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Racing Incident on the Last Lap Spoils Klein's Top-10 Run at Portland PORTLAND, Ore., July 25 - Andersen Walko Racing's Jonathan Klein was the victim of a racing incident while running in the top 10 on the last lap of yesterday's Star Mazda race...

Racing Incident on the Last Lap
Spoils Klein's Top-10 Run at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore., July 25 - Andersen Walko Racing's Jonathan Klein was the victim of a racing incident while running in the top 10 on the last lap of yesterday's Star Mazda race at Portland International Raceway and had to drop out with a flat tire.

The young star from Long Grove, Ill. officially finished 19th in the 30-car race presented by Goodyear after starting 15th.

Less than one second separated the first 14 positions on the grid, with thirty-one cars overall posting qualifying times.

Klein's Andersen Walko Racing No. 97 is sponsored by Nexus Distribution, Ironclad Performance Wear, Midwest Steel & Services, Kafact Plastics and Fettes, Love & Seiben.

"It was my first time at the track," noted Klein by telephone while waiting for an airplane home Saturday night. "We learned the track quickly, and we were third-quickest in the morning practice session on Friday.

"We had a little bit of an overheating problem during the afternoon practice session," he continued. "Then we sort of missed on the set-up for qualifying, and we qualified 15th.

"Things went well at the start of the race," he noted. "We were up to eighth at one point, but then dropped back two positions to tenth.

"On the last lap I was making a pass for ninth, and I made the pass, but at the next corner the guy that I had passed hit me and popped my left-rear tire, ending my race. So I didn't finish the race under circumstances that I couldn't control."

Michael Potekhen won Saturday's race, a support event for an American Le Mans Series headliner, over Daniel DiLeo and Scott Jenkins. The event is scheduled to be broadcast on SPEED at noon ET on Aug. 21.

Klein won't have long to wait before he can try again, as the next race is slated for Aug. 7 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

"Eric, Scott, Seb and the rest of the Andersen Walko team did an excellent job prepping the car this weekend, and I want to give special thanks to them," Klein said. "I also want to thank my sponsors.

"I also want to thank Dan [Andersen] and his family for coming out and supporting me on a weekend that they could have been relaxing at home," he added.

For more information see www.andersenwalko.com and www.starmazda.com.

-awr-

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Michael Potekhen , Jonathan Klein , Daniel DiLeo