RACE 2 – ROAD AMERICA – TC AMERICA 2021

RACE 2 – ROAD AMERICA – TC AMERICA 2021

foreign [Music] welcome to america’s national park of speed road america situated in scenic elkhart lake wisconsin and today the site of round eight of the tc america powered by skip barber racing school season hello everyone my name is ryan marine calvin fish is in the booth amanda busick is in the pit lane and it is our pleasure to have your company as we head into the second race of the weekend for the touring cars under the sro america umbrella it is three separate classes all about to go tcx tc and tca and if yesterday was any indication calvin this track and these cars are primed to put on a great show yeah we saw some great racing here yesterday and for two of the championship contenders they had big days jacob rood continued his unbeaten run in tcx and austin smith three wins in a row was throwing him right in the championship chase ricardo fartook our tca winner yesterday well as his debut victory so a big day for him celebrations last night but ready to go today the grid today was set by the fastest lap of the race in yesterday’s race and so we do have some interesting shuffles of the order but it is still jacob rood out in front as far as the tcx field is concerned the hometown hero from nearby racine will start on pole but his closest challenger all season long has become is the newcomer stephen cugliari who will start to his outside we’ll talk more about the grid in a moment but first standing down on the grid is amanda busek oh and the 32 entries here in this tc category are ready to hit the racetrack there are 12 entries out of that tc category and the top four will start in the top four spots the top four points will start in the top four spots from that grid but i want to point out austin smith cal as you mentioned he has he swept virginia under red flag conditions however he did take the checkered flag yesterday and got those crucial 25 points he’s looking to add to his points lead here this weekend and it’s becoming a hyundai versus honda battle here at road america hyundai versus honda behind austin smith that bmw has been incredibly strong it seems like we’ve been talking about that no matter what class we’re talking about calvin gt3 gt4 or hearing touring cars yeah it seems to be the same story wherever we’re going with the classes but for austin smith big day yesterday he certainly seemed to have the uh the fastest car on the racetrack and he brought it home first uh full points win as amanda alluded to with uh reduced race lengths at virginia but he scored his third win in a row was throwing him right into this championship battle so for eric powell he’s starting to feel the heat a little bit really feels that honda has not got the pace of some of his competitors here this weekend so that frustration has to be put to one side he’s gonna try and execute and bring home as many points as he has starting grid flashing up on the screen we will have multiple starts multiple waves you might say for each of the three classes that is to separate them some but if as we saw yesterday if there is a full course yellow everyone gets bunched up together again and then sometimes chaos ensues that’s for sure so i’ll hopefully you have a good clean race here today but perfect weather conditions there’s been a little bit of a threat of rain but it seems to have passed by skies look pretty good right now mid 80s ambient temperature track is in good condition despite a little bit of oiled ride down down this turn three brake zone uh that all seems to be cleaned up with a lot of action since that time talked about jacob rude in the season he’s had he’s been undefeated so far but a new challenger has emerged in the form of stephen coogliary making his debut yesterday and an impressive debut it was he was one one thousandth of a second from taking pole for race number one and he was right there shadowing route for much of the race going back to saturday’s affair yeah and he’s got a front row starting spot based on his fastest lap yesterday a little bit further off three or four tenths off of rood’s fast lap so i think if he can settle down a little bit he certainly had pace here yesterday but had a few moments as we look at the racetrack here in itself 14 turns just over four miles lots of elevation change but the real key here great racing because there’s good overtaking opportunities down these long fast stretches in these heavy brake zones that’s where all the action should take place today talk about the long straight away some of them aren’t so straight like the moraine sweep or the run from the exit of the carousel through the king down to canada corner but what they are for sure are fast and they end with heavy braking zones that’s where those passing opportunities emerge and in these cars with limited horsepower at the driver’s disposal it’s a crucial area you got to get a good exit and then be in that slipstream that’s where the passing opportunities could arise yeah if the car depart took for example our tca winner yesterday he had to put it all on the line through the king got that run on caleb bacon and got the lead and uh he had to take a bit of a risk in doing it he had two wheels in the grass coming through this king section but he made it stick and that’s the commitment you need here at road america to make the win happen lights off on the safety car we’re about to go the tcx field that’s what you look at there all bmws at this stage in the season but that field continuing to grow in the debut season for the class tc will see jeff rica starting on the poll in the gin racer hyundai it was really impressive yesterday austin smith yesterday’s winner will start alongside on the front row then eric powell and kevin bohm as the top four in that class are all clustered together as far as the points are concerned and also in the qualifying order and then tca luke rumberg didn’t have a great result yesterday off of the podium but had the fastest lap he’ll start on pole for four bush performance yesterday’s winner carter fartuk will start alongside more on that as we get to those classes but the first wave to come through is this one the tcx field with jacob rood starting to the right hand side of the screen in the primarily blue bmw he’ll have stephen coogliary in the white car to his left the second row steve streimer who showed well yesterday alongside john hennessy olivia askew and roy block at the back of this six-car field coming to the green flag up the hill jacob roode waiting waiting patiently looking for that green flag he sees it and