Powerhouse Racing Ends Season with Top 10 Finish at Run-Offs.

September 30, 2009 - Loxahatchee, Florida

The ECR Engines powered H2O Overdrive #85 Corvette finished off a championship season on September 27, 2009 at Road America finishing 7th in the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs race in a field of 25 of the fastest GT1 cars and drivers ever assembled. Piloted by team owner driver Terry Giles, the ECR powered H2O Overdrive Corvette started 11th on the grid in an exciting 13 lap sprint for the National Championship, running 4 wide into turn 1 Terry was shuffled back to 15th as the line he was in bunched up and the leaders broke from the field. On lap 2 Terry had moved the car back into 10th position and by lap 3 was sitting in 6th place barking at the heels of the 4th and 5th place cars. Mid race the skies over Elkhart Lake opened up and rain began to fall making for less than perfect track conditions on this 4 mile monster. Avoiding a few collisions and mishaps by lapped cars, Terry fell back one position into 6th as track conditions worsened and he slowed to avoid a burning car in the entrance to the carrousel and fought until the end of the race with seasoned Road America competitors Rick Dittman (who had started 4th), Brain Long (started 8th) and the legendary "Mad" Max Lagod (who had started 9th) beating them all to the checkered to take 7th place. Terry and the Powerhouse Racing Team won the SE Division GT1 Championships this year and with the final finish at the Run-Offs ended the 2009 GT1 National Points Championship in 5th place out of 103 GT1 drivers running the points series in 2009. The Powerhouse Racing Team wishes to thank ECR Engines for their diligence and expertise in providing incredible horsepower and torque under the hood this season and a special thank you to Danny Slack and the legendary Sy Earnhardt of ECR Engines for flying to Road America to put the final tune on the engine before the Championship race. "It was one of the most awesome experiences in my racing career to look over and see Sy Earnhardt putting the final tune on my engine before the race" commented Terry Giles, "it gave me goose bumps to have all of that racing heritage and experience leaning over the engine in my car, I am honored to be part of the ECR Engines family, these guys have been nothing but professional and have treated us so well - we look forward to a long and winning relationship with ECR". Next up, the team will have the #85 ECR Engines powered H2O Overdrive / Base Race Fuels / Goodyear / PST / WIX Filters Corvette on display at RCR's (Richard Childress Racing) 40th Anniversary Celebration and Fan Day on October 22, 2009 in Welcome, NC. For more details go to: http://rcrracing.com/

 

The team will begin the 2010 racing season at Homestead Miami Speedway on December 31st, 2009 in the double National followed by the double National in Sebring the following weekend.

 

 

Mechanical Failure Robs Potential Atlanta Win

Road Atlanta Raceway - March 22, 2009

Coming off the win at Roebling Road a few weeks prior, Terry Giles and his Powerhouse Racing Team knew they would have to at the top of their game for the second race of the season at Road Atlanta. Top GT-1 Teams from around the country converged on the hilly terrain of Road Atlanta for the return of the Trans-Am Series and the second National race on the SCCA’s SE Division calendar. Over 20 GT-1 cars took to the track to set the grid for the race with Terry putting the H2O Overdrive / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuels #85 Corvette in the 6th spot. At the drop of the green flag Terry jockeyed the #85 into third place going into Turn 1 - and the top three drove away from the field building an 8+ second lead over the pack until a car hard into the wall at 1 brought out a full course caution, grouping the field back together.

 

At the re-start, once again the top three cars pulled away from the field and separated themselves with a comfortable 10 second margin. Terry began his moves snapping at the heels of the 1st and 2nd place cars - he made his move in Turn 7 on the two leader with just 5 laps to go, as he moved to the outside and gained position - the #85 Corvette blew a gearbox - leaving Terry to limp back to pit road to finish a disappointing 8th for the day. The leader broke on the very same lap - leaving the win to the second place car of Jeff Emery. “It was a huge disappointment, Terry paced himself and kept the tires on the car, he was ready to make his move with plenty of rubber and tons of ECR horsepower and then BANG - there goes the gearbox...what a shame” said crew chief Ben Brooks as he and race engineer Kevin Allen surveyed the damage after the race. “We really wanted to give ECR back to back wins” commented Giles as they loaded his broken steed back onto the trailer. Surprisingly enough, even with the mechanical failure and the disappointing 8th place finish, Terry and the Powerhouse Racing Team are still leading the SE Division GT-1 championship points.

