Posted (05/17/2012) -
MILLVILLE, N.J.—RSR Motorsports won the ST class during Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, marking the third year in a row that they have been victorious there. This year, it was Owen Trinkler and Corey Fergus who took top honors in the No. 197 Honda Civic SI.
Fergus was especially impressive, earning the pole in only his fourth series start. He set his fast time of 1:32.725 late in the session. “Everyone was surprised, including myself,” Fergus says. “I knew I could do it, but I hadn’t been anywhere near those times because I hadn’t been on fresh tires yet. I also hadn’t been on that track or in the Honda before. I had confidence in myself and knew I could go fast, and I finally had gotten enough track time and was used to the car.”
At the start of the 2.5-hour race, Fergus led the ST field during the opening laps before settling into sixth. He pitted during a caution and handed the Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach Honda over to Trinkler.
RSR Motorsports utilized a two-stop strategy, the same one that has helped them take the win at New Jersey for the past two years. Having fresh tires at the end of the race was what helped Trinkler get into the lead and stay there.
Trinkler says, “We wanted to conserve our tires after our second stop. We still had an hour to go, and we wanted to make a run for it in the last 30 minutes. It went flawlessly. When we got the lead, we ran the pace we wanted to run, and we had good tires and great handling to help us get the victory. It’s not a horsepower track; it’s a handling track.”
After leading for the final half-hour, Trinkler crossed the finish line for his—and the team’s—third consecutive win at New Jersey Motorsports Park. It is the first win that RSR Motorsports has earned in the new Honda.
“It’s a testament to the crew and everybody on board our team who got the car to handle so well,” Trinkler says. “The guys are just clicking right now and making the car so good on long runs. The turns at New Jersey are fairly tight, and the guys gave me an easy car to drive.”
“Owen and Corey did a great job,” says RSR Motorsports owner Randall Smalley. “I was amazed at the way Corey stepped up and pulled off the pole. He listened really well to the input and it paid off. He and Owen work well together, and combined with the efforts of our crew, we had a great team in place to get this win.”
Fergus is thrilled to get a win so early in his GRAND-AM career. “About halfway through the season is when I thought things would start to click and I’d get used to driving a car with front wheel drive and a roof over my head. I’m learning quicker than I thought, which is good. I was absolutely thrilled to win,” he says.
Ron Farmer and Jason Hart debuted their new No. 196 US LED Honda Civic SI. In its first outing, Farmer and Hart drove the car to 12th. Kyle Gimple and Chris Puskar had to pit early with a cut tire, but they persevered to finish 22nd in the No. 198 MINI Cooper S.
See RSR Motorsports take the win at New Jersey Motorsports Park during the broadcast of the B+ HEROES 200 on SPEED. The race airs at 2:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 26.
Keep up with RSR Motorsports online at www.RSRMotorsports.com.
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Thor Motor Coach, US LED, MINI USA, Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers, CaseTech, OS Giken Racing Clutches and Limited Slip Differentials, Eibach Springs, Performance Racing Oils/Millers Oils, Midway Ford Truck Sales, DBA USA, MINI North Scottsdale, Team RaceWorks, Performance Speed Tech, and Carbotech Pads.