Subject: CASCAR: Vanderwyst Alberta Report Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:32:33 -0400 CASCAR - Pete Vanderwyst - ...
Subject: CASCAR: Vanderwyst Alberta Report Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 14:32:33 -0400
CASCAR - Pete Vanderwyst - #77 Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo - Alberta Report
AUGUST 4, 1998
EDMONTON, AB - Pete Vanderwyst and the crew of the #77 Loctite Chevrolet Monte Carlo enjoyed a very successful trip to Western Canada for the opening two rounds of the 1998 CASCAR Castrol Super Series National championship. The outing was highlighted by Vanderwyst's third-place finish in Sunday's (Aug. 2) Bumper to Bumper Motorsport Classic 300km road course event, on the tarmac of Edmonton's City Centre Airport.
It was the first time that the St. Thomas, ON racer had participated in a road race, but you wouldn't have known it, given his solid and pleasingly uneventful podium run.
"It was just a super race," said an elated Vanderwyst after the 110-lap marathon on the almost 3 kilometer road course. "The car was just trucking. The thing we tried to do was just be consistent, lap after lap. The guys on the crew were just great and they talked me around the whole way, giving me lap times and intervals so that I knew where they were, in front and behind me. We thought we stretched it a little bit on the fuel mileage at the end, but it worked out OK."
The race itself was won by Western competitor Kevin Dowler. The Edmonton driver is a former road racer and posted a very popular win in front of his hometown crowd. Second place went to Oakville's Robin Buck. Like Dowler, Buck comes from a road racing background, leaving Vanderwyst as the top non-road racer in the field. "We had an awesome car today and I can't thank the crew and Loctite enough for the way they were behind me today and everyday. It's a great feeling. We bided our time. Yesterday in qualifying, I had a bit of trouble with the 'S-turns' and bumped them a few times, bending a few rims. We even called the turn before the backstretch 'Vanderwyst Crescent' because I had a few excursions there. But today, I got into a really good rhythm today and everything started clicking. We knew that Dowler knows his way around this place. Our plan was to pit with him and we did that and we ended up just behind him and Robin Buck. We even managed to lead a few laps today."
Although Vanderwyst thoroughly enjoyed his introduction to road racing, don't look for him to leave the ovals behind. "I'm really looking forward to getting back to Cayuga in a few weeks.' Asked if he's also looking forward to the upcoming road race at the challenging Mosport Park, Vanderwyst is still somewhat apprehensive. 'That place is a little intimidating, but we'll give it our best shot."
One week earlier, on July 26, Vanderwyst notched a 14th-place finish in the 35-car field in the Mopar 300 at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park. It was a victory, of sorts, for Vanderwyst who was involved in a scary crash at the high-banked, half-mile oval in the same race last season. This year, the Loctite driver endured a long weekend leading up to and including the 300 lap feature, suffering an inordinate number of flat tires during the qualifying and the main. "We had a good car, but it's tough to get anywhere when you've got three flat tires," said Vanderwyst of his Calgary outing. "The car was consistent, but green flag flat really burn you. Each time, we had to come in and change them. We'll have to look at the situation and figure it out. Because, when we had four tires under the car, we were running with Dan Shirley and Dave Whitlock and they were leaders throughout.
"I can't complain, though. This is the first time we haven't broken a motor or crashed hard in Calgary. We had a top-five car that could run high better than anybody else."
In the Calgary race, Chevrolet driver Peter Gibbons took the lead with a half-dozen laps remaining. At the finish, he held off Ford drivers Sean Dupuis and Kerry Micks.
Team Loctite Notebook:
During qualifying for the Edmonton road race, the Loctite Chevrolet finished sixth in the 20-lap sprint... Following two events of the 1998 National championship, Vanderwyst sits sixth in the overall point standings, just 66 markers shy of leader Peter Gibbons... The next race on Vanderwyst's schedule is the Aug. 15-16 GM Goodwrench Service 300 at Cayuga Speedway. Loctite is hosting a reception prior to the race for its invited guests... The National championship resumes Aug. 28-30 with Round #3, on the road course at the legendary Mosport Park.