SpeedSource at Montreal: Assentato and Segal Score Second Consecutive Podium As teams prepared for Round 10 of the Rolex Sports Car Series, it was evident that the weather would play an interesting role in the race. Enduring on-and-off rain ...
SpeedSource at Montreal: Assentato and Segal Score Second Consecutive Podium
As teams prepared for Round 10 of the Rolex Sports Car Series, it was evident that the weather would play an interesting role in the race. Enduring on-and-off rain showers, co-drivers Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal continued their recent success by finishing third in the Montreal 200 held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve piloting the #69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8. Teammates Sylvain Tremblay and Nick Ham finished 12th in the #70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8.
A light rain during the recon laps sent many teams scrambling for rain tires, however Emil Assentato decided to stay on slicks for the start of the race knowing that the track would dry out quickly. Driving cautiously during the opening laps, Emil would eventually catch up to the lead pack in GT as the track began to dry.
After performing a driver change pit stop, Jeff Segal took control of the #69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8 determined to fight for the win. The weather once again dealt a wild card to the teams as rain moved over the public park-turned-race circuit. The crew decided to pit for rain tires, knowing that the added traction would lead to a pace that would help them catch the GT leader. As the race came to an end, Segal managed the wet track conditions and brought the car across the finish line 3rd in GT.
Nick Ham started the #70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 from the third position. Ham opted to stay on dry tires for the start of the race and the decision paid off immediately as the track began to dry. The #70 SpeedSource Mazda had advanced to 2nd in class as Ham brought the car in for the driver change.
Sylvain Tremblay kept the car running with the GT leaders through the halfway point of the race before the first yellow flag came. By executing a timed fuel only pit stop, the #70 SpeedSource Mazda beat out all competitors to eventually take the GT class lead after all cars cycled through. Unfortunately, the race ended prematurely for the team as the SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda made contact with the wall at the exit of Turn 4 after coming up to lapped traffic.
With two races remaining in the race schedule, the Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah.