The founder of Motorsports In Action, Eric Kerub, tells an interesting story about his first year competing as a professional team owner in one particular series. “They told me it took Penske four years to win here,” he laughs. “I told them… Screw that, I’m not gonna wait that long!” In his debut with RTF Racing, Eric didn’t have to wait very long for his first win. It took just forty-eight hours.
For October’s AER double 8.5-hour endurance race at Mid-Ohio, Eric joined drivers Jack Baruth, Charley Baruth, Sam Smith, and Christian Ward in “Marilyn,” the team’s MX-5 Cup racer. He also brought Jesse Lazare, a 24 Hours Of Daytona winner who had proven instrumental in RTF’s win at NJMP earlier this season, and Carl Hermez, the MiA crew chief. Carl teamed up with Albany Autoworks’ Jon Shevel to provide complete mechanical support for the car. Josh Howard, Bojan Tatarevic of the Boost Brothers, and West Coast literary legend Chuck Squatriglia pitched in to keep the team running smoothly, while Mark Baruth ran pits and strategy.
On Saturday, the team was hobbled by a radiator cap that decided to commit suicide — but despite losing two laps resolving the problem, RTF finished third on the back of strong final stints from Smith and Lazare. Come Sunday, there was a different problem: A long stint of hard-fought battles with the first-place team had worn the brake pads down to metal. With the overall win on the line, Hermez and Shevel did a complete front brake job in three minutes and twenty-three seconds. Then Smith and Charley Baruth brought home a second place with time to spare, giving RTF the overall win for the weekend.
With podiums and wins in two out of three AER events this year, RTF is optimistic that next year will bring more of the same. Special thanks go to our partners for this event:
- Motorsports in Action
- Tire Rack