The recipients of the ExtremeSpirit Award have demonstrated great respect for fellow competitors, sponsors, track operators, officials, media, and fans throughout the 2018 season. They act as ambassadors for IMSA on and off the track and show an ability to accept victory with humility and defeat graciously. They also display the positive qualities of sportsmanship and have a commitment to excellence that is second-to-none. Their on-track performance speaks for itself while their off-track efforts are revered.
“Over Continental’s previous nine years in the IMSA paddock, we’ve seen firsthand the talent among the paddock,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for Continental Tire. “And that’s not just the talent we see at the track, but what we see away from it as well. We recognize those individuals whose contributions on and off track inspire others. This year we had a wide variety of nominations – including crew members, drivers, and team owners. Their incredible stories are what fuels our passion. These individuals are the heart and soul of their respective paddocks and we are honored to recognize them for their efforts.”
Members of the IMSA paddock were nominated by their fellow team members and competitors alike through a month-long voting process over the summer.
In the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, KohR Motorsport team owner Dean Martin won the award in the GS category while Compass Racing team owner Karl Thomson won for TCR. James Clay who serves as both Team Owner and GS driver at BimmerWorld Racing won in the ST category.
Martin received multiple nominations for being “simply the best”.
“Dean (Martin) has been doing this a long time – he’s been a driver for years, so he knows the ins and outs of strategy and he knows how to talk to the drivers and interpret what they’re saying,” said Jesse Cox, Lead Mechanic for KohR Motorsport. “He was also an engineer at Ford, so he knows what to do with the cars, from set-ups and what changes will do what. He goes above and beyond on pretty much everything he does. He knows what he wants to do and expects things to go that direction.”