From Supercross to Lamborghini: Chad Reed seems to be to IMSA future
From a harrowing two-wheel incident to a now four-wheel champion, it’s been an unpredictable 12 months for racer Chad Reed.
It was solely eight months in the past that the championship-winning filth bike rider was sidelined with a number of damaged bones and different accidents stemming from a Supercross incident. Simply three months later, although, Reed returned to racing — this time of behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán Tremendous Trofeo EVO.
It started when Reed related with IMSA driver Ryan Hardwick via mutual associates. The pair headed to Las Vegas earlier this summer season for Reed’s first ever take a look at in a Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo race automobile for Dream Racing.
“The take a look at went nicely instantly,” stated Reed. “The proprietor, Enrico (Bertaggia) was like, ‘I’ll know in 5 minutes whether or not we’re going to place him within the automobile or not.’ I suppose I handed the take a look at.”
Only one week later, Reed discovered himself headed to Watkins Glen to make his debut within the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo North America sequence as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend.
“I had heard loads about Watkins Glen, however I had by no means been there,” Reed defined. “We race shut by in a spot known as Unadilla, about an hour and 45 minutes away. So, although I’ve been to that a part of the nation quite a bit, I’d by no means gotten out to Watkins Glen. It was actually thrilling to go and see a reasonably historic venue for IMSA racing.”
Initially competing within the Professional-Am class with Hardwick, Reed moved to the LB Cup class in July after Hardwick suffered a season-ending knee harm of his personal in a crash throughout a WeatherTech Championship follow at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Final month — following 4 wins in eight LB Cup races alongside new co-driver Justin Worth — Reed headed to the Jerez circuit in Spain to compete within the Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo World Finals. The duo received the ultimate race of the 12-round Tremendous Trofeo North America season, earlier than Reed ready to contend individually for the World Ultimate LB Cup Championship amongst Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo rivals from around the globe.
“I truly lived in Europe in 2001, so after I first left my native nation Australia as an 18-year-old child, I went to race the world championship in Europe,” stated Reed. “I received to enterprise throughout Europe and I received to spend a while there. I’m an enormous MotoGP fan and Jerez is an enormous a part of that championship and testing program, so I knew the venue fairly nicely.
“I had by no means been there, however I’d recognized it nicely sufficient that I’d watched a lot of it that mainly going there for the primary time didn’t really feel like the primary time. To get to go to a venue I knew a lot about and cared about its heritage, to race a Lamborghini there was actually thrilling.”
After successful the primary of two World Ultimate races, Reed completed second in Race 2 to clinch the LB Cup World Championship, including his first four-wheel title to his already spectacular assortment of championships on two wheels.
“I’ve been an expert athlete for 22 years,” stated Reed. “I come from lots of expertise within the racing world and for my part, racing is racing, at all times. From two wheel to 4 wheel, it’s just a little completely different right here and there however for essentially the most half, racing on the highest stage is at all times the identical. It at all times takes the identical mindset and it at all times takes the identical profitable means of going about it that’s rewarded in each means. That’s simply what I believe.”
However what’s it that retains the drive going for the multi-time AMA/World Supercross champion? His participation in Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo North America exhibits simply that — his need to study.
“It’s that development at by no means arriving and at all times attempting to be higher and attempting to determine what it’s,” defined Reed. “That need to leap into one thing and attempt to discover extra. Although I received in Jerez, already instantly I re-watched the race. I received to look at it on TV and lots of the battles I used to be in.
“With watching it, already your thoughts says, ‘Ah, I might do that higher, I might try this higher or I might strategy this higher.’ The aggressive facet of you, you’re at all times on the lookout for extra and at all times looking for that aggressive edge and understanding of the way to be higher. I suppose that simply drives me and it fuels me.”
Reed added how competing in 4 races at Jerez — as an alternative of the normal two at IMSA weekends — added much more gasoline to his hearth.
“4 races is double the time, so you could have double the day there and double the expertise and double the training,” he stated. “I’m left on this excessive the place, ‘When’s the following time I get in a automobile?’”
Though now within the IMSA offseason, Reed hopes it received’t be lengthy earlier than he returns to a race automobile. The now 37-year-old is changing into extra conscious of the upcoming finish to his two-wheel profession, however has no intentions of quitting racing any time quickly.
“I’m on the tail finish of my Motocross profession and life past bikes is changing into extra actual each 12 months,” stated Reed. “At this level, I’m unsure what number of extra years I’ll race. However it simply feels regular to go racing. I really feel the change. I actually loved my time within the automobile this 12 months.
“The purpose at present is to do Tremendous Trofeo once more. I believe that’d be superior to get in a automobile on my own and attempt to maximize my time, soar up a category into the Am class, then go study and attempt to determine that out. That’s just about the place I’m at, simply determining what I can do.
“So far as being in IMSA racing, that’s the purpose. I like racing a lot. It’s like I see Sebring and Daytona and the Six Hours at Watkins Glen. I don’t know why, however that appears actually interesting to me and it appears enjoyable. I like that grinding away, discovering the restrict. If I might discover a stage of driving that I really feel I must get to, the place I could be aggressive at that stage, then clearly a GTD or one thing like that may be one thing I’d actually take pleasure in and like to do.”