Pickett enthuses. “It does everything you
“The HPD is a really fabulous
ask it to do. It’s similar to the Spyder in
handling and with its great aerodynamic
efficiency, too. It gives you extreme
confidence in a short time.”
Though Pickett himself turned the first
laps in the new car testing at Sebring –
and couldn’t wipe the smile off his face –
he’s now in a purely ownership and
overseeing role, leaving the driving to
German pairing Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr.
With Brandon Fry in the dual roles of chief
racecar. It gives you extreme
confidence in a short time”
engineer and team manager, Pickett sees
his strength as providing quality leadership.
“You need to set realistic expectations
and goals, cooperate with your partners
and listen to your people because they’re
smart and have done this before,” he says.
PERCENTAGE QUALIFYING SPEED INCREASE
(2011 TO 2012)
Out of the box, the HPD ARX-03a is faster than the team’s 2011
Lola-Aston Martin. At the 12 Hours of Sebring, when the ALMS
regulars shared with the FIA World Endurance Championship,
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s fastest qualifying lap was 3.1
percent better than in 2011. (That’s compared with a 1.8 percent
improvement in the overall P1 pole time.) At Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., the ARX-03a sat on the pole,
some 2.7 percent quicker than the Lola-Aston Martin in 2011.