TIM HORTONS CHEVROLET TEAM CAN'T CATCH A BREAK July 13, 2009. Jeff Lapcevich and the ...
TIM HORTONS CHEVROLET TEAM CAN'T CATCH A BREAK
July 13, 2009. Jeff Lapcevich and the #23 Tim Hortons Chevrolet team came to the Autodrome St. Eustache for round number four of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series looking to build on their top-ten finish from the last event and carry the momentum from that successful event. After a solid qualifying effort and looking strong a bad break would end their day early.
Lapcevich and the #23 Tim Hortons team hit the track for practice and posted consistent top-ten speeds. "The Tim Hortons Chevrolet was good right away and we just needed to make some minor adjustments to the sway bar" said Lapcevich. "That and a few minor changes to the pedals and we were set" he added.
Lapcevich would start the 250 lap main event from the eighth spot and with his smooth driving style would begin moving forward. As the race moved toward the mid point Lapcevich would run into the top-five. "The car was fast, it was comfortable, we raced up to third before we pitted and we were really looking forward to a good finish" said the driver.
The team would continue to work their race strategy and looked to be heading toward another solid finish. Unfortunately it would be a bad twist of fate that would ruin their day. As Lapcevich approached corner three the Tim Hortons Chevrolet inexplicably spun out and was contacted by another competitor. "I didn't have any warning, the car just stepped out and went hard into the wall and we got hit in the front and that took out the radiator and it pretty much finished us." he summarized.
It was an unfortunate turn that robbed the #23 Tim Hortons team of a solid finish. "It's very disappointing" said Lapcevich. "These guys just worked so hard and have had a lot of sleepless nights and it would have been nice to bring home a good finish. But we've decided that instead of going out west for the next events we're going to work on our new car and do some testing and we'll be ready to go for the event at Mosport" he added.
Jeff Lapcevich and the Tim Hortons team will resume competition in the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on Saturday August 8th at Mosport Speedway following the Western Canada Events. This year's series events will consist of ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits from coast to coast in Canada. All events are once again scheduled to appear on TSN.