Chevy Racing–GOPRO INDY GRAND PRIX AT SONOMA


 
IZOD INDYCAR SERIES
GOPRO INDY GRAND PRIX AT SONOMA
SONOMA RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
AUGUST 25, 2012
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ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT DRIVERS JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 TEAM GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET, AND RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 28 TEAM DHL/SUN DROP CITRUS SODA CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Sonoma Raceway.  Full transcript:
 
TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES MADE TO SONOMA RACEWAY: JAMES – “The track did have some changes; upgrades if you will. We had a chance to test here last week. Really, the biggest one is turn seven. They widened the turn out, which helps. But the profile isn’t a ton different for us. The big difference in (turn) 11, the geometry of the corner is the same; it is just a little further down. The big change is turn seven. That changes that corner quite a bit. I definitely think it has made turn seven a better passing opportunity, which is obviously the goal. This race has always been notorious for difficult overtaking. I just think the nature of these big brake zones, and tight corners – they are tough in our cars. Indy cars are not really designed for first-gear thirty mile-an-hour hairpin (corners). It makes it very easy to make a mistake. I think that is actually going to create as many passing opportunities as a big brake zone as guys may be getting in a little bit wrong to (turn) 11 and having a nice little drag race up into turn one here. I definitely think there will be more action in the race for sure.”
 
TALKING ABOUT SITTING SECOND IN THE STANDINGS AND THE DEPTH OF THE FIELD AND THE COMPETITION THIS SEASON: RYAN – “This is definitely one of the most IndyCar seasons I have seen in a long time. Either one that I have been a part of, or not. If you ask guys like Dario (Franchitti) and Tony (Kanaan) will say the same thing, and they have been around for awhile. I don’t mean to make them old. This year has been extremely, extremely competitive. The DW12 (chassis) has done an excellent job in really making for some dramatic races. I think this championship is going to come down to Fontana. It’s going to be fought between three or four guys at least. I think realistically the top-five have a shot at winning it. Every race is going to be pivotal. We came into Mid-Ohio, the last race, leading by 20 points, and now we are trailing by five. It can swing quickly. We had an engine issue there at Mid-Ohio which sidelined us. Hopefully we don’t have any more of those, and that is behind us and we can go on and we can win the championship for Andretti, DHL, Sun Drop and Chevrolet.”
 
YOU ARE RIGHT BEHIND WILL POWER IN THE STANDINGS, WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL HERE. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO SURPASS HIM IN THE POINTS HERE? RYAN – “This is definitely a Penske track. Last year it was one-two-three. For the past four or five years, this has been a notoriously difficult for the Andretti squad. It is tough. Right now we definitely have to close the gap. They are the team to beat. We aren’t stellar at the moment. My side-kick Hinchcliffe here has come up with some crazy set-up stuff for this afternoon’s practice. He’s going to go guinea pig it. Hopefully we will be able tag along. This is probably one of our most difficult races coming from Andretti Autosport standpoint.”
 
WILL THE NEW LAYOUT HELP YOU? RYAN – “We were hoping it was going to. You took one corner and just tightened it up a little bit. And you took another corner and lengthened it a little bit. It didn’t really change the layout that much. Yes, it might change some passing situations. Like James said, slowing the car down more, it’s a little bit more difficult now. The guys that were quick here, the teams that were quick here and quick here still. We still have that same gap to close. It is a gap of about sixth-tenths of a second, which is a lot. But, we desperately need to close that. We will be working hard today.”
 
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE TEST SESSION HERE LAST WEEK? JAMES – “We learned what not to do. Which is almost as good as learning what to do. Not quite as good, but almost as good. We showed up here, because as Ryan said, this isn’t statistically the strongest track for our team, with a couple of different concepts. Unfortunately, not one of them really took. I think the test was vital because we have now had a week to analyze all that data. I think we have actually come up with something, after yesterday sitting down with the engineers, that I’m a lot more confident than I was Saturday morning when I got out of bed thinking ‘Man, this is going to be a tough weekend’. Again, we’ve got a long session this afternoon to try and work it out. We’ve got three cars pounding away at things. We’ll see. I do have faith in the team. One of the big things we’ve seen out of this team is comebacks and bounce-backs. We’ve had some pretty bad Fridays that have turned into some really good Sundays. Hopefully we can make that happen this weekend.”
 
IS THE CAR SETUP A MAJOR CHANGE WITH THE LAYOUT CHANGES TO THE TRACK? JAMES – “it’s pretty close because fundamentally, like we said, it is the one corner where the profile really changed. The rest is just lengthening or shortening sort of things. 96% of the track remains unchanged. The setup philosophies are very similar which is why, as Ryan said, the teams that are traditionally quick here, are still quick here.”
 
HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR TWO-AND-A-HALF OFF TIME? RYAN – “My wife (Becky Gordon Hunter-Reay) ran the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. That was one of the most nerve-wracking things I have ever had to do. Sit at the bottom of the hill and watch the car leave…you are like ‘ok, now I just sit here in the trees and listen and make sure I don’t hear a big sound’. You lose radio communication. Becky did a great job getting up there. It was the only completely stock car in the race, and it was the only stock electric car.  So we did that. Then went to New York and did some media and PR stuff. That was a busy day. Got a lot in. Then with this Isaac thing coming, I had to completely hurricane proof my house, even though I had no idea if it was coming. Which is awesome. Spent the whole day. And now its not coming to Florida, so good thing I did that. (Laughs). But now our lawn furniture is all inside, so its nice. Our whole house is filled with lawn furniture.”
 
JAMES – “You should entertain and have a party. There’s enough places to sit..”
 
RYAN – “That’s what I was thinking. I would just let people track the house.”
 
JAMES – “I’ll come by after the race, how’s that? We’ll have a little gathering at your place. I’ll call friends.”
 
RYAN – “Will you?  Let’s do that.”
 
JAMES – “Yeah, it’s a date.”
 
RYAN – “Date.”
 
