Car: No. 57 Audi R8 LMS
Drivers: Lawson Aschenbach and Andrew Davis
A Look Back at Detroit: Stevenson Motorsports has four race starts through the streets of Belle Isle, the first being in 2012 when co-drivers Robin Liddell and John Edwards finished third. The following year, Liddell and Edwards scored their first win at Detroit after starting fifth. Last year the Stevenson Motorsports Audi entries finished fifth and 13th.
Aschenbach at Detroit: Aschenbach has accumulated experience at Belle Isle between his multiple Pirelli World Challenge events along with his starts in IMSA competition. Last year, Aschenbach, with his teammate Matt Bell who qualified fifth, finished 13th as a result of mechanical gremlins.
Davis at Detroit: Davis is looking forward to his return to Belle Isle. Davis has several starts at the narrow streets of Detroit including two in the Rolex GRAND-AM series in 2012 and 2014 and one WeatherTech start last year. Davis’ best result was in 2016 with Stevenson Motorsports where he rounded out the top five with co-driver Robin Liddell.
What Time Off?: Both Aschenbach and Davis are maximizing their time behind the wheel, both participating in the Pirelli World Challenge events. Aschenbach scored two podium finishes at CTMP (third & second) as well as fifth and third place finishes at Lime Rock Park. Davis drove an Audi for Magnus Racing at Lime Rock for the SprintX event and finished sixth and fourth, respectively.
Camaro Debut at COTA: Stevenson Motorsports made its return to Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition at the previous IMSA event at Circuit of the Americas. The debut of the sixth generation Camaro GT4.R saw Stevenson Motorsports drivers Robin Liddell and Matt Bell lead laps and finish fifth.
Lawson Aschenbach: “I love street courses and I think Detroit is one of the great events on the schedule because we are in Motor City. Although the track is quite rough, because it is a street course it really separates the men from the boys. Sometimes it’s really about the driver there because the walls are so close and the margin of error there is zero. With one little bit of understeer or oversteer, your race is over. I’m excited to go back there and I’ve had some pretty good success there. I am really looking forward to going back but in reality, I think that it is going to be a really tough race but I know we will be on top of our game and I know we can get a good result.”
Andrew Davis: “I really enjoy the street circuit racing. Over the last several years I have found that it is immensely fun. We’ve been working really hard on our Audi and last year we worked really hard to make it better. I think that our Audi R8 LMS actually performs really well in those close quarters. It definitely likes smooth circuits but we were able to adjust the set up and get the car happy over the bumps. We had good pace by the race day at Detroit last year so we will take what we’ve learned there and what we learned from Long Beach. I think it can be a really great race for Stevenson Motorsports and hopefully get us back up there. We are still strong in points but we need to claw our way up a little bit. We are hoping this next run of races is going to be in our wheelhouse.”
Source. Sunday Group