Putting an end to a string of bad luck, Pierre Klienubing, ...
Putting an end to a string of bad luck, Pierre Klienubing, #42 A-Spec/RealTime Racing Acura TSX, methodically parlayed his outside front row starting position into a near wire to wire win in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race #6 at Portland International Raceway Saturday.
Getting scrambled at the standing start, Klienubing, running in third, wrestled his way past Bob Stretch in the #98 Wheels America BMW 325Ci. As he followed his teammate, Matt Plumb, down the backstretch, Plumb missed a gear and Klienubing grabbed the lead.
Klienubing was only challenge once for the lead by the #71 Tri-Point Mazda 6 of Jeff Altenburg. Holding off the threat, Klienubing never looked back.
Plumb, #43 RealTime/SANZ/Sun Microsystems Acura TSX coming off his second career pole, finished the race behind his teammate in second. It was Plumb's second podium finish this season.
Bob Stretch, #98 Wheels America BMW 325Ci picked up third place and his first podium finish in the SPEED World Challenge series.
Other notable runs were turned in by Peter Cunningham, #4 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V starting 11th and finishing fourth, and Memo Gidley, who, after qualifying 5th for the CART race in Vancouver earlier today, utilized a helicopter and a Lear Jet to return to Portland to pilot his Air Force Reserve Ford Focus. Starting last on the grid, Gidley managed to finish the race 11th. The run earned him both the B&M Shifters Holeshot Award and the Sunoco Hard Charger.