The Life’s Good Racing Team won the Cobra Top Team award for 2014.

The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship, sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association, awards banquet provided a memorable night for all participants as the top finishers received their hard-earned awards. The 2014 GT Champion was the Red Star Racing driver, Daniel Akhromstev who won the GT class in dominating fashion with four wins. In addition to the award, Akhromstev also received a custom Sparco racing jacket, courtesy of Sparco USA.

Daniel Akhromstev (right) accepts his award for the GT title with the Red Star Racing team crew chief.
Daniel Akhromstev (right) accepts his award for the GT title with the Red Star Racing team crew chief.
The Sheehan/Arsham team as well as Daniel Akhromstev won a custom Sparco racing jacket for winning the championship courtesy of Sparco USA.
The Sheehan/Arsham team as well as Daniel Akhromstev won a custom Sparco racing jacket for winning the championship courtesy of Sparco USA.

The Touring Car battle was much more intense, with the Life’s Good Racing Team finishing a fantastic third and second place overall, with drivers Mario Lento in the Hawk Performance/CCI Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Beau Borders/Karl Chicca in the Hawk Performance/CCI BMW M3. Winning the Touring class for 2014 was the team of Ali Arsham and Gary Sheehan, who racked up three wins during the season and never finished worse than fifth place in their GoGoGear.com/UTI/Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe. In addition to the award, the team also received a custom Sparco racing jacket, courtesy of Sparco USA.

Karl Chicca and Beau Borders finished in second place overall in the Touring Class. Accepting the award was Chris Hovey (left) and Gary Ginger (right).
Karl Chicca and Beau Borders finished in second place overall in the Touring Class. Accepting the award was Chris Hovey (left) and Gary Ginger (right).
The team of Ali Arsham (left) and Gary Sheehan (right) won the 2014 Touring class championship for 2014.
The team of Ali Arsham (left) and Gary Sheehan (right) won the 2014 Touring class championship for 2014.

Receiving special awards was the Plastex Top Rookie of 2014, Mario Lento, as he won the rookie title with two seconds and two thirds. The Orange Sportsman Champion was the team of Larry Bani and Becky Arsham who won the title driving the GoGoGear.com/UTI/Konig Wheels BMW M3 and the GoGoGear.com/UTI/Konig Wheels Honda Civic. The prestigious Cobra Electronics Top Team award went to the Life’s Good Racing team, who finished in second and third place overall in the Touring class.

Larry Bani (left) and Becky Arsham (right) won the Sportsman class championship for 2014.
Larry Bani (left) and Becky Arsham (right) won the Sportsman class championship for 2014.
Mario Lento finished third overall in the Touring Class in 2014 and earned the title of the Plastex Top Rookie for 2014.
Mario Lento finished third overall in the Touring Class in 2014 and earned the title of the Plastex Top Rookie for 2014.

Another special award presented was the Miller Welders Crew Chief of the Year award presented to Daniel Rose of TNI Racing Team. The team showed outstanding courage and perseverance in 2014 with a string of bad luck, but they fought through and made it to every race.

The TNI Racing Team won the Miller Welders Crew Chief of the Year award.
The TNI Racing Team won the Miller Welders Crew Chief of the Year award.
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