Montreal: Cheever Racing race report

Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Racing 2nd At Montreal The Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team scored its first podium visit of the year with a second place finish at Circuit Villeneuve, narrowly missing first by only .064 seconds. The reunited driving...

Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Racing 2nd At Montreal

The Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team scored its first podium visit of the year with a second place finish at Circuit Villeneuve, narrowly missing first by only .064 seconds. The reunited driving team of Christian Fittipaldi and Antonio Garcia steered their Pontiac powered Coyote Daytona Prototype to the best finish of the year so far for Cheever Racing.

Aggressive driving early on by Christian Fittipaldi quickly moved the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 machine from its qualifying position of ninth to fourth. An early driver change then positioned the team to take advantage of a full course yellow to make up position and then top off with just enough fuel to finish the race. Antonio Garcia then battled with the leaders for the remainder of the race moving between fourth and 2nd position until the final run for the checkered flag.

Antonio Garcia: "Second place is good, but first would be better... I think without that little drop (of fuel), I could have stayed at the front. It was also really scary. It was really tight between the No. 58 and us. ... I am pleased with the performance of the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Pontiac... we have come a long way in the development of this new car, It will be good to get back to The Glen with Christian as my team mate and go for a first place podium finish."

"Our fuel and pit strategy played a large part in our success today", stated Team Manager Dave Meehan, "We missed the win because of a fuel pressure spike just as Antonio (Garcia) was pressing for the win. It was just a little bit disappointing because victory was in our grasp... overall our team and our Pontiac powered Coyote has begun to gel and I look forward to a strong finish this year for Cheever Racing and the Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team."

"As the Coyote continues its development process, we continue to get stronger and stronger, said Team Owner Eddie Cheever, "Our Pontiac power plant certainly delivered when we needed it the most and our continuing refinement of the Coyote chassis design is starting to pay off...." Cheever continued, "It was a pleasure to see Christian back behind the wheel of our Crown Royal Cask No. 16 car, ALMS loss is our gain... Antonio (Garcia) continues to prove that he is the driver to watch in Grand-Am, his precise control of the car and overall driving skills are exceptional."

Christian Fittipaldi added, "It was good to give Crown Royal a strong showing in its home country of Canada. The Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Coyote was strong from the very first lap... It's feels good to be able to contribute to this success, and I am happy to be back with Cheever Racing and competing again in Grand-Am."

The Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Race Team faces down it's competitors at the Crown Royal 200 next Friday, August 8th in a Daytona Prototype only shoot out at Watkins Glen. For more information visit www.CheeverRacing.com and www.CoyoteCars.net and watch all the action on SPEEDtv at 8 pm.

-credit: cr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Eddie Cheever , Christian Fittipaldi