Watkins Glen II: Beyer Racing race report

BEYER RACING LEADS THE MOST LAPS AT WATKINS GLEN Watkins Glen, New York - August 8th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team once again became one of the key players at the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International as Ricky Taylor shared the honor of...


Watkins Glen, New York - August 8th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team once again became one of the key players at the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International as Ricky Taylor shared the honor of leading the most laps with defending champion Memo Rojas while driving Beyer Racing's #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley.

Taylor qualified the #13 car a season's best seventh and started sixth after a disqualification in front of him. The Florida native who celebrated his 20th birthday this week held his position and pitted after a caution on Lap 24 to fill up on fuel. He restarted fifth and as his competitors pitted over the next few laps he found himself on the lead by Lap 45. Taylor managed to hold the hard charging and eventual race winner #76 car and went on to lead an impressive race-high 22 laps until Lap 67 when he made his second pit stop and handed off the controls to teammate Mike Forest. Despite a quick stop by the Beyer crew, fueling problems prevented the team from filling up the tank and forced Forest to enter a fierce fight on track and hold position while having to drive with a fuel-saving engine map robbing him of much needed power. Despite the complications Forest quickly got up to speed and even though he had to make an additional pit stop on Lap 85 to get enough fuel to get him to the end he still managed to bring his #13 Daytona Prototype home on the tenth position, the team's fourth top ten finish of the year.

Jared Beyer started the race in his #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford car in the 17th position and quickly settled into a fast rhythm. For most of his stint the Texan found himself catching the cars in front of him and slicing through the GT traffic, but having to settle with staying in line and following the slower DP traffic without being able to pass at this fast and narrow road course. Beyer was running tenth when he pitted under caution on Lap 29 and Jordan Taylor got behind the wheel of the #5 car. Taylor, who is the youngest driver in the team at 18 years and who only a few weeks ago was among the quickest drivers on the track at Barber Motorsports Park, made an uncharacteristic mistake and spun which unluckily left his Crawford chassis stuck over a curve and forced him to wait for the safety crew to help him get back on track as he watched the field drive past him. For the remainder of the race he focused on turning quick laps which he did successfully and brought the car home in the 15th position.

The next round of the Rolex Grand Am Sports Car Series will take place at the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec on August 28-29. For Canadian Mike Forest the race will be a highlight in the season as he will have the chance to drive his #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley Daytona Prototype for the first time in front of his home crowd.

Ricky Taylor #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"It was a great day, a big improvement by the whole team, we've definitely all stepped it up. The team really deserves it they've worked really hard, it's a shame we couldn't make it to the end on fuel because I think we could've had a really strong result.

It's more comfortable to lead now, you can definitely learn more from the fastest guys that have been doing this for many years and I'm just getting more comfortable being up there and enjoying it. Ricardo Zonta was really quick behind me but I managed to stay in front of him for many laps, he was able to get a run on me every once in a while but the Chevrolet engine was really quick down the straight and we managed to stay in front every time."

Mike Forest #13 Lennox Chevrolet Riley

"I think this weekend was a step forward, another top ten for us which is definitely a positive. There are still some lessons we can learn from the weekend but at the same time Ricky held down first place for a long time and I was showing speed during my stint. So it's definitely something that we can be happy with and now we just keep learning.

When I jumped in the car I came out straight into a big fight and I had cold tires so I was pushing real hard and locked up a few times but it was getting towards the end of the race so I knew I had to just keep out there fighting, it worked out pretty well I mean we lost a few spots but still ended up in the top ten despite having to do an extra pit stop so overall a good result."

Jared Beyer #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

It was a good weekend for the entire Beyer Racing team. Although we didn't get the results we wanted we ran competitively and consistently throughout the whole race. The crew did a great job preparing the cars as we were quick right off the trailer. We had a little trouble in practice with the brakes but got them fixed and were back out there for the second session.

During the race we got caught behind some slower Daytona Prototypes on the start and it took a little while to get around them and re connect with the front pack. It was quite frustrating being stuck behind the slower cars but it's all part of racing I guess. Overall we are happy and looking forward to the next race.

Jordan Taylor #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"It was pretty much a disaster of a race for me. Jared did well at the beginning, we went down a lap down but he was able to quickly get it back and he was running pretty good times. Then I got in the car and made a mistake on the caution lap and spun when I was warming up the tires and that pretty much ruined the race because we went two laps down. But in the end we were pretty quick so I think we could've been good if we hadn't had that problem. The car was pretty good, I could run with a bunch of the top guys and keep up with them in traffic so I think we definitely could've finished higher up the grid."

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Gilles Villeneuve , Memo Rojas , Jordan Taylor , Jared Beyer , Ricky Taylor , Mike Forest