JAMES – “Which segways nicely into how I actually spent some of my time after Mid-Ohio.  I spent a few days with Michael, Marco and Mario (Andretti) in Pennsylvania. A little bit of team bonding, which was a lot of fun. Ryan here, he big-timed us and didn’t show up. He was invited, but…” LAUGHS
 
RYAN – “I had to go support my wife, and look after my house.”
 
JAMES – “Details, details. You are focusing on all the wrong points, Ryan.”
 
AUDIENCE LAUGHS
 
JAMES – “It was toing and froing. I wish I had more actual down time that I did with toing and froing to Charlotte for various reasons.”
 
RYAN – “Toing and froing?” I’ve never heard it used.
 
JAMES – “Toing and froing. It means going to a place, and then returning from the same place. You should add into your vocabulary. You expand your horizons a little bit Ryan.”
 
MORE LAUGHTER
 
JAMES – “So, housekeeping. I paid a lot of bills, opened a lot of mail. It was very domestic. I did a lot of laundry. It was great. It sounds weird, b
ut it actually nice to have the time to do stuff like that. It is nice to have 48 hours at home to just literally clean my house, pay my bills and stuff.”
 

Hoek Continues to Show Speed – Struggles Late Both Days @ Bark River

Hoek Continues to Show Speed – Struggles Late Both Days @ Bark River
 
Holland, MI (August 14, 2012) – Ross Hoek Motorsports continued to show its speed throughout both days of racing at Bark River, only to have a mechanical gremlin with a new component, late in both rounds, keeping the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Performance/Allstar Performance/Peak Motor Oil Ford from a Top 5 finish.

The setback this weekend did little to deter the team’s enthusiasm as it heads to Crandon looking to capture another World Championship ring.The all natural terrain track is fast and is considered very technical as it combines its high speeds, with elevation changes,  chicanes, rhythm sections and table top jumps. The layout hasn’t changed much over the years, but the race trucks get faster and faster which lead to new challenges at the 1.3 mile long track.
 
During Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions saw the #21PRO-Light Ford struggle with its suspension set-up which ultimately put Hoek back in the tenth starting position.
After some late night changes, the #21 Ford came alive the Saturday morning practice session putting a great deal of optimism into the team.
Round 9
The start saw the Ross Hoek Motorsports Ford Ranger charge its way into fifth place at the midpoint mandatory caution. When the field went back to green flag racing, Hoek carved his way into fourth place. Then with three laps to go, a fuel pickup issue slowed the pace of the race truck. At the finish Ross Hoek crossed the line in ninth place.
 
“We really had a great run going today, “noted Ross Hoek. “We have some work to do tonight, but I‘m confident we will be ready for tomorrow and have another strong run, this time for all eleven laps.”
Round 10
The starting grid had the Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Performance/Allstar Performance/ Peak Motor Oil Ford lined up in the twelfth position in the fourteen truck field. At the drop of the flag, Hoek began making his way through the field. At the halfway mandatory caution, the orange Ford was in seventh position with his sights set on charge for the podium during the final half of the race. With just three laps to go Hoek was in fifth place look to grab the next position, when the race truck began to slow. The #21 Ford Ranger had fuel pickup issues once again and caused Hoek to retire from the race one lap from the finish.
 
“We really had our race truck running great, but our new fuel cell did us in,” commented Ross Hoek. “The momentum from the Top 5 finish at Chicagoland seemed to be carrying over to Bark River when a freak issue slowed us down. Both days we were pushing for a podium finish late in the race. I have to thank Peak Motor Oil for coming on board this week, as well as our year long partners Ignite Racing Fuels, Venom Energy, and Allstar Performance. Their support really keeps our program running strong.”
The next day Ross Hoek Motorsports went to Crandon for the BFGoodrich Tire Test Day. The team isolated the fuel pickup issue and went out and ran twenty-five laps at the “Big House” preparing for the three rounds of racing scheduled for the Labor Day Weekend event.

PERMATEX/FOLLOW A DREAM TEAM BACK IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE


Marstons Mills, MA –August 21, 2012-At Cecil County Dragway at the final Lucas Oil Series Eastern Regional of the season, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team got back on top, winning the race and shooting from fourth to first in the regional points standings. Driver Todd Veney beat Mickey Ferro in a photo-finish final for the Top Alcohol Funny Car title, 5.665 to 5.668.

“This has got to be the best win ever,” Veney said. “I never saw Mickey, and he said he never saw me, so we must have been side by side the whole way down the track.”

Veney qualified fourth with a 5.74 at 251 mph and beat Marie Ferriolo in the first round, 5.67 to 5.69, and incoming points leader John Anderika in the semifinals, 5.67 to 6.04. The win over Anderika drew the Permatex/Follow A Dream team to within a single point of the top spot, and the final-round victory has the team 20 points in the lead.

“It was a total team effort,” Blake said. “I told everybody before we left for Cecil County that if we won that race we were really going to go after this championship, and we are. Now, we’re going to Bowling Green.”

The final event in the Midwest Region is this weekend in Bowling Green, Ky., and it’s expected to attract top talent from around the country. The Bowling Green track is just a few hours from Indianapolis, home of the biggest race in the world, the U.S. Nationals, which is the following weekend.

