After many years of competing in amateur and grassroots racing with BMW CCA Club Racing and most recently the World Racing League (WRL) and American Endurance Racing (AER) series, Team ACP – Tangerine Associates is set to compete more in pro racing series with the M4 GT4 in 2022.
Team ACP – Tangerine Associates founders Catesby Jones and Ken Goldberg first started racing together in BMW CCA Club Racing many years ago and recently rekindled the racing partnership. “Ken and I used to race together in BMW CCA Club Racing 25 years ago,” says Jones. “Ken took a break from racing and called me up about five years ago and said he wanted to start racing again. We started doing some endurance racing, which at this stage of our lives gives us the most bang for our buck.”
The team started competing in AER and Chump Car races with rented BMWs to get Ken seat time and evolved from there to buying their own M240i Racing cars to compete with. “We were renting rides and they weren’t that great with the prep, so we decided to do it ourselves,” says Jones. “Long story short, we created a team together and started buying cars. After going through E36 and E46 cars, we decided that factory cars were the way to go, so we bought some M240i Racing cars and had a good time racing those.”
The team gradually moved from the M240i Racing to a pair of M2 CS Racing cars, which then led to the purchase of an M4 GT4. “We bought an M4 GT4 from England and that’s opened up a lot more opportunities to race in other series, and the running cost of the M2 CS and the M4 GT4 are very similar since they’re the same car really,” says Jones.
The team raced the M4 GT4 in the 24H Series 24-hour race at Sebring back in November and finished third on the podium in the GT4 class after persevering through some major challenges. “We were just happy to get to the grid,” said Jones. “In the morning session, Josh (Norman) was driving and made pretty heavy contact with the wall at turn 17. We had to disassemble the whole front of the car, so the crew thrashed for most the day to get the car back on track. We worked our way back from there and took a very conservative approach to make sure the car lasted 24 hours. Fortunately, our competitors had some issues. Sebring takes a toll on everything and that’s a big part of why BMWs finished second and third. My crew did an amazing job. It was a tough race for us, and we knew it had to come to us through attrition.”
Team ACP – Tangerine Associates has a busy agenda planned for the new year. They’ll be doing the full WRL schedule along with select SRO GT4 America races and European 24H series races. They will also be transitioning away from the M2 CS Racing to the M4 GT4, which opens more options for racing with the GT4-spec platform. If you see them at a race, make sure to stop and say hi to your fellow Club members! —David Haueter
[Photos courtesy Tyler Duane.]