Powerhouse Racing / ECR Engines Dominate GT-1 at Tom Nehl National

Roebling Road Raceway - March 8, 2009

Even though the reduced car count was thought to be evidence of the current economic climate, there was no shortage of quality competition at the 31st Annual Tom Nehl National hosted by the SCCA Buccaneer Region, as top teams from all across the SE Division took to the track in near perfect race conditions for two days of National Racing vying for those all important national points. Powerhouse Racing’s championship GT1 team touting their new sponsors, H2O Overdrive, ECR Engines and Base Race Fuels with returning sponsors Goodyear Tires and PST Drive Shafts quite simply dominated the GT1 field. In their first race of the season, Powerhouse Racing driver Terry Giles put the H2O Overdrive / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuel Corvette on the pole and led every lap from the drop of the green to the waving of the checkered. “ECR gave us incredible horsepower and torque – the car was amazing” said Giles as he earned top points in the team’s season opener. The win was the first for ECR Engines outside of NASCAR competition. Owner/driver Terry Giles put the No. 85 H2O Overdrive/ECR Engines/Base Race Fuel Corvette C6 on the pole during qualifying and led every lap. Giles earned back-to-back South Atlantic Road Racing GT-1 championships in 2007-2008, and has more than 100 victories and more than 200 podium finishes in his road racing career. “ECR gave us incredible horsepower and torque – the car was amazing,” said Giles after the race. “The entire staff at ECR has embraced this venture and I'm confident in the amazing technology and horsepower they are providing us this season. We're very proud to bring them their first victory outside of NASCAR.” The team's crew chief Ben Brooks stated that “we were impressed with the package we put together in the off season with ECR Engines and Base Race Fuels coming on board and now we have shown everyone what a winning combination it is." Up next is the challenging circuit at the famed Road Atlanta were the team hopes to continue their winning ways, “the season is off to a good start” said race engineer Kevin Allen, “we are closing in on the optimal set-up for Terry, and these engines really perform – we are really positive as our focus in a podium at the Run-Offs this year” he said, referencing the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs which will be held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI this year in September. The Run-Offs are the “Super Bowl” of sports car racing in the United States, where the National Champions in each class will be crowned.

Powerhouse Racing / ECR Engines Take Second National GT1 Win in Atlanta.

June 1, 2009 - Braselton, GA

Following a very disappointing loss at this very track back in March due to mechanical failure, the Powerhouse Racing Team piloted by championship driver Terry Giles and powered by an ECR Engines Chevrolet 358 ci V8 put the #85 Powerhouse Racing / H2O Overdrive / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuels / Goodyear Tires / PST Driveshafts GT1 Corvette on the top step of the podium in Sunday's National GT1 Championship Points Race here at Road Atlanta. Terry had missed placing the #85 on the pole by 4/10th's of a second - however at the drop of the green flag - he made a decisive move taking the lead into turn one and never looked back, as he lead every lap of the race from flag to flag winning with an over-all margin of victory of about 4 seconds. This is Terry's second win in GT1 National competition with an ECR engine under the hood. "The car made incredible horsepower - at the drop of the green it launched when I mashed the pedal - it was all over. The crew had the car working so well I kept a comfortable distance on the field the whole race. Horsepower and handling gave us this win as I was untouchable at the start and had plenty of power throughout the run" commented Giles in the impound area following the race. "Our engineer Kevin Allen did a fantastic job on designing the new wing and aero set-up for this race" stated crew chief Ben Brooks as tech officials checked the car after the race for compliance. This win moves Terry and the Powerhouse Racing Team firmly into 2nd place in the SE Division GT1 National Points Standings, just 3 points back from the lead. The Double National Points Championship race at Roebling Road is next up for the team as they continue their quest in pursuit of the coveted GT1 National Championship title for 2009 over the Fourth of July Weekend. The team has always performed well at the historic road course circuit at Roebling Road and hope to emerge after that event with the GT1 points lead.

Fireworks and Fast Cars - Powerhouse Racing / ECR Engines Light Up The 4th of July National GT1 Race at Roebling Road and Secure SE Division Points Lead.

July 6, 2009 - Bloomingdale, GA

While the extremely high track temperatures under 100 + degree Georgia skies delivered very poor grip and unpredictable track conditions, the unprecedented horsepower of the ECR Engines powerplant in the H2OOverdrive #85 Powerhouse Racing / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuels / Goodyear Corvette delivered a spot on the pole for driver Terry Giles in the first race of the 29th Annual Lou Ella Cook Memorial July 4th Double National Points Series event. At the drop of the green flag the ECR Engines powered Corvette motored away from the field leading every lap flag to flag winning the Saturday race, the first race of the two‐race July 4th weekend double header. Sunday's qualifying run was a mirror image of Saturday's grid with the H2O Overdrive #85 Powerhouse Racing / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuels / Goodyear Corvette once again sitting on the pole position for the second race.

