TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR BEAUCHAMP AND TEAM MOPAR July 4, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the ...
TOP-FIVE FINISH FOR BEAUCHAMP AND TEAM MOPAR
July 4, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team came to the Autodrome St Eustache for round number three of the NASCR Canadian Tire Series looking to rebound from a disappointing result at Mosport. With a concerted team effort all the Team Mopar achieved their wish.
Through the afternoon practice session the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge was a handful for Beauchamp. "We just seemed to be off in the set up" said the frustrated driver. "We normally run really well here but today was a battle to get the handling right" he added.
Frustration would continue through qualifying as Beauchamp was only able to manage the twelfth best time in the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge. Starting in the middle of the pack Team Mopar had to be flexible in their approach to the race. "We think with the changes made we'll be better for the race as the track changes" said the driver. "We may have to make an early stop if things are still a bit off" he added.
In the early going the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge dropped even further back in the field but Beauchamp stuck with the plan. "It was tough early but as the track cooled down we got a little better" said the driver. As the race continued Beauchamp was able to begin moving forward.
Scheduled pit stops would also prove to be a challenge for the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team. "We had a little trouble with our left side tire change" said Beauchamp. "But I've got to give credit to the guys on Team Mopar we kept battling through" he added.
In the closing laps Beauchamp appeared to have the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge settled up front and able to challenge. "It seemed that on long runs the car would change and become a handful" explained the driver. "Then when I had the chance to ease up and let things cool down, we'd get faster again" he stated.
Working hard right up to the checkered flag Beauchamp was able to obtain a fifth place finish for the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge. It was a satisfying result after a trying day. "After a tough outing last time I think we've definitely changed the momentum of our team and are moving forward" stated Ron Jr. "We had to fight for everything we got today and I'm really proud of how the guys worked so hard today" summed up the driver.
With the fifth place result Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge now sit sixth in the overall championship.
Round number four takes place Saturday July 17th on the streets of Toronto at Exhibition Place during the Toronto Indy weekend.