Pontiac Takes First Place At Mont-Tremblant CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports trio of Andy Wallace, Milka Duno and Jan Lammers win Canadian road race of Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec - Through rain and cool weather,...
Pontiac Takes First Place At Mont-Tremblant
CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports trio of Andy Wallace, Milka Duno and Jan Lammers win Canadian road race of Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec - Through rain and cool weather, Andy Wallace, Milka Duno and part-time teammate Jan Lammers persevered and drove their #2 CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford to victory today in a demanding six-hour race at Circuit Mont-Tremblant near St. Jovit in Quebec, Canada. This win is the team's first this season, adding to a podium finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in early February. The first-place finish boosts Wallace's points to 133, Duno at 118 and Lammers at 30; the drivers have a different amount of points owing to the fact that they drove different cars at Daytona and this is only Lammers' second race since then.
"You're looking at the happiest man in the world right now, really," said Wallace. "This race was unbelievable-you saw the conditions in the beginning; you probably saw the shots from the in-car camera-you couldn't see a thing. So it was a case of staying out of trouble and just making sure you could go as fast as possible at the end."
The #2 car qualified 19th but the expertise and experience of the drivers allowed them to carve through the field despite inclement weather, which many say Lammers and Wallace are especially good at. Wallace drove the final stint in the car and overtook the #10 Pontiac Riley of Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor in the second-to-last lap. The series leading SunTrust team of Taylor and Angelelli led much of the end of the race but slowed in lap 180, allowing Wallace and a number of others to overtake. The #10 Pontiac finished sixth.
Wallace spun his car in the lap after the checkered flag, putting it into the wall at low speed. Luckily for the CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports team, it happened after the race concluded and there is very minimal damage to the car. However, even heavier damage would not have sullied the moment for Wallace and his teammates, who were ecstatic after their first 2005 win.
"I have to say, the team did a fantastic job in the pits," said Wallace. "My teammates did great jobs as always. I want to thank CITGO and Pontiac as well as Max and Jan Crawford for letting me drive their wonderful car-look what I did to it after the flag."