TeamRTR Nissan Grabs 3rd Pole Gearbox linkage problem prevents top finish Peter Cunningham's TeamRTR Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V started today's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Touring Car Championship race at...
TeamRTR Nissan Grabs 3rd Pole
Gearbox linkage problem prevents top finish
Peter Cunningham's TeamRTR Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V started today's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Touring Car Championship race at Road Atlanta from the pole position for the third straight race, and led laps three through eight.
Then, on lap 16, as Cunningham tried to re-take the lead, a transmission malfunction occurred.
"I had no gears for a moment," he said, "but luckily it happened in a place where I had just enough momentum to coast into the pits. The crew made the quick fix to get me back out there, but we went a lap down in the process." Cunningham soldiered on to a 22nd place finish.
"We had outstanding practice and qualifying days at Road Atlanta in the NISMO Sentra, and we were strong at the start of the race, but these things happen," he said.
BMW driver and third place qualifier Bill Auberlen won the drag race at the drop of the green flag, leaving Cunningham in second place by the end of the first lap, but he dove inside of Auberlen going into Turn 10 at the end of the second lap to take back the race lead.
Pierre Kleinubing passed Cunningham for the race lead at the same turn coming up to end the eighth lap. Cunningham maintained a 1.5-second gap behind the Acura until his pit stop.
He returned to the track one lap later and was able to run laps as fast as the leaders, but could not make up the deficit.
The TV broadcast on SPEED TV airs Sunday, September 26, at Noon (EDT).
The tenth and final race of the World Challenge season will be October 15-17 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
The TeamRTR Nissan effort is sponsored by Nissan North America, Inc., NISMO, Red Line Oil, Eibach Springs, BOSCH, Sport Compact Car, Sparco, Brembo and Memphis Car Audio.