GT3 Cup: Gas Motorsport Laguna Seca summary

GAS MOTORSPORT TAKES 3 OF TOP 5 Yellow plagued race rewards patience. The Gas Motorsport Team once again showed its strength by placing all 3 of their cars into the top five for the second consecutive event. Kevin Roush fought his way to the...

GAS MOTORSPORT TAKES 3 OF TOP 5
Yellow plagued race rewards patience.

The Gas Motorsport Team once again showed its strength by placing all 3 of their cars into the top five for the second consecutive event.

Kevin Roush fought his way to the front on the final lap for his third win, the most of any driver in this young series. Fellow Gas Motorsport teammate in the 997 class, Patrick Kelly finished fifth and Ben McCrackin worked his way to the champagne in the 996 class podium with a second place finish.

At least three full course yellows kept tires cold and drivers frustrated.

A promising start from outside the front row soon turned into disappointment at turn two as Roush was forced wide, allowing Miller and Price to squeeze through. The trio of Price, Miller and Roush slowly pulled away from the field only to be recalled three times for restarts. "The 3 of us ran fairly tight and every time we had a yellow we started it all over again with our cars literally nose on tail and then some!" admitted Roush from atop the podium.

The last yellow set the stage for a 2 lap sprint for the season's final bragging rights. On the white flag lap, leader Price pushed wide on entrance to turn 2 allowing Roush in the #12 Wheel Enhancement car to pull even on the inside. Side by side they continued with light contact favoring Roush as they headed into turn three.

"We were both matted coming out of 2 and I had a slight power-on over steer going as I floated right....the 40 car was tracking left to hold me down a bit There was a light contact heading out and I slid past. It was good hard racing for our final race and Price did a great job, it's too bad we didn't drag race all the way to the hill, the fans would have loved it!' recounted Roush. "Luckily I was able to hang on until the checker. It was good, hard racing!"

Meanwhile, Patrick Kelly of Minnestrista, MN, qualified solidly in 6th position and soon pushed through the 5th and 4th place qualifiers, later fighting 3rd place finisher Dino Steiner. Kelly eventually settled for 5th, ahead of Series Champ Nathan Swartzbaugh.

"The GAS Motorsport Team knew what the car needed right out-of-the-box for this track" reflected Kelly who drives the GAS prepared Shock Doctor 997. "The direction we went was very different from where we had run the set-up in the past. This ended up being a significant advantage since so much of our practice time was lost while cars were being pulled out of gravel traps." "The Gas Team's knowledge of this track and Kevin's willingness to link-up with me in every practice session allowed me to get up to speed quickly and maintain good speed throughout the event. "

Ben McCrackin had a fantastic outing driving the Magnus Energy/Wheel Enhancement 996 Gt3 Cup after a red-flagged plagued qualifying left him 8th in class and 31st overall. McCrackin skillfully carved through the field all the way up to the second step of the Gt3 Cup 996 podium and earned the BBS hard-charger award in the process. This outstanding performance left Ben a mere 3 pts shy of third place for the 996 Gt3 Series Championship.

Kevin Roush has now won 3 of the 72007 Gt3 races, the most of any driver in the series. He has achieved an astounding 50% win-rate, by winning 5 of the 10 races he's entered and has never finished off the podium in his entire 1.5 years of series participation.

A very impressive record.

"I really want to make a point of expressing my thanks to Wheel Enhancement's John Brown for partnering with the Gas Motorsports team" Roush added. We had a fantastic year, complete with our share of success, a little bad luck and a bundle of laughs and good memories. Certainly no team worked harder to race these cars at their best"

-credit: gm

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Dino Steiner , Kevin Roush , Ben McCrackin , Nathan Swartzbaugh , Patrick Kelly