Summerton Closes in on Championship After the track walk on Thursday at the new Thunderbolt Circuit in New Jersey, Rookie of the Year points leader, Jonathan Summerton, said, " The track looked great and my only concern was that if anyone drops...
Summerton Closes in on Championship
After the track walk on Thursday at the new Thunderbolt Circuit in New Jersey, Rookie of the Year points leader, Jonathan Summerton, said, " The track looked great and my only concern was that if anyone drops a wheel they will be gone. It seems to have some great corners and the owners have done a good job in having this track ready for us." The test day on Friday gave all the teams an opportunity to have three tests. It soon became apparent that it was a fast track as lap times came down and down. By the end of the second session Jonathan was 3rd fastest, only .2 of a second behind pole. The third practice was fun for the drivers who went out as it was a rain practice. Several teams felt that as the race and qualifying looked as though they would be dry they didn't go out.
Saturday's practice was about the same except a couple of drivers went off causing dirty track conditions.
Qualifying 1, Saturday afternoon
It was difficult to get a clear lap as 20 cars on a 1 minute 10 seconds lap ensures plenty of action and a struggle to find that golden lap. Jonathan finished a creditable 2nd.
Sunday, Qualifying 2
"We knew this would be faster," said Jonathan. " With the colder air and a little more rubber on the track it allowed us to go faster. However, we had a problem in putting a faster lap in as we discovered later that we had much more fuel than we needed which probably cost us a few tenths of a second. Still, 4th with a 1.10.606 is a good time. At least I am on row 2 so if we can have a clean start and then see where we go from there."
"At the start I had a little too much wheelspin due to being on a very dirty track and just decided to settle into fourth. Then I tried to pass Kevin, who I knew I was faster than, but couldn't make it. I tried the next lap but it was the lap after that I eventually got him on the front straight and made it stick. Now, I had to try to make up 12 seconds on 2nd place while starting to lap some of the slower cars. This was fun, trying to judge when I would catch them so I could pass them on entry or exit of a corner. I managed to put some good laps in and at one point was down to about 3.5 seconds behind 2nd place, but again lapped traffic slowed me and eventually cost us second place. It was unfortunate there were no blue overtaking flags."
"Newman Wachs gave me a great car for which I am really grateful and I am now a little closer to winning the championship and ready for next weekend in Utah where I will again be shooting to close the gap on first to make an interesting finale." Next race this weekend in Utah