 

Like watching a instant replay, Terry once again motored away from the field in commanding fashion quickly establishing a 10 second lead over the field. With just 12 laps to go, while filing his way through heavy lapped traffic, Terry was taken out by one of the cars he was lapping as they failed to "see him" making his move to the outside, causing quite the "fireworks" indeed. Despite the on‐track incident that cost Terry the overall win, he still managed a fourth place finish in this second race ‐ elevating him to first place in the SE Division GT1 Points Championship. In the process of this spectacular Sunday run in the hot July sun ‐ Terry ran a fast lap of 1.05.768 ‐ just 0.334 seconds off establishing a new track record. "It is a good ‐ bad weekend" commented Giles after Sunday's race, saying "we were so stoked with Saturday's pole and win and then taking today's pole and checking out on the field only to be taken out by a lapped driver which cost us our second win of the weekend, it could have been a perfect sweep." "But the upside is we established a lap just shy of a new track record in this heat and have proven to everyone we are serious about winning this championship for our sponsors ‐ H2O Overdrive, ECR Engines, Base Race Fuels, Goodyear, WIX Filters and PST."

 

"H2O Overdrive kept me hydrated and able to pilot this rocket that the team put under me. And the ECR Engine, what can I say ‐ the results speak for themselves ‐ these dudes know their stuff, we can't wait for the next event when we go to Elkhart Lake for the National race prior to the Run‐Offs to see what they have done with our latest engine", referring to the team's next race which will be August 29‐30, 2009 at Road America, the last National Points Series race before the yearend finale at Road America on September 21‐27, 2009 where the National Champions will be crowned at the 2009 SCCA National Championship Run‐Offs.

PHR UNVEILS NEW PAINT SCHEME FOR THE RUN‐OFFS.

August 10, 2009 ‐ POWERHOUSE RACING TEAM HEADQUARTERS ‐ Loxahatchee, FL

In preparation for the 2009 SCCA National Run‐Offs, Powerhouse Racing unveiled the new paint scheme on the #85 H2O Overdrive / ECR Engines / Base Race Fuels / Goodyear / PST / WIX Filters Corvette at their shop on Sunday for a group of fans, sponsors and team members families. The design incorporates the dynamic graphics of H2O Overdrive, the team's primary sponsor, highlighting the company's new innovative hydration beverage. Also incorporated into the paint scheme are ECR Engines on both front fenders and a new placement on the hood as well as Base Race Fuels on both rear quarter panels with PST (Precision Shaft Technologies) and Wix Filters. Goodyear and Braswell are also emblazoned on the door panels as part of the new "water" paint scheme. Powerhouse Racing extends their thanks to all of their sponsors for their continued support throughout the 2009 season.


PowerHouse Racing Wins at Road Atlanta with ECR Engines & Base Racing Fuel @ Yahoo! Video
Text Box: Team Prepares to Return to Road Atlanta for May National 
West Palm Beach, Florida - May 8, 2009
Coming off the disappointing mechanical breakdown at Road Atlanta in March, the Powerhouse Racing / H2O Overdrive / ECR Engine / Base Race Fuel #85 Corvette is ready to get “back on track” in pursuit of the 2009 National GT1 Championship title at the May National at Road Atlanta on May 30-31. The team announced today that they will be testing at Roebling Road Raceway outside of Savannah in a private closed track test session on May 28th in preparation for the May National event. The team says that they are very enthusiastic with some changes they have made with the car, as well as with sorting through the mechanical gearbox issues that sidelined them at the Road Atlanta race in March and expect to back in winning form with the drop of the green in Atlanta as they strive to deliver ECR Engines their second sports car racing win. The team is proud to be sponsored by ECR Engines, H2O Overdrive Hydration Drink, Base Race Fuels, Goodyear Tires, PST Racing Driveshafts and Team Image Professional Marketing Services. The team will go from the May National at Road Atlanta to the Double National over the July 4th weekend to be held at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA.

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ECR Engines Powers Powerhouse Racing to SCCA SE Division GT1 Championship

WELCOME, N.C. (September 3, 2009)

 

Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR) clinched its first championship August 30 when Terry Giles drove the No. 85 Powerhouse Racing H20 Overdrive Chevrolet Corvette, powered by an ECR-built engine, to a fifth-place finish in the SCCA GT1 race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

 

The title is Powerhouse Racing’s third consecutive GT1 championship, having won the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships titles in 2007 and 2008 and the SCCA Southeast Division championship this year. ECR began its road racing engine development program with Powerhouse Racing in late 2008.

 

 “ECR Engines is proud of Terry and everyone involved with the Powerhouse Racing team for its accomplishments,” said Richie Gilmore, chief operating officer of ECR Engines. “This relationship has been very, very beneficial for both organizations and we hope to continue this relationship far into the future.”

 

Powerhouse Racing returns to Road America for the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs where, on September 27, Terry and the team will attempt to earn a second GT1 Championship in 2009 and the team’s first national championship title.

 

“I am so proud of my team and the engine that ECR provided,” said Giles. “We were never short on horsepower. I have to thank all of the staff at ECR for embracing this road race engine program and our relationship. They have been extremely focused and dedicated professionals in ensuring we have what we need under the hood to compete at this level. We are honored to be part of the ECR racing family and the racing heritage that goes along with it.”

The Road to the Run-Offs 

2009 National Championships

Owner / Driver

Terry Giles

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