Monterrey: Leonardo Maia race notes

Maia increases points lead in Mexico. (Monterrey, MEXICO) March 22 -- Leonardo Maia of Miami, Florida increased his points lead with a solid drive to finish on the podium in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in Monterrey Mexico. The race finished...

Maia increases points lead in Mexico.

(Monterrey, MEXICO) March 22 -- Leonardo Maia of Miami, Florida increased his points lead with a solid drive to finish on the podium in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in Monterrey Mexico. The race finished under yellow as Maia drove his #6 Gatorz Eyewaer/Sparco/Reynard Dodge to a second place finish. Disappointed that he could not convert his pole position into a win, Maia was happy to leave Mexico with a 10 point cushion in the championship, a track record, and a podium finish.

"I am very happy with my weekend here in Mexico," said Maia. "I scored a point for starting on the pole, set the overall track record here in Monterrey and finished on the podium. I would have liked to have left Mexico with a win but I can't complain."

Maia led the field to the green flag and got the jump on second place as he passed the start/finish line. Unfortunately, his lead would not last long as Maia was the victim of a dive-bomb pass into turn one. He was forced to give up the lead as contact would have ended his race. Maia lost some ground on first place as third began to put pressure on him from behind. The car was not to Maia's liking during the first few laps but when the tires finally came up to temperature, he easily pulled away from the third place car and began to chase down the leader. A yellow flag late in the race seemed to give Maia the break he needed. Unfortunately the race would go on to finish under yellow and Maia would have to settle for a second place finish.

"I though Martinez was a little over aggressive with his pass into turn one. I was lucky not to hit him or go off in the grass. My car was very difficult to drive on cold tires and I was forced to watch Martinez pull away. When the tires came up to temp I started chasing him down. I was so happy when the yellow flag came out because I was running faster laps than him and I felt I would be able to get by him. I didn't get a chance however as the race finished under yellow. Second is a good result and I pulled away even more in the championship. I am very happy with the way the weekend turned out and now I am already looking forward to Milwaukee!"

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Leonardo Maia