Posted (04/09/2013) -
LEEDS, Ala.—RSR Motorsports had their share of challenges during round three of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Barber Motorsports Park, but Tom Dyer and Andrew Novich walked away with their best finish of the season so far. The co-drivers fought their way to sixth in the No. 196 US LED/Thor Motor Coach Honda Civic Si.
Qualifying for Saturday’s race was cancelled due to a crash, which meant teams were gridded according to points. After two disappointing results to open the season, Novich had to start the No. 196 Honda in the middle of the pack.
Novich and Dyer had to work past traffic to get to that sixth-place spot, though both are quick to credit the pit crew for an outstanding stop. “For me, it was a typical race in terms of what you hope for: move forward one spot at a time. We had a good, fast pit stop thanks to the guys on the team, and that gave me three or four spots, which is huge. The car was good, solid and consistent. We were pleased to get our first solid finish of the season, which we needed,” says Dyer.
“This race was a huge turning point for us. We had a really good car, and having tested at Barber two weeks prior to the race really helped us. A lot of our success was due to all the work that the team did at the Barber test,” says Novich. He added that the atmosphere at RSR Motorsports helped, too. “No longer are we learning to work together: we understand each other and have gotten comfortable. We’re all in sync and working as a team, so things are really moving along. We’ve got a lot of trust in each other.”
With less than two weeks before round four at Road Atlanta, RSR Motorsports is already working to improve the Hondas further. “We’ll keep working on finding speed in the new car. It’s definitely made a step forward after its debut in Austin, so we’ll continue to learn and develop it in Atlanta,” says Dyer.
The other two RSR Motorsports Hondas will be hoping for better results at Road Atlanta. After finishing fifth at Austin last month, Corey Fergus and Owen Trinkler were expecting even better results at Barber in the No. 197 Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach Honda Civic Si. Unfortunately, a throttle issue cost valuable time in the pits, and they made a comeback from last to 23rd. Sarah Cattaneo and Chris Puskar lost fourth and fifth gear, ending their race early in the No. 198 Honda Civic Si.
See RSR Motorsports at Barber Motorsports Park during the SPEED broadcast of the race on Saturday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also find RSR Motorsports online at www.RSRMotorsports.com or www.facebook.com/RSRMotorports.
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Thor Motor Coach, US LED, Honda Performance Development, CaseTech, OS Giken Racing Clutches and Limited Slip Differentials, Eibach Springs, Performance Racing Oils/Millers Oils, Midway Ford Truck Sales, DBA USA, Team RaceWorks, Performance Speed Tech, and Carbotech Performance Brakes.