KONI's Newest Winners Hopwood and Burrows Iowa-Bound Newton, IA (6 August, 2008)-- Defending KONI Challenge Champions Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows completed their quick transition from rear-wheel drive champions to front-wheel drive winners...
KONI's Newest Winners Hopwood and Burrows Iowa-Bound
Newton, IA (6 August, 2008)-- Defending KONI Challenge Champions Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows completed their quick transition from rear-wheel drive champions to front-wheel drive winners with a convincing race victory in the most recent round of KONI Challenge competition at Watkins Glen, and the two will look to continue that mastery again this weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.
After a hub failure delivered a championship gut-punching result of 29th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Hopwood and Burrows changed their mindset for the Glen race weekend, moving from a championship focus to a stronger concentration on going for a race win. That attitude adjustment brought immediate results with the duo's first KONI Challenge race victory together.
Opened in 2007, the Iowa facility still bears the freshness befitting a nearly brand new track, and Hopwood and Burrows were a part of history by taking a podium in the very first race on the track last year. The duo led the race strongly until a procedural penalty set them back before they charged back to the podium. That result launched the pair into the championship points lead, where the duo closed the season out after scoring a dramatic podium in the closing laps of the season finale VIR event.
The two are hoping to put the No. 76 Fischer Skis Compass360 Racing Acura TSX to good use in 2008 on the 1.3-mile circuit. Given the tight confines of the oval-based "road course" on the Midwest oval, the KONI race weekend is not necessarily the most highly anticipated race outing from a racers point of view, but the 2007 KONI Challenge event saw a fantastic crowd on hand, something that the paddock is once again hoping to enjoy this weekend.
"This place is a bit of a bullring and hopefully the guys are smart out there," said Hopwood, who has been keeping up his winning ways since Watkins Glen with several successful Spec Racer Ford outings in the mean time. "We led there in the middle stages of the race last year and we'd like to do that at the end this time out. Going for and getting a win at the Glen felt pretty awesome and it'd be great to back that up by getting on the podium again this week in Iowa."
"One good thing about Iowa is that it is very smooth and that should suit our Acura TSX in terms of our set-up," said Burrows. "The laps here click off really quickly, and it's going to be another busy race with so many cars entered. Staying on the lead lap is going to be vital, particularly in terms of making good calls with pit stops. We've got Ray (Lee) on our side, though, so we're not worried about that. Winning at the Glen felt fantastic, and hopefully we can spray the champagne again this weekend. We aren't giving up on the championship but we certainly don't plan on playing things conservatively moving forward."