Phoenix: Pacific Coast Motorsports GT race report

Pacific Coast Motorsports completes Pontiac GTO.R podium sweep Ventura, California (May 14, 2006) -- Phoenix International Raceway will forever hold happy memories for Pacific Coast Motorsports as its ...

Pacific Coast Motorsports completes Pontiac GTO.R podium sweep

Ventura, California (May 14, 2006) -- Phoenix International Raceway will forever hold happy memories for Pacific Coast Motorsports as its #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R, driven by Boris Said and Ross Thompson, captured victory in Friday night's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series GT qualifying race followed by an historic third place GT podium finish in last night's 'The GAINSCO Grand Prix'.

The team, in only its second weekend competing in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class after last Sunday's sixth place debut at Laguna Seca, was quickly up to speed with legendary American road-racer Boris Said behind the wheel.

Passing Robin Liddell for the lead of the 20-lap qualifying race at the half-way stage on Friday night, Said never looked back as he claimed Pacific Coast Motorsports first series victory in Grand American competition and set the #98 Pontiac GTO.R at the head of the pack for team-mate Ross Thompson in the following day's main event.

Thompson held the lead initially as Saturday night's endurance sprint commenced but the #64 and #65 factory GTO.R's proved too strong dropping the Ohio-native down to third with ten laps completed. Said jumped back in following the first full-course caution period and promptly worked his way back into the GT lead by lap 90, keeping the #64 GTO.R at bay by just half a second.

The lead changed ten laps later and Said found himself shadowing in second place. Benefiting from fresh rubber following his first stop, Said's bid for victory was hampered after his final stop with a fresh set of Hoosier's unavailable. Making the most of what he had, Boris' efforts kept him the #98 car in touch with the factory Pontiac's, now leading 1-2, and he completed the history making podium sweep by coming home third at the checkered.

Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins celebrated the win in the #64 GTO.R ahead of TRG team-mates Andy Lally and Marc Bunting in the #65 car.

PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic:

"I couldn't be happier with our GT performance. We beat the factory GTO.R's to the qualifying win on Friday and we gave them a run for their money in the main event last night. I'm proud that we've helped the factory team's title efforts by shutting out the podium and creating a bit of history for General Motors.

"I'm really happy with the whole crew and both drivers did a great job. It's an honor to work with someone of Boris' caliber, it's just unfortunate that we couldn't get him out on a set of stickers for his final stint. It was still a great effort, we've taken a victory and a third place in just our second weekend in GT -- not a bad effort!"

Boris Said:

"I'm disappointed as I felt we had the car to take the win in Phoenix. If we'd worked the tires differently then maybe we'd have had something for the factory cars. We kept the #64 car behind us for quite a while but in the end we just couldn't beat them with the older tires after our final stop. It's been a fun weekend and I'd love to have another chance to come back and fight for the win!"

Ross Thompson:

"We definitely earned our result tonight! The car was super loose during my stint but Boris benefited from a new set of tires on his first stint and showed what the car was capable of. He did a tremendous job to take the podium and I'm proud of the job the whole team did this weekend, they really busted their hump and I'm delighted to finish on the podium in just my second GT start."

-www.pcmracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Boris Said , Robin Liddell , Kelly Collins , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting , Ross Thompson