Slight Contact Proves Costly for Baas In Sunday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 10 - Ian Baas was in 11th place and going for tenth when he was forced to park his STaSIS Motorsport Audi A4 in...
Slight Contact Proves Costly for Baas In Sunday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 10 - Ian Baas was in 11th place and going for tenth when he was forced to park his STaSIS Motorsport Audi A4 in Sunday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race at Watkins Glen International with eight of 20 laps complete.
Baas coasted to a stop in the short chute between turns eight and 15 after slight contact with Andrew Wojteczko's Lexus punctured his car's radiator.
"I got into the Lexus at the Bus Stop, and it punctured the radiator and I pulled off," Baas said afterwards. "I just barely got into him, but it must have been at just the wrong spot, and it punched a hole in the radiator."
Baas, of Noblesville, Ind., started 13th, advanced to 11th at the initial start, and then ran in 12th place from laps one through six.
He ran his fastest lap on lap five with a 2:07.303 (96.148 miles per hour) while he was attempting to pass Wojteczko. He got by Wojteczko on lap seven to move into 11th place, and then immediately zeroed in on Payton Wilson's Dodge that was just ahead of him. He pulled abreast of Wilson, but then the after-effects of the previous contact with Wojteczko couldn't be ignored and he pulled off the 3.4-mile track with about 19 minutes complete in the 50-minute race.
The official finishing position for the entry, which promotes Team Janica Racing, Audiworld.com, Clear Capital and the not-for-profit group Baas helps, the Think First Foundation, was 23rd.
Both Saturday and Sunday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car races will be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Baas finished 12th in Saturday's SPEED World Challenge race and 14th in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen even though he was dealing with the effects of the flu all weekend.
Baas competes in both the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series and the Rolex Series. Following this weekend, Baas' next Rolex Series race is at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 21-24. His next SPEED World Challenge Touring Car event is July 7-8 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, but there's another Rolex Series race before that on July 5 at Daytona Beach, Fla.