RCR Racing-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
UNOH 200
Bristol Motor Speedway
August 22, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Joey Coulter), fifth (Brendan Gaughan) and 21st (Ty Dillon).
Dillon is third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 25 points behind the leader, while Coulter ranks seventh in the standings.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team is third in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 22 team seventh in the standings and the No. 2 team ranks eighth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings ahead of Cale Gale.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Coulter earned the third-highest Driver Rating (103.6) while Gaughan earned a rating of 99.5, ranking him fifth amongst the competitors.
Coulter was the series’ fifth-Fastest Driver Late in the Run.
Coulter earned the series’ fifth-best Average Running Position (6.485), while Gaughan and Dillon ranked ninth (9.382) and 10th (9.527), respectively.
Gaughan and Dillon were the seventh and eighth-Fastest Drivers Early in a Run, respectively.
Gaughan made 36 Green Flag Passes during the UNOH 200 ranking him sixth in the category, while Dillon made 35 Green Flag Passes ranking him eighth.
Coulter and Gaughan spent 100 percent of the UNOH 200 running in the top 15, while Dillon spent 97.5 percent of the race 204-lap race in the top 15.
Timothy Peters earned the win at Bristol Motor Speedway and was followed to the line by Parker Kligerman, Ross Chastain, Coulter and Gaughan.
The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is Atlanta 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Aug. 31. The 14th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Hoek Continues to Show Speed – Struggles Late Both Days @ Bark River


Hoek Continues to Show Speed – Struggles Late Both Days @ Bark River
 
Holland, MI (August 14, 2012) – Ross Hoek Motorsports continued to show its speed throughout both days of racing at Bark River, only to have a mechanical gremlin with a new component, late in both rounds, keeping the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Performance/Allstar Performance/Peak Motor Oil Ford from a Top 5 finish. The setback this weekend did little to deter the team’s enthusiasm as it heads to Crandon looking to capture another World Championship ring.

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The all natural terrain track is fast and is considered very technical as it combines its high speeds, with elevation changes,  chicanes, rhythm sections and table top jumps. The layout hasn’t changed much over the years, but the race trucks get faster and faster which lead to new challenges at the 1.3 mile long track.
 
During Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions saw the #21PRO-Light Ford struggle with its suspension set-up which ultimately put Hoek back in the tenth starting position.
After some late night changes, the #21 Ford came alive the Saturday morning practice session putting a great deal of optimism into the team.
Round 9
The start saw the Ross Hoek Motorsports Ford Ranger charge its way into fifth place at the midpoint mandatory caution. When the field went back to green flag racing, Hoek carved his way into fourth place. Then with three laps to go, a fuel pickup issue slowed the pace of the race truck. At the finish Ross Hoek crossed the line in ninth place.
 
“We really had a great run going today, “noted Ross Hoek. “We have some work to do tonight, but I‘m confident we will be ready for tomorrow and have another strong run, this time for all eleven laps.”
Round 10
The starting grid had the Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Performance/Allstar Performance/ Peak Motor Oil Ford lined up in the twelfth position in the fourteen truck field. At the drop of the flag, Hoek began making his way through the field. At the halfway mandatory caution, the orange Ford was in seventh position with his sights set on charge for the podium during the final half of the race. With just three laps to go Hoek was in fifth place look to grab the next position, when the race truck began to slow. The #21 Ford Ranger had fuel pickup issues once again and caused Hoek to retire from the race one lap from the finish.
 
“We really had our race truck running great, but our new fuel cell did us in,” commented Ross Hoek. “The momentum from the Top 5 finish at Chicagoland seemed to be carrying over to Bark River when a freak issue slowed us down. Both days we were pushing for a podium finish late in the race. I have to thank Peak Motor Oil for coming on board this week, as well as our year long partners Ignite Racing Fuels, Venom Energy, and Allstar Performance. Their support really keeps our program running strong.”
The next day Ross Hoek Motorsports went to Crandon for the BFGoodrich Tire Test Day. The team isolated the fuel pickup issue and went out and ran twenty-five laps at the “Big House” preparing for the three rounds of racing scheduled for the Labor Day Weekend event.

The Ups and Downs of Sonoma Raceway Next on the Schedule for Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Teams and Drivers

The Ups and Downs of Sonoma Raceway Next on the Schedule for Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Teams and Drivers
 
 
DETROIT – August 22, 2012 – The inaugural season of Chevrolet’s re-entry into IZOD IndyCar Series competition is rapidly nearing the finish line. Sonoma Raceway is next up for the Chevrolet IndyCar V6-powered teams.
 
Situated in the scenic landscape in Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, California, Sonoma Raceway has long been a favorite track of drivers and fans. But for the running of GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday afternoon, the 2.31-mile, 12-turn permanent road course has undergone some changes to turns seven, nine and 11 designed to enhance passing opportunities.
In addition, IndyCar officials have made an adjustment to the push-to-pass assist for round 13 of the 15-race 2012 season.  A total of 90 seconds will be afforded drivers, with a maximum of 15 seconds per activation.

“After mostly positive reports from our Chevrolet IndyCar V6 teams and drivers that tested on the new configuration at Sonoma Raceway, this weekend’s race should be competitive and exciting,’ said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “Of course, it won’t be without its challenges.  In addition to the changes made to the track, the specifications for the push-to-pass have been changed from a 5 second delay to a 3.5 second delay, based on driver feedback and tailoring the feature to the Sonoma circuit layout.  Also, the amount of time available has been reduced by 10 seconds to a total of 90 seconds.”
 
With the ongoing heated battle for the Series’ Manufacturers’ Championship, as well as four Team Chevy drivers in the top-five of the Driver Championship Standings, the intensity heading to Sonoma is at an all-time high.  Chevrolet heads to Sonoma leading the Manufacturer point standings with eight victories to-date.
 
Will Power sits atop the standings with three victories to his credit through 12 races.  Ryan Hunter-Reay, also with three wins, is second in the points order, just five points down to Power. Two-time winner Helio Castroneves is third in points, and James Hinchcliffe rounds out the top-five in the standings.
 
“As the season is winding down, the battle for the Championship is tight,” Berube concluded.  “Every position is valuable points to Team Chevy. Along with our technical partners, we are focused on providing all of our teams with the best possible tools to finish at the front for maximum points. We believe the continued focus on preparation, strategy and execution are the keys to success in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship.”
 
In previous IndyCar races at Sonoma, four current Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers have visited the Winner’s Circle.  Power is the defending race champion, and also took the win in 2010.  Castroneves took the trip to Victory Lane in 2008.  Marco Andretti was the Sonoma race winner in 2006, and Tony Kanaan captured the win in 2005.
 
