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One Motorsports owner Shafer and Falb, Tony Bullock, Slusher and Lee Alexander decided in to climb from SCCA and sports car competition to the IMSA Tires Prototype Lites by Mazda in 2014. The team night and day to build cars, transporters, assemble spare stores and perform the myriad tasks of constructing a race for a season of intense competition.

Braun, left, assists Falb of One Motorsports at Sebring there was a problem at sunset Monday night in Sebring. was One’s leading driver on the charts but still was far off the leading 18th quickest out of 22 cars.

we looked at the time sheet, we ‘Whoa, what are we missing? Are we a cylinder in the engine?’ Shafer with a laugh.

Those were eased the next day Falb ended up seventh at the two-day test, running series heavyweights 8Star Performance Tech, JDC Motorsports and of Houston. One Motorsports’ second car had to 14th on the speed chart.

Big exhale. The new guys on the block had

The next big step in the evolution of One will take place 12-14 at the first event of the Cooper Tires Prototype Powered by Mazda season the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Fueled by Fresh From at Sebring International Raceway.

and Bullock will drive the two entries at Sebring. A third for Slusher will be ready for the Speedway round in early and plans for a fourth entry for this summer are in motion.

One may be a new team to the Cooper Tires Lites Powered by Mazda but the team is steeped in experience and pedigree.

Shafer drove in open-wheel in the United States and Europe the 1990s in series such as Barber, U.S. F2000, Atlantic and Formula Palmer Then he turned to team and ownership and also runs a racing products and services Factory48 Motorsports, based in Las

Factory48 achieved success in and Radical competition, with winning the CSR national championship at the SCCA Runoffs at Road

But Shafer and drivers Falb, Slusher and Alexander wanted They wanted to race at the level. So they started to at other series, and their continued to focus on Cooper Prototype Lites Powered by

Discussions became more and Shafer and his drivers decided in to take the leap to IMSA’s Series with a new team One Motorsports.

I think these guys looking for an opportunity to move to the level of racing, and the Prototype series provides that similar style cars to these guys were to but at another level of competition and Shafer said. That’s attracted them to it.

But the entire One operation was under no delusions or about the work before Many long nights in and February, working under the and steady hum of lights in their Las shop, prepared the team for the trip for the Sebring test.

journey was a thrash, too. car was brand-new, and the team picked it up at near Road Atlanta. But the new needed final preparation to be ready for track time at

Shafer reached out to Kevin team principal of Cooper Prototype Lites Powered by veterans Comprent Motor for a hand. Comprent let One’s use part of its shop in nearby Ga. to put the finishing touches on Falb’s including installation of the paddle-shift and data system.

That was a lot of nights, Shafer said. We it off the truck (at Sebring), and we never started the darn thing to see if it work. Luckily, it all paid and the car ran really well.

That of cooperation continued at the Sebring Shafer said he never a closed door or pursed when he sought help or from rival teams in the Feb. 24-25.

One of the most things to me was even though is more serious racing we’ve done in the past, all of the that I talked to offered help than I thought would, Shafer said. was really friendly. Comprent, in was more than generous in us out with information.

That kind of surprised me everybody works really for what information they That was really nice. definitely helped us run better we would have if we had not had anybody’s

Quick adaptation to the 230-horsepower engine, Elan chassis and tires by One’s drivers flattened the learning curve overnight for the team at the Sebring But Shafer knows the hard is only beginning as the team to return to Sebring for its first weekend in the series.

I don’t it’s going to be easy, said. There are guys are pretty darn quick. going to be really competitive, and a whole new level of challenge for the and the team to put it all together.

I think it’s going to be I don’t expect to go out and dominate any soon. We’re going to hard. We want to win, but I it’s going to take a lot of to do that.

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