Road America: Highcroft Racing race report

HIGHCROFT RACING CAPTURES PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA BRABHAM AND JOHANSSON FIGHT HARD TO FINISH THIRD IN CLASS TO LEAD THE ACURA TRIO Tonight's race was a fierce fight to gain and regain position for the drivers of Highcroft...

HIGHCROFT RACING CAPTURES PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA

BRABHAM AND JOHANSSON FIGHT HARD TO FINISH THIRD IN CLASS TO LEAD THE ACURA TRIO

Tonight's race was a fierce fight to gain and regain position for the drivers of Highcroft Racing. The scrappiness of the drivers and crew paid off when David Brabham, who started and ended the race, finished in fifth position overall and third in the LMP2 class.

At the start of the race, Brabham was hit by the #20 Dyson Porsche, which dropped the Acura ARX-01a #9 car a few notches from the team's starting position of fifth. Brabham had climbed back to fifth position by the time he handed over driving duties to Stefan Johansson. The driver change coincided with the arrival of heavy rain. Johansson got in only two dry laps before the rain started and subsequently ran the majority of his stint under a yellow flag for weather. He explained, "at the driver change, we had a problem with the fuel rig and we didn't get enough fuel in the car which put us in 10th.position when I left the pits. We fought back to sixth, dropped down again when I did a half spin, and then got back up to sixth again by the time I finished. Plain and simple, we were a lot quicker than most of the other cars and that let us battle our way back. It's always a crapshoot with weather like this. Because I only had a couple of laps before the rain came, there was barely enough time to get the tires warm. But we had a good car for these conditions and we came from behind several times for a great finish."

The race came down to the last few minutes as Brabham, who came up short on fuel due to the rain and necessary tire changes, was called into the pits with 10 minutes remaining on the clock for a splash-and-go. Brabham said "losing all that time at the beginning meant the guys had to fight to get us back up there and it ended up being a good strong race for us. We had nothing on the Porsches, but to finish third in class is a terrific result for us. The set-up of the car was strong - when I went out for my second run, it was on slicks. At that point, it was fairly dry and the car was responding very well. It started to get a little bit loose on the high-speed stuff but we had enough speed to pit for the splash-and-go and still stay in fifth position. That says a lot. I have driven in all four classes at Elkhart Lake, and the Acura is, by far, the best car I have ever driven here"

Team Owner Duncan Dayton was ecstatic with the result. "The overall team performance in fighting back against adversity on the track and in the pits shows how the team has come together. From the drivers to the mechanics to the engineers - everyone is working together to deliver consistently strong results."

The race will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, August 12th at 2:30 pm EST.

-credit: hr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Duncan Dayton , David Brabham , Stefan Johansson