TOUGH AFTENOON IN TORONTO FOR BEAUCHAMP July 17, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the ...
TOUGH AFTENOON IN TORONTO FOR BEAUCHAMP
July 17, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 team expected to keep their momentum going in the right direction coming off a top-five finish in their last outing of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. However during round for in Toronto as part of the Toronto Indy the team would be disappointed with the results.
The #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 team struggled during practice and Ron Beauchamp would struggle to handle the car. "As I was coming up through the long right hand corner the car just snapped out from under me" said Beauchamp. Fortunately the body damage was mostly cosmetic.
The #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 team made repairs and during qualifying the performance improved. "After talking with the team and some of the other guys we took some rear brake bias out of the car and it was much better". Because of the troubles during practice the team was relegated to the slower qualifying group and would start the 100km feature race sixteenth.
As the race began Beauchamp looked to move the #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 Dodge forward in the field and had moderate success in the early going. "I just tried to make sure I stayed away from any contact and trouble that might occur from some guys trying to get the early jump" said Beauchamp.
As the race began to unfold Beauchamp noticed that something was wrong with the handling of the #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 Dodge and tried to compensate. "The car wasn't braking the way it should" explained the driver. "I tried to help by using the transmission to help slow the car but that wasn't good enough" he added.
Soon after the #60 Exide Batteries/Mopar Parts/Mobil 1 Dodge would stop on course bringing out a full course caution and slowing the field. During this time Beauchamp managed to coax the car back to pit road where after an inspection of the rear end suspension the pronounced the car broken beyond repair, they were finished after only seven laps. "This is a tough one to swallow" said the driver. "The positive is that we did find the set up for the car to run quicker on this kind of street course and we'll absolutely be faster in Edmonton next week" he stated.
Round number four takes place Sunday July 25th as part of the Edmonton Indy weekend.
-source: beauchamp motorsports