Rebel Rock Racing Takes Winning Momentum to Road America

Rebel Rock Racing Takes Winning Momentum to Road America

05.08.2022: Coming off an impressive victory at Lime Rock Park, Rebel Rock Racing has history on its side when it returns to Elkhart Lake for Saturdayís Road America 240, Round 8 of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Frank DePew and Robin Liddell will co-drive t



Coming off an impressive victory at Lime Rock Park, Rebel Rock Racing has history on its side when it returns to Elkhart Lake for Saturday’s Road America 240, Round 8 of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.


Frank DePew and Robin Liddell will co-drive the No. 71 Urban Grid Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in the four-hour race on the historic 4.048-mile circuit in the scenic Kettle Moraine.


Three years ago, Rebel Rock followed up its first victory in the series with an incredible last-lap triumph at Road America. Fresh from winning at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the team worked its way up into contention and Liddel found himself running fourth coming to Canada Corner on the final lap, only a short sprint from the finish.



Liddell passed two cars with a brave three-wide pass in Canada Corner, then caught the leader 20 yards from the checkered flag. His margin of victory was 0.070 seconds, the fourth-closest finish in series history at the time.


“Winning always gives you a shot in the arm, and we’re excited,” Liddell said. “Road America was very disappointing last year, not starting due to problems with the chassis. We’re very happy to be going back, and I think having a four-hour race will be quite fun. I think that length plays to the team’s strengths.”


Last year, the team opted to sit out this event, to rebuild its cars for a strong finish to the season. The team had a promising run at the circuit cut short in 2020 due to overheating issues.


“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get there last year, given the previous damage to the car and trying to prepare a new chassis,” DePew said. “I’m excited, and looking forward to getting back at it. I really like the track, and I think we’ve got a decent shot at doing well there.”


Unlike the bulk of the schedules two-hour races, the season-opener at Daytona and this weekend are the lone four-hour events for the series.


“It’s a four-hour race, so we have to be patient,” DePew said. “I’m prepared to spend close to two hours in the car, so I have to keep it clean – race hard, but carefully – then give it to Robin and see where we’re at. I’ve only been there a few times, but we have also tested there in the past. I really enjoy the track – it’s got a little bit of everything.”


“It’s a fun circuit,” Liddell said. “It’s a track most people enjoy driving. While it doesn’t necessarily play to the strengths of our Camaro with the long straights, the four-hour distance will play to our strength as a team. I’m not expecting us to set the world alight in terms of overall pace, but if we run a good race we will be in the mix at the end.”


The Lime Rock victory also boosted the team to fourth in the GS standings with three races remaining, with back-to-back fourth-place finishes at Watkins Glen and Mosport coming before Lime Rock.


Qualifying begins at 8:20 a.m. (all times CT) on Saturday, followed by the race at 1:15 p.m.


After this weekend, only two races remain on the 2022 schedule – Virginia International Raceway on August 27 and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Sept. 30.




Maddie Komar- photos IMSA


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