Will You be the NextZF Fan Reporter?

ZF Race Reporter at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

The ZF Race Reporter Program brought fans behind the scenes to learn interesting facts, race history and technical aspects of race engineering. Fans were able to get even closer to the action by submitting a motorsports-related question for the chance to become a winning ZF Fan Reporter!

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ZF Race Reporter - Fans are the focus

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, an industry leader and supplier of the world’s top racing series, renewed its support of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for 2016 and put fans in the center of the action.

Our Race Reporter visited races across the country to uncover interesting facts, feats of engineering prowess and talked with motorsports insiders to bring fans behind the scenes of this exciting race series.

During select races, racing fans could enter to become the next ZF Fan Reporter at www.zf.com/racereporterusa. The winning ZF Fan Reporter and a guest could win an all-expense paid trip to visit one of five WeatherTech Championship races - including hotel, transportation, meals and VIP race passes to get an insider look at the racetrack. “Behind the Scenes” videos featuring the Fan Reporter and their winning question were filmed trackside then placed on www.zf.com/motorsports as well as all of ZF’s social media channels.

The videos helped race fans gain access to their favorite drivers, teams, engineers, race officials and pit crews, and provided the answer to the winning fan-submitted question. These racing experts provided first-hand insights into the fascinating world of motorsports.

Any questions? Find the answer in the FAQs

The ZF Race Reporter campaign

What is the ZF Fan Reporter Program?

ZF wants to be able to bring fans closer to the action and to provide racing insights from experts who understand the many complex facets of the Motorsports industry. The content of the videos enable a behind the scenes view of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship - not only drivers, but also team members, pit crews and engineers who rarely receive camera time- and will uncover fascinating insights into the world of SportsCar racing.

How do I apply to become a ZF Fan Reporter?

Submit your racing question and a photo to the application form on www.zf.com/motorsports and select the race you would like to attend. ZF will select the winner from the applicant pool and notify the winner via email.

Terms and conditions for the Fan Reporter Program can be found here

Who is John Hindhaugh and what is his role in the ZF Race Reporter Program?

John Hindhaugh is a sports commentator and broadcaster from Sunderland, England. Hindhaugh is most closely associated with Radio Le Mans, where he debuted in 1989. His voice can also be heard on motorsport commentary on ITV, Motors TV, Mobil 1 The Grid, XM Satellite Radio and the video game Need For Speed: Pro Street.

Hindhaugh will attend all races where ZF will host the Race Reporter activations and serve as our on-camera spokesperson and presenter. He will have the opportunity to tell unique stories focused on the tracks, teams and the engineering required in the lead up to race day.

What are the duties of the ZF Race Reporter at the racetrack?

John Hindhaugh is on site to grab all the behind the scenes action and to provide some color commentary on all of the action during qualifying day and in the lead up to the race. He will host three videos, one will feature a unique aspect of the race, one will be an engineering focused video, ZF’s “Clutch Performance” feature and the final video will feature the chosen ZF Fan Reporter.

Why doesn’t the ZF Race Reporter discuss the race results and why aren’t race results posted on www.zf.com/motorsports?

The central idea of the ZF Race Reporter/Fan Reporter is not to focus on the race itself or report the results, but rather the technology and effort it takes to lead up to drive success on race day. Fans get the opportunity to ask questions that they’ve always been wanting to ask, and get a behind-the-scenes look from an insider’s perspective. Thus, the ZF Race Reporter is a supplement to the official race reporting and results.

Initiators and co-operation partners

About ZF Group

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company acquired TRW Automotive on May 15, 2015, which was then integrated within the organization as the Active & Passive Safety Technology Division. The combined company reported sales of €29.2 billion in 2015 and now has a global workforce of around 135,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. ZF annually invests approximately five percent of its sales in Research & Development (€1.4 billion in 2015) ensuring continued success through the design and engineering of innovative technologies. ZF is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

The company was founded in 1915 for the development and production of transmissions for airships and vehicles. Today, the company manufactures and develops transmissions, steering systems, suspension components and clutch systems - including hybrid modules and complete axle systems and modules. ZF supports several professorships at universities in Germany and abroad. The largest shareholder, with 93.8 percent of the company, is the Zeppelin Foundation, which is administered by the city of Friedrichshafen. The Jürgen and Irmgard Ulderup Foundation, Lemfoerde, holds a 6.2 percent stake.

How is ZF involved in Motorsports?

ZF engineering technology is featured in cars, trucks, buses and other commercial and racing vehicles. Some of the most famous racecars in the world have relied on ZF Race Engineering technology for more than 100 years. ZF Race Engineering GmbH develops, designs and distributes racing clutches and shock absorbers for the top national sports and motorsports series and for car manufacturers and importers, exclusive tuner and car dealers. ZF Race Engineering GmbH has 85 employees worldwide.

From Formula 1 to WRC, the 24 hours of Le Mans, Dakar and many brand cups worldwide, leading teams in motorsports rely on products from ZF Race Engineering. In the most popular European touring car series, DTM, ZF is an exclusive supplier since the 2012 season - Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all rely on ZF clutches. ZF developed a unified race clutch for these touring cars with around 353 kW (480 hp).

ZF is also an official partner of DTM, Porsche Motorsport, Volkswagen Motorsport, Super GT, BMW Motorsport, Toyota Racing and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

ZF supplies a majority of the racing teams for the inaugural season of the IMSA WeatherTeach SportsCar Championship.

Why did ZF begin the Race Reporter/Fan Reporter Program?

ZF wants to bring fans closer to the action, provide some engineering insights and connect fans to some of the more unknown aspects of the racing industry. The Race Reporter and Fan Reporter Programs provide the opportunity for an expert to speak on these topics trackside on qualifying day.

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Further questions?

Do you have any content-related or technical questions about the ZF Race Reporter/Fan Reporter? Or do you want to submit some proposals/inspirations or suggestions for improvement?

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E-Mail: racereporter@zf.com

Press Contact:

ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Moritz Noeding
Head of Motorsports Communications /
Press Motorsports
97419 Schweinfurt

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