BimmerWorld Upbeat For Inaugural SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race In Salt Lake City Though the BimmerWorld team was disappointed at the outcome of their outing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, having stayed out west to test in Utah, the team...
BimmerWorld Upbeat For Inaugural SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race In Salt Lake City
Though the BimmerWorld team was disappointed at the outcome of their outing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, having stayed out west to test in Utah, the team is upbeat with the progress being made with their two new BMW 325i E90 race cars.
The Infineon race saw James Clay undable to start the race due to a broken axle. Teammates Matt Richmond and Seth Thomas finished 15th and 16th respectively while Paul Goldman finished 22nd.
"Sonoma is behind us," said BimmerWorld owner, James Clay. "I had an issue in practice were my foot became lodged between the accelerator and clutch pedals in the new car. I managed to gather it up without causing too much damage. Then I was unable to start due to the broken axle."
"We have to take things like this in stride and chalk it up to development," said an optimistic Clay. "These are teething problems that you have to overcome. All-inall, we were coming up to speed nicely as the weekend progressed. What makes it disappointing is knowing how hard the crew worked. The BimmerWorld guys don't give up and I couldn't be any prouder of them."
"We're all very upbeat about this weekend at Miller Motorsport Park, though," Clay continued. "We stayed out west a few extra days and did some testing in Utah and it was very productive. I feel like we are really starting to figure the new E90 cars out and the whole team was encouraged by the results. Given the fact that the track is brand new to all the teams, it levels the playing field tremendously."
Seth Thomas echoed Clay's thoughts. "Sonoma was a decent race weekend for us," said Thomas. "My car was very good in qualifying. We changed the setup for the race, though, and unfortunately it didn't work out as well as we had hoped. We did learn a lot about the E90 and I think we've shown that it will be a fast car."
"Our test at Miller the week after Sonoma and was a great success," noted Seth. "It was a terrific opportunity to learn about the track and the new car. This is going to be a great track to race on and I can't wait for the weekend. This should be the weekend we really showcase our new cars"
This is the inaugural Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City and will run on Saturday, July 15. The race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, July 22, on SPEED.