Holtoms' drive to top five at Laguna Seca Pit strategy and speed pay off for SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA Round three of the Grand Am Cup series sent the Ottawa based father and son duo of Jim and...
Holtoms' drive to top five at Laguna Seca
Pit strategy and speed pay off for SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged
LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA Round three of the Grand Am Cup series sent the Ottawa based father and son duo of Jim and Jamie Holtom to the picturesque Laguna Seca Raceway with their SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged for the U.S. Sports Car Invitational Grand Am Cup 200. A solid effort by the whole Georgian Bay Motorsports team earned them at fifth place finish.
"This was an awesome event for us," Jamie Holtom said. "It's a fantastic track, and our SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged performed well all weekend. I am really happy with a fifth place finish."
Jim Holtom was also extremely happy with the finish, but for a different reason. "The team is really learning about the car," Holtom said. "And this weekend we used pitstop strategy to our advantage. All the changes we made to the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged were in the right direction, and this gives us even more confidence heading into the next race."
After successful practice sessions, Holtom put the car 9th on the grid in qualifying. At the start of the race, Jim Holtom moved up a few spots and held that position until the second full course caution. "We were at the outer limit of the pit window, so we opted to stop and get Jamie in the car," Holtom said of the team's early stop. Most of the other teams stopped on the third full course caution, giving Jamie valuable track position.
Jamie, moved the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged up to third, taking advantage of the other team's stops. "It was really good to see Jamie mixing it up with the 'big-guns' of the class," Jim said. "He held his own, it was fantastic to watch." A late race caution allowed the pack to catch up to Jamie, and in the dying laps he was overhauled by two of them to finish fifth. "I fought as hard as I could," Jamie said. "But, here with so many cars on the track, it was important for us to get points, so we settled for fifth and we'll be back to fight at the next race."
The Grand Am Cup 200 from Laguna Seca will air on on Saturday (SPEED Channel, May 14, 1 p.m. ET).