RACE: Team CRS 12 Hours at the Point race notes

Team CRS captures ITS victory at Summit Point Summit Point, WV. (June 1, 2003) - The 5th Annual Kumho 12 Hours at the Point produced a long sought after win for the ...

Team CRS captures ITS victory at Summit Point

Summit Point, WV. (June 1, 2003) - The 5th Annual Kumho 12 Hours at the Point produced a long sought after win for the #23 Team CRS/American Engineering and Testing Mazda Miata on the 2.0 mile Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV. In addition to taking the ITS class Victory, the team placed second overall, finishing two laps behind the #1 ITE OG Racing/Performance Engineering Porsche 993.

Starting from the 12th position, the Team CRS trio of Christopher Tier, Matt Miskoe and David Foote worked their way through the field based on a long-term strategy of minimizing the number of pit stops and keeping the car on the track rather than in pit lane. When the rains came and the race was stopped just after the 5 hour mark, Team CRS found themselves embroiled in a three car battle for the ITS lead with the #61 Motorsport Auto/Radial Tire/ReadMeDoc.com Datsun and the #78 Legg Mason Funds BMW.

At the ten hour mark, Team CRS found themselves in second in ITS and third overall to the eventual race winning #1 Porsche and to the #61 Datsun approaching the final pit stop exchange. After the pit stops, the #23 car found themselves leading the #61 by approximately 40 seconds. An unscheduled pit stop by the #61 car with just over one hour remaining guaranteed the cushion to bring home the win.

"Team CRS has come a long way from Stephen [S], Rob [R] and myself [C] sitting in the bar at Mt Tremblant and toasting the naming of Team CRS." Said co-owner and Driver Christopher Tier. "But none of it would be possible with out the best crew in the world. I am proud to run with such good drivers and crew. This was a finish and a win to savor and savor I will."

This was the fifth endurance race for Team CRS, having run two editions of the Longest Night at Moroso, including a 3rd place finish in ITS in 2001 with a 1 hour 59 minute pit stop for an engine change, and a previous best 12 Hours at the Point finish of 3rd in ITS and 5th overall in 2002.

Team CRS consists of Christopher Tier, co-owner and driver; David Foote, driver; Matt Miskoe, driver; Dan Malek, co-owner and car chief; Kevin Foote, crew chief and refueler; Stephen Tier, lead mechanic; Christoper Aylward, refueler and assistant mechanic; and Mary Ellen Riordon, fire suppression specialist. Everyone met through an association with COM Sports Car Club (www.comscc.org) in the late 1990's.

The Team CRS win is dedicated to the memory of one of the founding members of team CRS and brother in-law of Christopher Tier, Robert Goldfarb. Rob was fatally injured in a racing incident during the SCCA National at Pocono on August 4, 2002.

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