Summerton Closing in on Championship Coming off his 2nd win of the season last week at Road America in the Atlantic Series Championship, Jonathan Summerton was on a roll in first practice. Although his first time at the famous Canadian street ...
Summerton Closing in on Championship
Coming off his 2nd win of the season last week at Road America in the Atlantic Series Championship, Jonathan Summerton was on a roll in first practice. Although his first time at the famous Canadian street track he was still on the pace and put in some great time. In the Saturday practice he had the fastest time of the session which placed him ready for the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. As all the cars hit the track, each jockeying for a clear lap from traffic, and trying to put that magic lap down, Jonathan was at P1 one moment and back in P5 the next, but as the flag flew Jonathan put in his magic lap taking him to the top but this was short lived as Bomarito just beat him. Both Summerton's and Bomarito's times beat the old track record set by AJ Almendinger, and lining up some exciting racing for Sunday.
In Sunday's race, with a good start, Jonathan tucked in behind Bomarito and in the early stages his car wouldn't allow him to gain on 1st place. Then there was a yellow which placed him tight to the leader but again, with the track being a very difficult track to overtake he couldn't safely get it done due to his struggling to get heat back into the tires at the restart. Once he had warm tires Jonathan decided to put down a hot lap and gained the fastest lap of the race, finishing the race in 2nd place, over 4 seconds in front of 3rd.place, Junior Strous. Summerton moved to second in the overall point standings and now leads the Rookie of the Year points with his second-place performance. It was Summerton's third top-two result in his past four starts and was his sixth top-six result in eight races this season.
"It turned out to be a very fun race in the end," Summerton said. "With the two yellows, it didn't quite help us as we'd planned. I don't know if we started with a little too low tire pressure, but every time a yellow came out, the first two or three laps were a real fight with the car. Then, the tires started to come in again and we were able to lay down some fast laps and start catching Jonathan (Bomarito). In the end, he was constantly very fast and had a great car. We were just trying to push away and it didn't quite work out, but second place, we're quite happy with it. To take over Rookie of the Year point standings is a great accomplishment. I'm really happy about that and hopefully we can bring a win back from New Jersey."