Posted (04/24/2013) -
BRASELTON, Ga.—RSR Motorsports made its debut at Road Atlanta with a fifth-place finish in Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. The solid finish for Owen Trinkler and Corey Fergus in the No. 197 Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach Honda Civic Si was a welcome change from the setbacks the team encountered during the race.
Race day started with the final practice session, and the No. 197 Honda was at the top of the time sheets. It was an encouraging sign for RSR Motorsports. The three cars were gridded according to points after Friday’s qualifying session was rained out, and the 2.5-hour race got off to a strong start for the team.
Fergus started the race in the No. 197 Honda, Sarah Cattaneo was behind the wheel of the No. 198 Honda, and Andrew Novich drove the first stint in the No. 196 US LED/Thor Motor Coach Honda. All three of them pitted during a full-course caution, and their co-drivers took over.
Shortly after the second caution of the day, Dyer in the No. 196 had to pit with a flat tire following contact in turn seven. Undaunted, he worked to make up for the lost time, and he and Novich eventually finished 17th in the ST class. Chris Puskar was running in the top ten with 45 minutes to go when an unfortunate crash in turn seven ended the day for him and Cattaneo in the No. 198 Honda.
Meanwhile, Trinkler had taken over in the No. 197 Honda, and he was able to hold onto fifth during the final laps of the race.
“It was really great to be back at Road Atlanta, a track I grew up around, watching my dad race here in the 70s and 80s,” says Trinkler. “We had a good car, and even though we don’t have as much as the rear-drive cars, we were glad to be the top-finishing Honda again. The team is doing a great job and Corey is doing so well in his opening stints, so I think a top five in the championship will be possible for us.’
Fergus says, “Going into the weekend we knew we’d have a well-balanced car and that Road Atlanta would be a good track for the Honda. Owen and I were able to drive smart, and in the second half of the race Owen knew he just had to stay clean to get good points toward the championship. This finish definitely helps us as we move closer to being back in the hunt.”
The RSR Motorsports crew will be working to repair and prepare the Hondas during the long break before round five at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 13-15.
See RSR Motorsports in action at Road Atlanta during the SPEED broadcast of the race on Saturday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans can also keep up with the team online at www.RSRMotorsports.com and 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.