LEXINGTON, OHIO - Jamie Holtom and Andy Lally drove to victory in the ST class in the Grand Am Cup Emco Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio today, in their SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. "It feels just awesome to win here," said Jamie ...
LEXINGTON, OHIO - Jamie Holtom and Andy Lally drove to victory in the ST class in the Grand Am Cup Emco Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio today, in their SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. "It feels just awesome to win here," said Jamie Holtom.
After qualifying sixth, Holtom moved to fifth in the early going and stayed in the lead group for his entire stint, "The torque of the Cobalt engine helped me out of a tight hole when a slower car spun coming out of the esses (early in the race)," Holtom said. "The brakes were good too."
The drive Holtom put in was something that was not lost on his teammate, Andy Lally. "You'd never know it was a seventeen year old from outside the car," Lally said of his younger teammate. "He put in a solid stint, a great drive, and put us into a position that we could challenge for the win."
Lally then moved the car forward after taking over for the second half of the race. Lally took the lead with just a few laps remaining and took the win, the second of the year for he and Holtom, and the third of the year for the Georgian Bay Motorsports Team.
"It was all about managing traffic," Lally said. "Don (Salama) got blocked by a slower car and I was able to slip by and get that win. It was great to be able to do that in full view of the 600 plus UAW partners here from the Lordstown, Ohio plant where the Cobalt SS Superchargers are made."
The second SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged driven by Jim Holtom and Ed Magner finished 14th after getting caught out by traffic. "Once you get a lap down, there isn't much you can do," said Jim Holtom. "All you can do is have fun, and the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged is a great car to do just that."
The Georgian Bay Motorsports Team ran a third SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged at Mid Ohio for Ron Fellows Sunoco Ultra 94 team members Matt Champagne and Frank Launi. Both drivers were new to Grand Am Cup and Holtom was impressed with the job both drivers did. "I think they both did a great job for us, GM High Performance and Ron Fellows," Holtom said.
Launi started the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged at the back after a problem in qualifying and was up to 15th before and on track incident damaged his rear wheel. "I had already turned in, and felt the hit," Launi said. When Launi stopped to hand over to teammate Matt Champagne, the team was assessed a five minute penalty by series officials. "I feel really badly for Ron Fellows, the Holtom's and Georgian Bay Motorsports, who gave Matt and I this opportunity. I was doing my best to keep the brakes and gearbox in good shape for Matt," Launi said. "That penalty put us out of contention, and it hurt our team as a whole as I think all the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged could have been in the top 10. I want to thank Jim Holtom, Ron Fellows, John Heinricy and Ken Wasmer, along with the Mid Ohio driving school for all their help. It was a great experience."