WHITLOCK RACES LAST ROAD COURSE EVENT OF HIS CAREER IN MONTREAL MONTREAL, QC, (Monday August 31, 2009): Dave Whitlock entered the weekend at Montreal with mixed feelings. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 season so this would be...
WHITLOCK RACES LAST ROAD COURSE EVENT OF HIS CAREER IN MONTREAL
MONTREAL, QC, (Monday August 31, 2009): Dave Whitlock entered the weekend at Montreal with mixed feelings. He announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 season so this would be the final road course outing of his career. Whitlock was hoping for a top ten day but a broken part dashed those hopes and at the end of the day the No. 39 Dickies/NMT Dodge Avenger was scored in 26th position.
098-1.jpg Whitlock's qualifying session was very promising and everyone was confident about a good race day on Sunday as he posted the 16th quickest time. Road course qualifying is accomplished by half of the thirty four cars in attendance on the track at one time taking laps. Each lap Whitlock ran during qualifying was quicker than the last and each lap he also had to pass at least one car. The ideal in road course qualifying is to get a "clean" lap where you have no cars to pass and no obstacles which the No. 39 Dickies driver did not get.
Sunday's Napa 100 started just before noon and the grandstands were packed with fans cheering them on. In the first five laps there were two caution periods and it was on the second restart that Whitlock's car just didn't go. "It's clutch or rear end," said a very frustrated and disappointed Whitlock over the radio to his crew. Not to be daunted the team quickly went to work and fixed the broken piece and got Whitlock back on track. Unfortunately with the laps winding down he was only able to make up a few positions and 26th was the result. "This is not the way I wanted my last road course to go," commented Whitlock after the race. "I was very comfortable in the car for practice and the early going in the race and thought we had a good shot at a top ten finish today. Our road course results have been very disappointing this year. We have had a decent car and unfortunately mechanical failures have taken us out of 3 events. My crew did an incredible job today, to get us back on the track. I would like to thank all my sponsors, for their continued support!"
Next up for Whitlock Motorsports is the Torbram Electric 300 presented by The Source at Barrie Speedway.