Fall-Line Motorsports Gets Their First Koni Challenge Podium Homestead, FL 4/15/07 - In only their 6th start in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series (previously Grand-Am Cup), Fall-Line Motorsports has landed on the podium! The Miami GS 400k at ...
Fall-Line Motorsports Gets Their First Koni Challenge Podium
Homestead, FL 4/15/07 - In only their 6th start in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series (previously Grand-Am Cup), Fall-Line Motorsports has landed on the podium! The Miami GS 400k at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw 39 cars take the green flag for the 2nd race of the 12 race season. The Fall- Line Motorsports #28 BMW M3 started the race from 23rd position, and after 87 laps, 2-1/2 hours, 200 miles, 5 caution periods, sun and rain, Nick Ham, and Steve Jenkins were standing on the third step of the podium.
For Nick, it was his third podium in a row, after finishing first in the Rolex GT class in both Mexico, and at Homestead-Miami just a few weeks ago. For Steve, it was his first ever podium in a pro race. "I'm overwhelmed" commented Steve "The credit really goes to the team, and Rob May from Sunbelt, without the perfect pitstops, strategy, and preparation this never would have happened. It takes an entire team to click perfectly to finish at the top of one of these races. Just look at the guys standing next to me up here, they are all world class drivers! Nick was awesome as always, his driving ability is only overshadowed by his ability as a coach, both for the drivers, and the rest of the team, and he is a huge reason we are able to be where we are at this soon."
The weekend started out with some electrical gremlins left over from an unfortunate wreck at the last race in Daytona, causing the car to only go to 60% throttle during qualification. Steve was only able to muster a 29th position on the grid with the throttle problem. The team worked tirelessly to isolate and correct the problem, and when the race came the car was in 23rd position on the grid due to other teams failing post qualification tech, and being sent to the back. Steve took the green and was able to gain a few positions in the first hour of the race. "My co-driver Steve Jenkins did a fantastic job all weekend at a track he's never seen before. Not only was his set up input very valuable, his opening stint in the race was perfect". Nick said.
After pitting for tires, fuel and drivers change, Nick was able to gain positions steadily until he found himself in 2nd position for quite a while in the middle section of the race. He moved up to first, but was only able to hang on for a few laps. " So here we were with less than 30 minutes to go and I've got Ian James (Mustang), Andy Lally (Porsche) and Bill Auberlin (BMW) filling my mirrors. Knowing the race might be called any minute due to violent weather in the area, I tried to hold them off as long as I could. Then we got a fuel stumble and while pitting we decided to put rain tires on. This ended up being a good call as the rain was starting to intensify. After that it was just a matter of holding on for a podium finish" Nick recalls.
"This was like a coming out party for Fall-Line Motorsports, excellent car preparation, great pit strategy, no mistakes during the race, just a fantastic team effort" Nick continued, "I'm very happy for all the people at Fall-Line Motorsports especially Steve Jenkins and Mark Boden who have committed to making this a successful team in a very competitive series".