Davies captures victory in wild Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires race at Portland PORTLAND, Ore. (June 22, 2003) - Polesitter Jon Davies, of nearby Hood River, Ore., survived a wild last lap to bring home victory in ...
Davies captures victory in wild Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires race at Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 22, 2003) - Polesitter Jon Davies, of nearby Hood River, Ore., survived a wild last lap to bring home victory in the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires Pacific Tour race at Portland International Raceway, as part of the G.I. Joe's 200 Champ Car weekend. Ken Sutherland, of Beaverton, Ore., and Pratt Cole, of Salt Lake City, Utah, completed the top three.
Driving the No. 67 WindsurfingHawaii.com Miata, Davies was immediately passed for the lead on the opening lap by Sutherland, as the field streamed toward turn one. Retaking the lead one lap later, Davies and Sutherland spent the majority of the 28-lap event swapping the lead as they drafted passed each other on the long front straight.
With two laps remaining, Davies moved under Sutherland for the lead entering turn one. From there, he held off a late charge by Sutherland to win the event by a 0.439-second margin, averaging 71.350 mph.
"It was a real pleasure racing with these guys out there today," said Davies. "I'm loving the fact that we scored maximum points this weekend and am really looking forward to running the season-finale in Seattle [at Pacific Raceways]."
"It was a great race," said Sutherland, on his second-place finish. "I've been racing with Jon [Davies] for a while now and we are always able to put on a clean, fun race. I'm thrilled to be finishing second to him. Obviously, we had the home track advantage today."
Behind the leaders, a wild last lap jumbled the running order in the top 10. A late race caution had bunched the field and resulted in bumping and banging during the final seven laps. Taking advantage of the situation, Cole gained several positions in the final laps, and brought his No. 99 Western Companies Miata home in third place.
"I've never had this much fun in a race car," said Cole, who started the event in 10th position. "It was a real gas out there today!"
Another driver who was able to capitalize on the final lap pandemonium was Pacific Tour points leader Bobby Carter, of Stockton, Calif. From a 9th place starting position, Carter charged to sixth place by turn one at the start, only to have brake problems drop him quickly out of the top 10. When the problem corrected itself, Carter started to work his way back to the front.
"We really had a tenth place car, so I'm happy to finish fourth," said Carter. "After my brake problems cleared up, I was keeping my nose clean and concentrating on scoring the most points possible. I've got my eye on the Championship and didn't want to do something silly to mess that up."
Carter and Todd Harris, of Portland, Ore., completed the top five. Bob Wright, of San Diego, Calif., received the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for passing nine competitors during the event.
With the fourth-place finish, Carter maintains his lead in the Pacific Tour point standings with 153. The victory moved Davies into second place with 122 points, followed by Izzy Sanchez, Derek Smith and Andrew Newell, with 120, 101 and 96 points, respectively.
The Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires Pacific Tour travels to Pacific Raceways, in King County, Wash., Sept. 12-14 for the 2003 season finale. With a two-month break until the next event, many of the Pacific Tour drivers are planning to enter the Atlantic Tour event at Road America Aug. 1-3, as part of the Champ Car Mario Andretti Grand Prix of Road America.
For more information on the Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires, please visit www.sccapro.com/miata.
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