CyberSpeed Racing's Cummins and Ave Finish 21st in DP In Road & Track 250 Sunday at Laguna Seca MONTEREY, Calif., May 7 - CyberSpeed Racing owner/driver Skip Cummins used Sunday's Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to train for longer...
CyberSpeed Racing's Cummins and Ave Finish 21st in DP In Road & Track 250 Sunday at Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, Calif., May 7 - CyberSpeed Racing owner/driver Skip Cummins used Sunday's Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to train for longer races like the upcoming Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, driving for an hour and 50 minutes or 60 of the two-hour-and-45-minute race's 88 laps. The Houston-based driver survived several scuffles and had the team's Riley Pontiac as high as 14th at one point, but then his Hoosier tires wore out and he spun in Turn Six to bring out the event's fifth of seven caution flags.
Lead driver Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. got in at the pit stop at that point and brought the freshly-serviced car home, but it had lost several laps being towed in and the entry was 21st in the Daytona Prototype class and 30th overall at the checkered.
Both drivers said the car performed better than its finishing position suggests, and they were pleased with how the young team is progressing since its first Rolex Series race just two months ago.
Cummins started 23rd, which is where Ave finished in Saturday's 30-minute Daytona Prototype race here. He had several close calls, like when Eddie Cheever Jr. spun in front of him, but he persevered and kept circling the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course. He ran in various spots in the twenties for most of the race and battled many different cars, including the Essex Racing No. 5 that finished eighth.
His Hoosier tires were about shot from the punishment of the long stint and he was about out of fuel when the spin occurred in Turn Six as he was trying to give the leader plenty of room to get by.
The race, part of the U.S. Sports Car Invitational, was broadcast live on SPEED. It will be rebroadcast on the same network tomorrow at noon Eastern.
The team does not plan to compete in the GAINSCO Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend, but will instead return to its shop in Maiden, N.C. and prepare for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 2-3.
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Driver quotes follow:
Skip Cummins: "The tires and I both needed to be replaced and we were about to run out of fuel when I spun in Turn Six. I just went over a little bit to give the leader plenty of room to get by me, and I got off into the gravel. Then I had no steering and had to be towed in, or we would have finished much higher.
"I had my fastest lap of the weekend by 2 seconds today, so I felt good about it.
"The car is working better all the time. Justin Halliday and the crew did a great job to get it ready for this race after the crash at VIR. They rallied and put together an awesome car that ran great. If I'd gotten out of the car one full-course caution before the spin we would have been better, but that's hindsight."
Tony Ave: "I guess I'll have to renegotiate with the team owner to get more seat time!
"Actually our plan was to leave Skip in for quite awhile. I made him stay out longer than he wanted to. The tires were completely shot.
"We had a fast car. I didn't want to race with the leaders when we were several laps down because they had a good race going, but we had a better car than it showed.
"We had an issue with our wheel-speed sensor at the end, but the car and the crew performed well. It's just another step in our progression as a team. We're not doing Phoenix but we'll test at Mid-Ohio on May 23-24 and do our best to be ready for the Six Hours of the Glen."