A veteran in sprint races, Village of Four Seasons clerk Tom Laird is changing things up a bit this weekend. Laird will compete in a ChumpCar World Series 24-hour team endurance race Saturday-Sunday in Hallett, Okla.

Laird, who can usually be seen racing his Pinto on the Gateway sportscar circuit, said he's not leaving sprint racing — he's just looking for a longer test this weekend.


A veteran in sprint races, Village of Four Seasons clerk Tom Laird is changing things up a bit this weekend.

Laird will compete in a ChumpCar World Series 24-hour team endurance race Saturday-Sunday in Hallett, Okla.

Laird, who can usually be seen racing his Pinto on the Gateway sportscar circuit, said he's not leaving sprint racing — he's just looking for a longer test this weekend.

"When I get out of the seat after just a half-hour of sprint racing, I'm kinda disappointed that the race is already over," Laird said. "My blood is just starting to flow. With this, I'll be able to get a lot of driving in."

Laird will race for Team8racing, a squad that includes two rookies, one of which is a 57-year-old pilot, and Stan Culpepper, who is a regular in the NASCAR Mexico series.

The four-person team will take turns driving — about 1-2 hours each. In between action, Laird said drivers in endurance races keep fresh by taking "quick cat naps."

The ChumpCar World Series is a league designed for older race cars and sedans valued at $500 or less. Newer cars are allowed in the series but are penalized by laps at the start of races.

The Team8racing squad will drive a mid-80s Porsche 944 for this weekend's event.

Racing starts at noon Saturday and concludes at noon Sunday.

"I think the key will be a lack of aggressiveness and patience," Laird said of the endurance race. "You can't win unless you finish, so we're hoping things go pretty smoothly."

Past endurance races haven't gone well for Laird, who said the cars often can't handle the wear and tear of such a long race. Laird's goal is to finally finish a race — and place in the top 10.

"It's a professional event so we're hoping we can finish high enough to get some of the money," Laird said.