Hard work, dedication, empowering the right people, clever strategizing and a total commitment to detail, all exemplify the qualities Dave Maraj gave to Champion Racing, but perhaps there was another ingredient.
“A Little Bit of Magic” chronicles how Champion Racing came into being in 1993 and rose from humble origins to become one of the world’s greatest sportscar teams, winning five ALMS Championships, including two wins at the Sebring 12 Hours, and six at Petit Le Mans; nine Driver’s Championship titles; three Speedvision Championships; six Manufacturer’s titles, and four podiums at the Le Mans 24 Hours which included a class win in 2003, but the historic victory for America at the famed race in 2005 as the crowning glory.
It also reveals how Champion Porsche, as the world’s largest Porsche dealership for 24 consecutive years, incurred frictions in their business dealings when Champion Racing decided to compete with an Audi. How the loss of Bob Wollek to racing competition affected the team, but how his legacy still lives on in their daily life. How Allan McNish initially said the team could never win a raffle, let alone a championship, how Hans Stuck Jr, Thierry Boutsen, and JJ Lehto drove them forward to better and greater things, and the likes of McNish, Lehto, Mike Galati, Randy Pobst, Johnny Herbert, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro continually took them to Victory Lane.
When Audi as a factory team stopped racing in the USA at the end of the 2008 season, Champion Racing also withdrew from competition. But will they ever return? That’s a question yet to be answered…
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