BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – Fall-Line Motorsports has set its driver roster for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) category.
Fall-Line veterans Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub will compete in a full-season in the team’s Audi R8 LMS that they both drove during select events in 2013.
Putman and Espenlaub are known in the sports car paddock for their big personalities and quick wit (and the occasional impromptu acoustic guitar jam session from Putman) and have been driving together for many years now. They won the 2010 Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Series in Grand Sport together and have also competed overseas in endurance races in addition to racing in the GT category in the U.S.
“I am of course happy to be back with the Fall Line gang full-time,” Putman said. “They worked very hard at making it possible for Charles and I to run the full 2014 TUDOR United Sportscar season. This first year of the series is going to be a special (and difficult) historic year. We wanted very much to be a part of it. Nathan, Dave, and JP, along with the full capabilities of the Fall Line shop have already been hard at work making sure that the Audi R8 is ready for a serious run at the 2014 Championship. All the Fall-Line guys as well as Charles and I are doubling down on our efforts at getting prepared to be the best of the new GTD class.”
Fall-Line and Audi Sport customer racing teamed up midway through the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season beginning with the six-hour race at Watkins Glen in which both Putman and Espenlaub participated. The newly formed GT program is an addition to the Fall-Line team and competed in six races with a season-best fifth place result at Kansas Speedway.
“I am beyond thrilled to be back racing full-time with Charlie, and in the Audi, no less,” Espenlaub said. “I had a blast driving the car this past season and getting the opportunity to race in the new series full-time with such an amazing machine is truly a gift.”