Daytona, Florida. - A field of 62 cars took the start of this afternoon& ...
Daytona, Florida. - A field of 62 cars took the start of this afternoon’s Grand-AM cup race, held in Daytona, Florida. Team Hyundai Motorsports placed 11th and 13th in a promising season debut.
The driver line-up for the event was: Mark Craig/Wade Gaughran shared #6 car and Michael Ciasulli/ Steven Gorriaran shared #8.
Starting from the 4th and 10th position, Hyundai Motorsports car #6 went up to 2nd place at mid-race before an unexpected tire failure forced them to pit prematurely. Another major tire issue on both cars near the end prevented all chances of a podium finish. Hyundai Motorsports finished 11th & 13th.
Co-owner & driver Mark Craig commented:“ The first half of the race went very well, we were second at one point, before the unfortunate tire situation. I am really proud of my guys; they did a good job and gave us a great car for the first race of the season. We now have to readjust a few things, but we will definitely be a contender at Fontana.”
“ We are fighting a bit of a braking problem that we will need to correct. Finishing in the top 15 in our first race is impressive, considering the extra pit stops we made. I am looking forward to the next race” Ciasulli noted.
“ The track deteriorated quickly, and it became very slippery at the end, due to the rubber left by the other cars, but I had a blast. I am really satisfied of my first week-end with Hyundai Motorsports, they are very professional” added Steven Gorriaran .
Hyundai Motorsports’ driver Wade Gaughran set the third fastest lap of the race, he drove the #6 car to an impressive 2:18:496.
The next event of the Grand-American will be held in California, from March 21 to 23.