BROWNSON TAKES FIRST LITES 1 VICTORY, WEISBERG WINS L2 ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN (August 21, 2010) Jon Brownson took his first pole position in the morning qualifying session and turned it into his first Lites 1 victory in Round 10 of the Cooper...
BROWNSON TAKES FIRST LITES 1 VICTORY, WEISBERG WINS L2
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN (August 21, 2010) Jon Brownson took his first pole position in the morning qualifying session and turned it into his first Lites 1 victory in Round 10 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship at Road America. But for Charlie Shears, starting third and finishing second puts him one big step closer to the championship.
Brownson, driving the #34 Eurosport Racing/WestRidge Development Elan DP02, has competed in the series since its inception in 2007, so finally getting that first win in the caution-free, 14 lap event was the culmination of years of hard work.
"Charlie Shears in your rear view mirror is always a concern," said Brownson. "Going into turn one with my teammate (Matt Downs) I thought it was going to be interesting, and it was, but we got through it cleanly and I like the direction it went after that!"
Downs (#12 Eurosport Racing/Hormel Bacon Bits), who started second, retired on lap four with mechanical issues, a lap after brother Antonio (#4 Eurosport Racing/Lamex Foods) spun, putting him at the back of the field. With the brothers running second and third in the Championship, respectively, it opened the door for Shears.
"I did not think it was going to happen that way, but I can't be unhappy that it did," said Shears. "I had a good start, was able to tuck behind Jon, but I knew that if Matt hadn't had car problems it would have been a different story."
Winning the Lites 2 class was John Weisberg, driving the #75 BERG Racing/Redcom West WR1000. A close second in the Championship to Lee Alexander (#23 Factory 48 Motorsports/ACE Raceparts), Weisberg started ahead of Alexander and was determined to keep it that way.
"I was having a good scrape with some of the L1 guys until I realized how dumb that was," said Weisberg. "Then the team told me I had about a 10 second lead on Lee, so I backed off a little bit. But then, one of the L1 cars spun in front of me, and in trying to avoid him, he hit my rear wing and knocked it off about 30 degrees. I lost a lot of rear downforce so it was just hanging on from there!"
The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship features racing between two sports racer prototype classes, Lites 1 and Lites 2, presenting a dimension of competition as drivers must be aware of classes with distinctly different speeds as they navigate the race track. This is the same challenge faced by the drivers of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
The green flag drops on Round 11 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship at 12:45 pm CDT on Sunday. The Championship continues next weekend, August 27 29, with Rounds 12 and 13 at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Follow along on the race weekend at www.litestiming.com, on Facebook and Twitter, and visit www.prototypelites.com for the latest schedule and updates.