MATT DOWNS WINS NEW JERSEY THRILLER MILLVILLE, N.J. June 13 -- In one of the most exciting races of the year, championship leader Matt Downs won his third IMSA Lites presented by Frisby Performance Tire race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in ...
MATT DOWNS WINS NEW JERSEY THRILLER
MILLVILLE, N.J. June 13 -- In one of the most exciting races of the year, championship leader Matt Downs won his third IMSA Lites presented by Frisby Performance Tire race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J.
Downs ran a consistent race, never actually leading on track. At the end of the day he was announced the winner after on-track race winner Kyle Marcelli was penalized for blocking.
"I was quicker through the first part of the track. I just got killed coming onto the straightaway every time," Marcelli explained. "I saw him getting the run and I moved to the middle of the track. He was right on the inside."
In a race filled with cars going off track, Marcelli ran second to Lucas Downs for a while before spinning, allowing Matt and brother Antonio to slip by him. For a few laps it looked like it would be an all Downs podium, then Marcelli took advantage of small mistakes to move back into second place. That is when Lucas, who led the first 25 laps, went off track.
"I had an eventful race. I got run into before the green," Lucas said. "I spun after leading and just held on."
The Lites Two class was just as exciting at the start with Eric Vassian and John Weisberg swapping the lead. Weisberg managed to get past Vassian for good on lap three.
"The L1 cars didn't accelerate like we talked about in the driver's meeting. They really bunched up and we all kind of got into each other," Weisberg said. "On the third lap I was able to draft by Eric going into one and hold the lead."
Tomorrow's race at New Jersey Motorsports Park will also be a 45-minute race. The green flag will fall on round six at 12:05 p.m.