Velocity Motorsports Race at Road America Prospect Hill, N.C. - The North Carolina based Velocity Motorsports team made their annual trek north to the picturesque Road America circuit located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin....
Velocity Motorsports Race at Road America
Prospect Hill, N.C. - The North Carolina based Velocity Motorsports team made their annual trek north to the picturesque Road America circuit located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. The team was coming off a tough race where all three cars suffered damage at the GP3R event. The previous week at the shop, located between Raleigh and VIR, had all three Formula-Mazda cars undergoing a lot of repairs. Unfortunately, the weekend would not be kind to the team as several accidents caught the Velocity cars during practice. The team also welcomed new engineer, Rick Cameron, this weekend. Cameron was part of the 2004 and 2005 championship winning teams. The 4.048 mile circuit would be home race for Indiana native Logan Gomez and John Pew's sponsor NVG Residential. The team would also welcome back Mark Patterson to the #60 car after he and Ozz Negri brought the #60 Daytona Prototype home in 4th place last weekend at Watkins Glen, NY.
The team worked a long evening on Friday night after several incidents during the day caught out two of the Velocity cars. On Saturday morning the team looked forward to a strong qualifying performance. This was again a large entry list for the Star-Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, as Road America is a must race track for many drivers. Qualifying would see Gomez end up in a strong 4th place on the grid. Patterson would come home in 18th and Pew in 21st.
Price Cobb, Director of Race Operations quotes: "Once again Logan Gomez performed as we always thought he was capable of. Unfortunately the realities of a late race yellow caught him out. We continue to be excited and enthused about his potential. Every time Logan gets on the race track he shows us what he is made of. He just needs a little more seat time in a car. Moving from go-karts to cars is not often easy although Logan seems to be making it look so. We look forward to the rest of the year with Logan."
"John Pew and Mark Patterson are always great guys to be with, very enthusiastic, very passionate about their racing. The hi-speeds of Road America often can catch you out as it did for both John and Mark this weekend. It is tough for guys who have gotten into racing in later stages of their lives to go up against kids where the racing is cut throat, with decisions being made up front among the youngsters about what could or could not happen. But fortunately, as someone of my era and John's and Mark's era, we spend too much time thinking about that and we tend to get caught out by the decisions of the younger generation."
"I know they enjoyed themselves, although regretfully, it was a long weekend for them. We look forward to having both drivers back and we will continue to pursue the Masters Series Championship for John this season."
John Pew, Diver car #15 quotes:
"The Velocity guys gave me a great car. We had some very good lap times in practice. Unfortunately an incident in turn one put me in the sand trap. After I got towed out and got back behind the pace car, I noticed that the drive train was shot and had to retire."
Logan Gomez, Driver car #23 quotes:
"Qualifying was very good. The car was the best it has been all season. Rick Cameron really nailed the setup and we were able to go out and put down a competitive lap time that placed us 4th. The team had worked on a good qualifying plan."
The race went OK. At the start I got bumped back a few places by starting on the outside going into turn 1. But I gained those positions back pretty quickly. Towards the end of the race, I was running P2 then P3. On the last lap I went for a three wide pass on the outside into turn #5, that really did not work out. We were trying! The car was really good for the race; it is unfortunate that our finishing position does not reflect our front running pace during the race. I am really looking forward to our next race at Mosport."
Mark Patterson, Driver car #60 quotes:
"A great race weekend with less than great outcomes. John and I managed to put in competitively good laps in practice and in the race, but both of us had rough luck that took us out of contention during the race. I had a great start passing 5 cars by the exit of Turn 1 and in a couple of laps had given them all back again. Not the high point in the season for the #60 car. Nice to see the field avoid race start incidents."
Rick Cameron, Engineer quotes:
"It is fun to get back into the Star Series; it is as competitive as ever. Also to work with a good team like Velocity Motorsports. The team has a good group of drivers, some young and some veteran."
The race would end with Gomez crossing the line in 13th position after going off track while trying to make the three wide pass into corner #5. Patterson would get caught up in an incident that would see the #60 car take the checkered flag with the rear wing lying completely flat off the back of the car in 28th position. Pew would end up 33rd after loosing a lap due to the turn 1 off in the gravel trap.