THE "NEW" INSPIRE MOTORSPORTS CAPTURES 50% OF PODIUM POSITIONS IN NEW JERSEY Rock Hill, SC, July 6, 2010- Inspire Motorsports captured a pole position, a win, a second place and a third place during IMSA's Cooper Tires Prototype Lites races held...
THE "NEW" INSPIRE MOTORSPORTS CAPTURES 50% OF PODIUM POSITIONS IN NEW JERSEY
Rock Hill, SC, July 6, 2010- Inspire Motorsports captured a pole position, a win, a second place and a third place during IMSA's Cooper Tires Prototype Lites races held at New Jersey's Motorsports Park.
Last month when Jonathan Bennett acquired Inspire Motorsports, already a top-notch team in the series, it was difficult to expect a flawless transition. The team had just experienced some hardships at the previous Cooper Tires Prototype Lites race at Mazda Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA and with a multitude of changes taking place, the odds were against achieving a great result at the New Jersey race weekend. Little did Jonathan know that he and the new Inspire Team would show so strongly in their first outing.
Jonathan surprised quite a few people by turning in some of the fastest times during the "promoter test sessions" and then during the official practice sessions. Backing up the practice times, Jonathan won his first Pole Position in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites championship.
After leading the first 35 minutes of the first race, Jonathan did battle with Frankie Montecalvo and Lucas Downs in the kind of "close quarters" racing that racing drivers love. "It was clean, side-by-side competition", said Bennett. Near the end of the first race Charlie Shears, Jonathan's teammate at Inspire charged up the field from his sixth place starting position and ultimately overtook Jonathan for the win in the closing laps with Jonathan finishing second. "It was a long, hot race, but, I managed my tires well and was able to surprise Jonathan with a pass entering Turn 5 with just 5 minutes to go", said Charlie. "It was great to share the podium with Jonathan and add to my championship points."
Gary Gibson, also an Inspire Motorsports driver had his own charge through the field from mid-pack but got caught up in some trouble towards the end of the race, but was still able to add a point to his championship total.
For race number two, Charlie and Jonathan both started from the second row and battled with the leaders, but as the handling balance faded, Jonathan's lap times began to slow slightly. Charlie moved up to second behind Matt Downs who controlled the race from the start. Anthony Nicolosi managed to pass Charlie on the penultimate lap giving Charlie third place and his second podium of the weekend. Jonathan held on to 6th place to earn valuable championship points. Gary Gibson's car damage from the first race ultimately affected his second race making it a tough weekend for last year's Masters Champion.
"I'm ecstatic", said Bennett. "I felt like I put in my personal best performance during the entire weekend, and the team did a fantastic job for our maiden outing".