Michael Guasch Continues Winning Ways at Virginia International Raceway Master Class Competitor Moves Into Top-Ten With Another Solid Outing In a race marred by multiple incidents and caution flag periods, Michael Guasch, of Walnut Creek, ...
Michael Guasch Continues Winning Ways at Virginia International Raceway
Master Class Competitor Moves Into Top-Ten With Another Solid Outing
In a race marred by multiple incidents and caution flag periods, Michael Guasch, of Walnut Creek, California, maneuvered through the trouble to record his second consecutive Master Class victory in Round Two of the Star Mazda Championship presented Goodyear at Virginia International Raceway as part of the Bosch Engineering 250 race weekend.
Driving the #91 Molecule Labs JDC Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda, Guasch would out-qualify and out-race all fellow Master and Expert Class competitors, recording a fourteenth place finish and move into a tie for tenth place in the overall championship.
"I'm a little disappointed with the number of caution periods we had during the race but I'm excited to be climbing back on the podium again," Guasch explained afterwards. "JDC Motorsports, my engineer Rick Cameron, and my mechanic Rafael Navarro gave me a great car right from the start of the weekend and I've been improving behind the wheel as well. I was able to qualify within one-tenth of a second of the previous track record set in 2007 and was within two seconds of some extremely talented young drivers that are running in this series."
Starting sixteenth in the field of twenty-eight Guasch would lose several spots on the opening lap as trouble between several cars ahead of him slowed his progress, but he would recover and regain spots on each subsequent restart. "The restarts were challenging as everyone was bunched together and the cars behind were getting a strong tow as we headed towards the first turn," Guasch explained. "It was a definite challenge to focus on moving up while at the same time protecting your position and your car to avoid contact that might end your race early."
Joining Guasch on the podium were race winner Peter Dempsey along with fellow JDC Motorsports teammates Alex Ardoin and Joel Miller and fellow West Coast and Molecule Formula Mazda Challenge competitor Patrick O'Neill.
Guasch now shifts his attention towards Miller Motorsports Park, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, for Round Three of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear on May 14-16.