"ArmsUp Motorsports Scores Double Podium at Gateway International Raceway" MADISON, Ill. -- ArmsUp Motorsports got their season into full swing last weekend at the SCCA St Louis Region's March Wins National. The event was split into a regional ...
"ArmsUp Motorsports Scores Double Podium at Gateway International Raceway"
MADISON, Ill. -- ArmsUp Motorsports got their season into full swing last weekend at the SCCA St Louis Region's March Wins National. The event was split into a regional race on Saturday and a national race on Sunday for the ArmsUp drivers of Pat Mc Ginnis and Jim Victor. Both days the duo of ArmsUp drivers came home with podium results. Mc Ginnis scored the win in the regional and was second in the national event with Victor bringing home a pair of third places in the Formula Continental (FC) division.
Saturday's regional festivities kicked off with a qualifying session. Mc Ginnis wasted no time in getting up to speed. The St. Louis native was turning times under the current Gateway FC track record and put his number 00 Van Diemen on pole for the race. Jim Victor put in a solid qualifying session to line up in the third spot. The race was more of the same for the ArmsUp crew with Mc Ginnis driving to the race win and Victor holding station in the third position.
The ArmsUp group arrived at the track Sunday morning to much different conditions than the day before. The same rains that postponed both the Indy Car Series and the NASCAR race were also prevalent at Gateway International Raceway. Sunday's qualifying session was in full wet conditions with Mc Ginnis setting the second fastest lap and Victor lining up third in FC. The track stayed wet the rest of the afternoon as scattered showers moved through the area. When the race went green Mc Ginnis worked his way into the lead during the first lap. On lap two Mc Ginnis relinquished the lead content to run second the rest of the race rather than risk his car in the changing conditions. Victor drove a steady race to maintain his third position in FC and brought his Smith Barney Van Diemen home in one piece.
"This was a good weekend for the guys," ArmsUp Motorsports owner Gregg Borland said after the race. "You can see how much more comfortable Pat is in the car after a year under his belt. Saturday he was the only FC car running below the track record and he did a solid job in the race. Jim Victor drove well all weekend and he only gets better as the season goes on. This was a good way to kick off the spring for us."
ArmsUp Motorsports will now head off to the historic Virginia International Raceway on April 18th for the SCCA North Carolina National. ArmsUp will have a four car armada at the event with Revere Greist, John Greist, Jeff Pietz and Rick Balsley all making their season debuts.
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