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BSI Racing: Continues their Top-Ten Finishing Streak at Lime Rock Park BSI Racing and Team Garcia continued their top-ten finishing streak at Lime Rock Park this Saturday in the KONI Challenge ST race. Teammates Todd Buras and Carlos Garcia ...

BSI Racing: Continues their Top-Ten Finishing Streak at Lime Rock Park

BSI Racing and Team Garcia continued their top-ten finishing streak at Lime Rock Park this Saturday in the KONI Challenge ST race. Teammates Todd Buras and Carlos Garcia finished 9th in the Joe Gibbs/MOMO Mazda MX-5 race car. Justin Hall and Magnus Karlsson finished just outside of a top-ten with a 14th place finish in the No. 58 Joe Gibbs/MOMO/JustRacing.com Mazda MX-5. Last weekend the team pulled in two top-ten finishes at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hall and Karlsson finished 5th in the No.58 MX-5 and teammates Buras and Garcia finished 7th in the No. 56 Mazda.

The fifth race of the season started off wonderfully for the No. 56 MX-5. Garcia was passing his competitors by catching them at turn one. He started the race in 13th place and got as high as 4th place during his stint. "It was so much fun out there. I was catching all the cars on turn one. The brakes on these cars are amazing," said Garcia. Both of the Mazda MX-5's had excellent handling for the short track's turns. Karlsson used his brakes to avoid a major crash coming down from the last hill before the straight away. A competitor's car crashed spilling oil on the track. The team radioed a warning to Karlsson but it was too late, and the No. 58 car was spinning. Karlsson kept his cool and saved the car from crashing into anything. However it did go off track and collected enough dirt to through off the car's balance.

Karlsson came into the pits for a tire change on the track's first yellow and was racing without losing anytime after his spin out. "I saw a car ahead of me turn sideways and I knew there was no way of avoiding the oil," said Karlsson, "this was my first spin out at Lime Rock." Spirits were still high after the incident and co-driver, Hall jumped into the No. 58. Garcia was still on track when Hall started racing. The team's pit strategy for the No. 56 car was to pit in during a yellow caution flag, but no caution came out during the pit window. Garcia had to pit in under a green flag and Buras raced the No. 56 for the one hour remaining in the race.

After the driver and tire change in the No. 56, Buras was not able beat the pace car out of the pits and had to wait as the pit lane exit closed. Not feeling one bit discouraged, Buras started his stint off in 15th place and continuously passed his competitors. During a majority of Buras' stint, Buras and Hall were racing together. However Hall had to make one last pit in for a splash of fuel but was able to finish in 14th. Buras had two laps left in the race, and it looked as if he would finish 10th, but at the last minute Buras clicked in a 9th place finish.

"There is no doubt that these cars could have finished on the pole," said BSI owner, Stu Brumer. "We have a great set of drivers and the cars keep on improving with our adjustments. It won't be long till we start seeing the orange Mazda's leading these KONI races," said Brumer. Brumer's confidence is helping to fuel to team's momentum as they prepare for the sixth race of the KONI Challenge circuit at Mosport. After the back to back race weekends, the team will appreciate their next few weekends free until they hit the track once again on June 17.

-credit: bsi

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Justin Hall , Magnus Karlsson , Todd Buras , Carlos Garcia