"You can't always get what you want", said the Rolling Stones, and this past weekend at Laguna Seca it seems those words were written for Chris Bingham, Hugo Guenette and the team that campaigns the blue and white ...
"You can't always get what you want", said the Rolling Stones, and this past weekend at Laguna Seca it seems those words were written for Chris Bingham, Hugo Guenette and the team that campaigns the blue and white #15 CB Motorsports/DLGL Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype in the Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series.
Bingham: "Our weekend was full of problems. We missed on car setup on Friday but we got back on track by Saturday. We found 3 seconds, getting us closer to where we wanted to be, but, we were forced to start the race at the back of the field because of a tire rules infraction."
Despite a qualifying time of 1:27.767, good enough for 17th behind the increasingly competitive field of Daytona Prototypes, the infraction meant they started behind all 22 other cars in the class. But staying in the back of the pack was never in the original plan for this Seattle, Washington based team of spirited competitors.
Putting all his driving experience to work, two-time Grand Am GTS Champion Bingham had the #15 Lexus-Riley up to 9th place before turning the car over to Guenette. But the transition was not a quick one.
Bingham: "Our pit stop wasn't very smooth. We wound up going a lap down and that put us back into 19th place. However, Hugo had an incredible run! He made up for the lost time by picking up 7 positions - going from 19th to 12th.
"We were feeling a bit more confident after seeing his run to try and get us to the front, but then we had contact with the #58 Brumos Porsche- Fabcar. The impact broke a valve stem and we had a tire go down. The loss of air pressure caused Hugo to go off at turn 11. That incident dislodged our nose piece which shortly thereafter was blown clear off the car as he was flying down the front straight. This put us back in the pits and eventually led to our 20th place finish.
"While this weekend certainly wasn't all that we wanted it to be, we recognize that we are still a new team and misfortune is just one more part of the game. Moving forward, we are going to do some testing in the weeks ahead. We intend to learn even more about this great Riley chassis and how we can best position ourselves for success in the future.
"The next Rolex Series race is at Mt. Tremblant (6 Heures du Circuit Mont- Tremblant, May 19 - 21). As our primary sponsor, DLGL Information Systems, is headquartered in Canada, we intend to help promote the event with several radio spots. We will also have our car on display at Vimont Lexus, the areas local Lexus dealer. Fans can come out on the Tuesday before the race (hours will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM) and get a close up look at our beautiful race car. We invite everyone in the area to come and see what the Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes are all about!"
"After Mt. Tremblant, we will keep our car in Canada, at the DLGL race shop, and we will do some more testing in order to get us ready for the Watkins Glen (Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 10-12) event.
And maybe a trip to Canada, followed by another to upstate New York, will find the CB Motorsports team getting exactly what they want - a podium finish!