Hamilton, Ontario: The ...
Hamilton, Ontario: The #88 Speedy Auto Service/Dynomax Performance Exhaust Team of Dave Jacombs experienced a disappointing day at the Toronto Indy in the sixth event on the Castrol Super Series tour with a twentieth place finish. A controversial black flag near the mid-point of the Castrol 100 cost them a possible top ten finish.
Jacombs felt the car was reasonably good off the trailer on Friday during practice as they were on old tires. He hoped that would turn into a good result on Saturday morning when they put new tires on the car during the half-hour timed qualifying session. The Speedy Taurus was not as quick as Jacombs would have liked as they posted the nineteenth quickest time of the forty-two cars attempting to qualify but felt that given time during the race they would be able to move up. The top thirty-two cars and six provisional starters would make up the field for the running of the one-hour event later in the day.
Jacombs started the Castrol 100 from the nineteenth spot and was slowly picking off the competitors in front of him when it was deemed by the officials that Jacombs had passed another car in a corner that was showing a yellow flag condition. This resulted in the #88 Speedy Taurus driver getting the black flag and he was forced to pit for a stop and go penalty. Jacombs went from fifteenth position to twenty-fourth. During the final laps the Speedy Taurus driver was able to move up several spots to finish in the twentieth position. A disappointed Jacombs said after the event "The car was lose all day but we felt we could have moved into the top ten. The black flag was totally unexpected. Robbie Thompson seemed to be off the pace and I passed him slowly. After the pass we went around a corner and the yellow flag was waving. I guess from what I am told, there was a yellow previous to the one I saw. Unfortunately for us we cannot do much about this now and we will just have to hope for a good result at St. Eustache in two weeks."
Jacombs unofficially moves to fifth in the Castrol Super Series point standings just one point behind fourth place Ron Beauchamp Jr. going into the seventh event of the season at the Autodrome St. Eustache on July 28th.
Podium finishers included 1. #66 Robin Buck in the UAP Napa Pontiac 2. #4 Don Thomson Jr. in the Home Hardware Chevrolet 3. #76 Al Turner in the Blue Streak Intrepid.
Speedy Auto Service enjoyed a great weekend at the Indy where they had a display booth featuring their line of performance products and where Dave Jacombs joined them for two hours each day to sign autographs.