Robertson Racing's packed summer American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron schedule continues with two rounds in as many weekends, beginning this Sunday at Road America. Rounds seven and eight - the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase...
Robertson Racing's packed summer American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron schedule continues with two rounds in as many weekends, beginning this Sunday at Road America.
Rounds seven and eight - the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America and Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport - couldn't be any different either, with the Elkhart Lake venue a wide, fast and flowing affair compared to the winding, tricky nature which characterises the ALMS' only Canadian race.
Road America's 4.08-mile, 14-turn circuit should also favour the team's Ford GT which finished seventh there last season in the hands of David Robertson, David Murry and Andrea Robertson.
"We'll be looking to trim the aero as it's a big, fast track," said Team Manager Andrew 'H' Smith. "It's a fantastic circuit which demands a low-drag set-up and that should suit us. We did reasonably well there last year so the aim is to equal or better that result. It's somewhere I'm looking forward to."
The same trio will be back behind the wheel this weekend when they aim to avoid the sort of problems which have blighted their last two ALMS outings. Accident damage for a second successive race consumed time in their Atlanta workshop which should have been dedicated to building a second GT for the season-ending Petit Le Mans event.
"It's slowed us down a little bit but we're still doing okay with the new car," confirmed Smith. "A few early mornings have seen us make good progress even though there's still a lot to do. But at least when progress is being made it makes everyone feel better."
With Road America coming less than a week before the Grand Prix of Mosport however, the team have other reasons to keep their noses clean at Elkhart Lake.
"We won't return to the 'shop before heading north and across the border into Canada," continued Smith. "Having packed everything away on Sunday, we'll hit the road and drive straight to Mosport so that we're there by Tuesday morning, in time for Wednesday's test. We can't really afford to have anything go wrong as it's such a tight schedule this time of year."
Smith expects the two-hour 45 minute race to be one of attrition owing to the circuit's twisty layout.
"It's going to be really difficult with all of the GTC cars," he said. "I think there will be a lot of bumping and banging. There's some fast sections but a lot of really slow corners too where you'll lose a lot of time if you get stuck behind the GTC guys. There could be a lot of dive-bombing to get past the slower cars which could turn it into a difficult race. The changeable track surface between old and new concrete and asphalt also makes it very difficult to find a good balance which works around the whole lap."
Fans in North America can catch coverage of both races live on SPEED at 3pm ET, Sunday August 22 and 29, while European viewers can watch highlights on Motors TV the following Sunday of each race. Check local listings for times.
-source: robertson racing