"There's no way around it - neither of our cars finished the race," said TeamRTR owner and lead driver Peter Cunningham after the team's disappointing day at Laguna Seca Raceway in the eighth round of the SCCA Speed World ...
"There's no way around it - neither of our cars finished the race," said TeamRTR owner and lead driver Peter Cunningham after the team's disappointing day at Laguna Seca Raceway in the eighth round of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship series.
"My Nissan Sentra Spec V suffered a broken CV joint, and Eric Curran's car was slipping on leaking fluids," Cunningham added. "The cars came here well-prepared, we were not crashed out of the race, and we were competitive.
"Just as we went wire-to-wire to win at Road America two weeks ago, the same fates will cause us to have weekends like this. It happens in racing, and to the best of them."
"Now," he added, "this race is behind us and what is important is our next race at Road Atlanta, followed by shipping the cars to Puerto Rico for the season finale. We'll feel a lot more comfortable at Road Atlanta where we've had a lot of success in the past, and the Puerto Rico race is going to be a crapshoot for everybody because nobody in the series has ever raced on that circuit."
In fact, Road Atlanta is the most successful track for Cunningham during his long professional career. Nine of his 75 pro race wins have been on the undulating north-central Georgia circuit.
Cunningham, the defending Touring Car Driver's Champion, qualified fourth fastest in the 36-car field, his second-best qualifying effort of the season. "We were really looking forward to doing well here," he said. "The car was running fine and we were pressing for third place until we had our problem on the 18th lap."
Curran was gridded 20th. "Eric passed five cars on the first lap and worked his way to 13th place by the seventh lap," Cunningham said, "but that's when the fluid leak got on his tires, causing him to slip all over the place. We couldn't fix the leak and still salvage a points-paying position, so we parked it. He'll do better the next time."
Laguna Seca's Touring Car race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 pm EST.
Round nine of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will be Oct. 15-17 at Road Atlanta.
The TeamRTR Nissan Sentra SE-R effort is sponsored by Nissan North America, Inc., NISMO, Red Line Oil, Eibach Springs, BOSCH, Sparco, Gemini Technologies, and Brembo.