Chevrolet competed previously in Indy-style competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines, winning 105 races, that powered Chevrolet to six driver champions, and included seven Indianapolis 500 victories.
 
The 85-lap GoPro Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. ET with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Race Results Week Ending 8/19/12

Rolex Montreal 200
GT:  Robert Liddell/John Edwards
ALMS
Chris Dyson/Guy Smith
MotoGP Indianapolis GP
Dani Pedrosa
World of Outlaws Magic City Showdown
Donny Schatz
ARCA
Frank Kimmel
NASCAR
Sprint Cup- Pure Michigan 400- Greg BIffle
Nationwide Series- Napa Auto Parts 200- Justin Allgaier
Camping World Truck Series- VFW 200- Nelson Piquet Jr.
NHRA

Race Results Week Ending 8/19/12

Rolex Montreal 200
GT:  Robert Liddell/John Edwards
ALMS
Chris Dyson/Guy Smith
MotoGP Indianapolis GP
Dani Pedrosa
World of Outlaws Magic City Showdown
Donny Schatz
ARCA
Frank Kimmel
NASCAR
Sprint Cup- Pure Michigan 400- Greg BIffle
Nationwide Series- Napa Auto Parts 200- Justin Allgaier
Camping World Truck Series- VFW 200- Nelson Piquet Jr.
NHRA

RCR Post Race Report — NSCS Michigan International Speedway

RCR Post Race Report — NSCS Michigan International Speedway  
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
August 19, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished ninth (Paul Menard), 16th (Kevin Harvick) and 19th (Jeff Burton).
Menard maintained an Average Running Position of 9.587, the eighth-best of the 43-car field and spent 163 out of 201 laps (81.1 percent) running in the top 15, earning a 101.2 Driver Rating.
Menard ranked fifth in NASCAR’s Loop Data category Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (190.674 mph), eighth in Green Flag Speed (190.212 mph) and 10th in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run (189.927 mph).
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Harvick maintained an Average Running Position of 16th and completed 84 Green Flag Passes during the Pure Michigan 400.
Harvick ranked second in the Loop Data Statistics category Closers, gaining seven positions in the last 10 percent (20 laps) of the race.   
Burton made 106 green-flag passes over the course of the 400-mile event.
Greg Biffle captured his second victory of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Marcos Ambrose.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is IRWIN Tools Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 25. The 24th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Schatz Magical in Front of Hometown Fans at Nodak Speedway

Schatz Magical in Front of Hometown Fans at Nodak Speedway
The Minot native records his fourth win in the last seven Outlaws points events
 
MINOT, N.D. – Aug. 19, 2012 – After arguably the loudest cheer he has heard all season, Donny Schatz had a rare – and brief – emotional moment in Victory Lane on Sunday.
In front of a packed facility in the town where he grew up, Schatz picked up his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory in the Magic City Showdown Presented by Gerdau, Sleep Inn & Suites, Minot Visitors Bureau and Magic City Implement at Nodak Speedway.

“This is where it all started for me,” he said. “This is where I made my first laps in a car and my family is from. To be here a few times and come close to winning, tonight we get to taste that victory. It’s as special as the Knoxville Nationals. To hear the crowds’ reaction and to get that trophy in front of that grandstands means everything to me.”

It continued a hot streak during the past seven points races when Schatz has amassed four wins, six podiums, seven top-five finishes and an average finish of 2.0 to close within 20 points of championship points leader Craig Dollansky.

Dollansky has been just as consistent with 10 consecutive top 10s, including five podiums and nine finishes in the top five.

The duo were the class of the field for the 35-lap feature, which they started on the front row. Dollansky, who began on the pole, led the first lap before Schatz slid him in turn two for the lead on the second lap.

“We raced hard from the get-go,” Schatz said. “I was gonna either win it or wear it. Winning it sounds like it’s a lot better option.”

They entered traffic on lap five before the first of three red flags thwarted the first half of the race. On lap seven, Bill Rose spun in turn one and Lou Kennedy slid into him, which tipped Kennedy onto his side.

Schatz broke away with Dollansky in pursuit on the restart as traffic entered the picture on lap 11. Schatz maintained the lead, but Dollansky stayed within a couple of car lengths until Cody Darrah had a wild flip on the frontstretch on lap 18.

The red flag was waved after Darrah, who was in a battle for a top 10 after starting 17th, collided with the wall near the flag stand. It sent him into the catch fence and a series of violent flips, which delayed the race for nearly a half hour as repairs had to be made to the fence.

On the restart, Steve Kinser collided with Jason Sides as they battled for third place entering turn three. Kinser got into the left front tire of Sides, who flipped off the track to bring out the third-and-final red flag.

Schatz continued to get clean restarts and while the second half of the race didn’t have a caution, traffic nearly played a role. Schatz held a sizeable lead until thick traffic, including cars racing side by side, slowed him on a couple of occasions in the final five laps.

Dollansky cut into the lead and closed to within two car lengths in the final two laps, but Schatz was able to maneuver through the slower cars as he became the seventh different winner in as many World of Outlaws events at the track.

“We were better in the longer runs,” said Dollansky, who won at Nodak Speedway in 2010. “The longer the race went, we were getting better as it was going. It was a good race. It was a fast track. We just came up one spot short.”

Stevie Smith, who challenged Dollansky for second place with approximately 10 laps remaining, held off Kinser for the final spot on the podium.

“At one point I kinda got with Dollansky and it just didn’t balance out in lapped traffic too well,” Smith said. “Just kinda circumstances there how I entered into lapped cars. Dollansky bottled up in front of me and got a little room going, so it was just a racing deal.”

Sammy Swindell finished fifth. Jac Haudenschild earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after piloting from 13th to sixth, Kerry Madsen was seventh, Mark Dobmeier ended eighth, Kraig Kinser placed ninth and Joey Saldana rounded out the top 10.

