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This is the #33 Volkswagen GLI driven by Tristan Herbert in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car class. This weekend, the series is in Utah, racing at Miller Motorsports Park, and Herbert just took the win in his race this afternoon.

While noteworthy, Herbert's victory itself is not the news item here. It's the circumstances behind the win that appear to be pretty awesome. Scroll past the break to see the tweet from the Pirelli World Challenge folks that adds some immensely cool context.

Like we said in the headline, that's pretty hardcore. Congratulations to all parties involved.


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      Mark Stearns 
      • 2 Years Ago
      here's your motor back.... and some free stickers, thanks for the help. :p WOW that's a big time fan.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that there is THAT much commonality between race and production cars is amazing and would get me infinitely more interested in that series than NASCAR.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Noonz
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah. In a month from now. Sorry, but I'm not altering how I present a timely story to accommodate a 4-week tape delay on NBC.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Noonz
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      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm...I see a potential protest and engine tear-down.
      JonnyO
      • 2 Years Ago
      At the 2010 Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500 (aka the Chicago 24 Hours of LeMons race) a team pulled the engine out of their own road car when the engine in their race car died. Not sure how they got back home.
      sportscarwars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's a video of Tristan Herbert explaining how they used the fan's street car: http://youtu.be/YUZQaHthWP8
      Philthy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like he's a Shane Van Ginsbergen fan too. http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2011/04/11/1226037/251716-van-gisbergen-hamilton.jpg
      Robertini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats to the Goldin bros team!
      James Coulee
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is that possible? Maybe not the whole engine but just the cylinder block? Does the road car engine share that much parts with the racing engine?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @James Coulee
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