Carbon Grand Prix is an American motor racing team that competes in the International SimGP World Championship (Commonly referred to as SimGP). They were founded in 2007.
Carbon Grand Prix was formed in October 2007 to compete in the final few rounds of the 2007 Formula Sim Racing Amateur category, and went by the name ASC inTech Racing. The team was assembled in 1 week with very little experience in the cars. The driver roster for 2007 consisted of Justin and Brent Amundrud.
Formula Sim RacingEdit
The team came to China with very low expectations and as the race weekend went on the team realized that they could not compete and left the track early. But things were very different in Brazil with driver Brent Amundrud running in the top 10 in practice sessions and stunning rival teams with his lap times. A problem in qualifying however moved him to the back of the grid but he would climb through the field up to as high as 9th until his engine let out on him by about the mid way point. At the season finale in Fuji, Brent once again showed his speed and with new rookie driver Tony Anania taking Justin's position things looked to go well. Tony Anania was an obvious backmarker throughout the weekend but showed consistency and finished in the points giving inTech its first ever points finish. Brent had engine failure once again and left the team at the end of the season for Rice Racing.
2008 saw the team expand internationally adding the new partner teams: ASC Vision Racing (ran by Stephen Sweetland ) and ASC iForce Racing (ran by Richie Speed ) Heading into the season opener ASC inTech Racing had drivers Justin Amundrud and new Brazilian driver Facundo Azcue. Throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Justin Amundrud was consistently one of the drivers to beat, posting laps inside the top 10 all weekend long. In Q1 Justin posted the fastest lap of anyone that weekend and moved easily into Q2. Azcue failed to qualify and so did the rest of iForce Racing, with only Stephen Sweetland also qualifying for the event. Q2 was similar with Amundrud running in the top 3 all session long, but in Q3 tragedy struck, and Justin lost connection and was unable to compete in the event. Connection problems would plague the team later in the year too. Heading into Malaysia the team scrapped the expansion teams and ran a strong roster of Justin Amundrud and Stephen Sweetland for the rest of the season. Justin would struggle in Sepang but managed to qualify for the event although at the back of the field. Former driver Brent Amundrud (then racing for Precision Motorsports) would end up being the talk of the race as he moved his way up the field. Sweetland proved to be the better driver of inTech that day and finished 15th with Justin finishing 22nd.
The team seemed very unstable without any real permanent drivers or test drivers and could not get enough technical info, and by Bahrain it was obvious they would likely not compete the rest of the year, after the announcement that Stephen Sweetland would sign with rival Rice Racing.
Bahrain was looking up for the team, with Justin and Stephen performing in the top 15 in practice sessions. But during qualifying inconsistency plagued Justin and he would miss the race by a single position. But league officials reviewed the session and deemed one driver illegal to race and he was allowed to start from last place. He ran the race very conservatively but was caught up in a wreck with 3 other cars heading into Turn 1. Stephen Sweetland would run in the back of the field for the most part of the race but engine failure took him out as well.
By the Spanish Grand Prix the team was obviously on its last race. iForce Owner Richie Speed had started the team back on his own, still in partnership with inTech but more independent than before. Speed and Stuart Speirs drove the car that week and both were backmarkers. Justin would fail to qualify as well with the 50 car fields beginning to frustrate drivers. Sweetland once again made it to the race and while running a impressive 3rd place wrecked the car early to the dismay of team owner Justin Amundrud.
After Round 4 the team announced in a press release that the team would disband and join in an effort to help a new Champ Car league (Sim Car World Series) get started.
Sim Car World SeriesEdit
Founding the LeagueEdit
SCWS was a joint venture by Justin Amundrud and friend Kahne Smith. The series would run the planned 2008 CCWS Schedule that had been released before the Unification between CCWS and the IRL. The team was rebranded inTech Motorsports after loosing sponsorship from ASC, and became the first entrant for the 2008 season on April 30th. Former Driver Brent Amundrud also started a team "G-4 Racing" with driver Tom Smith . The league would expand to 10 teams by the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The opening round for the new league was on the Streets of Long Beach, for the iDT Grand Prix of Long Beach. The first ever grid featured 13 entrants, and the level of professionalism was made known by the end of the race. inTech put on strong performances in each event that year and became a front runner from the very first race. The team finished 2nd in the Teams Championship and Justin Amundrud finished 4th in the points standings.
2009 Season & SCWS collapseEdit
By the end of the 2008 season the league was on the upswing with 19 drivers in the last 2 events. Unfortunately a problem arose with another league over the name Sim Car and the league began to lose steam. Co-Owner of the league Scott Wilde, began to question the direction of the series and pulled out of the league entirely and taking the big name drivers with him. He would start his own ill-fated league as well which would only last for a month. The rest of the league fell apart just a day before the first official test.