The Isringhausen Motorsports team was recently profiled in The Chicago Scene, a bimonthly magazine published by PCA – Chicago Region. Here is a transcript of the article.
A Dealer’s Trek from Showroom to Podium: A Win on Every Level
Isringhausen Motorsports is an integral part of the paddock at many Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing events throughout the year. The sports car team—a branch of Isringhausen Porsche based in Springfield, Illinois—usually has anywhere from four to six cars at attended events.
Geoff Isringhausen, owner and manager of the luxury car dealership, said his love affair with Porsche started in high school as he watched his older brothers buy and sell Porsches and other German cars. But when the family acquired a Porsche franchise in 1989, his understanding and appreciation for the brand expanded. “It was a real thrill for us that we had the privilege to represent this great brand that we truly loved,” Isringhausen said.
Geoff started coming to track days about 10 years ago in PCA’s high performance drivers’ education (HPDE). Since then, he’s been a familiar face at many PCA events each season.
Isringhausen Motorsports owns two large transport trucks that go from race to race across the country. They use a driving coach, Dan Clarke, and trackside technical support is provided by Gold Certified Porsche Technicians from his store—the highest level of qualification awarded by the manufacturer.
“We have all the Porsche diagnostic equipment and tools at each event, so we can keep the cars running and on track,” Isringhausen said.
“I’ve met so many great people attending racing events. We love talking racing, talking cars—some of these people become friends and customers, and it’s just been a win on every level.” – Geoff Isringhausen
Isringhausen has mostly run in the GTB1 class, but he also recently started to run a Cayman GT4 in the GT3 class. Geoff recently raced the former GT-Sport Racing World Challenge car with the PCA group at Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway.
“This all started with me wanting to experience a Porsche on the track,” Isringhausen said. “I brought out a street car and a technician. Then over a couple of years, I got more interested and bought a fully prepped race car.
“Since then, I have met people at the track and in our showroom to share my love of racing with,” Geoff continued. “It has been gratifying to introduce new people to racing. Porsche customers visiting our store are frequently intrigued by the race cars they see around. This can lead to helping them get on track and some have moved from track days to full racing.
“Porsches are such exciting cars and just a step above the rest. Part of my collection includes a 1989 Targa, Gen 1 and 2 997 GT3 RS plus a few others. They are all a blast to drive.”
Isringhausen’s son, Geoff Jr., is also a seasoned PCA Club Racing driver. His journey with racing started when he did his first HPDE at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in a Cayman S with the Chicago Region Porsche Club.
“I knew it would be fun, but it was such a different type of fun,” Isringhausen Jr. said. “The gentlemanly-ness of PCA and the respect you get from other drivers—we really appreciate that and that’s why we still race in PCA.” “Porsche Club Racing has been really fun,” adds Geoff Sr. “I’ve met so many great people attending racing events. We love talking racing, talking cars—some of these people become friends and customers, and it’s just been a win on every level.”
The Isringhausens did very well at TRAC this year: running in GT3, Geoff scored a 1st Place in the Enduro, and two firsts in Red Group Sprints 1 and 2. Running in GTB1, Geoff Jr. scored a 3d Place finish in the Enduro, and a 2d and a 4th Place in Blue Group Sprints 1 and 2. In addition, Geoff Jr received a Workers Choice Award for his Blue Sprint 2 race; the Workers Choice Award, voted on by the Corner Workers, is considered the most prestigious award given at a PCA Club Race.