Beauchamp eager for MOPAR Parts 500 Weekend Heads to Calgary CASCAR mega-event in seventh-place in the points CALGARY, AB - MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. is hoping to fare better in the second half of CASCAR's western swing than he...
Beauchamp eager for MOPAR Parts 500 Weekend
Heads to Calgary CASCAR mega-event in seventh-place in the points
CALGARY, AB - MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. is hoping to fare better in the second half of CASCAR's western swing than he did in the first. On Saturday afternoon at the Vancouver Indy, the Windsor, ON racer posted a respectable 11th-place finish in the 35-lap race, in spite of a mid-race tangle with fellow veteran racer Jim Lapcevich.
While battling hard for fifth, on lap 23, Beauchamp ran out of braking room at the end of the long, Quebec Street straight, causing himself and Lapcevich to make use of the turn 6 run-off area. "It was driver error on my part," said Beauchamp of the contact. "I dove to the inside trying to gain the position. We were both driving hard into the turn and I ran out of braking room and got sideways. There wasn't any damage caused; just some tire marks on the door, but I'm accepting the blame for what happened. We had a ^A'top five' car and went for it and it didn't work out. I'm sorry it happened to both of us, but you have to race hard."
After the incident, Beauchamp quickly got his #60 MOPAR Parts Dodge back in action and resumed the chase at the tail-end of a long line of cars en route to an 11th-place result in the 22-car field. Aside from the spin, however, Beauchamp had a solid weekend in Vancouver. During the second and final qualifying session, he posted the seventh-fastest time to earn a spot on the inside of the fourth row for the start.
Vancouver was the seventh of 12 Super Series events on the '04 schedule. It was also the third of three road course races this season. With five events remaining, Beauchamp sits seventh in the overall points. The final chase for the championship commences this weekend, in Calgary, with the MOPAR 500 Race Weekend at the half-mile, high-banked oval at Race City Motorsport Park.
Time trials and the Twin 100 Qualifying Sprint Races will take place on Friday evening (July 30), while the MOPAR Parts 300 feature event is scheduled to commence on Saturday evening (July 31) under the lights. Traditionally, Calgary's 300-lap Super Series feature races have been run on Sunday afternoons.
According to Beauchamp, the condensed schedule will force drivers to be a little more thoughtful than they otherwise might have been in the Twin 100s, given that they have less than one day to repair any damage they may sustain in advance of the MOPAR Parts 300.
"In the past, we had all day Saturday to work on our cars. This year, even though it's a full points race and you want to do as well as you can in the 100 lappers, you also have to keep your nose clean because you want to have a good car for the MOPAR 300."
In last year's MOPAR Parts 300, Beauchamp was running in second place until a flat tire knocked him out of contention for the win. The misfortune of that experience left him understandably frustrated, but confident of his ability to score a top finish in the race that bears his sponsor's name. "We usually run pretty well in the MOPAR 300. We're just looking to change our Race City luck a little bit this weekend."
In addition to the action at Race City, the MOPAR Parts 500 Race Weekend is special for the way that the City of Calgary gets involved. On Thursday at noon, for example, the Beauchamp Motorsports crew will once again take part in the Pit Stop Competition at the Eau Claire Market. "We've been in the pit stop competition every year that we've been out here and it's a lot of fun," continued Beauchamp. "It's a great way for the MOPAR Dodge crew to give the fans an up-close look at how quickly they do their jobs in the pits."