From Supercross to Lamborghini: Chad Reed appears to be like 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 dust 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 by means of mutual associates. The pair headed to Las Vegas earlier this summer season for Reed’s first ever check in a Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo race automobile for Dream Racing.
“The check went nicely immediately,” 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 check.”
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 so much 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 rather a lot, I’d by no means gotten out to Watkins Glen. It was actually thrilling to go and see a fairly 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 damage of his personal in a crash throughout a WeatherTech Championship observe 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 gained the ultimate race of the 12-round Tremendous Trofeo North America season, earlier than Reed ready to contend individually for the World Last LB Cup Championship amongst Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo rivals from around the globe.
“I really lived in Europe in 2001, so once 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 obtained to enterprise throughout Europe and I obtained to spend a while there. I’m an enormous MotoGP fan and Jerez is a giant 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 principally 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 profitable the primary of two World Last 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 knowledgeable athlete for 22 years,” stated Reed. “I come from lots of expertise within the racing world and in my view, racing is racing, at all times. From two wheel to 4 wheel, it’s a bit of totally different right here and there however for essentially the most half, racing on the highest degree is at all times the identical. It at all times takes the identical mindset and it at all times takes the identical profitable method of going about it that’s rewarded in each method. 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 be taught.
“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 gained in Jerez, already instantly I re-watched the race. I obtained to observe 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 easy methods 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 standard two at IMSA weekends — added much more gas to his hearth.
“4 races is double the time, so you’ve got double the day there and double the expertise and double the educational,” 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 gained’t be lengthy earlier than he returns to a race automobile. The now 37-year-old is changing into extra conscious of the approaching 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 every 12 months,” stated Reed. “At this level, I’m unsure what number of extra years I’ll race. Nevertheless it simply feels regular to go racing. I really feel the change. I actually loved my time within the automobile this 12 months.
“The objective at the moment 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, bounce up a category into the Am class, then go be taught 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 objective. I really 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 really like that grinding away, discovering the restrict. If I might discover a degree of driving that I really feel I must get to, the place I might be aggressive at that degree, then clearly a GTD or one thing like that may be one thing I’d actually get pleasure from and like to do.”