Wilton, CT.- Jack Busch earned his first career American GT Challenge series win by capturing the Pocono Raceway event on June 19th. Busch [number 05 Leifert Motorsports/Spiral Turbo Baffles/Spectro Oils Cutlass] started from the pole after wining...
Wilton, CT.- Jack Busch earned his first career American GT Challenge series win by capturing the Pocono Raceway event on June 19th. Busch [number 05 Leifert Motorsports/Spiral Turbo Baffles/Spectro Oils Cutlass] started from the pole after wining the grid establishing heat race earlier in the day. Busch will head to Lime Rock Park with AGT, July 2-3, and try to repeat the performance.
For Busch the day started off on a bad note as the team was working on setup and Busch was still searching for brake points along the course. That combination got Jack off the track and the results were a lot of bodywork to patch.
"By the time the car got fixed I missed the second practice, which would have not been a big deal except that someone broke the timing system," said Busch. "That meant that with no time I got to start at the back for the qualifying heat race. During the heat race we got rain sprinkles, that made for an interesting twist on traction."
Busch worked his way from the back of the pack during the heat race and found the heat race leader, Edison Lluch [number 72 El tuque/Don Q Rum Corvette], who started from the front row. Lluch had a miscue and went wide, allowing Busch past for the heat race win.
The AGT race was sun filled. Busch and Lluch set off in a two car abttle. With Lluch pressing Busch for the lead. "He made a pass in the infield where I didn't think he had room and the tire mark on the left front fender says it was tight," commented Busch. "I put pressure on him and he overshot the brake zone off the Long Pond straight. I got by and was able to hold him off!"
"Winning is always fun and this had a good feeling too," Jack added. "The first win in a new series! It is also fun to race with good drivers and we had that at Pocono."
For other drivers and teams, Pocono was an event typical of AGT; plenty of seat time and a pleasant atmosphere. Said Mike Luftman [number 31 Leifert Motortsports Camaro], "This rusty driver got in more seat time in one day at the AGT event than ever before, nearly two hours behind the wheel. Everyone involved with the event, drivers and organizers, made it as much fun as possible. I"m looking forward to Lime Rock and an even bigger field. The AGT series is definitely deserving of support by GT1 drivers."
Veteran road racer Frank Sanchez made his AGT debut at Pocono. Though the weekend didn't turn out the way Sanchez had hoped, his experience was well worth the trip. "Our weekend was very difficult. We lost third gear during the second practice and had to use our gearbox we had set up for the Lime Rock race. Between changing the gears and making the swap we missed qualifying," said Sanchez.
For the race event, the gremlins visited th number 8 Banana Boat Suncare/ Wet Ones Wipes Camaro once again. "During the race all was well until I broke the shifter. Not wanting to give up we changed it in 10 laps and set back out. After all we did come to race.
We then broke an axle going through the infield bump. So much for the gig, quipped Frank."
"Although we did not have the best race weekend, we did get to sample AGT and the environment. This group is the best. Period. The series is competitor oriented , provides lots of track time for the cost and best of all had very accomplished race field," concluded Sanchez.
The AGT will move to Lime Rock Park July 2-3, in participation with the Americn LeMans Series.
For his efforts in winning the Pocono round, Jack Busch received a free set of Goodyear Racing radials.
In the random drawing for a set ofGoodyear Racing radials, Gene Tataryn [number 1 Paradigm Autosports Camaro] was the winner.
The Hoerr Charger award, designed to acknowledge the driver who best betters his finishing position from his starting position, was given to Woodson Duncan. Duncan [number 29 Garden Iron Mustang] gridded fifth and finished third in the race.
The newGMparts.com Tough Break award was divided amongst two competitors for the Pocono event. Frank Sanchez and Gene Tataryn shared in the fund. Both were acknowledged for their misfortunes during the race; mechanical issues that forced Sanchez to pit for repairs and Tataryn had his day cut short not seeing the checkered flag.
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's next stop is at Lime Rock Park in Danbury, CT. July 2-3rd, in participation with the American LeMans Series.