JDC MOTORSPORTS REVISITS USF2000 PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA
Goikhberg finished second in both rounds of the Wisconsin doubleheader
ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (August 24, 2010) - JDC MotorSports returned to the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda podium over the weekend (August 21-22), scoring two runner-up finishes during Rounds Nine and Ten at Road America. Rookie standout Mikhail Goikhberg led the Minnesota-based team charge on its home track, taking home two second place trophies. Fellow rookie star Raphael Abbate showed his talents behind the wheel as well in Wisconsin, adding a pair of top-five results. Unfortunately, Martin Sala was forced to watch from the sidelines, following racing injury in practice.
Whenever JDC MotorSports travels to Road America, it always has the same goals^arun up front and challenge for wins. With that in mind, the talented trio of Goikhberg, Abbate and Sala spent the opening two days of testing and practice in Wisconsin working on developing their cars for the always entertaining drafting battles around 4.0-mile road course. For Goikhberg and Abbate things went exactly as planned, with both drivers among the top-eight in all four sessions. Unfortunately that was not the case for Sala, as late in the Friday morning practice run he crashed, impacting one of the concrete barriers lining the circuit. While the Colombian was able to exit the car under his own power, he was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he had a slight fracture in his foot, ending his race weekend.
Putting the injury to their teammate out of their minds, Goikhberg and Abbate focused on turning a fast lap when the lone qualifying session commenced on Saturday morning. Goikhberg proved to be one of the stars of the session, earning a front-row starting position with the second quickest time around the high-speed road course. Not far behind on the speedcharts, Abbate posted the fifth best time, securing a row three grid position.
Returning to the cockpits of their JDC MotorSports steeds a short-time later for Round Nine, both racers were immediately involved in multi-car battles for positions when the green flag waved. Thanks in large part to the draft down the long straights at Road America, passes for position occurred virtually corner to corner. In the end, Goikhberg secured second place with a well-timed last lap pass in his No. 10 Chetverg/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports entry, earning his fifth podium finish of the season. Abbate likewise emerged from the entertaining race in the same place he started, crossing the stripe fifth in his No. 11 Avery Dennison/Alphacolor/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports car.
With each driver's fast lap from race one determining their starting position for race two of the Road America doubleheader, Goikhberg and Abbate once again lined up second and fifth respectively for Round 10 in Wisconsin.
The Sunday morning race proved to be a near repeat of the opening affair at Road America, with both Goikhberg and Abbate engaged in heated battles for position right from the get go. Showing good speed, and perhaps more importantly racecraft behind the wheels, the duo ultimately crossed the stripe in the same positions as race one, second and fifth. Goikhberg as a result now has six podium finishes on his 2010 USF2000 National Championship resume, and lies third in the title fight. Abbate is right behind his teammate on the point charts, having finished among the top-five five times during his rookie campaign.
-source: jdc motorsports