ZF Race Reporter in 2015

This is the place to find all the videos and images of our ZF Race Reporter in action in 2015, featuring the winning Fan Reporter question. The ZF team spent some weekends finding exclusive stories and excitement taking place behind the scenes of the track.

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January 22-25, 2015 - Rolex 24 At Daytona

Known as the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway will be the back drop for the first ZF Race Reporter series of videos highlighting the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona

Grant Stoddart's fan question for Michael Shank: Why did you switch for a Daytona Prototype to the Ligier and what are your chances to get back to victory lane?

Grant’s passion for racing started at 12 years old when he raced AFX cars with a neighborhood friend. While growing up in Pensacola, he would attend weekend races at Five Flags Speedway and attend many Decembers at the Snowball Derby. After graduating college and moving to Cocoa Beach to work for NASA, he didn’t miss a day in the garages and pits at the Daytona 500 and Pepsi 400. His exposure to NASCAR scored Grant a job as a “Pit Runner” for one of the 400 milers. Grant has had the chance to share his career with the motorsports community as well, he had the opportunity to participate in a tour of Kennedy Space Center for drivers Dale Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman. Grant has had the chance to attend the Rolex 24 at Daytona before and looks forward to witnessing the excitement again!

March 19-21, 2015 - Sebring International Raceway

Sebring International Raceway is home to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The historic track is comprised of 17-turns and infamous for its changing track surfaces that will challenge the TUDOR Championship teams in March.

Hannah's fan question: In the history of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, this year brought the first time American manufacturers won every class. What advancements made it possible and how will that shake up this weekend’s event?

Hannah Rickards will serve as the ZF Fan Reporter at the Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring race in March. Hannah’s passion for motorsports has been passed down through generations of race enthusiasts, including her grandfather who raced as a hobby and her father who has been a race enthusiast since he was a child. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and currently works at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Hannah has had the opportunity to host video updates and question-and-answer sessions for Las Vegas Motor Speedway including interviews with John Force, Denny Hamlin, Tanner Foust, Danica Patrick, Tony Schumacher, Brad Keselowski and Matt Hagan. Additionally, she conducts opening ceremonies and Victory Lane interviews with future stars at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In addition to racing,

Hannah enjoys long-distance running, traveling and attending concerts.

May 28-30, 2015 - Detroit Grand Prix

The Belle Isle Circuit runs down the middle of the Detroit River. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship brings its international brand of racing to the Motor City.

Ryan Mahaffey’s love for motorsports began at a young age when he attended local dirt track races in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Through his teenage years Ryan raced motocross and attended many NASCAR races. On his 21st birthday he participated in the Richard Petty Driving Experience where he was able to drive a race car at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. In his spare time Ryan likes to go fishing, camping, mountain biking, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Ryan is currently an employee at ZF Electronics in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin where he works with the product support team helping customers with technical support, general sales and assistance.

His fan question: What was it that made you so passionate for racing? At what age did you form a love for speed and competition? What would you recommend for up and coming kids that want to get into racing, and how to achieve their goals?

July 23-26, 2015 - Lime Rock Park

Lime Rock Park is a natural-terrain motorsport road racing venue built in 1956 in Salisbury, Connecticut. In 2015, Lime Rock Park will host the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

Derrick Fonseca

Derrick Fonseca’s love for motorsport began when he was a young boy, mimicking the races he saw on televisions with Hot Wheels and riding his go-kart.

Derrick is interested in both the driver and technical side of racing. He has had the opportunity to attended races throughout the world, most recently the FIA World Touring Car Championship race Portugal. Derrick had the opportunity to drive at Lime Rock Park while taking part in the Skip Barber Racing School.

Today, Derrick is a heavy machinery technician and a stand-up comedian but his passion will always be motorsports.

Derrick's fan question: For a GT machine, what are the general advantages and disadvantages of racing a new model of car compared to an already available one? How does BOP effect development?

Aug 06-09, 2015 - Road America

In August, the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase takes over Road America’s 4-mile circuit. Road America is a permanent road course located midway between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. The track is widely regarded as one of the best road racing tracks in North America.

Patrick Palony

Patrick Palony has always had a great passion for motor sport, but it took until 2012 for him to finally attend a race in person. There he watched as Guy Smith held off Lucas Luhr to take the victory in the American Le Mans Series race at Road America, and he’s never looked back. Last year he began writing for North American Sports Car, covering first the FIA World Endurance Championship, and more recently the Trans-Am Series. Patrick is also an SCCA volunteer, holding a regional Flagging and Communications license. A collector of motorsport memorabilia, Patrick is always on the lookout for the latest releases from Spark and other scale model manufacturers. While he is currently a part time retail sales associate, Patrick hopes to one day be a professional motor racing journalist.

Away from motorsports, Patrick is an amateur violinist-plays in local pit orchestras and other events. He also enjoys biking, golfing, going to the cabin with his family, and trying out new restaurants in the metro area.

His fan question: "How is the series going to safely manage the smaller gaps between the classes when GTD moves to FIA GT3 specification cars in 2016?"

September 17-20, 2015 - Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX

The legacy of Le Mans meets American sports car racing! 2 days of non-stop racing including a 6 hour endurance finale under the stars. Austin is the only place in America to see Le Mans prototypes and GT Le Mans cars from both the World Endurance Championship and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

ZF Fan Reporter Roland Fischer

October 01-04, 2015 - Road Atlanta (aka "Petit Le Mans")

Road Atlanta is the home to the Petit Le Mans. The season ending 1000 K Petit Le Mans will decide who the TUDOR United SportsCar champions will be for 2015.

Matthew Kalberg

Matthew Kalberg has been coming to Road Atlanta since he was a child. Over the past 25 years, Matthew has followed IMSA and is excited to see how the TUDOR Championship has evolved into what it is today. He has spent countless hours working at Road Atlanta as a safety marshal and doubling as security for the premier events.

Matthew is an enthusiast with a passion for racing and Road Atlanta. Matthew is ecstatic about the opportunity to be the ZF Fan Reporter at Petit Le Mans.

His fan question: "Two years have been recorded under the new banner, how do you feel about the overall health of the series and where do you see it in two years time?"

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