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Hotchkis H-Team Drivers Finish Strong at the 2013 Run to the Coast



Racing has always been an integral part of the development of suspension systems for Hotchkis. Whether it’s from an autocross, road course, or hill climb, the feedback derived from pushing a suspension to the edge is invaluable when it comes to making a system that has to work as well on the track as it does on the street. On the last weekend of February, 2013, members of the Hotchkis H-Team came out to the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Base in Irvine, California to compete in the American Street Car Series – Run to the Coast race. With an autocross, high-speed road course, and speed stop challenge, this event was designed to push driver and car to their limits.



The H-Team represented Hotchkis well in the autocross with two members finishing in the top ten. Rodney Prouty and his ’68 Chevy Camaro finished fourth overall with a time of 50.946s while Don Gonzales and his 2010 Camaro finished ninth with a time of 51.999s.

Road Course:


The road course at Run to the Coast was a high-speed blast down through two different runways and included everything from chicanes to hairpins and even a “whoop” that caused some drivers to momentarily leave the ground. H-Team member Robert Byrd came in fourth place overall with his 2010 Camaro and won the Camaro Performers Magazine “Quickest Modern Camaro” award. Mike Hickman and his ’68 Chevy “G”-10 pickup truck clocked the quickest time of any stock-framed truck, coming in 13th overall.


Dan Weishar also posted up a great time in the Hotchkis E-Max ’70 Challenger, placing 16th overall – a big accomplishment on a track that favored copious amounts of horsepower.

Speed Stop:


Mike Hickman surprised quite a few competitors in the speed stop challenge with his ’68 Chevy C-10 truck. Despite his obvious weight and size disadvantage, he put up a serious fight and took down a number of very strong competitors to take the eighth place spot.