THREE HOUR SPEEDVISION CUP FOR STOCK SPORTSCAR POST RACE NOTES JOHN HEINRICY ( ...
THREE HOUR SPEEDVISION CUP FOR STOCK SPORTSCAR POST RACE NOTES
JOHN HEINRICY (#32GS Phoenix American Motorsports Firebird Formula) Overall winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- Stu (Hayner) started the race and ran until the second yellow, when I got in. He put us in the lead early, and we got it back near the end. On the last lap, it was slippery, and I was in the lead going into turn one. He tucked into me and managed to get right behind me. In the toe of the boot, I went deep and almost off the edge. The 17 car came around on the inside of me, but the double yellows were out, and I kept the lead. I’m really happy with the win. American Motorsports did a really great job and Stu left me with a great car, running with the same set of tires and the same set of brakes through the race.
STU HAYNER (#32GS Phoenix American Motorsports Firebird Formula) Overall winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- We hung in there. I think John and I had the best car to drive. To pass for the lead on the first lap, I had just gotten done with qualifying the GTS1 car, and was pumped up with adreneline. In fact, that engine blew up in qualifying and I still felt like I had three or four quick laps in me, but all the others were a little tentative. I just kept it under control, and was in third up into the esses. Now, Jason (Priestley) is a great driver. He didn’t do anything too silly, but there was a bunch of oil dry and I slid up beside him and we were running side by side. We never touched, but I just managed to get around him. He was doing a good job, but I think John and I have been doing this long enough that when the other guys see the 32 car coming, they take it seriously.
JEFF LAPCEVICH (#17GS Zippo Manufacturing Ford Cobra) -- Second place finisher in the Grand Sports class of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- On the last lap, we got a good run on him (Heinricy) and I caught him going up the hill, but he checked up coming out of the inner loop. He got a little loose and twitched, so I got up beside him. Matt started 17th and worked the car up to second. He did a great job, and I just got in at the 1 hour, 25 minute mark.
MATT TURNER (#17 Zippo Manufacturing Ford Cobra -- Second place finisher in the Grand Sports class of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- You don’t win these races on the first lap. You have to be around at the end of the race to get to the podium. This is our best finish so far this year. This is our first full year together.
JOHN KOHLER (#47 Zippo Manufacturing Ford Cobra --Third place finisher in the Grand Sports class of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- I started the car and got out at the one hour 15 minute mark under caution. We were having great fun picking off cars every lap. We didn’t qualify well, and started 14th, but we were just clicking off a car every lap.
GARY SMITH (#47 Zippo Manufacturing Ford Cobra) --Third place finisher in the Grand Sports class of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- The rain made it real slippery, and we had a little push all weekend. When it got wet, the push got really bad. This was our best finish the is year. We blew up our engines in two races, so this year has not been so good for us so far, but we hope there are more like this to come before the end of the year.
PURNER (#81S BMW 328is) -- -- Sports winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscar -- "I figured when the rain came out 'There's no way all these guys are going to make it through turn one', so I figured 'we're just going to have to go for it', and sure enough, other cars went off in one. I got a good run on the car in front of me and passed him as he was passing another car, and sure enough, there was a big wreck down in the innerloop, so it worked out."
DEREK HILL (#9S MCMILLIN MOTORSPORTS LTD. BMW 328si) -- -- Sports winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscar -- Hill "didn't mind at all" when the rain came on during the closing laps of the Speedvision Cup. "It came on so subtly that the conditions really didn't change so fast and take you by surprise." After losing some time to a pit stop, Hill moved up steadily until, after the last restart, he was able to pass both the third and then the second place cars, and move up on class leader Jeff Purner before a final yellow came out and the race ended under caution. "All I needed was one more corner." Hill is one of many who will also run in tomorrow's First Union Six Hours of The Glen, partnered with Javier Quiros in the #6 Yokohama BMW M3. Running today gives him an edge on that race. "I got a little feel of what the track's like in the wet, which is important because it could rain tomorrow. It's good to be out there and racing, to see where the passing areas are and where people like to be." Hill will return to The Glen with the Barber Dodge Pro Series in late June. GREG LOEBEL (#31T Budget Prelude Si) -- Touring class winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- I started the car. It never seemed to handle that great in the beginning. It seemed to get a little better when we were starting to wear out our tires. Gary (Blackman, co-driver) had a hard time as well. We seemed to just have a setup that suited worn out tires.
GARY BLACKMAN (#31T Budget Prelude Si) -- Touring class winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscars -- The track was getting really slippery at the end with the rain. All the cautions made it tough. I was just trying to keep our lead over the second place car and seemed to do okay. The car didn’t handle well on fresh tires. It seemed to do better once we wore them out some. It worked to our advantage. It gave us the advantage at the end.
JOE DANAHER (#40C Honda Civic Del) -- Compact winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscar -- It was a good race. I started the car and Rob (Vining, co-driver) finished the race. I had a pretty clean run. I feel bad about all the yellows because we came here to race but a win always feels good. The inner loop seemed to be the tough spot today. It bit three people. Two of them were Hondas including the last caution when one of them got upside down. Thoughts on the fact second place finisher David Daughter says your teammate passed him under yellow going into turn one. The incident (accident) was in the inner loop. There wasn’t any full course caution at the time. I said to my co-driver that there wasn’t any yellow. They were side by side and it was a clean pass.
ROB VINING (#40C Honda Civic Del) -- Compact winner of the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscar -- It was a close race all the time. Those Nissan’s are really strong. Our car was great. It’s the crew that did all the hard work. I’m just the nut behind the wheel. All I did was rotate the wheel. The crew is the one that prepared the car and they did a heck of a job. Thoughts on the fact that second place finisher David Daughtery says you passed him under yellow going into turn one. There was no yellow. The incident was at the other end of the course and there wasn’t a full course caution either. We went into turn one side by side and he stayed right with me. We were going into turn one and then he pulled in behind me.
DAVID DAUGHTERY (#78C David Daughtery Nissan 200SX) -- Second place finisher in the Three Hour SPEEDVISION Cup For Stock Sportscar -- We won the race. They (#40C Rob Viling Honda Civic Del) passed us under yellow going into turn one. We won. We got witnesses that say they passed us under yellow. We’re going through the process and we’re posting the results. I tried staying with him but he just motored right by and there wasn’t anything that I could do. He just passed me and we won. Other than that, the race was really smooth. We lead most of the way. You check the lap charts and we were in the led. The car was great.