RCR Post Race Report — NCWTS Michigan International Speedway

RCR Post Race Report — NCWTS Michigan International Speedway  
& NNS Circuit Gilles Villeneuve    
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
VFW 200
Michigan International Speedway
August 18, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished sixth (Ty Dillon), seventh (Joey Coulter) and 21st (Tim George Jr.).
Dillon is tied for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship points lead, while Coulter ranks seventh in the standings.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team is tied for first in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 22 team seventh in the standings and the No. 2 team ninth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings ahead of Cale Gale.
Coulter earned his career-first Camping World Truck Series pole award in the VFW 200, setting a new track record.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Dillon earned the third-highest Driver Rating (113.8), and Coulter earned a rating of 111.9 ranking him fourth amongst the competitors.
Coulter was the series’ Fastest Driver Late in the Run, and Dillon was the second-fastest late in the run.
Dillon earned the series’ third-best Average Running Position (5.430) and Coulter ranked fifth with an Average Running Position of 6.520.
George ran as high as seventh and as low as 23rd, with an Average Running Position of 17.760 during the VFW 200.
Coulter and Dillon ranked second and third, respectively, in the Green Flag Speed category.
Dillon spent 100 percent of the VFW 200 running in the top 15, while Coulter spent 97.0 percent of the race in the top 15.
Nelson Piquet Jr. took the checkered flag 8.082 seconds ahead of Jason White, Dakoda Armstrong, Parker Kligerman and James Buescher.
The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The 13th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 7:45 p.m.

After a Quarterfinal Finish in Brainerd, Line’s Top Priority is Testing

After a Quarterfinal Finish in Brainerd, Line’s Top Priority is Testing

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Jason Line and the Summit Racing team faced a tall order entering Sunday’s final eliminations of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  After all, starting ninth, they would have to relinquish lane choice to Ronnie Humphrey in the first round, who would be racing the Genuine Hotrod Hardware GXP that carried Line to the title in 2011.  Fortunately, Line was able to use a two-hundredths of a second starting line advantage and a 6.592-second, 210.18 mph pass to defeat Humphrey, who posted a 6.622-second elapsed time and 209.33 mph top speed.

Line’s path to his first home state win did not get any easier in the second round, as he would face No. 1 qualifier Erica Enders.  Facing an apparent performance disadvantage and racing once again without lane choice, the reigning champion knew he would need every possible benefit in order to advance.  Responding to the challenge, Line left the starting line with an almost-perfect .007 reaction time to gain a slight edge.  However, his 6.595-second, 210.64 mph run was not enough to hold off his opponent’s charge, who used a 6.545-second, 210.31 mph pass to gain the win.

Although naturally disappointed to have missed scoring a win in his home state, Line was rather philosophical after the run, viewing this current streak as nothing more than a temporary setback.

“This is just a bump a road that we’ll have to overcome, and we will,” said Line.  “We just didn’t make what we would consider a good run this weekend, which is something you have to do to win in this class.  For example in the second round, it never got the front end up.  When it does that it waffles the tires because it doesn’t have enough bite which caused it to spin the tires extremely hard. It’s an easy thing to look at and spot but hard to fix.

“However, it could have been a lot worse.  We did learn a few things about our Summit Racing Camaro today that we can hopefully apply moving forward.  For example, on our two runs today, we finally started to show some speed, which is certainly a positive.  You have to look at this as a big orchestra, with every piece having to work together, which is a challenge to do.

“These cars are very finicky and they’re hard to stay on top of, but what we’re going through right now is all part of the learning process.  We need to go home and spend some significant time at a track testing these cars and seeing what they need.  I promise we will turn this around.  But for now, we’re going to take the rest of the day to enjoy some time here at the track with our family and friends.”

Muscle Milk Charge Highlights Road America Run

Muscle Milk Charge Highlights Road America Run
After four hours of racing around the classic, four-mile Road America road course, the finish of Saturday’s
Road Racing Classic came down to the final four corners, with multiple lead changes leading to a final
charge to the checkered flags, where the Honda Performance Development ARX-03a of Muscle Milk
Pickett Racing came up just 83 0ne-thousandths of a second short of a sixth consecutive American Le
Mans Series victory.

After qualifying on the pole and building an impressive early-race lead of nearly a minute, a broken clamp
and resulting water leak led to a long pit stop for repairs for the Muscle Milk Pickett team, which
eventually resumed the race four laps behind the leading Dyson Racing team of Chris Dyson and Guy
Smith, with just over three hours remaining in the four-hour contest.

It appeared an impossible deficit to overcome, but the team combined perfect pit strategy, two well-timed
full-course cautions, and lap-record pace driving from Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr to steadily erode the
leaders’ margin. At the two-hour mark, two laps had been made up, as starting driver Graf handed off to
Luhr, who would drive the remainder of the race.

With just over 40 minutes remaining, Luhr was back on the lead lap, but nearly a full lap behind Smith’s
Lola-Mazda. Despite contending with lapped cars and slower traffic, Luhr continued to close on Graf and
was just three-tenths of a second behind as the pair started their final lap. Luhr made several passing
attempts, briefly taking the lead entering the final corner, but Smith was better positioned for the final run
to the finish line to take the closest overall victory in American Le Mans Series history.

In LMP2, the two-car HPD-equipped Level 5 Motorsports team with drivers Scott Tucker, Christophe
Bouchut and Luis Diaz resumed its season-long battle with the Conquest Endurance Racing Morgan
Nissan of Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson, with all three taking turns at the front of the
field as they battled for the class victory.

