Montreal: Beyer Racing race report

BEYER RACING SCORES TEAM'S BEST FINISH WITH AN IMPRESSIVE FOURTH AT THE MONTREAL 200 Montreal, Quebec, Canada - August 29th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing squad came within one lap of achieving the team's first Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series podium...

BEYER RACING SCORES TEAM'S BEST FINISH WITH AN IMPRESSIVE FOURTH AT THE MONTREAL 200

Montreal, Quebec, Canada - August 29th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing squad came within one lap of achieving the team's first Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series podium finish in a crazy and exciting wet and dry race that saw Ricky Taylor fighting for the third position until the last lap when he was passed by the championship leading #99 Daytona Prototype.

Canadian Mike Forest made an impressive start from the 12th position on the grid of the Montreal 200 and quickly fought his way to seventh in only one lap as he managed to quickly adapt to the wet conditions. As the track dried the Beyer Racing crew brought Forest in for slick tires on Lap 6 and then he continued with a strong top ten performance until Lap 42 when he handed the wheel of his #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley to teammate Ricky Taylor. Forest was the top finishing Canadian in the field.

After Taylor took over the track was dry, but only a few laps later the rain began to fall and the Beyer Racing engineers made the first of many brilliant calls to bring him in for wet tires on Lap 49. After the rain dissipated many of the leaders decided to pit for slicks but the Beyer crew decided to leave Taylor out which proved to be the smart choice as only a few laps later the rain began to fall again much harder. Taylor found himself within the top three and managed to hold the position until the last lap when he had to give it up but still gave Beyer Racing the young team's best finish of fourth.

Ricky Taylor #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"This is a great result for the entire Beyer Racing team, the best result for the team and my best result in my Grand Am career. It had been a tough weekend, we had struggled to get in the top ten but then the rain came and we are right on pace so just a great effort by everybody. We made a lot of pit stops and tire changes and the team performed perfectly, they deserve it.

During my stint I sort of knew what was going on. I could see when it stopped raining that many cars started pitting for slicks and I could see on the tower that we were gaining positions. I thought we were going to come in for slicks as well but our engineer Dominic Cape made a great call and as soon as it started raining I knew that we were going to be in a great position. When the team told me we were P2 I was really excited, unfortunately our windshield wasn't working and once the Penske car got by I could not see a thing, those last few laps I was almost driving blind so that made it quite difficult."

Mike Forest #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"The conditions at the start were just changing so quickly, we went out on wets at the start and just got shot out of a gun and managed to pick up a bunch of positions. With all the changing conditions I was struggling a bit at first to find speed, the track was changing corner by corner so we lost some time but the team made a great call on strategy to get us back on the lead lap. It was really difficult driving out there for sure.

It was great to have achieved our best result here in Canada, there is no better place for me to have done it. You don't really think about that until times like now but I'm just very proud to have given the Canadians fan a great result, being the top finishing Canadian means a lot to me.

Jeff Beyer Team Owner

"I am very proud of the whole team. We are a young team and have been working very hard all year and improving every race. This result proves how much effort we've put into this project, I'm very happy. I can't say enough for Ricky and Mike, they did a great job out there in really difficult conditions, and also for our engineer Dominic Cape who made some brilliant calls with tire strategy. We'll keep working and improving and hopefully we can get our first podium before the season is over."

The next event in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule will take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, September 18-19.

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ricky Taylor , Mike Forest