Young driver joins a trio of women driving the No. 604 Porsche Boxter in GP2 class
BRASELTON, Georgia (July 14, 2020) – Loni Unser is returning to Round 3 Racing for an upcoming World Racing League doubleheader at Road Atlanta. The team is extending its cautious return to competition as series racing resumes after a Covid-19 hiatus.
This weekend, Unser will take the wheel of the No. 604 Porsche Boxter in the GP2 class. She joins co-drivers Pippa Mann and Mandy McGee for an all-female entry with Cooper Tire, Motiv8, and Shift Up Now.
The team will be competing on the Cooper Tire RS3-R DOT race tire, a road legal performance tire that Unser says gives the team an edge. “It’s a big confidence boost to know you’ve got the right tire — especially when you’re going to a challenging track that’s new to you,” she said. “We ran the Cooper RS3-R earlier this year in Daytona and they delivered really great consistent performance for us.”
This weekend marks Unser’s first time racing on road Atlanta. The 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course delivers a challenging mix of corners flowing over multiple elevation changes. In preparation for her Road Atlanta debut, Unser has been honing her skills on her at-home Ricmotech simulator.
“Putting in the time on a simulator allows you to get up to pace so much faster because when you get belted in for your first lap at the track, you already know your braking points and your different markers,” she said. “That helps us keep wear and tear on the car to a minimum in practice and qualifying and save it for our doubleheader endurance races.”
The World Racing League season includes a series of challenging doubleheader endurance weekends. The upcoming Road Atlanta competition weekend includes a nine-hour race on Saturday followed by a seven-hour race on Sunday.
Unser is a consistent podium threat in the series with Round 3 Racing. After starting the season in March with a podium result alongside co-drivers Sara Montgomery and Michael Gilbert at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park, the series took a hiatus due to Covid-19. The team returned to racing a month ago at Daytona and Unser was challenging for a podium alongside drivers Michael Gilbert and Mo Dadkhah when a transmission repair knocked them to fourth.
Taking a lead from other racing series including NASCAR and IndyCar, the World Racing League has implemented a host of safety precautions, including a requirement for face coverings and social distancing measures.
Unser is supported by Cooper Tire, Motiv8 Sports Group and Shift Up Now for the race. The team uses Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline in their Porsche Boxsters.
Unser is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of the Motiv8’d podcast, hosted by sportscaster Craig Hummer. The podcast will be available for listening on Apple Podcasts and Spotify in the weeks ahead.
Shift Up Now is a collective of female racers who strive to inspire confidence and courage in girls and women through motorsport. It was founded by Lynn Schultz Kehoe in 2016. The racing program is managed by Karen Salvaggio.
Unser is an up-and-comer in road racing and is on a path to become the latest in a long lineage of American motorsport champions. Her grandfather Jerry was the first of the famous Unsers to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and from then on the Unser family has won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 nine times and become known as “The First Family” of American auto racing.
She started her competition career in 2017 and has shown promise in NASA Rocky Mountain Spec Miata competition as well as the Global MX-5 Cup series in the United States.
She is currently completing her final coursework to receive a degree in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her racing career is made possible through partnerships with companies that are supporting her early development including Cooper Tire, Motiv8, and Shift Up Now.
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