But an unscheduled late-race pit stop by Bouchut, to repair left-rear suspension damage that most likely
was the result of contact with another car earlier in the race, dropped the #055 HPD ARX-03b of Bouchut
and Tucker to a third-place LMP2 finish. The team’s #95 entry of Diaz and Tucker was also brought to
the pits for a precautionary suspension inspection, and finished fourth in LMP2.
With just three races remaining in the 10-race 2012 season, HPD and its partner teams and drivers
continue to lead their respective championships. In LMP1, Graf and Luhr hold a 12-point lead over the
Dyson Racing duo of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith; while in LMP2, Bouchut and Tucker own a five-point
lead over Hansson and Plowman.
Having completed its annual Midwest swing, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron
now heads to the East Coast for the Sept. 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore, the final street-circuit event of the
2012 season.
Lucas Luhr (#6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a) started 1st, finished 2nd, recovered from a
four-lap deficit in the closest overall finish in American Le Mans Series history: “Once again our
HPD ARX-03a was super, super quick and Klaus [Graf, co-driver] did a brilliant job at the beginning. But
it’s just a little frustrating because we are all working so hard and to have a small piece fail like that and
cost us a possible victory is disappointing. That said, coming back from four laps down here at Road
America is just unreal, we did it at Lime Rock but this track is the longest on the schedule, it’s
unbelievable! The perfect story would have been to win the race but I have to congratulate Dyson
Racing. Guy Smith drove very well at the end and defended his position well. I tried to make a move in
Canada Corner but that didn’t work out and then I made a move in the last corner but I was so late on the
brakes I couldn’t get the car to rotate. However, considering that we came back from four laps down, it’s
a very good result and ‘thank you’ to the crew for getting us back out there. That was very important.
We’ve had a good season so far with five wins in a row and now a second place. We couldn’t really ask
for more.”

Allen Miller (Principal Engineer and Large Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on
Saturday’s race at Road America: “While the outcome was certainly disappointing for HPD and our
teams, it was an awesome race and we’re really proud of the effort put forth by Muscle Milk Pickett
Racing. To come back from a four-lap deficit around this place is an incredible achievement. It was a
great job by everyone on the team: the mechanics who repaired the car under difficult conditions, perfect
strategy calls by the engineers and a fantastic performance from both drivers. Second feels like a poor
reward for their efforts, but the fans certainly saw an incredible show. Level 5 Motorsports also had a
strong run today, and it’s unfortunate that a late-race problem, apparently the result of contact early in the
race, ended their chance for victory.”

Ninth in Brainerd, Line is Ready to Switch to Race Mode

Ninth in Brainerd, Line is Ready to Switch to Race Mode

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012

After using his four qualifying attempts as erstwhile test sessions, Summit Racing Camaro racer Jason Line looked forward to switching back to race mode in time for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  During the first two days, he made four representative runs, highlighted by his 6.590-second, 209.07 mph best on Friday afternoon to earn the ninth starting position.  With his spot in the field secure, the reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion turned his attention towards the pursuit of his first home state national event win.

Ironically, Line’s day will start against No. 8 starter Ronnie Humphrey, who runs the Genuine Hot Rod Hardware Pontiac out of the KB Racing stable, and is, in fact, the same car that carried Line to the title in 2011.

“Although we certainly would have liked to make more progress in qualifying, it could have been worse,” said Line.  “Hopefully we will put something more conventional in this Summit Racing Camaro for tomorrow, allowing us to have a decent race day.  We actually have a pretty decent car, and even though it might not be the best one on the grounds, we can go some rounds tomorrow, and it doesn’t mean we can’t win.

“We’ll just go out there and do the best we can and whatever happens, happens.  As long as we learn something and keep moving forward, it’s all good.  It is somewhat funny that we will be racing Ronnie in my old car in the first round.  However, it really doesn’t matter who is in the other lane or what they are driving – it’s just someone we have to beat if we want to win the race.”

Starting Fifth, Anderson Anticipates a Tough Battle in Brainerd

 Starting Fifth, Anderson Anticipates a Tough Battle in Brainerd

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012

On the strength of a 6.582-second, 210.54 mph pass made on his second attempt on Friday afternoon, Greg Anderson qualified his Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro in the fifth position for Sunday’s final eliminations of the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  With Saturday’s slightly warmer temperatures preventing any changes among the top qualifiers, Anderson and the KB Racing crew renewed their efforts to learn as much as possible about their new race cars.

Although Anderson was able to record the fifth-quickest pass of the morning session at 6.601-seconds, and concluded his qualifying effort with a representative 6.625-second, 209.52 mph pass, as he prepared for his first-round encounter with No. 12 qualifier Mark Martino, he acknowledged the team was looking to have as productive a day as possible before heading home for some much-needed test sessions.

“There’s no question we were testing today,” said Anderson.  “We were fairly confident we wouldn’t get bumped down, so we tried to see what we could learn about our Summit Racing Camaro.  After all, the start of the Countdown is not that far off, and we need to find a way to make these race cars fast and consistent, so we’re going to keep digging until we get it right.

“For now, we’ll do as much damage as we can tomorrow, scratching, clawing and grinding our way as far into eliminations as we can, trying to come out of here with as good a result as possible.  After that we will beat feet back to North Carolina and spend every possible hour at a track testing before we head to Indy.”

Chevy Racing–Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

 
No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R Repeats as Montreal GT Winner
 
MONTREAL, Quebec (August 18, 2012) – Robin Liddell and John Edwards took the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Touring (GT) Victory Lane today in the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, making it back-to-back wins for the team at the Montreal, Quebec, Canada track.
 
Starting from the pole, Edwards took the green flag and settled into a solid pace at the front of the GT class. After a smooth driver exchange, Liddell held the point comfortably despite losing radio contact with the team and resorting to old fashioned pit board communication for a brief period until he was able to restore the radio.
 
But in the closing laps, the second place car made a final charge for the win. However, in typical style, Liddell continued his smooth maneuvering around the 2.709-mile, 15-turn road course to the checkered flag, and win by .569 seconds. It is the second victory of the season for the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R team, and the fourth career Montreal victory for Liddell.
 
“Congratulations to Robin Liddell and John Edwards on the hard-fought win for the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R in GT,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, GRAND-AM Road Racing. “Both drove a very smart race, saving the tires and the equipment until the end.  Overcoming radio issues and a strong challenge on the closing laps, it was a great points day for the team.”
 
