Behind the Scenes with Chip Herr
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Behind the Scenes with Chip Herr
-By Sahar Hassani

Young gun, Chip Herr, returns to the SPEED World Challenge Touring Series in his # 17 STaSIS Audi A4. Last season, the talented driver finished third in Drivers' Points with one pole, three wins, and eight top-ten finishes. The twenty-four year old was destined to race and was introduced to the sport early on. My mom was drag racing at a Corvette club event when she was nine months pregnant with me, says Chip. During the last run en route to her victory in the women's category, she felt me kicking and had to have the ambulance meet her at the end of the track. I was born two hours later, he laughs.

At sixteen, Herr began his racing career in the Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series at Summit Point in an RX-7, finishing seventh. In 2003, Chip scored two championship titles including the inaugural Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Atlantic Tour Championship and SCCA Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series Championship (MARRS). The following year, Chip made his season debut in the SPEED World Challenge Series, finishing second in rookie points. Herr hopes to score another championship title in his Audi A4, but has plenty of tough competition including the likes of Randy Pobst, Michael Galati, Pierre Kleinubing, and Peter Cunningham. Full of energy, Chip enjoys interacting with his fans and colleagues. He describes his racing style as very aggressive yet smooth, My goal as a professional is to be fast, consistent and not crash cars. Besides racing, he hosts Sports Car Revolution on the SPEED Channel with Tom Hnatiw. His enthusiasm is contagious and his talent behind the wheel is unquestionable. At the track, the popular driver is surrounded by his family and friends who provide plenty of moral support.

SH: What are your impressions of the SPEED World Challenge Series? What are some of the challenges of racing in this series versus another (Grand-Am KONI Challenge)?

CH: I think it (SPEED World Challenge) is the most competitive racing out there with cars that are so different. When you think you have figured it out by actually winning it is only the beginning of the learning you need to win a championship. I have to say the biggest difference for me between the two series is the fact that World Challenge is one driver. I have had very bad experiences with co-drivers which in the end didn't give me a chance to finish well at all. In World Challenge it is a team sport with one driver, I like that.
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