step back in my career — to hopefully next year take two or three steps forward,” Holbrook said. “I was really looking at the bigger picture. I don’t come from a wealthy background; I don’t even come from a motorsport background. The way I look at is, if I can have a business in an industry I am in love with that will always keep me in my passion.”
At age 23 Holbrook hopes to still have many years ahead of her as a driver. Right now getting the team off the ground is the main concern.
“I really admire (former IndyCar driver and current IndyCar owner) Sarah Fisher’s model of going through the ranks, driving for all those years and deciding she was going to stop driving and move her career aspirations more to the team ownership role and she is doing phenomenal job at it. I would really like to, in my own way, mimic what she has done,” Holbrook said.
Moving from one to three cars and adding two new drivers makes life a lot more complicated, Holbrook said. “I’m used to just dealing with myself. Now I’m dealing with two other drivers. The intensity level on everything went up. It’s not just about me and my family anymore. There are times where I have to say I can’t put myself first in this situation, I have to make sure Jon and PJ are being taken care of.”
This weekend Holbrook gets on track at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), where she qualified Friday and will race today at tomorrow.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “Think of any picturesque race track in North America and quadruple that. That’s what COTA is. TV doesn’t do it justice. Turn 1 on TV definitely doesn’t do it justice. During our track walk we we’re walking into turn one and we’re like, wow, this is steep. It’s a flowing this big ribbon of red white of blue. It’s gorgeous.”