“Mentally, it was quite tough,” said Liddell. “With the Ferrari challenging at the end, we gave it everything we had, especially those last 10 laps. The rear tires were going off a bit, so when I had a gap, I looked after them as much as I could and saved them for the end. It was pretty nail-biting because he was running me down. But once again, Stevenson Motorsports and the Chevy Camaro come away with the win here. We’ve got such a good record here.
 
“I wasn’t aware of the radio issue at first; then I realized I had knocked the ear plugs out. I fumbled around, got them back in after I saw the sign board and knew they wanted to do something. I got the ear plugs back in, got back in radio communication and pitted when they told me come down. It was a good call on the team’s part getting that stop done in that window to the end.”
 
“Even when everything goes right, I hate sitting on the pit box at the end of the race,” said Edwards. “Because the pressure is on, but I can’t do anything about it. When I’m in the car, I’m a lot calmer and I see things coming up. But when I’m on the pit box, watching the Ferrari closing down.  Fortunately when the radio issue happened, they went out with a sign board and got Robin back in and got it repaired. Near the end, we were good on fuel, no issues there, but it was a nail biter!”
 
With the victory, Stevenson Motorsports in now just one point out of second place in the team points. Liddell is in the same scenario in the driver standings.  In addition, the win closed the gap from first to second for Chevrolet in the GT Manufacturers’ Championship standings.
 
In Daytona Prototype (DP), Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney brought home the runner-up finishing position in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP. Starting from the pole, the pair was going for a second consecutive win at the Canadian venue. After losing valuable track position after a longer than usual stop for the driver change, Gurney fought his way back through the field, and with a fuel-only gamble on the final stop, the team was able to celebrate on the podium.
 
Finishing a close third place in DP was the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP piloted by David Donohue and local favorite Paul Tracy.
 
Lutz concluded by saying: “The No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP and the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP waged a great battle for the second and third podium positions in DP during the final laps of the race.  With track position very critical, the lack of cautions didn’t allow for the field to get bunched up so our Corvette DP teams could battle for the win, but it was a good points gathering day, and a solid day for Chevrolet in the battle for the Rolex DP engine manufacturers’ championship battle.”
 
The No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP finished fourth, and the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP finished fifth in the two-hour, 66-lap race.  The No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP suffered damage in a multi-car first-lap incident that resulted in a ninth place in-class finish.
 
GRAND-AM moves next to Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas, California for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival on September 7-9, 2012.
 
OTHER CHEVROLET DRIVER QUOTES:
 
GURNEY: “It was a tough race for sure. A lot of guys had a really good pace. We were a little off sequence there. Had a little trouble in the pits with the driver change and came out fifth. On the next stop, we changed our strategy and left the tires on, and in the end, it worked out. It is great to be on the podium here after a tough beginning to the day.”
 
FOGARTY:  “We’ve taken a little bit of a different approach to find the tire around here than a lot of the other competitors. We are slowest on the straights and faster everywhere else. This track poses a unique situation. The heavy braking areas can be aided by downforce, but the downforce detracts on the long straights. We emphasize the braking zone instead of the straights, and it seems to be working here – we’ve won here before doing that.”
 
DONOHUE:  “Action Express did a great job today. We chose to get some new Continentals there near the end. I think it was the right decision, but the other guys were able to cycle out ahead of us. Paul (Tracy) did a great job at the start. We got all bunched up in that start, and there was some contact. The guys were able to put the car back together, so we made something out of nothing.
 
TRACY: “David (Donohue) did a fantastic job. It’s been a long time for me to be in a competitive situation, and finish on the podium. It was a bit of a rough start. There was a lot of action at the beginning. A car spun in front of us. I was able to hang on and keep the car in good contention. Then David just drove like a pirate today with the knife between his teeth. He was just going for it, so that was just cool.”

After Opening Qualifying in Fifth, Anderson Hopes to Take Bigger Steps in Brainerd

After Opening Qualifying in Fifth, Anderson Hopes to Take Bigger Steps in Brainerd

Event:  31st annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

Location: Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.

Day/Date: Friday, August 17, 2012

After spending the early part of the week visiting family and friends in the Duluth area, Summit Racing Pro Stock Camaro driver Greg Anderson took to the track on Friday, opening his qualifying effort for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn.  In many ways, it was a productive day, as the four-time champion recorded a 6.593-second, 209.23 mph on his first attempt before improving to a 6.582-second time with a 210.54 mph top speed in the second session, placing him fifth midway through the qualifying procedure.   

“We didn’t make bad runs today, we just didn’t get the speed we were looking for,” said Anderson.  “We are in test mode trying to get these Summit Racing Camaros figured out, and will be until we do so.  We’re trying to do as much as we can at national events, but with only two runs a day, it’s a very slow learning curve, and you can only get so crazy because you still need to qualify for the event as well as trying to find a way to win the race.

“We’re looking forward to doing as well as we can this weekend, but from here we’ll be going home where we’ll be able to get some of that on track-time we haven’t had in over two months. We’ll go somewhere where we can make seven or eight runs a day and make some truly significant progress.  But before that, we have a race to win here at BIR.”

#20 Dyson to Start Second

#20 Dyson to Start Second

ELKHART LAKE, WI August 17, 2012 – Established in 1955 as the first permanent road course in the U.S., Road America is a driver’s favorite. “It is just a high speed fun track. For me, the high speed corners here are the kind I really enjoy,” said Eric Lux who qualified second today for the Road America Road Race Showcase. He and co-driver Michael Marsal share the #20 Dyson Racing entry and joining them for tomorrow’s four-hour race is Tony Burgess who had his inaugural run in the car at Mosport.

Lux commented that “we had a similar situation to what we had at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago where we did not have much track time and the track was very green. But we worked through a load of changes and it was a really good effort in the right direction. We found three seconds from this afternoon’s session to the qualifying run. I told the guys on the radio that the ‘car is great. Leave it as is for the race.’

