SCC: Mosport: Bodymotion Racing race notes

The Bodymotion Team race to 8th place in the Grand Am Cup team points Ocean, NJ - Less than a week after competing at their home race at Watkins Glen in New York, the Bodymotion Racing Team was back at the track. The next event was held on the...

The Bodymotion Team race to 8th place in the Grand Am Cup team points

Ocean, NJ - Less than a week after competing at their home race at Watkins Glen in New York, the Bodymotion Racing Team was back at the track. The next event was held on the historic and challenging Mosport circuit in Canada. The track that is deep in history is also one that the drivers and team are familiar with. However, the one issue that the team was not expecting was colder than average temperatures and rain. In fact every practice session of the weekend was in wet conditions. "Despite the weather during practice, we continued to learn more about the car," said team owner and driver Michael Bavaro.

This weekend found the team trying a new race and qualifying strategy. This strategy was to have Bavaro qualify and start the race instead of his co- driver Michael Ellis. Bavaro was able to put together a good qualifying time that put the car in 12th position for the start. Despite the wet practice sessions the race would take place under clear conditions. "I was able to get a great start," stated Bavaro. "I was comfortable in the car and began to out brake the other the competition to gain positions. I was able to get up to 8th place and I knew we could have a top ten finish." However, all of this was about to change. While at speed the engine in the Porsche 997 lost power. "The car just shut off and everything locked up. I immediately found myself going into two 360 degree spins right in the middle of the track," exclaimed Bavaro. "I did not hit anything, so I fired the engine back up and headed back into the race." The pit stop that followed was to be dramatic for the team also. During the pit stop, there was a lug nut problem on the left rear wheel. The team ended up needing to change the wheel stud in order to get back into the race. When the 997 exited the pits, Ellis was to find himself back in 36th position. "I knew I could make up positions, so I focused on the task at hand," stated Ellis. Lap after lap Ellis and the Porsche continued to make up positions. Ellis even found himself running with the leaders; unfortunately he was a lap down. The strong drive back through the field ended with a 16th place finish for the team. The team continues to have consistent top 20 finishes and this one has left the team in 8th place in the championship and in 7th place in the team performance index,

The team has a month to regroup after two back to back race weekends. For more information on the Bodymotion Porsche team, visit www.burrismotorsport.com and watch all of the upcoming race action on the SPEED channel. The team's next race will be in Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park on July 30th.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Ellis
Teams Bodymotion Racing