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USCR Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

  • USCR Laguna Seca 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy route 68 Salinas, CA 93908 USA (map)

# 3 GTLM a splash short; # 31 Whelen DP leads standings

In a 2- hour race during which the Corvette Racing Team and Ganassi Ford GT chose a 1 stop strategy, the # 67 Ford of Michael Westbrook won the gamble.  The # 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia needed a splash of fuel in the closing laps.  The much heralded Ford GT finished first in GTLM in four tries.  The Corvette recovered to take 4th thanks to a quick stop.  The shortfall might have been caused by lack of precise estimates via telemetry that went down for a spell. 

# 4 Oliver Gavin hit the pedal just a fraction too quick before the air jacks released and was signaled back by IMSA for wheel spinning that can endanger the crew.  The stop-and-go penalty was costly but he still managed 7th as the team headed by Brian Hoye leads the USCR GTLM standings.  Most GTLM teams opted to run special Le Mans spec tyres supplied by Michelin, testing for the big 24 hour race on June 18/19.

Eric Curran & Dane Cameron piloted the # 31 to 3rd in DP that gave Team Whelen the points lead going into the June 4/5 IMSA USCR DP races at Detroit.  Shared with Indy Cars, Belle Isle a favorite with car executives to entertain their guests. 

Belgian Marc Goosens in the # 90 held off Curran and took 2nd for the Flis Brothers Visit Florida Team best result to date.  Ricky Taylor in the # 10 Wayne Taylor and Christian Fittipaldi in the # 5 Action Express lost several laps from an earlier incident in turn 9.  

# 60 Oswaldo Negri won overall in the Ligier Honda of Mike Shank racing that is headed for Le Mans.

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood

Justin Bell interviews Chuck Houghton re Corvette team race prep (IMSA TV link down)

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