The #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace entry of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith did not qualify and will start from the back of the grid. Dyson explained that, “we had a gearbox problem in the last practice session and we did not have time to turn the car around in time for qualifying. We have had nearly bullet-proof gearbox reliability and thankfully it happened in practice and not the race. This is a long race and where you start does not determine how you finish.”

Another reason drivers like this four-mile, 14-turn track is the way it produces close finishes. The average margin of victory for the last seven ALMS events is 1.358 seconds and last year Guy Smith set the record for the closest ALMS finish ever, finishing 0.112 behind Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk car.

“Towards the end of the race, there was a safety car period which allowed me to get on the back of Klaus,” recounted Smith. “My car felt really good, but I could see that I was not going to be able to pass him on the straight. The only way I was going to do it was in traffic. Klaus was approaching three GTC cars in turn seven and I knew he was going to get balked. He chose to go to the right, but I knew the next corner was a left hander so I went to the left. I ended up mainly on the grass trying to make the pass and people told me it was quite spectacular. Unfortunately, there was not quite enough momentum to get past him and we both came out pretty much even. On the last lap, coming up the hill towards the start finish line he bobbled a bit and I was able to edge beside him and it got close – (0.112). It was a great finish for the ALMS and all the fans at Road America and hopefully we can put it right and beat them this year!”

Swindell Overcomes Kinser, Schatz to Claim Victory at River Cities

Swindell Overcomes Kinser, Schatz to Claim Victory at River Cities
He picks up his ninth Outlaws win this season in Round 2 of The Duel in the Dakotas
 
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Aug. 17, 2012 – It was a tale of two obstacles for Sammy Swindell on a perfect Friday evening at River Cities Speedway.
First, outduel 20-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser for the lead on the racy, action-packed track. Second, outlast the hottest driver of late – Donny Schatz – in challenging traffic.

Swindell successfully completed both tasks to record his series-leading ninth victory in Round 2 of The Duel at the Dakotas Presented by Gerdau and Sleep Inn & Suites.

“It seemed like the first part just took forever to get going and then we went on a pretty long run it seemed like,” he said. “We were able to get the win and hold everybody else off there.”

The 40-lap event began with Swindell darting to the lead before a violent crash between Kerry Madsen and Greg Nikitenko forced a red flag on lap two. Kinser, who drove from ninth to fifth place in the dash, charged to second on the restart and quickly challenged Swindell for the top spot.

After fifth-running Chad Kemenah spun in turn two on the third lap, Kinser rocketed into the lead on the restart. He then pushed his advantage to several car lengths before entering traffic on lap 10, which allowed Swindell to reel him back in.

Swindell executed a slide job in turn two on lap 13 to regain the lead amid thick traffic. The duo nearly touched wheels several times and Kinser took over the top spot on lap 16 only to end up off the track exiting turn two on the ensuing lap. Kinser spun around once and came to a stop to bring out the caution, forcing him to restart 21st.

That moved fast qualifier Schatz to the runner-up position and while Swindell pulled into the lead on the restart, Schatz stayed within striking distance. The final caution came on lap 33 when Chris Shirek sustained a blown tire in turn three, which bunched the cars together for a late-race shootout.

The restart was single file because of track conditions and Swindell powered to a sizeable advantage only to have that lead quickly erased when he reached the tail end of the field with four laps remaining.

Schatz closed to the rear bumper of Swindell with two laps remaining and pulled to the outside in turns one and two. However, Swindell was in the preferred line and maintained the lead. With Swindell struggling to get through traffic, Schatz had one last chance on the final lap when Swindell drove to the outside of a lapped car. But Swindell held off Schatz by a car length to earn his first victory since July 27.

“I had a chance at him there in lapped traffic,” said Schatz, who entered the event with two straight wins and five consecutive top-five finishes. “He got himself out of a bad situation pretty quick.”

World of Outlaws championship leader Craig Dollansky overcame a mechanical issue to finish third and maintain his points lead.

“(On the) first lap of the feature we developed a pretty serious fuel leak and then lost a cylinder,” he said. “Definitely concerned once that started happening. From the first lap on I was down a cylinder and getting drenched and just debating whether we come to the work area and try to fix it or what we do. We chose to try to stay out there and try to hang in there and try to get a finish out of it, and fortunately we did.”

Lucas Wolfe finished fourth and Cody Darrah ended fifth. Stevie Smith was sixth, Justin Henderson seventh, Joey Saldana eighth, 18th-starter Mark Dobmeier ninth and Jason Sides rounded out the top 10.

Greg Wilson earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 22nd to 11th and Kinser rebounded to place 12th.

Kemenah, Darrah, Kinser and Henderson each won a heat race, and Shirek picked up the Last Chance Showdown.

Chevy Racing–Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Qualifying

 
Double Poles for Chevrolet in Rolex Sports Car Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve; Jon Fogarty Grabs Daytona Prototype Pole and John Edwards Puts Camaro on Pole in Grand Touring for Montreal 200
 
MONTREAL, Quebec (August 17, 2012) – Chevrolet teams went to the top of the qualifying scoreboard in both GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype (DP) and Grand Touring (GT) for the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The two winning teams if the 2011 race will lead the field to the green flag in 2012.
 
Jon Fogarty put the famed “Red Dragon”, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, on the pole for the two-hour race scheduled to take the green flag Saturday at 11:15 a.m. ET. It is his fourth pole of the season, and the 23rd of his GRAND-AM road racing career.
 
John Edwards was the fastest qualifier in GT behind the wheel of the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.  It is his Edwards third pole of the 2012 season.
Today’s pole winning efforts mark the seventh time a Corvette Daytona Prototype will lead the field to the green flag in 2012, and the fifth time this season for a Camaro GT.R.
 
Other Team Chevy qualifiers include: No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP – fourth; No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – fifth; No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP – sixth; No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP – seventh and No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette – third in GT.

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