Castrol Super Series Round ...
Castrol Super Series
Mopar Parts 500 Race Weekend
Race City Speedway
CALGARY, AB - Coming off his second consecutive Castrol Super Series victory, on Sunday afternoon at Calgary's Race City Speedway, three-time CASCAR champion Dave Whitlock was still excited about recapturing his winning touch.
"It's been a while coming," said the Motorcraft Ford Taurus driver, the day after winning at the half-mile facility in front of over 6,000 fans. "It was good. We ran in the top three or four for most of the race. But we didn't lead any laps until late, after we pitted. We went in and got four tires. We were just a little better than Donnie [Thomson] after that. I got around him and went on to the win."
Late in the race at Cayuga - on August 11 - Whitlock had a definite idea about the changes that he wanted made to his car to tweak it for the final run to the checkered flag. His instructions paid off and resulted in his first win in almost four years. It was the same situation in Calgary. The team's final pit stop put Whitlock in position to chase his second consecutive win. Has he learned something in recent weeks that has put him over the top?
"I don't know. We're not doing a lot different, really. We're finally getting a few breaks. I think our car has been quick all this season, at almost every track. But everything's got to come together. We've been working hard on the car and our motors have been very strong. We're definitely feeling more competitive in terms of horsepower this year."
Following the race, Whitlock Motorsports and the majority of the other teams stayed in Calgary for a few days, prior to heading west through the Rockies to the 11th Castrol Super Series race of the season, at the Vancouver Molson Indy. On Monday, the giant parking lot behind the longtime Super Series host 'Carriage House Inn' was busy with teams preparing for their first ever appearance at Canada's second IndyCar weekend of the summer.
While working on their cars, the issue of 'what to expect' in Vancouver was a prime topic.
"I've talked to a couple of road race people who have been there, but I don't know that much about it," conceded Whitlock, of his knowledge of the Vancouver circuit. "I'm sort of speculating on which gear to use. But our road course car has been good. We've just had trouble putting good finishes on the end of good runs. We're entering this race with the desire to get out with a solid, top-five finish. There are some pretty astute road racers in the series. We're capable of winning, but we'd take a good finish."
Because of some disappointing early season results, Whitlock isn't in contention to win his fourth Castrol Cup trophy. The veteran racer finds that fact somewhat liberating in his quest for race victories.
"We're not worrying about the points, at all. Donnie [Thomson, the series points leader] is running pretty conservatively for points. That gives us an advantage, I think, as far as going for wins."
CASCAR NOTES: The Castrol 100 race from at the Toronto Molson Indy will be broadcast, starting tonight (Aug. 28), on Sportsnet EAST, WEST, ONT and PAC at 7 p.m.