Track records were broken by an Élan-powered Formula Atlantic at the Keystone Speedfest at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.
August 8, 2018, Braselton, Ga – Keith Grant driving the #40 Élan-powered Formula Atlantic, put on a strong performance at this past weekend’s Keystone Speedfest. Grant not only took pole for the first race, round nine of the Atlantics Championship this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, but also broke the track record, previously owned by Grant, with a blistering lap of 1:30.666.
This is the second year Grant has been racing with the Élan-powered Formula Atlantic in the Atlantics Championship. Last year, Grant enjoyed two poles and a fastest lap, ending the Championship in third overall but winning the SCCA National Championship.
Grant took the hard-fought victory to beat the #9 driven by Baltazar Leguizamon, in round nine of the Atlantics Championship at the track in Pittsburgh. During round ten, Leguizamon took back first position but not without a hard battle all the way to the checkered flag.
“I was going down a gear, braking into turn 12 and looped it. I lost it and got back on, but one or two seconds too late. I don’t think Baltazar was holding back, I think he was struggling to stay ahead of me. We ran him down; we were quicker all weekend but made a mistake. I just needed another lap”, said Grant to the Series post race.
Also proving the performance of the Élan engines was Blake Mount, driving the K-Hill Motorsports #7. In their debut race weekend with an Élan-powered ride, Mount achieved two podiums, coming third in both races at the Keystone Speedfest.
Élan Power prepares, maintains and provides support to the teams competing with Élan-based engines. Élan Power has enjoyed many wins recently including but not limited to, back to back victories at the last two rounds of the Pirelli World Championship with the LS3-based Élan Power V8s, used by Team Panoz Racing in their #50 & #51 Panoz Avezzanos.
Top left: K-Hill Motorsports #7’s 2.3L Mazda-based Élan 4 Cylinder Formula Atlantic Spec.
Top middle: Élan Power measure the bore finish for optimal ring seal and low wear.
Top right: Élan Power adjust the follower thickness for valve clearance.
Bottom left: Keith Grant in the #40 Élan-powered Formula Atlantic. (Photo courtesy of http://www.atlanticchampionshipseries.com)
Bottom middle: Keith Grant on top of the podium following his win of Round 9. (Photo courtesy of http://www.atlanticchampionshipseries.com)
Bottom right: Ian James, Mathew Keegan and Preston Calvert, drivers of the #50 & #51 Panoz Avezzanos celebrating wins at Portland International Raceway last month.