SAMAX MOTORSPORTS PONTIAC RILEY RETIRES BEFORE MID-POINT AT WATKINS GLEN August 10, 2007 - Kris Szekeres qualified the ...
SAMAX MOTORSPORTS PONTIAC RILEY RETIRES BEFORE MID-POINT AT WATKINS GLEN
August 10, 2007 - Kris Szekeres qualified the #11 SAMAX Motorsports Pontiac Riley in eighth place for Friday's Round 12 of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen International in Western New York, and he was up to fifth place on lap 2 when he came into the pits for a driver change during the first full course yellow of the race. Unlike last week in Montreal where he drove for over two hours, this was a short stint for the Hartland, Michigan driver handed over the Eldorado Casino Resort - Reno - Shreveport /A.J. Outdoors Power Equipment sponsored car to Tomas Enge who slowly, but surely moved up the field from 20th to seventh place.
When the yellow flags were waved the second time around on lap 34, Enge pitted with the rest of the field and came out in fifth place. Unfortunately, on lap 49, the Czech driver returned to the pits and the SAMAX crew retired the car shortly after checking it out. The team was scored in 20th place.
"We were doing so good, but it seems that bad luck is just following me around at Watkins Glen," said Enge after the race. "The car was fantastic during the race, and we could have placed fifth or better. Then, the failure happened. The crew was excellent during the pit stops. I just can't believe that we missed such a great opportunity."
Szekeres also felt the disagreeable taste of not finishing a race with a car that had performed so well up to its retirement.
"It is so disappointing," said Szekeres. "We were up to fifth place. I handed a good car to Tomas (Enge) and he was doing so well, but we had a problem. At this point, we don't know if it is electrical or mechanical. We had one of the fastest cars on track today and it is a shame because we had a sure top five result and possibly a shot at the podium."