Nicolas Hammann

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Nicolas Hammann
Nicolas Hammann 2016 Road America.jpg
Hammann at Road America in 2016
Born (1993-07-26) July 26, 1993 (age 26)
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Achievements2014 GT Academy winner
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
4 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 74 (Mike Harmon Racing)
2017 position72nd
Best finish68th (2016)
First race2016 Zippo 200 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Last race2019 CTECH Manufacturing 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of August 24, 2019.

Nicolas Hammann (born July 26, 1993)[1] is an American professional road racing driver. He won the 2014 U.S. GT Academy television show. Hammann made his first NASCAR start at Watkins Glen International in 2016.

Background[edit]

Hammann's 2008 kart at the Briggs & Statton Motorplex

Hammann helped at his family's garage in Elkhart Lake.[2] The village is the home of Road America. His father quit racing and Hammann began racing karts as a six-year-old on the Briggs & Stratton Motorplex at Road America.[3][4] He won track championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009.[5] In 2010, the 16-year-old got an SCCA license to race cars and competed in the STU and STL classes.[5] After graduating from Kiel High School,[3] he went to college to study mechanical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[1] He graduated in May 2018 with an concentration in motorsports.[6]

GT Academy[edit]

Hammann took a break from college to compete in the 2014 North American GT Academy television show on Spike TV.[1] The show gives PlayStation Gran Turismo video game drivers a chance to compete in a variety of scenarios on real racing tracks. He bought a steering wheel for the game and raced over 3,400 miles (5,500 km) to obtain his best lap time; his best time was within the top 32 positions (out of 450,000 competitors).[4] Judges, including Danny Sullivan, interviewed Hammann to see how well he would represent Nissan. He made the top 12 and was entered in a week-long competition at Silverstone, England.[4] Hammann won the competition.[1]

Racing career[edit]

After winning the show, Hammann was signed as a Nissan factory driver.[1] He earned an International license and competed in the 2015 Dubai 24 Hour endurance race.[7] His team of five drivers finished 5th overall (and second in the GT3 class)[5] in a Nissan GTR GT3 car.[8] He competed in several different classes at different tracks throughout the world including the Blancpain Sprint Series, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and Pirelli World Challenge.[5] For 2016, Hammann raced in the NISSAN MicraCup series in Quebec.

Hammann's NASCAR Xfinity Series car at Road America, 2016
Hammann's 2017 No. 17 Xfinity Series car at Road America, 2017

Hammann made his first NASCAR Xfinity Series start as a road course ringer at Watkins Glen International on August 6, 2016. Hammann had been working at his family garage when Mike Harmon came in to have a tire serviced for the 2015 Road America 180. He asked Harmon to let him know if he ever needs a driver and Harmon called the following year.[9] He qualified to start 36th in the Mike Harmon Racing No. 74 for the Zippo 200 at the Glen.[10] His car was involved with a Kyle Busch spin; he recovered until his race ended with an oil leak after completing 67 of 82 laps for a 28th-place finish.[11] Hammann made his second start at the 2016 Road America 180 in his hometown. He qualified 33rd and passed several cars during the race.[12] He completed a total of 22 (of the 48) laps with his race ending early with mechanical issues.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts Ref
2016 Mike Harmon Racing 74 Dodge DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN
28
MOH BRI ROA
36
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 68th 18 [13]
2017 17 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
29
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 72nd 8 [14]
2019 Mike Harmon Racing 74 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA
15
DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM -* -*

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Nicolas profile". Gran-Turismo.com. Gran Turismo. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Hansen, Scott (August 14, 2014). "Auto Racing: Local seizing opportunity to be pro driver". Sheboygan Press / USA Today Wisconsin. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Mathes, Eric (January 10, 2015). "Hammann finishes first". Tri-County News. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Lehman, Bert (June 2017). "Making the Most of It". Full Throttle. Waupaca, Wisconsin: Multi Media Channels LLC.
  5. ^ a b c d "About Nicholas Hammann". Nicholas Hammann. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  6. ^ Lambeth, Kobe (20 October 2019). "Nic Hammann Thrived In Homecoming Race". The Podium Finish. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  7. ^ Domol, Anthony (March 31, 2017). "NEW Motorama 2017". Local 5 Live!. 2:35 minutes in. WFRV. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "2015 official results". Dubai 24 Hour. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Road America 180". NASCAR Xfinity Series race coverage. August 27, 2016. Event occurs at 13:39. Motor Racing Network. Road America feed (88.3 FM). |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ "2016 Zippo 200 at the Glen qualifying results". Racing-Reference.
  11. ^ "Zippo 200 at The Glen results". NASCAR. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "2016 Road America 180". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Nicolas Hammann – 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nicolas Hammann – 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved August 19, 2019.

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