Two top fives for Imrie at Indianapolis. Ward Imrie scored two top-five finishes yesterday in a pair of races Indianapolis Raceway Park. The nineteen-year-old racer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, finished second and fourth on a 4-km (2.5-mile) road ...
Two top fives for Imrie at Indianapolis.
Ward Imrie scored two top-five finishes yesterday in a pair of races Indianapolis Raceway Park. The nineteen-year-old racer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, finished second and fourth on a 4-km (2.5-mile) road course at the IRP facility near Indianapolis, Indiana.
Imrie qualified fifth for both of yesterday's races, the seventh and eighth in the fourteen-race Formula Dodge National Championship presented by Racer, and was confident he could convert his third-row starts into solid results. In race one, he gained two positions at the start, but gave one back on the first lap. Seeing that the drivers occupying second and third were driving very hard and over using their tires, Imrie elected to follow along and wait for them to burn up their rubber. By the second half of the sixteen-lap race, Imrie could see that the car ahead was in trouble and he soon moved into third place. A few laps later, he inherited second when Robbie Montinola spun ahead of him.
Race two began with frenzied action as drivers made desperate passes on the opening lap. The result was a long train of cars battling behind a slower lead car. Imrie, in eighth place, said some of the action was a little over the top.
"Guys were banging each-other and there were car parts flying everywhere," he reported. "I just stayed out of it and waited for things to settle down."
As the faster drivers began to move up, and slower ones fell back, the train began to break apart and Imrie found his way to fifth place chasing down Brazilian driver, Jonathan Jorge. The pair fought a terrific battle for fourth, swapping places several times, before Imrie took the position for good with two laps remaining.
"I'm very happy with my performance this weekend," said Imrie. "I used my head, kept my nose clean and got two good finishes. I think I gained a place or two in the championship standings too. The points are very close at the top and there are five of us chasing the title right now. If I can maintain my momentum, I should be in the running for the championship at the end of the season."
The next race event on the Formula Dodge schedule is in Canada at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, August 2-3. The long break in the schedule may mean Imrie won't be at the wheel of a race car for a while, but it won't keep him away from the races: he'll be hanging out with some of his old buddies at kart tracks and will attend the Molson Indy in Toronto.