Maia masters Milwaukee (Oakland, CALIFORNIA) June 5 -- In his first ever oval track start, Leonardo Maia, of Oakland California, took his second win of the season at the famed Milwaukee Mile. Maia drove his ...
Maia masters Milwaukee
(Oakland, CALIFORNIA) June 5 -- In his first ever oval track start, Leonardo Maia, of Oakland California, took his second win of the season at the famed Milwaukee Mile. Maia drove his #6 Gatorz eyewear/Sparco/Reynard Dodge into victory circle last Saturday at the 100 year anniversary of the event. The Barber Dodge Pro Series points leader ran second for most of the race before taking the lead in the late stages of the race. He never looked back and cruised to a 1.3 second victory. Maia extends his championship lead over Mexican Memo Rojas to 16 points.
"What a great race!" exclaimed a thrilled Maia. "Victor [Gonzalez] got a good jump at the start and led for most of the race. With about six laps to go, he made a small mistake in traffic. That allowed me to get to the inside of him and we battle hard through turns three and four. I was able to finally get by him into turn one and win the race. It's a great feeling! I won my first professional race in Wisconsin, so it's great to win again here!"
Maia started round three of the Barber Dodge Pro Series in the second spot having missed the pole position by a mere 0.005sec. When the green flag waved, Maia fell in behind pole sitter Victor Gonzalez. After just one lap, the full course caution came out for an incident in turn four. The track was cleaned, racing resumed, and Maia quickly made a move to the inside of Gonzalez. He was squeezed to the inside and was unable to make his pass stick. For the next 50 laps, Maia was unable to make a single pass attempt, only managing to follow the leader around the track. With ten laps to go, the two leaders caught some lapped traffic. Gonzalez had some trouble getting around the cars and a slight hesitation by the leader was all Maia needed. He boldly dove down the inside of Gonzalez into turn three. The two ran side by side, with mere inches between them, around turns three, four and down the front straight. Maia finally completed his pass on Gonzalez and promptly began to pull away. After a few lapped cars got stuck between the two, Maia was on cruise control for the final few laps. He pumped his fist into the air as he crossed the finish line overjoyed with his third career win and first oval victory.
The Barber Dodge Pro Series will make the long trip to the west coast for round four at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. This being Maia's home track, he is very confident going in the race and looks for another good result.
"I have more laps at Laguna than at any other track so I am very comfortable there. I'm really looking forward to racing in front of my home crowd. Hopefully I can repeat what happened here in Milwaukee."