Laguna Seca: SAMAX Motorsport race report

SAMAX - Laguna Seca podium SAMAX Motorsport notched its first 2006 podium finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Ian James started the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fourth on the GT grid and moved to lead ...

SAMAX - Laguna Seca podium

SAMAX Motorsport notched its first 2006 podium finish in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Ian James started the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car fourth on the GT grid and moved to lead the class after 45 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. Ryan Hunter Reay drove the second stint, returning to the track in fourth place. He moved to third just past the two-hour mark and held the position for the podium finish.

Their teammates weren't as fortunate. Dave Lacey started the No. 71 SAMAX/ Doncaster Racing Porsche 10th in GT and quickly gained two positions in the first four minutes of the race. His charge stopped when he was zapped by the first of seven caution periods, losing a lap to the class leaders due to his position relative to the safety car. Greg Wilkins drove the second stint, returning to the track 10th. He regained one position to finish ninth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 17): "Ian did a great job. I got in and maintained a good pace, but the tires went off real bad. Yesterday, I really enjoyed when the tires went off and the car started sliding around; today, I did not enjoy that. But it was a great race. There's so much more strategy to [sports-car racing], and there are more people involved in a good result than in other forms of motorsport."

Ian James (No. 17): "This was an action-packed race, start to finish. I was lucky enough to be in the car at the start. The car was working very well and we ended up in the lead when I pitted. Ryan had a slightly longer stint than me and he was on old tires at the end, but he did a mega-job. Third place, first podium of the year for SAMAX! I'm glad to provide it."

Dave Lacey (No. 17): "Laguna is one of those places where you have oversteer, try to dial in some understeer and you get a lot of understeer. You have to strike a balance. I felt good for my stint, but when the tires were going away, the car was very loose. I feel sorry for Greg -- he didn't get very much green-flag racing. There were a lot of cautions today."

Greg Wilkins (No. 71): "The track got really dirty because cars were going off and putting sand all over the place. It was a frustrating day for us because we had so many cautions. It prevented us from really getting going and getting into a rhythm. Dave and I do better when we have a bit of a rhythm going. Hopefully, we can run some races where we have a lot more green-flag racing."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Ryan Hunt