Jeff Simmons won the Corning 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Watkins Glen after passing Marco Andretti with 3 laps remaining in the 29 lap event. Andretti, who enjoyed a 4.33 second lead early in the race, led all but four laps. Just...
Jeff Simmons won the Corning 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at Watkins Glen after passing Marco Andretti with 3 laps remaining in the 29 lap event.
Andretti, who enjoyed a 4.33 second lead early in the race, led all but four laps. Just when it looked as if Andretti had the field covered, the gap between the top three drivers closed. Running nose to tail, Andretti, Simmons and Wade Cunningham closed on a slower car that was about to go a lap down. Andretti braked hard to avoid the slower car and ended up on the grass. Simmons used the opportunity to make his pass for the lead.
"The lapped car didn't have his eyes open," said Andretti. "Obviously he didn't know I was there, or he would have just moved over. If he would have, it would have been my race."
Simmons earned a hard fought spin and win victory. He started on the front row and led the first tour but was relegated to 6th place after spinning on the 3rd lap. Eight laps later he was back in second place. "We made a lot of changes sitting in the line waiting to go out for the race. I didn't get a chance to test any of that stuff. I just had a lot of problems with the brakes early on. I locked up the brakes a lot during the race and that's what sent me wide. I'm just happy that I saved that spin, got the 360 done and was able to keep going."
Series points leader Wade Cunningham finished third, retaining a 33 point advantage over Jeff Simmons with one race remaining "It was a tough day," said Cunningham. "We had the car setup for higher downforce. It was difficult but once everything settled down, the car was fast."
After struggling in practice, Chris Festa put together a solid fourth place finish. "The race went much better than the whole weekend. We got some points back that we needed," said Festa, who is now 6th in points, 28 behind his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Jaime Camara.
Nick Bussell finished fifth followed by Phil Giebler and Camara in seventh.