Pecorari strong no matter where he races 19th to podium in Speed World Challenge before setting fast lap times in KONI Challenge 10 October 07--Racers love nothing more than to race--and the more, the better. So it was nearly a dream weekend...
Pecorari strong no matter where he races
19th to podium in Speed World Challenge before setting fast lap times in KONI Challenge
10 October 07--Racers love nothing more than to race--and the more, the better. So it was nearly a dream weekend for Adam Pecorari, who had yet another busy weekend of racing last weekend. The Pennsylvania resident impressed as he raced to the podium at Road Atlanta in Speed World Challenge competition before heading to Virginia International Raceway to compete in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge season finale. The World Challenge Road Atlanta race marked the first SWC event for Pecorari since taking his breakthrough victory at Mosport in August.
The SWC sprint race was held in rainy conditions, setting the stage for Pecorari, who made the most of what the No. 19 STaSIS Engineering Nelly Audi A4 could offer. A faulty turbo wastegate in qualifying forced Pecorari to start from nineteenth on the grid, but he put that disappointment behind him as he got off to a lightning start, worked his way through the field, and battled for the lead late in the race.
Even though he had plenty of pace, Pecorari ended up running out of time to find a clean way by for the lead as veteran racer Michael Galati knew exactly where to put his car, holding on to take the win by just .266 of a second over Pecorari, who won the "Sunoco Hard Charger Award" for his march through the field.
"After the first yellow flag we were seventh," Pecorari said. "Obviously with the four-wheel drive we had an advantage, but from seventh on, it was close. I was surprised; I thought I'd have a lot more speed compared to the front-wheel drive cars, but they drove their butts off. I just moved up one by one. I was right behind Michael (Galati) at the end and I thought I had enough to get by him, but he was on it. He didn't make a single mistake and he's obviously a really amazing driver, so I'm happy with second right now."
Despite missing two rounds during the 2007 season and suffering a twenty-point penalty following the Mid-Ohio event, the penultimate-round podium moved Pecorari up to tenth in the overall SWC Touring Class Championship standings with the October 20 Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca event yet to run.
The second half of the race weekend saw Pecorari jump into the No. 52 Rehagan Racing Piloti Ford Mustang for the KONI Challenge season-finale six hour event at VIR. After moving up to the lead pack early in the race, Pecorari's luck went missing as fouled fuel filter foiled efforts at a second podium on the weekend. Pecorari showed his speed nonetheless, setting the fastest lap time of all ten Ford Mustangs in the race despite only having a few practice laps in the car before the race started.
"I want to thank the guys from Rehagan from giving me the call this weekend," said Pecorari. "They worked really hard every time we had a set back and we kept fighting to the finish but we just lost too much time making repairs. But the Piloti car was obviously fast and we were running with the lead pack the last half hour of the race, just getting as many quick laps in as we could. It was great to be so quick against people who have run these cars all season so I'd really like to get more time in one of these!"