Gleason Brothers Finish First and Fourth In Spec Miata Enduro at Pocono LONG POND, Pa., May 12 - Chris Gleason Jr. and Kevin Gleason, sons of veteran racer Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., finished first and fourth, respectively, in a ...
Gleason Brothers Finish First and Fourth In Spec Miata Enduro at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa., May 12 - Chris Gleason Jr. and Kevin Gleason, sons of veteran racer Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., finished first and fourth, respectively, in a two-and-a-half-hour Spec Miata enduro on the road course at Pocono International Raceway Sunday.
Driving separate Spec Miatas prepared by Jim Locke Motorsports that advertise Gleason Financial, Chris qualified fifth and Kevin qualified sixth in the 30-car field despite the fact it was their first experience racing at the Mario Andretti-designed track.
"I was running in fourth place for most of the race," Chris Jr. related. "There's a mandatory five-minute pit stop for fuel in these events, and I came into the pits around the halfway point. When I came out of the pits I ended up catching the second- and third-place cars, and we battled for five or six laps before I was able to pass them.
"The leader was about 70 seconds ahead of me, but in the last five minutes of the race he had mechanical problems," he continued. "I inherited the lead and went on to win. It sort of fell into our lap there at the end, but it worked out!
"I have to thank Jim Locke and the rest of the crew," he added. "We had some problems on Saturday in the sprint race, and they changed the transmission in my car on Saturday so I had a great car for Sunday's race."
"I had a good start," Kevin recounted. "Chris fell back at the start but I was able to get around on the outside. But then later on the first lap I got off into the grass in the chicane on the backstretch, and I fell back about eight spots. The rest of the race I tried to just stay consistent with my lap times and work my way back up.
"I didn't make any other mistakes the rest of the way, and I was able to get fourth at the end," he concluded. "Except for the problem on the first lap everything went well; I didn't have any contact with any other drivers, and our pit stop went well."
The Gleason brothers now have one Spec Miata enduro victory apiece, as Kevin won a similar event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio April 13. Chris Jr. finished second that day.
Although their plans are not final, the brothers may compete in another event at Mid-Ohio on Memorial Day weekend.
Chris Jr., 27, works in the Philadelphia office of Gleason Financial, where he is a financial consultant and benefits specialist. Kevin, 21, is a sophomore at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
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