TEAM GETS TO THE CHECKERED ON DEBUT RACE COLUMBIA, SC (May 28, 2008) --Meyer Motorsports' inaugural race in the KONI Challenge is now under their belts. The event was certainly a roller coaster for the two car team. The ...
TEAM GETS TO THE CHECKERED ON DEBUT RACE
COLUMBIA, SC (May 28, 2008) --Meyer Motorsports' inaugural race in the KONI Challenge is now under their belts. The event was certainly a roller coaster for the two car team. The #30 K1racegear.com entry was on track for the majority of the weekend sessions gathering useful data on the track. The #16 RamTECH entry was not so fortunate.
Unfortunately, the RamTECH entry suffered an engine failure at the beginning of the first practice session of the weekend. By the time a replacement was located and installed, the next session would be the race! Sam Stuard would start the RamTECH car from the rear of the field (having missed the qualifying session) and steadily work his way up until handing the car over to co-driver Andy Brumbaugh. Sam commented on the weekend, "Lime Rock proved to be a struggle from early on in the weekend. Prior to the start of the race the RamTECH #16 car had run only 2 full laps before the engine failed. The team hustled to get the car finished before the race finishing the installation and setup with only 30 minutes till green. Having missed the morning practice and qualifying added to the excitement; I felt the car out for the first few laps before making any moves. Nearing the end of my stint, I had moved about 20 positions before being hit by an Acura that damaged the car and changed the setup making it difficult to drive. The final half of the race we struggled with setup and fuel delivery problems making the car impossible to drive. Hats off to the team for their effort and to Lime Rock Park for a great weekend." Brumbaugh drove his stint although a fuel pick up problem limited the potential of the car during the second half of the race.
The #30 K1racegear.com entry was able to qualify in the middle of the field. Not a bad effort for the first time team and rookie KONI driver/owner, Eric Meyer. With the competitive fields, Meyer was right in the thick of the battle. Meyer would move up the standings at the start of the race only to have a similar fuel pickup issue change the team's strategy into one of just finishing the race. Peyton Wilson was able to take over the driving duties from Meyer and keep the car on track for the team's first ever finish in its first KONI Challenge event.