LEXINGTON, Ohio – You don’t necessarily think of funkadelic, progressive rock when you first arrive at a racetrack, but you do occasionally think of different styles.
Things like different driving styles, different varieties and styles of cars, or experimenting with different setups or strategies, are all definitive elements of a race weekend.
So with that in mind, it serves as a perfect intro to the fusion and blend of Chicago progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee and GTSport Racing.
The two will come together, as Umphrey’s will adorn Jack Baldwin’s No. 73 Porsche Cayman S for the balance of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GTS season, starting at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.
It’s a pretty big deal and a great bit of news for the GTSport Racing team, for the series, and for Umphrey’s in their newest arena they’re featured at: racetracks.
This marks Umphrey’s first foray into motorsports, but you’ve probably heard them in several major mainstream sports arenas.
Umphrey’s has recorded the theme song for one of ESPN’s top studio shows, “Around the Horn,” and has also recorded for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls.
Over a stout 17-plus year career, the band plays more than 100 shows annually and has more than 3.5 million downloads. They own their own indie record label, Nothing Too Fancy Music, and have recently released “The London Session: A Day at Abbey Road Studios,” where the band recorded 10 songs in 1 day in Studio 2 of Abbey Road.
“Umphrey’s is the sum of the parts, pulling from influences across a myriad of genres,” says UM manager Kevin Browning. “Many of those styles perfectly align with the high energy, fast paced nature of racing. We’ve been known to drop the proverbial hammer, and that’s something both music and race fans can get behind.”
Umphrey’s was first introduced to GTSport Racing at Road America at the end of June, but this weekend sees the band take over the hood and doors of the Cayman. (Photo below)
“GTSport Racing is thrilled to have Umphrey’s McGee on board for the remainder of the 2015 season,” Baldwin said. “Their sound and energy is fantastic, I believe their involvement can bring a lot to the sport and motorsport fans will enjoy having a band to call their own.”
Baldwin enters the Mid-Ohio weekend on a roll, having won one race and scored four podium finishes in the last four races, and sits fourth in the championship standings. Teammate Buz McCall enters 13th in points.