Mid-Ohio Grand-Am Race Notes

Today’s race will be 250 miles, 111 laps, with a three-hour time limit. It will feature all five Grand American Road Racing Association Classes: SportsRacer, SportsRacer Light (SRII), GTO, GTU and American GT (AGT). 41 cars fire up their...

Today’s race will be 250 miles, 111 laps, with a three-hour time limit. It will feature all five Grand American Road Racing Association Classes: SportsRacer, SportsRacer Light (SRII), GTO, GTU and American GT (AGT).

41 cars fire up their engines at 2:10 p.m., field takes two pace laps. 2:14, field passes start/finish to begin first lap, field takes GREEN FLAG on backstraight at 2:15 p.m. Weaver takes lead into the Esses… Lap 1, 16-8-74-20 … Lap 3, No. 37 Jon Field takes fourth; No. 27 Theys, who started 21st, all the way up to seventh; No. 84 McNeil pits slowly, crew working to fix oil pump belt… Lap 5, No. 16 Weaver already lapping backmarkers, No. 25 Montgomery off in last turn and pits with no power; class leaders: SRII. No. 22 Oberto; GTO: No. 5 Borcheller; GTU, No. 18 Pobst; AGT: No. 00, Nesbitt.

Lap 8, No. 37 Jon Field pulls off just beyond start/finish with no power; engine refires and he’s back up to speed. Crew reports he’s lost first gear … Lap 9, No. 48 Barnard off course at turn 9 … Lap 10, No. 37 Jon Field off again, safety car out … FULL COURSE YELLOW on lap 11 to retrieve Field, Barnard and No. 10 Gleason, off at turn 8 … lap 12, No. 12 Schiattarella pits, fuel only … Lap 13, GTO leader Borcheller pits for gas and go … Other fuel stops for 10 Gleason, 29 Joe Field, 2 Brown … 118 Cohen pits to clear intake … No. 10 Gleason stops again on course, something broke in the driveline, car pushed to safe place … caution lasts seven laps …

GREEN FLAG at completion of lap 18. No. 82 Archer new GTO leader, other classes remain SRII No. 22 Oberto, GTU No. 18 Pobst, AGT No. 00 Nesbitt … lap 28 No. 2 Brown pits, Dickins in … YELLOW on lap 32, No. 80 Morton in gravel trap; 1-2 cars of No. 16 Weaver and No. 8 Wallace pit, lead to No. 74 Baldwin. … Leitzinger replaces Weaver … Wallace remains in … Lap 33, wholesale stops; Theys remains in, driver changes include No. 20, John Paul Jr. now driving, 95 Volk, 5 Johnson, 82 McCann, 99 Snow, 111 Leavy … No. 80 pulled out of gravel trap, able to continue once pulled out. Lap 34, No. 00 pits, Nesbitt remains in; No. 67, Nagel replaces Tumminelli; 46, Hayner replaces Messley; No. 63 Downing in; No. 22, Oberto remains in … Leader Baldwin did not pit … caution lasted four laps.

Lap 35: GREEN FLAG, #74 Robinson, #16 Leitzinger, #12 Schiattarelli, #8 Wallace.

Lap 35: GREEN FLAG. … Lap 40, #74, #16, #8, #12, #27, #20, all on the lead lap … class leaders: SRII, #22 Oberto; GTO, No. 5 Johnson; AGT, No. 09 Conway; GTU, No. 18 Pobst… Lap 42, No. 82 McCann spins into gravel trap at end of straightaway … YELLOW lap 44, Robinson replaces Baldwin, lead to No. 16 Leitzinger … Lap 45, No. 09 Conway pits, had contact with No. 2 Dickens, Goad in to drive; No. 12, Kelleners in for Schiattarella… Lap 46, No. 00, Jenkins in for Nesbitt; No. 66, Buckler in; No. 81, Law in. Caution lasted five laps.

GREEN FLAG on Lap 49, Kelleners pits for stop and go penalty resulting from speeding on pit road during pit stop … No. 63 Downing has contact with No. 50 BMW, Downing pits with bodywork damage … Lap 50 rundown: 16-8-27-20-74-12, all on the lead lap. Class leaders remain: SRII No. 22, GTO No. 5, GTU No. 18, AGT No. 00.

CAUTION on lap 53, No. 6 Gibson stalled in the turn three gravel trap … caution lasts four laps … GREEN on lap 56, No. 27 smoking, pits with cut right front tire, Baldi in for Theys … Lap 63, No. 8 pressures No. 20 Leitzinger for lead, No. 20 Paul Jr. up to third … No. 81 Law takes lead in GTU … Lap 67, Leitzinger maintains lead despite No. 8 Wallace pressure … Lap 68, GTO leader No 5 pits, Borcheller returns, replacing Johnson, lengthy stop to repair brake lights … Lap 70, No. 2 Ferrari of Bobby Brown has electrical fire in center of pit road. Driver out, car pushed behind wall … No. 95 pits, Schroeder returns, replacing Volk … Lap 71, No. 46 Hayner new GTO leader … No. 20 pits, EFR in for Paul Jr. … YELLOW on lap 73, to retrieve No. 99 Schumacher with broken wheel. No. 99 able to continue. .. Leaders pit: Weaver in No. 16, Schubot in No. 8, Baldwin in No. 74 … No. 99 Snow for Schumacher … No. 2 Ferrari able to continue. Lap 75, GTO leader No. 46 Hayner pits, Messley returns to drive. … Leader No. 12 pits, Schiattarella in, lead back to No. 16 Weaver … also pitting are No. 09, Conway back in, SRII leader No. 22, Hampton in. Caution period lasted five laps.

GREEN FLAG, Lap 77, with No. 00 Jenkins stalled on course … Lap 78, No. 16 Weaver leads, tight battle for second among No. 20 EFR, No. 8 Schubot, No. 74 Baldwin … No. 09 Conway new AGT leader; CAUTION, Lap 79, to retrive No. 00. … No. 5 Borcheller pits to replace alternator and battery, three-race GTO winning streak in jeopardy, with team dropping to fourth place on stop … Caution a break for No. 27 Baldi, who was running just in front of No. 16 Weaver and can now get behind leaders … Caution lasted four laps.

GREEN FLAG, Lap 82…. Lap 83, No. 74 Baldwin wins battle for third with No. 8 Schubot, now chasing lead Dyson cars … Lap 85, leaders nose-to-tail, 16-20-74-8, with 12-27-22 still on lead lap. Lap 86, Weaver pits, problems with left rear, returns in 10th place. A bolt broke in the left-rear wheel assembly and was replaced … Lap 90, EFR leads 8-74, leaders nose to tail. Class leaders remain 22 in SRII, 46 in GTO, 81 in GTU, 90 in AGT.

Lap 91, No. 74 Baldwin pass for lead just before keyhole, followed by 20-8 … Lap 98, leader No. 74 Baldwin chased by No. 16 Weaver, who is four laps down. Weaver gets by one lap later … Lap 100, No. 74 Baldwin leads No. 20 EFR by 7.7 seconds, No. 8 Schubot by 15.4, No. 12 Schiattarella by 27 … Lap 107, GTO leader Messley pulls off .. New GTO leader is the No. 0 Porsche of Lacey and Wilkins.

CHECKED FLAG on lap 111 – Jack Baldwin wins his second race of the year…

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jon Field , Jack Baldwin , Joe Field , Bobby Brown , John Paul