Summerton Shines in Mid Ohio Pole Position, New Track Record and a Race Win! Life was sweet this weekend for Jonathan Summerton. Having transitioned back to his old team, Newman Wachs, they had several problems with the car as the weekend ...
Summerton Shines in Mid Ohio
Pole Position, New Track Record and a Race Win!
Life was sweet this weekend for Jonathan Summerton.
Having transitioned back to his old team, Newman Wachs, they had several problems with the car as the weekend started. Although it was Jonathan's first time to race at the Mid Ohio track he soon got the hang ofit and worked with his engineer and crew to perfect the set up. His engineer, Don Halliday, and mechanic, David Marquez, were both celebrating their birthdays so Jonathan gave them a little more to celebrate.
In qualifying it was very close between the top three drivers as times came down, each producing a faster lap than the last. However, with 6 minutes to go, Jonathan did his blistering track record setting lap of 1 minute 12.970 (111.399 mph), a time that held through the closing minutes and the only time under 1 minute 13 seconds.
When asked about the pace Jonathan had set his engineer Don Halliday said, "Jonathan has a great ability to keep producing record setting laps consistently without feeling the pressure. He gets the job done and is a pleasure to work with. It was a great birthday present for me." Jonathan's time was nearly 3 seconds faster than the old track record set by A. J. Allmendinger.
Jonathan commented, "We had a good car which allowed me to bring home the new track record. I tried to beat the time on my last lap but didn't manage it. The track is really hard on tires."
For Saturday's race the weather was overcast as the cars formed up in front of the pits for the standing start. As the lights came on and the engines began to reach their limit it was lights out and go. Both Jonathan and Simona got good starts. By turn 2 they were already pulling away from the field which was perhaps a good thing as they both locked up going into turn 2. From there Jonathan controlled the pace, saving his tires. Simona continued to pace him most of the time 4 tenths to over a second behind until they reached lapped traffic. Jonathan thought he could take the car on the outside but at the last second had to go inside which made him lose momentum. It also allowed Simona to keep her speed up, which, as they went into the keyhole, they were side by side with neither giving way.
Jonathan held off the attack as he put the pedal down and started pulling away again, during which he continued to set the pace of fastest laps in the closing stages of the race. Ultimately, Jonathan again set a new race track record of 1:13.812. As he pulled into the pits his exuberant team was back in high spirits as they cheered his flag to flag win. When Jonathan exited his car and was interviewed about the racehe said, "I am really grateful to Eddie and his team for giving me the opportunity to race in the Atlantic series. We all work great together and it has truly been a team effort. Thanks to Eddie and all the team for the hard work they have put in to giving me a good car."
The next race is August 17th weekend at Trois Rivers in Canada