Beaulieu overcomes damage to finish 6th in Vancouver. Vancouver, BC -- July 28, 2002: Rookie Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Josh Beaulieu overcame an early pit stop to repair damage and finished 6th on Sunday, in the first ever home race of his...
Beaulieu overcomes damage to finish 6th in Vancouver.
Vancouver, BC -- July 28, 2002: Rookie Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Josh Beaulieu overcame an early pit stop to repair damage and finished 6th on Sunday, in the first ever home race of his career.
On the opening lap, several drivers including Memo Rojas, Leonardo Maia, and Davy Cook were involved in a multiple-car accident. In the braking zone for the first turn, Beaulieu's front wing was damaged from contact with Cook. He then shot down the escape road without any major damage. Rojas' Reynard-Dodge spectacularly threw a massive flame when he restarted, spilling oil on the track all the way to turn four. Under a full-course caution Beaulieu pitted to change his front wing, just before the race was stopped on lap 3.
Beaulieu lined up 11th for the restart, and passed Rhonda Trammel and Mike Richardson in the first turn. After slipping by German Quiroga, Tommy Fogarty and Marc Breuers, he was in 5th place and catching the leaders. With several laps to go Beaulieu's pace slowed and he crossed the finish line in 6th.
"We had a chance for a podium today, but the handling of the car changed dramatically with a few laps to go," said Beaulieu. "I thought we had a broken rear anti-roll bar, but it was okay. So I'm still not sure if something broke or the tires just went off, because I was pushing quite hard. I wouldn't say I'm happy to finish in 6th, but after our terrible qualifying session it's a decent finish.
"I want to thank my sponsors and family for their support this weekend. It was fantastic to have so many people pulling for me here in Vancouver. We are still hard at work on sponsorship for the rest of the season."
Round 8 of the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series will be at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 9-11. The Toronto and Cleveland races (Rounds 5 and 6) will air across North America on SpeedChannel on Saturday August 10 and 17, respectively. For schedule details visit www.speedtv.com.
Josh Beaulieu, in only his second year of professional auto racing, has established himself among the next generation of Canada's racing stars.