After a positive weekend of practice and qualifying in Miami, the second round of the 2015 TA2 season ended with mixed results for Canada’s Best Racing Team. The Ford Mustangs of Joey McColm and Kevin Poitras performed well all weekend, staying in the top ten of the 29 car field in every session.
Yesterdays race was a constant fight, which saw Poitras battling fifth spot for much of the race and holding that spot when the checkered flag waved.
Joey McColm also had a solid run in 8th spot when the lapped car of Tony Ave had a problem on a restart spun in front of the CBRT Ford Mustang. McColm misjudged the trajectory of Ave’s car and ended up in the wall.
Ride along with McColm during the crash.
We had a pretty solid race going for us today. Found a nice groove early on, got up to 8th and was cruising with a nice rhythm. Caution came out and things got hairy on the restart. It is absolutely beyond me why lapped cars start in the middle of the lead lap cars in a single file restart, but it led to getting shuffled around and then this happens on the banking. I know I should have just held my line up high, I made the mistake of second guessing it as the car you see out of control was keeping his foot in it, I thought for a split second he was going to hit the wall and stay up there, so I started going low just as he got on the brakes and slid down the banking… no where to go I tried avoiding the blue #92 of Tony Ave, got loose myself and into the wall I go. On a separate note, those soft walls are a huge plus. Here's some video of the deal. Really have to thank the PacMen Pit Crew Canada's Best Racing Team Inc. Parts McColl we worked on this hotrod all weekend, and got faster, and I think we had a top 5 finish in our sights today. We'll get there!
Posted by Joey McColm on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Go Trans Am race report
The first of two Trans Am Series races on the afternoon, 29 TA2 cars took to the track in a full force showcase of Mustangs, Challengers and Camaros.
The race began with Lawrence on pole with Shane Lewis, in the No. 72 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, alongside. Tony Buffomante, in the No. 34 Bestline Superior Lubricants, began in third position with Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 5 Raybestos Powertrain/ Loshak Racing Ford Mustang, in fourth and Gar Robinson, in the No. 74 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro, starting in fifth.
The race commenced with much of the field running nose to tail within the tight conditions of the Homestead Miami infield, navigating traffic to the best of their abilities. On the fourth lap of the race Buffomante made a move on Lewis, followed immediately by Ave, in the No. 92 Lamers Motor Racing Ford Msutang, who had overtaken Loshak and Robinson on the first lap, resulting in a three car race for third position with Ave, Lewis, Machavern all vying for the coveted spot. The three cars ran nearly side-by-side for the majority of lap six, until heading into turn eight as the No. 72 of Shane Lewis spun, allowing Machavern and Ave to capitalize as Kevin Poitras, in the No. 73 Post Plastics Ford Mustang, to move up to fifth.
Ave’s run near the top of the pack was short lived as the No. 92 began to noticeably slow and drop back through the TA2 field. In turn, Poitras moved up into fourth while Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro, entered the top five for the first time in the race, however only for a single lap as Loshak quickly reclaimed fifth and then fourth position.
Ahead the top three of Lawrence, Buffomante and Machavern continued to race in close quarters with the No. 1 Challenger of Lawrence constantly fending off challenges from Buffomante’s Mustang. The top five continued in that order; Lawrence, Buffomante, Machavern, Loshawk, Poitras up through lap 20 as the field went under a full course yellow to retrieve debris in multiple locations around the course.
The field restarted on the 22nd lap of the race with Adam Andretti immediately making his move up into fifth position over Poitras. The top five continued in the same order as they began to work into lapped traffic. On the 27th lap of the race the order shuffled once more as the No. 34 of Buffomante began to suffer motor issues after being forced off course in turn eight. Machavern moved up to second, with Loshak entering the top three for the first time on the afternoon. Andretti claimed fourth and Gar Robinson made his return to the top five.
On lap 31 turn eight claimed another victim as the No. 5 Mustang and the No. 74 Camaro of Robinson entered the turn side-by-side as Loshak spun in the turn, but quickly recovered only yielding three positions. Andretti capitalized moving into third, while Robinson moved up into fourth and Poitras fifth.
Fourth and fifth continued to be a revolving door with JJ Haley, in the No. 99 BraunAbility Chevrolet Camaro, Poitras and Jordan Bupp, in the No. 81 American Speed Factory Ford Mustang, all vying for the top five. In the end it would be Bupp that made the fourth position his own, as he rose from eight position to fourth in three laps, a position he would hold. Poitras would remain in fifth.
Cameron Lawrence would lead the top three across the finish line, capturing his second win on the year— a strong start in his title defense effort. Dillon Machavern captured his first ever podium placement with his second place finish in the No. 24 Ford Mustang. Andretti’s third place finish was his first podium of the year and ensured every member of the Big Three made a podium appearance.
Lawrence’s victory moved him up to seventh place on the list of all time Trans Am race winners, moving out of what was a four way tie with Greg Pickett, Dorsey Schroeder and Willy T. Ribbs.