MPL Triple Header at Watkins Glen

_mg_1086It was a tough weekend for me at Watkins Glen for rounds 3, 4, and 5.  Started off with a left rear suspension failure that ended practice 1 early and forced us to miss practice 2.  I have never driven Watkins Glen International, so this really put us behind the eight ball.  Qualifying was my first real session and I could only muster P9.  Race 3 started off poorly as I had to battle with the mid pack of the field.  I fought to get a couple of positions and some track space.  I finished P6 in race 3 and qualified myself P5 for race 4.  Race 4 was more of the same, another test session for me to find more pace.  I finished P5 after a bad start in race race 4.  Extreme Speed Motorsports made some big changes to the car for race 5 of the triple header.  I started P5 and after a first lap incident in front of me found myself in P3.  I fell back to P4, but another retirement handed me back a podium finish.  With the setup change I found a entire second of lap time on the track.  A tough weekend overall and a hit in the points standings, but looking forward to next weekend’s race at Mosport in Ontario, Canada.

Post race interview: “Cooler conditions definitely helped out with horsepower and grip. Colder air is more dense. Extreme Speed Motorsports trimmed out a little bit. We were slow on the straights, so we trimmed out and made a couple other adjustments. It was a much better car, and I wish we had it at the start of the weekend. But for me personally, I have never been to The Glen, never tested here, and my first laps were in practice. I missed the second practice, so I had to learn the car and the track in qualifying. Qualified ninth, and in Race 1 I passed a couple of cars and finished sixth. That qualified me for fifth, and we kept just getting faster and faster. Race 2 I stayed in fifth and qualified fifth, so we made some more drastic changes that really, really helped, and I finally got down to the times that the JDC boys were running and I was much happier with the car. My teammate (Max Hanratty) drove away from me and I had to reel him in, but I didn’t have enough racetrack. But he drove an awesome race, and both of us kind of survived out there a little bit. I wanted a podium this weekend.”