Beauchamp 10th on Mosport road course MOPAR Dodge driver tied for fifth in the points after four races OSHAWA, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. recorded his third top-10 result of the 2004 CASCAR Super Series season ...
Beauchamp 10th on Mosport road course
MOPAR Dodge driver tied for fifth in the points after four races
OSHAWA, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. recorded his third top-10 result of the 2004 CASCAR Super Series season on Sunday afternoon, at Mosport Int'l Raceway. Beauchamp started eighth in the field of 25 and looked set to score a top-five finish until a mishap in the pits cost him several positions, leaving him 10th at the end. The event was the first of three races to be contested on road courses this season.
The Clarington 200 was Beauchamp Motorsports' inaugural opportunity to put their first-ever purpose-built road course car through its paces. Running as high as fifth at the halfway point of the race, the team was encouraged by the car's performance in Beauchamp's hands. The Windsor, ON driver scored an impressive second-place result at Mosport in '03 and he was hoping to at least match that finish on Sunday, but it was not to be.
Beauchamp exited the pits following his stop for tires and fuel with the gas can still attached to the right side of the #60 MOPAR Dodge. After a lengthy, low-speed lap of the 10-turn, 2.459-mile Mosport track, Beauchamp returned to the pits to have the can removed. The incident cost him almost an entire lap.
Over the second-half of the race, Beauchamp fought to stay ahead of the race leaders and was ultimately successful in that effort. He came home in 10th place; the last car on the lead lap to finish all 51 laps.
"It was a tough break that we left the pits with the gas can attached,"said Beauchamp, after the race. "We were looking at another great finish at Mosport, but mistakes happen and this is a team sport. After the slow lap with the fuel can attached to the car, we worked hard to stay on the lead lap and managed to do that."^]
Beauchamp continued, "On the bright side, our new MOPAR Dodge road course car handled really well in its first outing. The car responded to the changes we made in practice and we know we've got a good piece going forward. We're feeling good about taking it to the Indys (Toronto and Vancouver)."^]
Following four events, the MOPAR Parts Dodge sits tied for fifth in the CASCAR Super Series points.
NEXT RACE: The next outing for the #60 MOPAR Parts Dodge team will come July 3-4 at Cayuga 2000 Speedway for the third-annual Canada Day Shootout. Beauchamp finished eighth in the season's first race at Cayuga, in early June.
RACE SUMMARY: In 2003, Jeff Lapcevich won the CASCAR road course races at the Toronto and Vancouver Indy events. The talented road racer continued his hot streak going 'left and right' on Sunday afternoon when he won Mosport's Clarington 200 in dominant fashion. Lapcevich built a big lead over Peter Gibbons and Don Thomson prior to pitting for two tires and re-emerged from the pits with his lead intact en route to a comfortable victory. Gibbons retained his series points lead with a runner-up finish. Thomson's third-place result was his first podium finish of the season.
CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 CASCAR Super Series race from Peterborough Speedway will air on SPORTSNET on Monday, June 21 (EAST / ONTARIO / WEST) at 7:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, June 23 (PACIFIC) at 9:00 p.m.