Posted (02/10/2008) -
Mark joins his new sponsor Prairie Hills Motorsport Club at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show with his APR Motorsport teammates, Randy Pobst and Ian Baas. The trio were on hand for signing autographs and an appearance on WLS radio.
Details of this partnership are found below:
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CEO Michael Krupka signs Randy Pobst, Ian Baas, and Mark White as the first Prairie Hills Motorsport Club pro drivers.
HINSDALE, IL - Prairie Hills Motorsport Club has announced the addition to its staff three of the most respected racing drivers in America. Randy Pobst, Ian Baas, and Mark White, who drive for APR Motorsport, have joined Prairie Hills as "Club Pros" to represent America's premier racing facility. The European style course will be the longest in the Western Hemisphere and is being designed by a team of the most respected track designers in racing.
Michael Krupka, CEO and Founder, said at the briefing, "We are making an extraordinary commitment in bringing on the most competitive drivers to be a part of our team. Randy, Ian, and Mark are also supported by Team Janica Racing, one of our partners, and a leader in the training and education of motorsports enthusiasts."
Prairie Hills Motorsport Club pro Randy Pobst has proven to be one of the most prolific road racing drivers in America. Pobst began racing at age 19 and is the second most winning driver in the United States. His list of championships includes multiple IMSA,
SCCA National Runoffs, and SPEED World Challenge Series titles. In 2007, Pobst drove in both World Challenge Series missing winning both championships because of a last lap, last race mishap in the TC race. Pobst has been a Porsche Factory team driver, driving coach, and regular columnist in Sports Car magazine. Add two Daytona 24 Hour wins and several Grand Am Rolex GT Series wins to his resume and you have a driver who has truly left his mark on racing.
Club pro Ian Baas is one of the fastest rising stars in road racing. Starting his racing
career in open-wheeled road racers at 18, Baas has a depth of experience unusual for a driver of his young age. Now 24, he most recently competed in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series and Grand American Sportscar Series in 2007. In 2006, he won the GT class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and was on the podium regularly in the Porsche Carrera Cup of Germany and the Porsche Super Cup races. Ian also drove alongside Pobst in a number of races in the 2005 American Le Mans Series racing a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR earning the Founder's Cup for Excellence in Driving.
Racer and Club pro Mark White is the perfect complement to the other Prairie Hills Motorsport Club drivers. Recently competing in the IMSA Lite and Grand American ports
Car Series GT Class, White claimed the IMSA Championship, 10 podiums out of 12 starts, multiple race fast laps, and several lap records in the process. In addition, Mark's enthusiasm and talent have earned him guest instructor positions and an ongoing business relationship with a major automotive manufacturer.
For 2008, Mark, Randy, and Ian will be teammates driving Volkswagen GTI's in the highly competitive KONI Challenge Series.
Prairie Hills Motorsport Club will be located off I-65 west of Exit 220 between Indianapolis and Chicago. Primary members of the club will be professionals who are active in motorsports and who have a great passion for driving or racing cars at a safe and exclusive facility. The club will provide fine and casual dining, vehicle storage, a clubhouse, spa, gym, game room for children and retail shopping for members and guests. Trackside lots will be available for cor