The inaugural “Hawk at Road America” event took place from July 12-15, 2012 at the famed 14 turn circuit in Northern Wisconsin. The vintage racing event, one of the longest-standing and well-respected in the country, began as the Chicago Historic Races in 1981, and has evolved into a world-class gathering of vintage race car owners from all over the world.
450 cars were registered for competition at the first annual “Hawk at Road America” event, a nearly record turnout. More than 35,000 spectators were on hand throughout the weekend to witness the action as the competitors battled in cars ranging from simple production sedans from the early Seventies, all the way up to immaculate examples of Lola’s fabled T-70 cars from the late Sixties and early Seventies. Other highlights included the throaty Can-Am racers, Formula 1 machines from different eras and two of Audi’s dominant R8 Le Mans Prototype cars – both of which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans at one point during their tours of active duty in Audi’s stable.
Hawk Performance Products Group (HPPG), a brand of Carlisle Brake & Friction, had a tent set up to display their new Hawk Harrier I, Harrier III wheels, Peregrine I and III wheels, as well as their new Cragar Modern Muscle and Black Rock Currie Signature Flushcut wheels. HPPG also had all of their legacy Cragar products and Hawk Performance brake products on display. HPPG employees were able to discuss the benefits and quality of these products with fellow race enthusiasts.
Andrew Hisey, Director of Marketing at HPPG was pleased with Hawk’s presence at Road America stating, “Hawk is proud to be associated with such an iconic event at one of
North America’s truly great racing venues. The Hawk Performance and Cragar Wheel brands align perfectly with The Hawk’s deeply passionate participants, followers and fans.” In addition to The Hawk, Hawk Performance and Cragar Wheels are now closely tied with the other major series and events that take place at Road America, including AMA Superbikes, NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, the American Le Mans Series and SCCA’s feature National Runoff event.
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