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Road Atlanta: Jason Martinelli race notes

Martinelli Goes From 20th to 12th in SPEED World Challenge Touring Car at Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. -- Battling fierce competition and a crowded track, Jason Martinelli worked his way from 20th to 12th during the 50-minute SPEED World ...

Martinelli Goes From 20th to 12th in SPEED World Challenge Touring Car at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Battling fierce competition and a crowded track, Jason Martinelli worked his way from 20th to 12th during the 50-minute SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race at Road Atlanta on Saturday, driving the No. 29 Tecmark BMW 330Ci.

Martinelli had not raced at Road Atlanta for two years, but during the practice rounds he steadily increased his pace and re-familiarized himself with the challenging track.

The race was scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and Martinelli pulled into the 20th spot on the grid for a wild standing start. At the end of the first lap, he had already gained two positions. He was battling for 16th when the first of two caution periods began.

"I just found a couple of holes and went for it, and it worked," said Martinelli. "I just tried to hold my lines and to run a conservative race. It wasn't easy to do out there with all of the traffic."

When the track returned to green-flag racing for the final time, Martinelli was able to work his way up to 13th. He was racing closely with several other cars and got shuffled back to 15th as the race neared completion.

In the final minutes of the race, Martinelli moved his way back to 13th. He was up to 12th place when the checkered flag waved.

"It was a good day," reflected Martinelli. "I got hit from the rear when we all checked up for a car that spun in turn six, and I wish that had been avoided, but overall it was a good race. Moving up eight positions really showed how much potential we have, so I'm looking forward to the next round."

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