St. Pete II: Guthrie Racing race notes

Gomez Captures 3rd, While Guthrie Drives to 5th at St. Pete After a slow start to the weekend in yesterday's race, Logan Gomez and Sean Guthrie had a remarkable showing today on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Gomez electrified the field by ...

Gomez Captures 3rd, While Guthrie Drives to 5th at St. Pete

After a slow start to the weekend in yesterday's race, Logan Gomez and Sean Guthrie had a remarkable showing today on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

Gomez electrified the field by starting dead last in 23rd position and powered his way through the field to take the final podium spot in 3rd place. Guthrie also drove like a champion where he started 15th and brought the car to the checkered flag in 5th place.

The race was littered with yellow flags; however, the Guthrie Racing boys showed their patience and incredible driving abilities as they managed to keep theirs noses clean throughout the race. Rain was looming in the air after a thorough soaking of the track last night, but fortunately the skies stayed clear today and conditions were perfect for a shootout in downtown St. Pete.

Gomez was thrilled with his results after falling out of the first race on Saturday with gearbox failure, which meant he started today at the tail end as the grid was set from yesterdays results.

"I had a rough time yesterday with some gearbox issues, but the team really setup the car to my liking today and I was able to make a lot of clean passes on the course," Gomez said.

Even Gomez was impressed with his own results achieving his best finish on a road course.

"The finish wasn't exactly what I expecting going into the race starting from dead last. I was hoping for a top ten, but there were a lot of incidents on the track today and I managed to keep the Menards Guthrie Racing machine out of trouble. I believe I made up 11 spots alone on the first lap! It was great for the team and the sponsors to make up 20 spots on the track and finish in 3rd, especially on a tight road course like St. Pete."

Gomez's race however wasn't completely incident free. In an attempt to pass for 2nd place down the front straight, the car that he was trying to get around dove inside of Gomez taking his line away entering Turn 1. Gomez responded quickly and slammed on the breaks to avoid a collision. A tire mark etched on the outside of his left front wing was evidence of the battle.

Also, in another effort to run down the car in front of him, Gomez brushed the wall scraping the Firestone lettering off of his tire. That marked two weeks in a row, (Gomez made an impressive move to avoid an accident last week at Homestead), where he threaded the needle and used up the entire track to take it home across the finish line.

Gomez gained a few positions in the Driver Points Standings and is now in 13th spot.

Guthrie had his strongest showing on a road course as well today with a 5th place finish.

The week had started off slowly as he worked feverishly every session to dial in the car. It finally all came together with Guthrie advancing 10 spots in the race from his 15th starting position.

"We kept our head high going into the race. We had some accidents happen in front of us, but I just kept driving by them staying clear of danger," Sean stated. "The team has been struggling all week and it felt great to end on a strong note."

Guthrie drove a clean race and had no damage or close calls to speak of afterwards, but the handling still wasn't to his liking.

"The car still wasn't perfect. At the half way point the car was slipping and sliding around and I had to play defense at that point, but we still had a great run and I had my best finish on a road course, so it ended up being a great weekend for the Guthrie Racing Team."

Sean also made up ground in the championship battle as he is 9th in Driver Points.

The weekend ended up being terrific for the Guthrie Team as everyone gets to go home with smiles on their face. Everyone cannot wait for the race in Kansas in a few weeks to continue the team's quest for the Indy Lights Championship!

-credit: gr

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