Disappointment for Whitlock at Toronto Molson Indy Toronto, ON -- Jul 10 2005: The CASCAR Super Series made its seventh consecutive appearance as part of the 20th Molson Indy Toronto race weekend, and for the first time ever, was part of...
Disappointment for Whitlock at Toronto Molson Indy
Toronto, ON -- Jul 10 2005: The CASCAR Super Series made its seventh consecutive appearance as part of the 20th Molson Indy Toronto race weekend, and for the first time ever, was part of the Sunday feature program at the temporary Exhibition Place street circuit. For Dave Whitlock, the debut of his new road course Dodge Charger at Mosport three weeks ago showed great promise, and his sixth-place qualifying effort on Saturday created high hopes for a decent finish today in the Atto 100. But problems downshifting for turn 1 caused him to spin at the end of the long front straight. He had to wait for almost the whole field to get by before turning around, and finished a disappointing 18th.
"We put a lot of effort into this brand new Avenue/ NMT Dodge Charger and I was real pleased with our qualifying effort. And the first few laps were great. I was happy to move up a couple of spots and to see Mark coming up behind me from his 12th place start was really good" said 3-time Champion Dave Whitlock. "But suddenly I had problems and could not correct them with in-car adjustments. I just couldn't drive as far into the corners as others. There were no more cautions after that and there was no way for me to improve my track position. That finishing position sure knocks us back a bit in points but we're not out of the hunt yet".
The race was won by Kerry Micks in his Power Water Ford, followed by Peter Gibbons and Don Thomson Jr. in Chevrolets. Team mate Mark Dilley had an outstanding day finishing 4th in his Whitlock Motorsports prepared Dodge Power Water Charger, maintaining his 2nd place in National points.
POINT STANDINGS: After 5 events. Unofficial as of July 10, 2005: 1. #4 Don Thomson Jr. (806 pts.); 2. #9 Mark Dilley (757); 3. #02 Kerry Micks (741); 4. #1 Peter Gibbons (743); 5. #39 Dave Whitlock (693); 6. #23 Jeff Lapcevich (664); 7. #19 Brad Graham (662); 8. #84 J.R. Fitzpatrick (659); 9. #60 Ron Beauchamp Jr. (658); 10. #17 DJ Kennington (657); 11. #14 John Fitzpatrick (648); 12. #71 Bryan Cathcart (616); 13. #88 Dave Jacombs (614); 13. #25 Jeff Lapcevich (614); 15. #22 Scott Steckly (612); 16. #37 Tara MacLeod ® (582) ® Denotes Rookie of the Year.
Next CASCAR Super Series race: July 22-23 - Mopar 500 weekend at Race City in Calgary AB.