Kenny Charles Edward Habul (born 24 May 1973) is an Australian professional race car driver and businessman. Born in Sydney, Australia, a former resident of Etobicoke, Ontario, and a current resident of Mooresville, North Carolina, he is the president and CEO of SunEnergy1 which was ranked the fifth largest developer of utility-scale solar projects in the US by Solar Power World Magazine for 2017. He is a current competitor in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and is a former competitor in the V8 Supercar Development Series, Australian Formula 3 Championship and the CASCAR Super Series, and a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In 2018 he won the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge Bronze Drivers' title.
Habul celebrating winner the Intercontinental Bronze Driver's Title at Laguna Seca, 2018
|Born||24 May 1973|
New South Wales, Australia
|Achievements||2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge Bronze Drivers' Champion|
|Awards||P2 at the Bathurst 12 Hour|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|15 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||44th (2014)|
|First race||2012 Sargento 200 (Road America)|
|Last race||2016 Road America 180 (Road America)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|First race||2013 Kroger 250 (Martinsville)|
|NASCAR Pinty's Series career|
|7 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||27th (2006)|
|First race||2005 ATTO 100 (Toronto)|
|Last race||2006 CASCAR 100 (Montreal)|
|Statistics current as of 27 August 2016.|
- 1 Early years
- 2 Awards and Recognition
- 3 Music
- 4 Sponsorship
- 5 Philanthropy
- 6 Racing career
- 7 Images
- 8 Motorsports career results
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Awards and RecognitionEdit
Habul has received wide recognition for his contributions to the solar industry as founder of SunEnergy1 and in his role as a sustainable construction consultant.
In 2011, North Carolina State House Representative Ruth Samuelson awarded Habul with recognition on behalf of the NC Solar Center. He was also presented with the Energy Leadership Award in 2012 by the Charlotte Business Journal. Mr. Habul was selected to be a member of the NC Solar Center Advisory Board and was invited to joined the advisory board of Aquesta Bank.
On December 18, 2010 Habul was commissioned a Palmetto Patriot by the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Andre Bauer. At the same ceremony Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning and NASCAR Legends David Parsons, Bud Moore, Cale Yarborough and Cotton Owners, all South Carolina natives, were also honoured.
The Palmetto Patriot Award is given for one's commitment to public service within their state and community. The award is the highest the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina can bestow.
Habul's SunEnergy1 became a primary sponsor on Chase Elliott's Hendrick Motorsport NASCAR Cup entry in 2016. The agreement was for three seasons where major SunEnergy1 branding would be on Elliott's Chevrolet for a minimum of four events.
SunEnergy1 and Elliott went to victory lane for the first time at Watkins Glen in 2018 where Elliott started third and ran in the top five for most of the day before claiming his maiden victory over Martin Truex Jr to give Hendrick Motorsport its 250th victory.
In 2015 Habul visited the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio and a made a $US100,000 donation on behalf of his company SunEnergy1. It was part of the lead up to the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 NASCAR event and part of a US $4 million fundraising effort.
Habul is a passionate motorsport enthusiast and racer. His motorsport career started in karting at the age of six and has since included stints in Formula Ford, Formula 3, V8 Supercars, CASCAR, NASCAR Trucks, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He also competed in the 2018 Bathurst 12-hour where he finished second outright. That race was the first in four endurance events for the year that made up the Intercontinental GT Challenge. After Bathurst he headed to the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps where he claimed another podium in the Bronze Driver class, before sealing a second Bronze driver win at the Suzuka 10 Hours in Japan in August. Habul wrapped up the inaugural Bronze driver title at the final round at Laguna Seca in California in October.
His recent sportscar events have seen him team up and co-driver with some of the biggest names in the business including Bernd Schnider, Boris Said, Paul Morris, Maro Engel, Thomas Jaeger, Tristian Vautier and Jamie Whincup.
