KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE Andrew Bordin won today's 38-lap race, collecting his first victory of the season at the expense of KOOL-sponsored driver Matt Sielsky. Sielsky was two laps away from his first victory when he spun, ...
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - RACE
Andrew Bordin won today's 38-lap race, collecting his first victory of the season at the expense of KOOL-sponsored driver Matt Sielsky. Sielsky was two laps away from his first victory when he spun, allowing Bordin and Rino Mastronardi to cruise by before he recovered. Mastronardi chased Bordin across the finish line, just 1.708 seconds behind, while Sielsky finished third.
Jeff Shafer, another KOOL-sponsored driver, earned the pole position for today's race and led the opening eight laps before oil on the track sent him hard into a tire barrier. The oil caused an accident involving the top-five cars. Shafer, Anthony Lazzaro and Alex Tagliani could not continue, while Lee Bentham and Memo Gidley went on to finish sixth and seventh respectively.
MATT SIELSKY, #16 LCI INTERNATIONAL SWIFT-TOYOTA: (Started 10th / Finished 3rd ; Currently 4th overall with 102 points in the championship)
"I was lucky to make it through that incident in Turn 1. I saw oil on the track and knew I had to be careful going through there. Then I saw cars scattered all over the track and knew I had to be even more careful. It felt really great to lead all those laps, but it feels terrible to not finish the job. In most cases third would be really good. But right now I feel like someone shot my dog."
JEFF SHAFER, #24 PPI-DEREK DALY ACADEMY SWIFT-TOYOTA: (Started 1st / DNF - 17th ; Currently 18th overall with 32 points in the championship)
"I saw debris flag at the last second as I was going into Turn 1. I wasn't sure whether to slow down and leave the door open for someone behind me to get by or if it was just some debris not to worry about. I didn't see the oil on the track. The corner workers didn't make it look like a big deal. I just saw them holding the flag, not waving it. Racing goes from the highest highs to the lowest lows in a nanosecond."