In the Street Tuner (ST) class, Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 recorded their second consecutive victory after winning from the pole at Lime Rock two weeks ago.
“I look back at this and I felt like it shows the strength of our ModSpace team,” said McCumbee. “We were average in every condition today. We were actually the best car in one condition, the drying condition, but we were a top-five car in the wet, a top-five car in the dry and maybe the best car in the drying stuff. The performance was there. I think we would’ve had to race our own tails off all the way to the finish if it stayed green or if the rain didn’t come.
“I think it’s a testament to how strong we have been over the last three years. Stevan and I have had some heartaches and we’ve had a lot of success. I feel like we could’ve won that championship last year and if things went a little different at the start of this year, I think we would’ve been right in the thick of it this year. We’ve had so much success together, it’s been a lot of fun and I think today just proves that rain or shine, no matter what condition, no matter what the good Lord throws at us, we’re right there and competitive so it’s pretty awesome.”
Freedom Autosport teammates Britt Casey, Jr. and Tom Long followed suit, finishing runner-up for the second consecutive race in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5. This is the first race for Long with the team after competing in the Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the Mazda team, and the best finish of the season again for Casey.
Points leaders Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss found themselves back in the top three after a one-race hiatus at Lime Rock, making it the sixth of seven races this season they have landed on the podium.
The top four cars in class had yet to cycle through pit stops, putting Tyler Cooke in the No. 84 BMW 328i in fifth place after just taking over the car from polesitter and co-driver James Clay. Until the red flag, Clay led the majority of the race in ST and the yellow flag was brought out while the car was in the pits.
The Continental Tire Challenge next heads to VIRginia International Raceway for the Biscuitville Grand Prix on Saturday, Aug. 26.
Aug. 5, 2017
IMSA Wire Service