Moses Smith had a very busy schedule last week at Infineon Raceway. The "race week" would start very early for the young American driver, who had booked an Advanced Lapping Day from the Jim Russell Racing School on Wednesday. "I wanted to make...
Moses Smith had a very busy schedule last week at Infineon Raceway. The "race week" would start very early for the young American driver, who had booked an Advanced Lapping Day from the Jim Russell Racing School on Wednesday. "I wanted to make sure that I was as ready as I could be for this weekend, I have had a lot of success here at Infineon, but the race win has always eluded me." Moses commented. "I figured that some extra seat time at the track right before the weekend couldn't hurt my chances. Also I want to give Garrett Drysdale a special thanks for the help during the Russell test day."
As soon as the lapping day was over, Moses had to hurry to get out of his driving suit, get cleaned up, and head to Santa Rosa. Awaiting him in Santa Rosa was a pre-arranged 2 hour radio show that was to use Moses as the focal point to promote the American Lemans Series Race at Infineon Raceway.
The venue for the radio show was at a local Mazda Dealership, Wood Mazda of Santa Rosa, which was an easy tie in for the Star Mazda Series. "I was excited to be invited to this show, I saw it as a great way to help promote the race, support the Star Mazda Series, and thank my sponsors on radio. We had a lot of people come out to the show where I was able to sign autographs, hand out some Team Tomlin and HASA hats, and give away some free tickets that Infineon Raceway provided." The radio show was hosted by 97.7 The River, which is the second highest rated radio station in the bay area. Plans for next year have already been discussed to have Moses come back to help promote the race.
The rest of the week would continue in traditional Star Mazda fashion. Thursday was a Promoter test day which would find Moses second quick in the final test session. Friday was the official test day offering three more sessions to dial in the car before qualifying. "The team and I are very confident in our set-up this weekend, I think we have a great car for qualifying, and the race." stated Moses after the Friday test day was complete. Everything was geared towards Moses winning the race on Sunday, which was very important to him considering he had been so close to winning at Infineon in previous races.
During Saturday's qualifying session, times were very close. The top five qualifiers were all within a few tenths of a second. Moses had managed to qualify second on the grid of thirty-five competitors, despite running out of fuel on his fastest qualifying lap. "The car work excellent in qualifying, we misjudged how much fuel we were going to use during qualifying, but I am very happy to be starting on the front row." Moses commented after qualifying.
Although qualifying second, Moses was determined to not stay there very long. As soon as the green flag dropped starting the race, Moses was in the lead before Turn 2. "Infineon is a tough track to pass on, I wanted to get out front and try to create a gap" Moses commented about his race strategy.
During the eighteen lap race no one would challenge Moses for the lead. This was the case until Turn 7 of the final lap, when the leaders caught up to lap traffic. With a little assistance from the slower lap traffic, the #46 car, which was currently in second, was able to slip by moving Moses into second place.
Moses explained the incident by saying "The Team Tomlin/HASA car was awesome this weekend, I was hoping to take home a win this weekend, but unfortunately I mis-judged lap traffic, losing the lead. I am very happy with the Team's results this week. We are really coming along, and the guys have given me a car that can win every weekend. I just want to thank Team Tomlin, HASA Pool Products, RLV Tuned Exhaust, Mothers Car Polishes, and Justice Brothers; with out their continued support this year would not be possible".