Phoenix: SAMAX Motorsport race report

SAMAX Motorsport had a disappointing finish to a strong Rolex Sports Car Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Ian James started the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car third on the GT grid, based on Ryan Hunter-Reay's qualifying...

SAMAX Motorsport had a disappointing finish to a strong Rolex Sports Car Series race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Ian James started the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car third on the GT grid, based on Ryan Hunter-Reay's qualifying race result. James dropped back with handling issues, but stayed in the top five through his stint. He pitted on the last of his fuel reserve -- unfortunately, one lap before a caution period that would have provided ideal pit timing. Hunter-Reay took over, returning to the track seventh in class. He was charging ahead when he was hit by another GT car. The contact broke the right and center front radiators on the car, taking him out of the race. The pair were scored 12th in class.

Ryan Hunter-Reay: "We had a great weekend going -- I qualified third for the qualifying race and then we finished third [in it]. Today, we had a loose car; Ian did as good a job as he could to keep it straight. ... The 80 car dive-bombed the 57 'Vette and I went under with the 80 car, but the 57 car just came straight down on me. Unfortunately, that ended our day. Everybody here deserved a much better result than that, and we could have had a better result. I was confident I could bring it through the pack a bit more."

Ian James: "It was definitely an eventful day. The car handling went loose [oversteering] pretty soon into the stint. About 10 laps in, we were struggling a little bit. For the first time in a long time, it was snap-loose, it was really hard to drive through the oval because it would just break loose at any given moment. All in all, we gave it a good go. We were competitive after awhile, but unfortunately, with what happened to Ryan, it's all a moot point."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Ryan Hunter-Reay