Holtom Firmly On Top of Grand-Am Cup ST Championship May 13, 2006 - Phoenix, Arizona - Jamie Holtom and teammate Eric Curran extended their lead in the Grand-Am Cup ST Drivers Championship this weekend with a third place finish, making it...
Holtom Firmly On Top of Grand-Am Cup ST Championship
May 13, 2006 - Phoenix, Arizona - Jamie Holtom and teammate Eric Curran extended their lead in the Grand-Am Cup ST Drivers Championship this weekend with a third place finish, making it three consecutive podiums for the pair following two victories at VIRginia International Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The pair, driving their 01 ClearSCADA Chevy Cobalt SS, was edged by two Acura RSX's driven by Bob Endicott with Michael Galati and the Plumb Brothers. With the temperature at race time being 38 degrees Celsius, the third place finish was as much as could be accomplished. The engine was very hot, causing some loss of power, and the power steering was intermittent. The race was very much a case of preserving track position and making it to the finish.
"The qualifying position was our weakness", said Jamie, "We still weren't sure about our race setup, so I focused on a competitive race pace but could only manage eighth on the grid. Georgian Bay Motorsports had our Cobalt SS's handling dialed in for the race so passing and moving up was fairly easy and safe, but the leaders had checked out as we moved up. The 01 ClearSCADA car was agile in traffic and the brakes were amazing which meant I was able to hand the car over to Eric in fifth without a scratch on it."
Curran took over the driving duties at just past the halfway point of the race after an uncharacteristic mistake in the pits by the 70 Mazda RX-8 of Haskell and Tremblay made for an advantage strategically.
"The Team and the guys from the GM Performance Division had the strategy nailed which makes the driver's job so much easier. I was able to preserve the tires and the brakes throughout my stint, log consistent laps and pick up positions when others made mistakes, making the pass easy for me. Eric did an awesome job during his stint making a few big moves and keeping the car out front where it belongs. He's a great person to learn from", said Jamie.
Eric commented, "Jamie did a great job keeping the car in great shape and moving up from the start. He put down times consistent with the leaders and made some great passes throughout his stint, but not putting the car at risk."
The podium is Jamie's fifth in thirteen attempts and solidifies his and Eric's lead in the Drivers Championship by 22 points over the team's 00 SCADAPack Cobalt SS driven by Jamie's father Jim and Daniel Colembie. The podium keeps Chevrolet in the lead of the Manufacturers chase by three points, a considerable feat considering the number of Chevy Cobalts compared to BMW's and Acura's. Georgian Bay Motorsports leads the Team Championship by a considerable margin as well.
"It's great to be living up to our goals from the beginning of the season. We knew that it would be difficult, and it has been, but we knew we were up to it. The Cobalt SS is such a dynamite package that when an amazing Team like Georgian Bay Motorsports prepares and tunes the cars with the GM Performance Division the results are going to come.