Cunningham edges TeamRTR Sentra closer to podium in California July 27, 2003 - Sonoma, California Peter Cunningham's fifth place finish edged TeamRTR's 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V closer to its first race win in the SCCA Speed ...
Cunningham edges TeamRTR Sentra closer to podium in California
July 27, 2003 - Sonoma, California
Peter Cunningham's fifth place finish edged TeamRTR's 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V closer to its first race win in the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship at Infineon Raceway.
Cunningham finished the race 13.993 seconds away from the win, earning two more Manufacturer's Championship points for Nissan.
For the first time, TeamRTR fielded two entries for the California race. Cunningham drove the #1 Sentra racer, while Eric Curran debuted the #2 machine, and finished 30th after a rock in the car's radiator slowed him down.
Cunningham, the defending Touring Car Driver's Champion, was gridded 10th in the 36-car field, and Curran 22nd. Cunningham was up to eighth place by lap 8, to sixth place by lap 18, and into fifth just before the checkered flag fell.
"This top-five finish for Nissan is a great tribute to the TeamRTR crew," Cunningham said. "And Eric's performance, despite his misfortune in the race, shows us that he is very much 'the real deal'. He was headed for a top-ten result until he had his problem. It was nobody's fault, because he was driving very smart and racing hard." Curran had been in 12th place when he retired the #2 car.
TeamRTR's Crew Chief Andrew Armistead said his crew's biggest challenge was, "to come up with a chassis setup for a late afternoon race, after qualifying 28 hours earlier in the morning. That was a hard call on an unusual situation, but I think we nailed it. For the next race at Mid- Ohio, we will continue to learn what the Sentra's chassis needs to do its job. We have no problems which can't be cured by experience."
Infineon Raceway's Touring Car race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 4 pm EST.
Round six of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will be Aug. 8-10 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio, a track where Cunningham has won six races since 1988; and where Curran won the SCCA's National Championship in the American Sedan class.
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.