August 07, 2013The Continental Tire Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series brought their road racing game back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second year in a row in the Super Weekend at the Brickyard to end the month of July. The series crowned five new winning teams to add to the list of names of racers who can say they have won at the historic track.
BMW dominated the Continental Tires Series 2-1/2-hour timed race in the GS and ST categories. Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra raced to a win in their BMW 128i racer, only a second and a half over runner-up Jesse Combs and Jeff Mosing in their BMW 328i. Daniel Rogers and Seth Thomas drove another BMW 328i to a third-place finish to complete podium.
"I think we're in kind of a shock," Borcheller said after the race. "Not because we won, but because it went the way we hoped it would go. In racing, that hardly ever happens."
Borcheller said the car was perfect in every way.
"When I come in and I say, 'Just put it away until the race,' that's a good car," Borcheller said. "It was doing a lot of things right. Mike did a phenomenal job as he always does."
The team of Bryan Sellers and Mark Boden was the overall winners in the GS division, winning with their BMW M3 over Roush Racing team Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr., who were in a Ford Boss Mustang 302R. Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalia rounded out the podium for third in their BMW M3.
"A little bit hard to believe you're sitting here at Indy and we just kissed the bricks, which is something we all dreamed of growing up," Sellers said after the win. "Being a part of something so phenomenal in winning here and getting down on your knees and kissing the bricks, boy, it's something you dream your whole life," Boden said. "It's a special win for our team."
Boden said there was some bump-and-grind early in the race, but it didn't hurt the car.
"We got tangled up a little bit with one of the Aston Martins, but it was a minimal effect on the car," he said. "The team did a great job delivering us a phenomenal car as well as a great call on the pit stops and very, very good pit stops in getting us out into position to allow Brian to work his magic."
Three classes ran in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series of the Brickyard Grand Prix, including GT, GX and Daytona Prototype (DP) divisions in a three-hour event on the 13-turn Indianapolis road course.
Jordan Taylor, driving a Corvette, led most of the first half of the race, which was marred by several spinouts into the gravel pits, with four full-course yellows coming through the first 56 laps. The final restart came on Lap 62 with the car of Brian Frisselle and Burt Frisselle taking their Corvette prototype up front into Turn 1.
That didn't last long as Max Angelelli, of Monaco, in another Corvette, went to the front. On Lap 72, Ryan Dalziel drove his BMW Riley to the front, but on Lap 78 Rubens Barricello took the lead as cars began to pit. Barricello, however, in a Ford Dallara, was out of sequence in pit stops and held the lead until Lap 100, handing the front spot back to Dalzie after coming in for service. From there, Dalziel stayed up front to win the DP class.
The team of Max Papis and Jeff Segal gave Ferrari a much needed win in the GT class while Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long won the GX class and claimed the North American Endurance Championship.
"It's real special, the first diesel win at Indy," Tremblay, who drove a Mazda 6 GX, said. "We didn't have a fantastic race, as they say in the biz, but to recover to win the North American Endurance Championship with their Mazda 6 is pretty special. We just feel fortunate to be here. We almost kissed the concrete a few times, and we're kissing the bricks instead."
"The brand-new Sky Active diesel was fantastic today," Long said. "We overcame some things today, on-track and off-track, to get us here. The Speedsource guys worked really hard."
Papis had raced on the track on two other occasions, once in the Brickyard 400 and also the Indianapolis 500, seeing himself fall out of the races early on. He said this was more than just a regular season win.
"We've had an up-and-down season with a lot of speed but never a result," Papis said. "Making it happen for the first time with Ferrari, this is the first win of the season for Ferrari, and doing it at Indianapolis … today was a real team win."
"We really needed this badly," Segal said. "We've had so much potential this season and couldn't just close the deal for so many different reasons. Daytona, we were looking so good and it didn't go our way, then we set our sights on Watkins Glen, the six-hour. We were crushing in that race and then had some misfortune. Indy was the next big one, and thank God it happened here."
Papis said the Indianapolis course has two very different characteristics with two different surfaces that can make it very tricky to navigate.
"This track has a very fast section and a super slow, super slippery infield," he said. "What we did was just maximize the speed down the straight, and we actually took some downforce out during the race, which actually makes you a little bit faster than that.
"That track was a little bit better through the race. In the future, it would be cool if they did the same treatment on the straight-away here, even on the infield, to make it a little more consistent."