SATURDAY NOTES: BRENDAN GAUGHAN CAPTURES PODIUM FINISH IN MONTREAL GRAND-AM EVENT --Steve Wallace Fastest Full-Time Nationwide-Only Driver in NNS Qualifying-- MONTREAL (August 29, 2009)--While many believed that a NASCAR driver could end up on...
SATURDAY NOTES: BRENDAN GAUGHAN CAPTURES PODIUM FINISH IN MONTREAL GRAND-AM EVENT
--Steve Wallace Fastest Full-Time Nationwide-Only Driver in NNS Qualifying--
MONTREAL (August 29, 2009)--While many believed that a NASCAR driver could end up on the Grand-Am podium earlier today in Montreal, it may not have been the one that they expected.
In just his first Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series start, Rusty Wallace Racing's Brendan Gaughan teamed with TRG and veteran road racer, Andy Lally, to capture a GT class runner-up finish in today's Montreal 200 at the legendary Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
After qualifying the No. 66 South Point Casino Porsche GT3 in the tenth position, Gaughan completed the first half of the event, before handing the wheel off to his teammate. Noted Gaughan, "I had a blast today. Andy Lally and TRG were great to work with; I feel like I learned a ton about racing in the rain and about this track in general. My job here today was to take care of the car and keep a good pace through the first half, so that Andy could have a shot at winning the race for us at the end.
"I can't necessarily take a lot of credit for how we ended up; Andy Lally is just a really great road racer. We took the lead for a bit late and I thought that we just might get a win, but it just wasn't meant to be. Now, my focus is squarely on applying what I learned today and putting our No. 62 Chevrolet up front tomorrow afternoon."
Meanwhile, in what is believed to have been NASCAR's first-ever wet qualifying session, No. 66-Steve Wallace followed up his top-ten qualifying effort in 2008 with a top-15 effort this afternoon in qualifying for tomorrow's NAPA Pièces D'Auto 200. Wallace's best lap of 125.056 seconds (77.984 MPH) on the soaked track placed him 13th of the 45 cars taking time and made him the fastest full-time Nationwide-only driver in the field.
Third-place Ron Fellows damaged his car during qualifying and is believed to be moving to the rear of the field, which would effectively place Wallace 11th on the grid for tomorrow's event.
Stated Wallace, "We have a pretty good 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet here this weekend. It's doing just about everything that I want it to do, but it's very hard really to diagnose a race car in the rain. Just like the past races here, tomorrow's race is probably going to be really unpredictable and a race of attrition. Our focus is on taking care of the race car, keeping the brakes on it and having solid pit strategy. If we can do that, we'll be in good shape for a top-ten at the end of the day tomorrow."