Posted (05/06/2009) -
Burrows, Hopwood Race Report: New Jersey Motorsports Park
May 3, 2009
MILLVILLE, N.J. - Heading into Saturday's Garden State 250 for round 3 of the 2009 championship season, Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood were looking to build on the points-generating momentum the duo scored with a 7th place finish in the last round of Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge competition in March.
That plan was kicked into action as Burrows qualified the No. 198 Fischer Ski MINI Cooper S fourth on the grid, and pounced at the start to emerge as the race leader in the early laps. Turning the car over to Hopwood in a quick RSR Motorsports pit stop, the 2007 KONI Challenge Champs were looking to leave New Jersey with another solid points-paying day.
"That was good fun at the start, racing with (former teammate and eventual race winner) Christian," said Burrows. "It was good to get out front, particularly for the RSR guys. We'd been fighting some electronics issues earlier this weekend and everyone worked so hard to find a solution. From there I was just trying to save as much fuel as I could to give us as many options as possible for our pit window. I had a little problem with some of the traffic that we were lapping, but otherwise it was a great start to the day."
Unfortunately that good fast didn't convert into a good finish as Hopwood took the controls. Moving up through the order after rejoining deep in the 45-car field, Hopwood's progress was soon hampered by a problem at the front end of the car that slowed, and then halted, his upward mobility in the charts as the car was unable to finish the race.
"It was pulling left for a while, and I was just trying to take it easy as much as I could, but in the end, it completely lost drive and I was stranded out on course," said Hopwood, who will be making a double out of the weekend as he heads to New Hampshire to race his Spec Racer on Sunday. "You hate to run up front and show the speed that we had today and not be able to make it to the finish. The corner station was the same one that I had to stop at last year when my motor blew, and the corner workers all recognized me-'you again!?' Hopefully my race tomorrow will go a little bit better even though I'll be starting from the rear."
SPEED will carry coverage of the event on May 9 at 12:00 PM ET.
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