In 2009 the team branched out to new challenges and the extremely difficult field of endurance racing. With an LMP2 Porsche Spyder and GT1 Aston Martin the team set sites on its new goals, bringing in new names and faces to the endeavour. While initially a struggle, Satellite quickly showed its pure speed in its very first few outings. Consistency and reliability over the long events proved to be a tougher challenge to master and early on had the team frustrated with results not reflecting the pace put forth through the race. The team continued working and built a solid foundation of knowledge for the reliability side. Endurance racing has been the primary focus of the team in simracing ever since 2009. With wins ranging from the V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 to the 24 hours of Lemans in an LMP1, Satellite continued to build its name and become known around the world in various leagues running endurance events. Satellite has become to be known as a threat to win races and series titles in every endurance event entered now and is currently in close contention for 2 series titles.
In the summer of 2010, driver Matt Strand had an idea to expand the team even further into the racing world. This time off of the computer and into the real world. He and Team Manager Kyle Pearson began discussing the idea and how to go about it. The plan was to have Pearson continue to run the simracing team, while Strand ran the real world side of things. The idea was to give an avenue for Satellite drivers and other simracers to have a more affordable way to give the real world of racing we all wanted to do a shot. Satellite Racing was officially incorporated as a company in April of 2011. 2 weeks later, the team made its debut in the SCCA at the Palm Beach International Raceway with an Invader chassis in the Formula 500 class. That weekend also saw the teams 1st pole, fastest race lap, and win in the real world of racing as we came home with a 15 second margin of victory. Since moving to the real world the team has emassed a resounding winning ratio of 81.82% and an even better 91% pole record. With lap records set at 5 different tracks in the south east, Satellite quickly made its mark in the real world Formula car scene.
February of 2012 saw Pearson step down from his manager position of the sim racing side of the team, handing Strand the keys to that as well. Pearson is still with the team racing occasionally but prefers to remain in an advisory, technical, and marketing role. 2013 will be a big year for us. We are stepping up our game in every avenue of racing. We are continuing our long standing simracing endurance program, but we are also adding full time a new open wheel program in both Indy Cars and GP2 style racing. The real world side of things is expanding every day as well with the team now running 2 Formula 600 cars in the SCCA Pro Series. Matt Williams is heading up the “Dirty Dori” VW Beetle Rallycross car build for Satellite, as well as an upcoming go-kart program competing internationally, and a soon to be built Mazda Miata for endurance racing. Alot of history already in our short run as a team but still a long way to go to reach our goals. Satellite Racing remains with it’s core principles of driver development, fair but competitive racing, and all around fun. We will not forget our roots and will continue to support our drivers who compete in various forms of racing around the world.