LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2004) - After a dominating Lexus win from the pole in Saturday's Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio, the pendulum swung the other way on Sunday as the manufacturer's Grand-Am Cup program suffered through a difficult day on the...
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2004) - After a dominating Lexus win from the pole in Saturday's Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio, the pendulum swung the other way on Sunday as the manufacturer's Grand-Am Cup program suffered through a difficult day on the way to earning 13th and 16th-place finishes at the Mid-Ohio 250.
The weekend started off on a much higher note with Chuck Goldsborough qualifying his #2 Lexus IS300 on the outside of the front row for the Sport Touring event, while teammate Andy Brumbaugh was 10th in the #3 IS300.
Prospects were still high through the early going of the 92-lap event as Goldsborough ran in the top four. Things would take a turn for the worse on Lap 16 when the #3 Lexus stopped off course and was eventually towed back to the pit lane. It would eventually return, but ended up placing 16th in class - eight laps down.
The #2 IS300 then pitted under caution on Lap 24, with co-driver Andy Lally relieving Goldsborough. All hopes for a top finish were lost on Lap 40 when Lally went off track at Turn Five. He'd eventually make it back to the pit lane, but the Team Lexus entry would go on to finish five laps down and in 13th-place.
Prior to Sunday's event, Team Lexus had placed at least one car in the top-four in each of the last four events and was coming off a Lexus IS300 victory at Mont-Tremblant and a second at Watkins Glen. This past weekend's SPEED Channel coverage can be seen next Sunday, Aug. 15 at 12 noon.
The Grand-American Grand Am Cup returns to action on Sept, 10-12 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Grand-Am Cup 250. The South Florida race will be the seventh round on the 10-race schedule and will be run in conjunction with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.