Beauchamp 4th on streets of Toronto MOPAR Dodge driver narrowly misses podium at T.O. Indy WINDSOR, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. scored an impressive fourth-place finish in Saturday afternoon's CASCAR Super Series...
Beauchamp 4th on streets of Toronto
MOPAR Dodge driver narrowly misses podium at T.O. Indy
WINDSOR, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. scored an impressive fourth-place finish in Saturday afternoon's CASCAR Super Series race at the Toronto Indy. The Windsor, ON driver was pleased with the result in just his second outing in the team's new purpose-built MOPAR Dodge road racing car.
Beauchamp started sixth in the field of 29 who participated in CASCAR's sixth annual appearance at one of the country's biggest racing weekends. On lap 9, he moved into fifth. And when points leader Peter Gibbons experienced mechanical trouble that forced him to the pits for repairs, the MOPAR Dodge climbed to fourth. Although Beauchamp closed the gap on third-place finisher DJ Kennington, he would finish the 39-lap race in fourth. Further ahead, Jeff Lapcevich and Don Thomson were first and second, respectively.
Talking about his race and his car, Beauchamp was elated. "It was just our second race with that car and it's just getting better and better. The thing I like best about it is how solid it is under braking. It let me drive a lot deeper on the straight because it's so solid under braking, and set itself perfectly for the turns. I made up a lot of ground because of this."
Beauchamp continued, "I was catching DJ [Kennington] for third, but a couple of lapped cars got in the way a little bit. I would have needed about three more laps to catch his bumper. But passing is another story. There were a couple of times I got into a bit of trouble pushing too hard, but then I just got back into my groove again. It was just an awesome car."
The CASCAR race at the Indy ran without a single full-course caution. In fact, the two qualifying sessions and the Friday practice session were also completed without full course yellows. "Going caution free in the race and in all our qualifying and practice sessions, all weekend, really makes CASCAR look professional," said Beauchamp. "Everyone did a great job. Sure, I would have liked to see a late caution [in the race] to get me closer to the guys in front, but that would have brought guys up on my bumper, too, so I'm not complaining. We're really happy with the way things went this weekend."
Following six events, the MOPAR Dodge driver sits seventh in the Super Series points, just 56 points out of fourth overall. Looking back at the first half of the season, Beauchamp is pleased with his team's effort. "It feels good. In the past few years we got off to slower starts and spent the rest of the year playing catch-up. We're already into our late-season form so we're excited about our chances to challenge for a top spot in the championship."
NEXT RACE: The next outing for Beauchamp and the MOPAR Dodge team will be in two weeks, in Vancouver. "I'm really looking forward to the Vancouver Indy after such a good run here in Toronto; I know I'm going to have a good piece for that race," said Beauchamp, who plans on using the same race setup he had in Toronto. According to Beauchamp, he owes a debt of gratitude to Western Series champ and two-time Toronto Indy winner Kevin Dowler. "I have to thank Kevin because we talked on the phone a little while back and we used some of his advice on the setup at this race and it really paid off."
RACE SUMMARY: Jeff Lapcevich continued his dominance of CASCAR's road races when he led every lap of the Super Series chase at the Toronto Indy, on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Caistor Centre, ON racer has won the last four CASCAR road course events, dating back to last year's T.O. Indy race. Don Thomson finished second, ahead of Dodge driver DJ Kennington. At the halfway point of the season, Peter Gibbons holds a narrow points lead over Don Thomson and Dave Whitlock.
CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The television broadcast of the recent Canada Day Shootout CASCAR Super Series race at Cayuga Speedway will air on SPORTSNET starting Tuesday (July 13) night. Check your local SPORTSNET listings for starting times and subsequent air dates for this race.