In 1998, at age 25 and after spending several years building a business with his brothers, Habul returned to racing in the Australian Formula Ford championship. The following year Habul scored his first category podium in a qualifying sprint support race at the Gold Coast Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland. He finished third behind 2014 IndyCar Champion and 2018 Indy 500 winner, Will Power and Bathurst 1000 podium-getter, Steve Owen.
In 2002, Habul stepped up to Formula 3 for the first time and competed in support races at the Gold Coast Indy 300. The following season Habul contested most of the championship rounds, finishing ninth outright in the national championship.
Habul's move to Ontario, saw a motorsport discipline switch as well. Habul jumped from Formula 3, V8 Development Series and GT racing in Australia to CASCAR Super Series in Canada in a Chevrolet, sporting #75. In 2005, Habul contested three rounds of the series recording a best result of 10th. Before the series was purchased by NASCAR in 2007, Habul recorded a career best of third.
After making six starts in the Nationwide Series in 2012 and 2013, in June 2014 Habul announced that he had signed with Joe Gibbs Racing to drive a SunEnergy1-sponsored car in the series' events at Road America and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that year.
Habul joined JR Motorsports in 2016 to compete in the road course races. Additionally, SunEnergy1 sponsored him and Josh Berry in the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro, while also sponsoring Chase Elliott in the Sprint Cup Series.
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
WeatherTech SportsCar ChampionshipEdit
In 2016, Habul started his own team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Driving in the GTD series, Habul started 2017 with an impressive finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring. SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 and team driver Tristan Vautier gave the Mercedes-AMG GT3 pole position in qualifying for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. This pole position, the first for Mercedes- AMG Motorsport Customer Racing, comes in just the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Vautier drove the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 to a top lap time of 1.59.738 on the 3.74-mile Sebring road course to top the GTD field.
In 2018, Kabul continued his IMSA campaign in the SunEngery1 Mercedes-AMG GT3 competing in the Rolex 24hr Daytona in January, finishing 8th. For the Belle Isle race, Habul teamed up with Bernd Schneider. The pair finished the weekend in 8th.
Intercontinental GT ChallengeEdit
In 2018 Habul entered the Intercontinental GT Challenge with the idea of experiencing some of the world's greatest race tracks and finished the season with the Bronze Drivers' championship.
The season started with Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in February, where Habul managed an outright podium with co-drivers Jamie Whincup, Vautier and Raffaele Marciello and left as the leading Bronze driver.
Habul then competed in the 24 hours of Spa with his Mercedes AMG GT3 finishing 20th overall but claiming 3rd in the Pro-Am class with his co-drivers Bernd Schneider, Thomas Jaeger, and Martin Konrad.
Habul then took top honors in the Suzuka 10 hour where his SunEnergy1 Mercedes came home first in class and 10th overall. Habul had teamed up with Mikaël Grenier and Luca Stolz for the 10 hour race.
He had the same driver combination when he arrived for the California 8 Hour at Laguna Seca in California in October.
Habul went into the final round with a 20-point lead in the Bronze Driver Championship and survived a day of high drama to clinch the inaugural title after finishing 27th outright and fourth in class despite losing more than two hours in the pits due to damage.
Motorsports career resultsEdit
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Camping World Truck SeriesEdit
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2013||SunEnergy 1 Racing||93||Toyota||DAY||MAR
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2016||Stevenson Motorsports||Audi R8 LMS||Audi 5.2 V10||GTD||DAY
|2017||SunEnergy1 Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 V8||GTD||DAY
|2018||SunEnergy1 Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 V8||GTD||DAY
*Season still in progress.
Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup resultsEdit
|2018||SunEnergy1 Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Pro-Am||ZOL
2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge resultsEdit
|2018||1||Bathurst|| Raffaele Marciello
|4||Laguna Seca||Luca Stolz||Mercedes-AMG||27||4|
2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge resultsEdit
|Rnd.||Circuit||Co-drivers||Manufacturer||Overall Position||Class Position|
|1||Bathurst|| Thomas Jäger
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- Kenny Habul driver statistics at Racing-Reference