Another Podium for Skerlong, Muniz Races for Best Finish of the Season St. Jovite, Quebec - Wishes came true today as the sun came out to dry the track after a very wet qualifying day yesterday, at the Sommet des Legendes race in Mont...
Another Podium for Skerlong, Muniz Races for Best Finish of the Season
St. Jovite, Quebec - Wishes came true today as the sun came out to dry the track after a very wet qualifying day yesterday, at the Sommet des Legendes race in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Carl Skerlong started on the second row, and Frankie Muniz started a spot higher than he qualified, due to Greg Mansell's unfortunate crash in the morning's warm-up. As the green flag fell, Carl immediately passed Kevin Lacroix for third on the first turn of the first lap. James Hinchcliffe, the current leader in the championship, tried to hunt down Skerlong, but Carl pulled away, finishing ahead of Canada's Hinchcliffe and scoring coveted championship points. Carl ran a clean and consistent race until the end, earning his second podium finish in the first three races of 2008.
Frankie Muniz followed in Carl's footsteps, gaining a position on the second lap. He had a car that was consistently faster than the cars ahead of him, giving him the opportunity to pass throughout the race. On the last lap, Frankie was wheel-to-wheel with Kevin Lacroix on the straight, in a battle for 11th place. Frankie came out ahead, passing Lacroix in the corner and grabbing his best finish of the season, just short of his goal, a top-ten. The Pacific Coast Motorsports/USRT cars ran strong all day, allowing both Skerlong and Muniz to pass early on and work their way through the field, producing points-paying results for both.
CARL SKERLONG, #14 King Taco/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires
Carl on the race: "The race today was great. I was able to make a pass for third on the first lap, and after that we ran a clean and consistent race. I continued to pull away from Hinchcliffe, who was in fourth, throughout the race. He did a good job in the race as well, but finishing in front of him today really helped me in the points. After dealing with inconsistent weather all weekend, I'm very happy with the overall outcome. I would have loved a win today, but I'm so happy to be finishing in the top three again, and we'll take all the points we can get. Thanks to the PCM team who gave me a great car today. I'm looking forward to racing the King Taco car in two races at Edmonton and hopefully finishing on more podiums."
Frankie Muniz #41 PCM/Mazda/Swift/Cooper Tires
Frankie on the race: "I am very happy with the way this weekend turned out. We struggled initially in testing on Friday, and we didn't get very much time to run on a dry track in qualifying on Saturday, but all our struggles paid off in the race today. I was wheel to wheel with Lacroix in the last turn of the last lap, and ended up passing him to take 11th place. I was 15th in Long Beach, 13th in Laguna Seca, and today I achieved my best finish yet, and came one-step closer to our goal which is to finish consistently in the top ten. I'm so excited to head off to Edmonton next month where we will have two races and hopefully two top -ten finishes."
Shane Seneviratne, Team Manager: "The race today was awesome. We were off to a rough start yesterday, but the crew was really able to put the cars together to give us excellent results. Our biggest goal is to keep gaining as many points as we can, and both drivers did a great job today making that happen for our team. Carl is a very consistent driver who keeps finishing on the podium which is great for the championship. Frankie, too, keeps finishing higher in the field and getting more and more points. Burke Harrison gave Carl a great car to work with today and Tim Lewis did a great job guiding Frankie through the field. I want to give a big thank you to Lee Bentham (driver coach), and the whole crew for making it possible to achieve such fantastic results at the Sommet des Legendes in Mont Tremblant."