Mid-Ohio, Hyundai Motorsports was back in action today, competing at Virginia International Raceway's 3.27-mile road course, in the seventh round of the Grand-Am Street Stock Championship. Hyundai Motorsports' driver Wade Gaughran captured the...
Mid-Ohio, Hyundai Motorsports was back in action today, competing at Virginia International Raceway's 3.27-mile road course, in the seventh round of the Grand-Am Street Stock Championship.
Hyundai Motorsports' driver Wade Gaughran captured the pole on the final lap of his qualifying session. Early in the session Gaughran had an on-track incident between another car and his #14 Hyundai Tiburon of Hyundai Motorsports. However, Gaughran was able to salvage the session and put together a 2:14.126 lap at 87.768 mph to take the pole away from Steve Pfeffer (BMW Z3) as the checkered flag came out.
"You know the car just kind of came in. I think the track came back to us, and I had a pretty good lap. I finally got clear open road at the end," said Wade. "I actually got hit in qualifying by a guy who got put off, and I figured that it was either the pole or the flat tow. I hung it out there. It was just mud to mud in every corner, and I just about threw it away a couple of times but stayed on the road for a heck of a lap. The car felt good, and in fact it probably fixed some alignment problems we had when we got ran into." He concluded.
The other Hyundai Motorsports' car, driven by Mark Craig/Jacques Guenette started sixth.
Race: Slippery conditions and a fifth place for Hyundai Motorsports
Wade Gaughran led the field to the green flag, but his #14 Hyundai Tiburon's time at the front was short lived when both he and his teammate Mark Craig in the second Tiburon slid off the track in turn one. It was the first of many off-track excursions suffered by nearly every team during the race. Gaughran began to work his way back up through the field by taking advantage of slides and spins by the leaders, and eventually recaptured the front spot.
"The start was a disaster for me," Gaughran said. "Actually, it was a disaster for my team, Hyundai Motorsports, because my teammate and I spun and went off track (incident not-related) on the first lap. We were then able to catch up, by lap 15, I was back in 3rd and leading the race by lap 29. Ten laps later, I spun again in turn 1 and decided to go in the pits for a driver change."
Peter MacLoed took over car #14 in the 41st lap. Wet conditions were making the track very slippery and almost impossible to drive. MacLeod spun off course on lap 45 into the tire wall. He went back on track and finished in 15th place.
Mark Craig and Jacques Guenette managed to keep the #6 Hyundai Tiburon on the track throughout the rest of the event. After a rain-soaked three hours of racing, Jacques Guenette took an encouraging fifth place for the team.
"On the first lap, someone just pushed me off the track," said Craig after the race. With this kind of rain it doesn't do anything more than just keep the track cool for driving. The cars were very good. Overall, we are satisfied with the results, but a podium finish would have felt better. We definitely had the cars to win this one." He concluded.
The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will travel next to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.