Mansfield, OH -- KnightHawk Racing will enter this weekend's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio - albeit with last season's used - strike that - "pre-owned" Lola B2K/40.
KnightHawk's fan-favorite new MG Lola 675 LMP got a bit too hot around midnight at the 24 Hours of Le Mans a week or so ago. Really hot - in fact, it was on fire. Team co-owner and driver Mel Hawkins was behind the wheel at the time and was fortunately unhurt, but it's doubtful that he'll be roasting marshmallows anytime soon. As a result, KnightHawk's "hot" new car is being repaired at both Lola and AER in the UK and will not be ready in time for the Ohio classic.
So as to not lose eligibility for this season's American Le Mans Series Privateer Points Fund, KnightHawk has elected to dust off last year's Lola B2K/40, throw on some new treads, top off the tank and run the 2.258-mile 13-turn road racing course. Fans of last year's action will recall that it was with this car that the KnightHawk team finished the season 2nd in points and delivered the Manufacturer's and Tire Championships to Lola and Avon.
"I'm really looking forward to the race at Mid-Ohio - KnightHawk has done very well here in the past," says team co-owner and driver Steve Knight. "It's a great track and the fans are great too. The track is challenging but one that seems to suit my style of driving. I'm more than a little