LAMERS MOTOR RACING
LAMERS MOTOR RACING began life as a single midget racing team out of Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1993. Since that time, our team has won a Badger Midget Championship, the 1998 and 2000 U.S.A.C. Sprint Car National Championships, the 2003 SCCA National Championships for GT-1 (Trans-Am) cars at Mid-Ohio and won the June Sprints GT-1 races six consecutive years (2000 to 2005) and the W.I.R. Limited Late Model Stock Car Championship in 2008.
National Championship Drivers have included Cliff Ebben, Tony Elliot and Kevin Olson.
Denny Lamers also races along with Cliff Ebben in National GT-1 cars. In 2004, LAMERS RACING raced in their first NASCAR Nextel Cup in Watkins Glen, New York with Tony Ave driving a LAMERS owned car. We finished 31st earning $53,000 for our first try ever after facing some mechanical problems. We have raced midgets, sprint cars, road racing cars, drag cars, Indy cars and stock cars. We have won in all areas except the cup race. We have raced against the best, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman in midgets and sprint cars and have followed them all to NASCAR.
Cliff Ebben added the 2016 GT-1 National Championship to our records this past year.
We are moving up from pro racing to building cars in cooperation with Tony Ave Motorsports which looks to add an exciting dynamic to the team.
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Denny Lamers - Denny started Road Racing in 2000. He was life-long racing fan and after becoming successful at his day job, he decided to pursue his love of racing. Denny started driving GT-1 cars at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI and also became successful at that. Today he is racing a Trans-am car and competing all over the country in the Pro Trans-am series. The Trans-am series has grown and at the first race of the 2015 season at Sebring International Raceway they set the all time record for entries in a single race at 69, and 73 cars participated in sessions throughout the weekend. This is a very exciting year for Trans-am as many of the races are being televised on CBS Sports Network. Denny finished 6th at Sebring.
Denny lives in Appleton, WI with his wife of 30 years. They have two children, T.J. & Jamie. They both grew up going to many different racing events. T.J. drove stock cars at WIR and their daughter Jamie is the biggest race fan of the family. She knows all the facts about racing and should probably pursue a career with Nascar! Denny's favorite track is Road America and we spend many weekends enjoying load noises and fast speed.
The growth and success of Lamers Motor Racing can be attributed to the passion that Denny has for the sport of racing and the knowledge and determination he has to be successful as a race car driver and also a successful businessman.
CLIFF EBBEN started road racing SCCA in 1971 in D.P. In 1974, he continued Road Racing and then started Late Model Circle Track Dirt and Asphalt racing. In 1981, Cliff was 2nd in points for Late Model at KK (Kaukauna). In 1984, he got a Formula Ford and was back road and circle track racing at local tracks. In 1985, he got a Formula Atlantic and went to the run-offs for the first time. Cliff started running the Pro Series for Formula Atlantic and was 2nd at the run-offs in Formula Atlantic in 1986. In 1987, Cliff was champion of the Flat Bottom Class in Formula Atlantic Pro Series. He started running IMCA dirt car in 1989. From 1990 to 1997, Cliff ran a late model on dirt locally while starting to run Vintage Road Racing in 1993. In Vintage, he ran a Ferrari 250 SWB from 1993-1996, winning several races. Cliff won the US vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1996. Cliff also won the Chicago Historics (now called Brian Redman) two times and in 1996 won the Monterey Historic race in California. In 1997, the Ferrari owner wanted Cliff to race in Europe so he ran at Silverstone and Mallory Park in England and won at Spa in Belgium. While vintage racing he also drove a Ferrari GTO, F40 and Formula 1 cars. In 1998, Cliff took the year off. During the 70's thru the 90's he raced on the ice in the IIRA Series with his sons Joe and Jim, when they were old enough to drive. In 1999, he went back to road racing in a GT-1 Camero. Cliff started running with Lamers Motor Racing in 2000. He won the June Sprints at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010. He won the runoffs in 2003 and 2009. He was the 1st loser at the Runoffs in 1986, 2002, 2004, 2010. He was Central Division Champ in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. Cliff won the Triple Crown in 2009.
JOE EBBEN started racing go-karts at the age of 5. When he was a licensed driver he then got into Road Racing in a BMW. He also drove his father, Cliff’s FA in driver's school. Joe went to the runoffs in 2003 in SB Class. He also drove a limited late model at an asphalt circle track locally. He was ice racing in the IIRA series with his father and brother Jim. He moved west and quit road racing and started motorcycle racing until he moved back to Wisconsin where he again started Circle Track Asphalt and then got back into SCCA Road Racing. Joe started running pro with Lamers Motor Racing in 2013. He was on the podium at Ohio last year in TA2.
TONY AVE is a race car driver born in Hurley, Wisconsin. He completed in the Grand-Am Series from 2000 until 2002, in Formula Atlantic from 1996 until 2001, and in the Trans-Am in 2002. He also made three Indy Lights starts in 1993 and one Indy Pro Series start in 2003. In 2004, Ave raced in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Watkins Glen finishing 31st.
In 2009 he was a regular competitor in the revived SCCA Trans-Am Series, driving a Chevrolet Corvette. In 2010, he brought Chevrolet its first Trans-Am championship since Paul Gentilozzi in 1998.
Ave won the 2010 and 2011 Trans-Am Series Championships. Finished 5th at the 2015 Trans-Am Foametix 100 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
ALEX STUMPF was born in Brillion, Wisconsin and has been racing since May 1999. He has won three go-kart championships, as well as numerous Feature wins and heat wins. Stumpf started racing Mini Stocks at 141 at the age of 13. He started racing Grand Nationals at the age of 15 and has five Grand National Feature wins and 10-15 heat wins.
Stumpf switched to Asphalt at the age of 18. He has one Feature win in Late Models and one heat win and one Fast Qualifier. He finished 4th in points Rookie year of Late Models and 5th in points in 2014.
NATE VANWYCHEN is from Kaukauna, Wisconsin and started racing Figure 8 when he was 17 years old. VanWychen raced Figure 8 for 5 years, then started racing Late Model in 2003 for 2 years. In 2005, he started racing Super Late Model and won Rookie of the Year and his first feature in Super Late Models in the Blue Race. VanWychen currently races Super Late Models.