When Jaguar North America was approached by the Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake to sponsor a dedication reception honoring legendary racecar drivers Phil Hill and John Fitch, we jumped at the opportunity. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance to see Phil Hill and John Fitch back in their original racecars, the Jaguar XKC007 and Cunningham C2R respectively. The ceremony kicked off on Thursday, July 13th with a car parade lap of the original 1950-52 Elkhart Lake Road circuit and ended with a cocktail reception in downtown Elkhart Lake. The 2007 Jaguar XK was the pace car for the Tour of the Circuits with the #63 Jaguar racing E-Type. Respected automotive journalist and Jaguar guest driver Emilio Lezcano drove the 1963 #63 Jaguar E-Type on and off the track throughout the weekend.
On the racetrack, Emilio performed brilliantly considering it was his first time at Road America. Every time he went on the track, whether it was during practice or qualifying, he improved his time significantly. He finished the feature race in position 22 overall and position 10 in class. Jaguar North America also sponsored a course marker, the 1950-52 Start/Finish. Located roadside, these signs designate the original Road America circuit as a National and State historic site. All proceeds went to the Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake. Media in attendance included Road & Track, Victory Lane Magazine, Vintage Motorsports Magazine and many other motorsports publications. Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman. Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI July 13-16, 2006