Jack Busch Finishes Mosport in Top Five Wiper Malfunction Dampens a Top Three Run Although the weather made the finish somewhat anticlimactic, the Leifert Motorsports number 05 Olds Cutlass [Spectro Oils/Spiral Turbos] driven by veteran road...
Jack Busch Finishes Mosport in Top Five
Wiper Malfunction Dampens a Top Three Run
Although the weather made the finish somewhat anticlimactic, the Leifert Motorsports number 05 Olds Cutlass [Spectro Oils/Spiral Turbos] driven by veteran road racer Jack Busch, completed the American GT Challenge event at Mosport International Raceway solidly in fourth place. "It was a fun time for us," offered team owner Larry Leifert.
Jack Busch and the Leifert Motorsports crew unloaded off the transporter and ran amongst the leaders in practice. Busch's best practice time placed him third in the field. During qualifying, Busch settled in to a top five position, gridding fourth with a fast lap of 1:22.567.
"That was one of the best group of drivers I have had a chance to race with," commented Busch. "If anyone wants to know if there were good cars going to show up for this series, take it from us, they are here in AGT."
Racing at an unfamiliar track, Busch used each session on track to learn the course and apply earlier lessons to improve upon his times. "We thought that with some track time we could run at the front. Well, we believe that we ran 4 seconds under the SCCA GT-1 lap record and that was only good for 4th on the grid," said teamowner Larry Leifert.
During the rain filled event, while running third, the windshield wiper on the 05 Olds Cutlass departed from the car, leaving Jack with limited visibility. While trying to maintain his position it was all Jack could do to see the road ahead. The unfortunate mechanical situation allowed Malcolm Strachan to pass Busch and take away a podium finish.
Through it all, the self proclaimed "two old guys in a pickup" enjoyed their entry into the AGT series and have set a schedule to participate in more events on the East coast.
"The atmosphere for the event was very relaxed," said Leifert. "Todd, Woodson and the tech team were so helpful that we are sure that the fun is just beginning."
Leifert and Busch are encouraged by the AGT series and look forward to competing at the next event. "If you think you have a car that might fit the series, contact Woodson or Todd and they will make every effort to fit you in. This could truly turn out to be series where you have fun and get a chance to win some money back," replied Leifert.
The American GT Challenge uses purpose built tube frame chassis cars, power by a V-8 & V-6 engine, with composite bodies, replicating series produced American touring or grand touring cars competing exclusively on Goodyear Racing Tires. For more information visit www.americangt.com.
The American GT Challenge next stop is at Pocono Raceway June 20th, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.