ZF Race Reporter in Action

This is the place to find all the videos and images of our ZF Race Reporter in action in 2016, 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 28-31, 2016 - 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 WeatherTech Championship and the 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.

Shaun Melady is our Fan Reporter for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Shaun was born and raised in Ormond Beach, FL and went to school in Searcy, AR at Harding University to study Public Relations. He returned to Florida to work at Southern Stone Communications and then transitioned over to the Marketing team at SeaWorld Parks & Resorts in Orlando.

Shaun is now on the Marketing Communications team at AMA Pro Racing and am looking forward to all of the excitement that 2016 has to offer, including being featured as the first ZF Fan Reporter of 2016!

March 16-19, 2016 - 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 WeatherTech Championship teams in March.

David Abel is our Fan Reporter for Sebring International Raceway

David is a retired Human Resources Director and resides with his wife Cynthia in Northern California. His enthusiasm for motor racing began as a boy reading all the racing magazines and books he could find; and he remembers the big night his Dad took him to the local theater to see “Le Mans”. He attended his first IMSA Camel GT race at Sonoma Raceway in 1978 and has been an avid racing fan ever since. Going to the F1 races at Long Beach, and the 24 hour races at Le Mans and Daytona are his fondest racing memories. When he isn’t volunteering, cycling, or relaxing at home; David is thinking about motor racing!

David knows Sebring is an iconic track and he is fired-up about being selected as ZF’s Fan Reporter for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

June 3-4, 2016 - Detroit Belle Isle

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

Our Fan Reporter for Detroit Belle Isle is Steven Hansen

Steven Hansen has 33 years of service with the ZF/TRW Auburn operation. In addition to his current role as a Senior Industrial Engineer / Lean Production Officer in Global Electronics, Steven has worked as Product Launch Engineer, Program Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Manager and Business Unit Manager.

Steven’s passion for racing grew from the first races he attended as a teenager at nearby Watkins Glen International Raceway. At that time, Watkins Glen played host annually to Formula One, Cam-Am, Formula 5000 and Trans-Am races to name a few.

As a lifelong resident of the Finger Lakes Region of New York, Steven enjoys boating and sampling the many locally grown and bottled wines the Finger Lakes area is famous for. Steven has a small vineyard from which he harvests and bottles his own Riesling each year.

July 8-10, 2016 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

In July, the WeatherTech Championship will travel to Canada to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, a multi-track motorsport venue located north of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. This track will challenge teams on a 2,459-mile, 10-turn road course.

Carol Brink is our Fan Reporter at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

A California native who grew up enjoying all kinds of sports. Her father instilled a passion for motor sport with his love of working on old cars and teaching her about them.

Travels with her Plant Scientist husband often include attending sporting events from Formula One in Austria, the Tour de France, Le Mans, IMSA and WEC at COTA or chasing their favorite baseball team around the country.

Currently living just a few miles from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, she attends all the major events there. Other interests include costume history, genealogy, gardening and attending local food and wine events.

September 15-18, 2016 - Circuit of the Americas

The legacy of Le Mans meets American sports car racing! Two 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 WeatherTech Championship at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

Bill Griffin is our Fan Reporter for Circuit of the Americas

Bill has been interested in motorsports since an early age. While other kids liked baseball and football he liked cars. His heroes were people like Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart and Derek Bell.

He continued to follow motorsports, and being from Indiana especially the Indianapolis 500, but as much as he wanted to drive a racecar, he put all of his focus and energy into his wife and kids.

Now that his children have grown up, he has the time to fulfill a lifelong dream to drive a racecar.

Three years ago, he bought a 01 BMW E46 and started driving on track. He slowly converted the street legal E46 into a caged racecar and this year he attended a completion school and started racing in SpecE46 class with NASA.

Bill has already driven at Road America and Mid-Ohio. Also, he has shared his love of motorsports with his kids and took them on track. He has taken an instructors class and has started instructing with NASA and other high performance driving groups.

Now he can add being a ZF Fan Reporter to his bio!

September 28 - October 1, 2016 - 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 the winner of the WeatherTech Championship in 2016.

Our Fan Reporter for Petit Le Mans is Jack Schillawski

Taken to his first motor race at Petit Le Mans by his father when he was eight years old, Jack didn’t know what to expect. What he remembers is, that he didn’t want to go there, but eventually had a great time and couldn’t wait to go back the year after.

In 2006 he fell in love with sports car racing. His dad had just started working at Porsche Cars North America and he drove a “speed yellow” 911. That year was the debut year of the Porsche RS Spyder Prototypes. They were being run in the ALMS by Roger Penske and the Yellow DHL livery and that was when he made a connection between the race car and the road car, igniting his passion for fast cars.

Since 2005 Jack has been to nine runnings of Petit Le Mans and he is looking forward to attending his 10th running as the ZF Fan Reporter.

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