Silver Hare Racing Eyes COTA for Season’s Best Trans Am Outing

HIGH POINT, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2022) – The way Silver Hare Racing’s Maurice Hull and Connor Zilisch see it, the drive for the 2023 TA2-class championship in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli begins with Sunday’s 2022 season finale at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Competitors from most every racing discipline have long spoken of the many positive effects a successful season finale can have on the year that follows – not to mention the offseason leading up to it. That’s why Hull, driver of the No. 57 Waukegan Quarter Horses/Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and Zilisch, driver of the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing/KHI Management Chevrolet Camaro, are laser focused on bringing home the top prize in Sunday’s 30-lap, 75-minute race around the 3.426-mile, 20-turn COTA layout.

Hull, the three-time TA2 Masters champion who with his wife Laura co-owns Silver Hare Racing, returns to the cockpit for the seventh time this season and his fourth COTA start since 2018. He took top Masters honors with his 13th-place finish in the 2020 race, the same day two-time series champion and current points leader Rafa Matos drove the No. 7 Silver Hare Racing Camaro to the overall win. Hull finished 14th in the 2019 race at COTA and 21st last year. Hull arrives at COTA fresh off his third Masters victory of the season four weekends ago at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, the first two coming at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in March, and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in July.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old Zilisch will be making his 13th career TA2 start and first COTA, but it comes at a track where he’s already been victorious this season. During the February SCCA Super Tour doubleheader weekend at COTA, Zilisch won Saturday’s Spec Miata race and finished third in the Sunday race after being slowed by mechanical issues. Since his last TA2 outing was cut short by an early incident at VIR, the versatile young racer added the title of KA 100 Grand National Champion to his rapidly growing resume during a four-day karting event in mid-October at his hometown GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville, North Carolina. Zilisch also competed fulltime this season in the prestigious Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, where he earned Rookie of the Year honors after winning four of the last six races on the calendar, including sweeping both races of the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader at Road America the same weekend he qualified and finished sixth there in his Silver Hare Racing Camaro on the iconic 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit.

Silver Hare Racing leverages its Trans Am effort to promote its arrive-and-drive program, where aspiring racers and even tenured professionals hone their road-racing skills on some of the most revered tracks in North America. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Daniel Suárez, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Harrison Burton have all wheeled Silver Hare Racing-prepared cars to burnish their road-racing abilities in top-flight equipment.

The team offers six, professionally built and maintained TA2 chassis from Howe Racing for both competition and private testing. Silver Hare Racing has a dedicated, fulltime crew and operates out of a state-of-the-art facility in High Point, North Carolina. At the track, two 53-foot Featherlite transporters serve as the team’s base, each outfitted with a lounge and smart TVs for data and video review, as well as for hospitality.

“With NASCAR having so many more road-course races, it’s our goal for Silver Hare Racing to be the preferred team for drivers to get that road-course experience,” said Laura Hull, Silver Hare Racing co-owner and team manager. “We want to be that important step in the ladder for the young, up-and-coming drivers like Connor, which we’re doing in collaboration with Kevin Harvick Incorporated.

“It started when they brought him to us for testing at VIR last year, and we’ve been delighted to have him under contract. That’s how we’re trying to position this. We want people to know we have an arrive-and-drive program, where people who want to run this track or another, we provide the opportunity for them to do that and be successful.”

About Silver Hare Racing:      
 

Silver Hare Racing is a fulltime competitor in the TA2 division of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The multicar team has won the TA2 masters class championship three times (2018, 2019 and 2020) with driver and team co-owner Maurice Hull. Under the leadership of Hull’s wife, co-owner and team manager Laura Hull, Silver Hare Racing provides a variety of services that includes private testing and arrive-and-drive programs. The team offers six, professionally built and maintained TA2 chassis from Howe Racing and operates from a state-of-the-art facility in High Point, North Carolina. For more information, please visit SilverHareRacing.com.

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