Tom Lepper scores back to back wins for the Lepper team at Seattle round of the US Touring Car Championship Tom Lepper, driving the Eagle Awards/Impact Engineering Acura Integra Type R, managed to hold off a charging Justin Elin to score back to...
Tom Lepper scores back to back wins for the Lepper team at Seattle round of the US Touring Car Championship
Tom Lepper, driving the Eagle Awards/Impact Engineering Acura Integra Type R, managed to hold off a charging Justin Elin to score back to back wins at the US Touring Car Championship races at Seattle's Pacific Raceways. Elin, driving the P1 Motorsports Honda Civic was the favorite to win coming in to the weekend thanks to his vast experience at this track. On Sunday, he needed all of that experience to beat Lepper. It didn't start out too well for Elin as he was over a second slower in qualifying than Lepper. Lepper qualified with a time of 1.39.533 while Elin's time of 1.41.164 placed him in second position. Elin's teammate, Charlie Frank in the Petmax sponsored Honda Civic, qualified just behind Elin with a time of 1.41.578.
All that didn't seem to matter as Lepper got a poor start and was passed to the first turn by Elin, Frank and Ali Arsham's Gogogear.com Honda Civic. Lepper went from first to fourth in a blink of an eye and things didn't look so good. Lepper said afterwards "At that point I said to myself to focus and get the job done." He soon worked his way up to second and was after Elin who was leading. The only problem was that Lepper just didn't have enough to get around Elin. Lapped traffic became Lepper's tool as for one moment he saw an opening as the pair were passing a slower car. Lepper took advantage and took the lead. Elin tried hard to shake Lepper's confidence by continually attacking but it just wasn't enough. In the end it was Lepper at the flag first with Elin just behind. Their lap times show just how close they were with Lepper's best time of 1.40.168 just beating out Elin's 1.40.204. Charlie Frank managed a very solid third place finish. Elin also managed to win the A'pex Integration Top Rookie award.