The Road America 120 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge didn't make it to the 120 mark due to lightning and then darkness but there was enough racing completed to crown KohR Motorsports its third Grand Sport (GS) class win of the season in the No.59 Ford Mustang driven by Dean Martin and Jack Roush, Jr.
“There is no real preparing for it,” said Roush about facing uncertain weather conditions. “You just have to go out there and take risks and make the best decisions you can in each moment and that’s all you can do.”
“Those rainy conditions, they’re never the same so you’ve just got to take what the weather brings you and hope for the best,” Martin added. “We’ve struggled a little bit because it’s a new car, it’s the first car that was built. We’ve had a few gremlins, but the teams worked really well to work everything out.
“The guys at Ford and the guys at Multimatic have been extremely helpful with that, very supportive and we think we’ve got everything sorted now. We would’ve liked to run the whole race and get another race distance done, but the team’s done great and we have a lot of support from Ford and Roush and Multimatic, so it’s been a good year.”
For the third race in row Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott finished second in the No.28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Earning the last step on the podium was the No.69 McLaren GT4 of Jesse Lazare and Chris Green for Motorsports In Action.
In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleertook their No.25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 ti its second consecutive victory.
“I look back at this and I felt like it shows the strength of our ModSpace team,” said McCumbee. “We were average in every condition today. We were actually the best car in one condition, the drying condition, but we were a top-five car in the wet, a top-five car in the dry and maybe the best car in the drying stuff. The performance was there. I think we would’ve had to race our own tails off all the way to the finish if it stayed green or if the rain didn’t come.
“I think it’s a testament to how strong we have been over the last three years. Stevan and I have had some heartaches and we’ve had a lot of success. I feel like we could’ve won that championship last year and if things went a little different at the start of this year, I think we would’ve been right in the thick of it this year. We’ve had so much success together, it’s been a lot of fun and I think today just proves that rain or shine, no matter what condition, no matter what the good Lord throws at us, we’re right there and competitive so it’s pretty awesome.”
Freedom Autosport's Britt Casey, Jr. and Tom Long finished second in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5. This is the first race for Long with the team after competing in the Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the Mazda team, and the best finish of the season again for Casey.
Points leaders Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss finished third making it the sixth of seven races this season they have landed on the podium.
The Continental Tire Challenge next heads to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 26.
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