“We're very excited about the 2017 racing program despite minimal track time this season. We'll oversee more changes to the car in preparation for next year. We'll be building upon the previous work we've done. The conversion to the wider body, as well as brake, wheel, tire and numerous safety upgrades, provided us with many gains and we're looking to make more for 2017.
This year has me personally energized more than ever as we move the team even further towards our goals. Looking back on the last couple of years with Gary's leadership, passion, and energy, I can't help but think of how far we've come in knowledge, skill and capability. We're here to win - we race and practice as hard as we can. Everyone works for too hard for us not to give one hundred percent at all times.”
With the team from the beginning, Gary brings years of experience as a racer, racing team manager, project manager and event coordinator. Well known in the Ontario car community, Gary is responsible for the overall management and strategy of the pit crew and is a key contributor to the strategy of the team.
“At the end of every day that we're on the track and at the close of every season, we look back and reflect on what took place and what we've learned. Every year we've pushed limits, set team record lap times, expanded our portfolio of tracks and made mistakes. We reflect on our mistakes and push ourselves to continuously improve - every single time we step out there we are setting very high expectations for ourselves.
We set such high standards for ourselves because the race track is a volatile and extreme environment with very little room for error. We're always thinking of all the things that we need to be doing better. We learn from our mistakes and when we return to the track we step out with even greater passion than before. We focus on the positive and continuous improvement.”
Sam began assisting the team on several 2010 practice dates and decided to join Christiansen Racing full time in 2011 as a suspension and data specialist. In his seventh year with the team, his responsibilities include overall pit crew duties in practice and competition, crew to driver communication, coordination of driver activities, team approach, safety regulation and rules compliance and competitive analysis. Sam's specialty is suspension set up and maintenance as well as data logging and data analysis.