Moran Jr. disqualified, Valiente penalized, Hunter-Reay moves to third in championship points standings. For the third straight race, Hunter-Reay passed his way through the field to secure his fourth consecutive top-five finish. The Hylton ...
Moran Jr. disqualified, Valiente penalized, Hunter-Reay moves to third in championship points standings.
For the third straight race, Hunter-Reay passed his way through the field to secure his fourth consecutive top-five finish. The Hylton Motorsports team struggled with the setup of the #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift all weekend, disallowing Hunter-Reay the opportunity to maximize his skill on Toronto's temporary street circuit, where he won in the Barber Dodge Pro Series car last year. With an improved car from qualifying, Hunter-Reay ran on the heels of the third place car of Jonathan Macri during the first half of the race, but the handling gremlins returned mid-race. The handling improved and his pace picked up the final third of the race, when Hunter-Reay set his best lap time, on the 24th lap (1:06.779). Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag in fourth position, another solid points paying finish, placing him fourth in the championship.
It was announced this morning that a post race review that went late into the night by Chief Steward K.C. Van Niman found race winner, Michael Valiente's turn 1 inside pass of the first and second place cars to be illegal. Valiente's pass was considered "shortcutting" the course and he was assessed a five point penalty, but kept the race win.
Third place finisher Rocky Moran Jr. was also penalized, as his car did not pass the series technical inspection. Moran kept his third place result, but his 14 championship points and $10,000.00 prize award were forfeited.
The penalties effect Hunter-Reay's position in the championship point's standings. While he did not move to third place or receive the points for third place, Moran's point deduction moves Hunter-Reay to third place in the championship with a total of 71 points, just four points behind John Fogarty who sits in second. With Valiente's penalty of five points, he keeps the championship lead by 14 points, Hunter-Reay trails Valiente by 18 points.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
EVENT RESULTS TIME SPEED (Mph)
Friday Practice 8th 1:07.370 93.781
Friday Qualifying 8th 1:06.812 94.564
Saturday Qualifying 6th 1:06.486 95.028
Started 7th 1:06.486 95.028
Best Lap 24 1:06.779
Hunter-Reay on Saturday Qualifying:
"We improved the car in some areas of the track, but then we hurt it in other areas. We have a lot of work to do; we are nowhere near there yet. We are going to take a bit of a shot in the dark for the race, I have been able to pass several cars the last few races so that will be my plan again today. I am looking forward to a clean race and to earn as many points as possible toward the championship."
Hunter-Reay on the Race:
"It was a busy race. We are happy to salvage these points because we just didn't have the car this weekend. We improved the car in some areas, but made it worse in others. We had a rotation in the rear on entry and that is just huge at a track like this. I would have liked the opportunity to race with the guys up front, but we had a handling problem that really separated us in the middle of the race. We started to get it back toward the end, but we just ran out of time."