MX-5: Team MER Laguna Seca race notes

Another Successful Race Weekend for Team MER Miller extends points lead with Ply and Mosing scoring career high finishes (May 22, 2009) --- Another weekend of Playboy Mazda MX-5 cup action has wrapped up as the series visited Mazda Raceway...

Another Successful Race Weekend for Team MER
Miller extends points lead with Ply and Mosing scoring career high finishes

(May 22, 2009) --- Another weekend of Playboy Mazda MX-5 cup action has wrapped up as the series visited Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After a 1-2 finish in the opening round at Road Atlanta, Team MER had been looking to build on their early success and so they did with Marc Miller extending his overall points lead and career high finishes from Jeff Mosing and Zack Ply.

Miller led the Team MER assault at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a strong 3rd place qualifying position followed by a solid race that saw him lead several laps and finish a very close 2nd. The podium finish was good enough to extend his championship point lead to 18.

"Team MER had my car prepared to perfection," said Miller. "We worked hard all weekend to find a good balance and I really have to thank all of my teammates for doing such a great job. One of Team MER's strengths are how well the drivers and crew work together."

Zach Ply ran a great race finishing 5th after qualifying 10th. Ply managed to get a great restart after the last caution and took advantage of a miscue from another driver for his first career top-5, putting him 4th in the championship point standings.

"It feels great to have raced so closely with everyone and finish in the top 5 especially at a track that was new to me," said Ply. "This gives me the confidence I need to bring to the next race in New Jersey. I want to thank the crew for working so hard to give me a car that was fast and consistent throughout the race. Being 4th in points after round two is very exciting though I realize the need to work even harder now to move up the ladder."

Jeff Mosing also ran a solid race finishing 7th. Mosing rebounded from a tough start at Road Atlanta to run a solid, consistent run to record his first career top ten finish. Nick Mancuso also ran as high as 3rd place during the race after his 5th place qualifying effort and ended the race in 12th position.

Nick Mancuso ran as high as third but was shuffled back after the restart. He would end up 12th. Brad Adams made a return to the series after missing the season-opener to finish in the 17th position.

After two rounds of racing, Team MER drivers sit 1st and 4th in the overall point's standings. The next two rounds will take place June 12-14, at Thunderbolt Raceway, in Millville, N.J. With two career-high finishes in the last round and round one runner-up Mark Jenkins rejoining the team, Team MER is confident of continuing their long string of success.

"We are really looking forward to New Jersey," said Juliann Pokorny, MER Team Manager. "We had our first podium sweep there last year and had a great weekend. Even though our drivers have never been there, we are confident that we can get up to speed quickly and post more solid results."

-credit: mer

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Series SCCA
Drivers Nick Mancuso , Brad Adams , Jeff Mosing , Marc Miller