Michigan II: BSI Racing race report

Smokey Finish brings in another Top-10 for BSI Racing BSI Racing finished in respectable 9th and 17th places at the KONI Challenge race in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Justin Hall and Magnus Karlsson's top-10 finish (9th) keeps the ...

Smokey Finish brings in another Top-10 for BSI Racing

BSI Racing finished in respectable 9th and 17th places at the KONI Challenge race in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Justin Hall and Magnus Karlsson's top-10 finish (9th) keeps the JustRacing.com/MOMO/Joe Gibbs No. 58 car in 9th place for team points. The No. 56 Mazda MX-5's finish (17th) keeps Christian Miller in the top-10 in driver points. Over all the weekend was a success.

After a few laps around the street circuit during the practice sessions the team realized that unless the drivers handled the cars very carefully, the Mazda MX-5s' brakes would overheat. "Our strategy was to keep the brakes cool and race for a clean two hours. Short street circuits like Trois-Rivieres are notorious for chewing up race cars," said team owner Stu Brumer. The strategy worked and neither Mazda had issues with their brakes overheating. In comparison a number of ST cars had to change brakes on pit lane during the race.

Still, the team did suffer during the two hour race. Magnus Karlsson started the race in the No. 58 car. He was turning quick laps and had a good handle on the race car. However after a handful of laps he realized the clutch was slipping. Crew chief Rob Greenwood called the car in and prepared a special soda pop concoction to spray on the clutch. "The sugar in the soda kept the clutch sticking," said Greenwood. After the sugar spray-down, the car was good to go and co-driver Justin Hall started his first stint in the Mazda. Even though the team and car lost laps during the quick clutch fix, after an hour into the race, it looked as if Hall was going to finish in the top-10. With 45 minutes left in the race, teams' brakes were smoking. All remaining cars on track were slipping, sliding and smoking, Hall in the No. 58 car was doing the same, but was able to motor to a 9th place finish.

The No. 56 car also experienced technical difficulties. The car was dropping oil pressure and could not turn a complete lap. Todd Buras was driving the car when the issue came about. The 56 Mazda looked to be on course to have a shining race, Christian Miller started the car and was not having any problems. But then things slowly started unraveling. The brake lights were acting up and when they switched drivers Buras was plagued with a sputtering MX-5. The team had to retire the car after turning 63 laps.

"When I walked down pit lane the track looked like a junk yard with all the smoking race cars," said driver Todd Buras. The GP3R race did a number on all of the race cars, but with three weeks off until the next race in Salt Lake City, BSI Racing will be well rested and ready to take on the next KONI event.

-credit: bsir

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Justin Hall , Magnus Karlsson , Todd Buras , Chris Miller