ArmsUp Motorsports has Success at Road America with Two Different Eras

ArmsUp Motorsports has Success at Road America with Two Different Eras

Posted on July 31, 2008

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. - ArmsUp Motorsports raced cars from two different racing eras in two consecutive weeks at Road America. After two years of refurbishing Walter Vollrath's 1978 Lola T497, the car made its debut at the prestigious Kohler International Challenge vintage racing event. One week later, ArmsUp was back in action with the Formula Continental and Formula Atlantic cars at the SCCA Cat Nationals; scoring podium finishes in both classes.

Walter Vollrath's vintage racing debut could not have gone smoother. After a two-year refurbishing, the Elkhart Lake resident's 1978 Lola T497 ran the entire weekend without a problem. Vollrath, who has several miles around the Road America track, had not sat in the car until opening practice of the Kohler International Challenge. Gaining knowledge with the car each time on the track, Vollrath drove to a fifth-place finish in the 70's sports racer category at the prestigious KIC.

"This was a great event for our team," Gregg Borland said after the Kohler International Challenge. "It was great for Walter's Lola to run so well straight out of the box. That is going to be a fun car to work with for the rest of the season. We can only get quicker with the car as Walter gets more comfortable."

After visiting the past, ArmsUp Motorsports returned to the Road America circuit this past weekend at the SCCA Cat National with four Formula Continentals and one Formula Atlantic. Revere Greist once again lead the Formula Continental charge with a third-place finish after a race-long battle for the second spot. Kirk Kindsfater, who had been fighting the stomach flu most of the weekend, drove to a well-deserved fourth-place finish. John Greist drove to a seventh-place finish after an electrical gremlin restricted his pace during the qualifying session. John Dickmann was forced wide in the Carousel early in the FC race but was able to recover to bring home an eleventh-place result in the number 60 car.

Jose Paredes bounced back from a difficult June Sprints weekend to score a podium finish in the Formula Atlantic category. After qualifying fifth, Paredes was able to move up to the third position in his ArmsUp-prepared Swift .014.

"This was a solid Cat National for us." Borland said from the team's hospitality unit. "Our SCCA Club effort continues to make progress. Revere did a great job and keeps getting better in the Van Diemen. Kirk, John Greist and John Dickmann all had to overcome different difficulties this weekend and did so really well, I'm proud of all of them for dealing well with the adversity."

ArmsUp Motorsports returns to Road America for the third consecutive week for the F2000 Championship Series. Making their F2000 pro series debut will be John and Revere Greist. The father-son duo will be joined by Skip Barber Veteran Rick Balsley. Balsley will make his ArmsUp debut as well as his first laps in a Formula Continental Car on the Thursday test day at the four-mile circuit.

Formed in 1995, ArmsUp Motorsports is one of the premier SCCA Formula Continental and Formula Atlantic racing teams. Based in Elkhart Lake, Wis ArmsUp Motorsports is a full service prep shop for Formula Continentals, Formula Atlantics, and Vintage racing cars. For more information please visit the official ArmsUp website at

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