steps on the gas he’ll pull away to the big lead it’s steve streiber getting a nice jump for the inside of the second row almost a cut and pay start from yesterday with strymer a nice run there down at the inside looks like he’s cleared cagliari as we see the tc field already three wide deep in the pack here great start from rika in the hyundai at the front of this pack smith looks like he’s dropping back a little bit as the two hondas team up together they freight train their way up to second and third with powell leading boom in that tandem now taking a peek for the lead yeah he’s got good speed there through term one he’s got down to the inside coming down into the brake zone for turn three here kevin bowm just sitting back a little bit waiting to see how this one plays out bob hines slips up to four to the inside of austin smith as well honda giving that car a good ride he had a top five finish yesterday looking to build on that in race two so cool to see so many manufacturers duking out with similar lap times that is one of the beauties of touring car racing here comes the hyundai though back on the counter attack to the inside of gronke the mini now trying to replicate that move as well williams to the inside of the canadian a little gronkie going on here great to see pj having a strong season really digs deep works hard with his race program in a couple of years where he hasn’t had the best of luck but this year seems to be a bit more on just put it mildly he does dig deep just to be here with the border crossings from canada and his day job it really takes a great deal of sacrifice here’s austin smith now attacking the pulsator jeff rica he’s able to make that move this has been a nice rebound here for smith but this fight’s not quite overhead as rika holds tough on the outside almost touched there got to give each other a little bit of racing room there as you come up through billy mitchell band into this final corner turn 14. pitchiness rear wheel there up over the apex curbing as jeff rica front-wheel drive cars have a tendency to do that to carry the inside rear tire which is really just there to follow the car along anyway when you steer and put the power down through the front axle in the slipstream is rica but austin smith in the bmw was a rocket ship yesterday on the straightaways we’ll see if rika can hang with him for now the answer is no meanwhile rob hines has slipped around kevin bowm to pick up a spot so boom who charged early doesn’t seem to have that car quite to his liking he’s dropped back somewhat it’s been a couple of tough weekends for kevin bone coming off that tcr championship win solid start of the year vire struggled a bit and here yesterday didn’t seem to have the uh straightaway speed of even eric powell admittedly the honda seemed to be down a little bit compared to some of their competitors here this weekend but for boehm seem to be struggling even more you see him there looks like he’s looking for clean air to the front end and the grill of that honda now the heat was at issue for the car yesterday not just the car but the driver kevin telling us that had to take a lot of pedialite to get the uh hydration sorted out after a hot race yesterday not quite as hot today and more cloud cover but even in these short races it could take its toll on the driver behind the wheel even with as much training as they do to prepare for these events well it’s absolutely wide open these are literally flat out sprints here for 40 minutes so it was pretty toasty here yesterday as you said a little bit more of a respite in terms of the conditions they’re dealing with today so now smith he’s cleared ricker a little bit now he’s going to try and chase after eric powell and eric powell recognizes that bmw is really strong here this weekend he’s going to have his work cut out to hang on to that lead i’ll be keeping tabs on it in the rearview mirror that’s for sure back to the front of the field and cugliari has built the lead now to nearly two seconds over jacob roode wow that is impressive for the newcomer his last lap was a second and a half quicker than rude so let’s see what he comes up with this time i mean the car has just dialed in he was really quick and qualified yesterday morning as you mentioned ryan only a thousandth of a second off the pull time of rude and he is really hooked up here today well there’s been a lot of learning going on for that team that the cougary team because they haven’t had a lot of consistency in conditions throughout the course of the weekend the rain has been a factor in some of the practices and things of that nature and for a driver and who’s trying to get up to speed here at road america with the new car new tire not having that consistency really is a challenge to try and come to grips with everything when you don’t you have so many variable session to session you do and that’s really the challenge and then we had the uh curveball of the weather here yesterday but certainly the car looks really dialed in it’s handling well yesterday looks like it was just getting bound up mid-corner and kind of getting twitchy on him today it looks like it’s a lot much more comfy situation for him tca fight is really on for second third and fourth here’s third and fourth together the 18th car of bacon clayton williams in the mini getting a little bit loose there on exit as he bounces over the curves he’s trying to find his way by it’s carter bartok the winner yesterday who has seized the initiative here and holds a fairly substantial lead over luke rumberg the poll sitter who’s dropped into second visually you can see that’s far too leaving the shot just up the road he has well and truly left this tca battle in his wake yeah he is the man to beat in this class here this weekend certainly certainly the hyundai’s have a bit of pace rumber coming off a victory at vir his teammate championship leader kayla bacon three wins on the year but super savvy driver you can see him they’re dealing with the pressure that he had just a lap or two ago and has got his way back into that top three position talked about it some in his victory lane interview with amanda yesterday but basically he’s in a position where to even have a sniff at the championship he’s got to go out and win so this has to be music to his ears the way that this race has begun yeah big swings in the points 25 for a win and the championship leader down in third that’d be a ten point swing they’re big chunks that you could take out of a championship lead if you get on a roll already a quarter of the way through this race 10 minutes down or they’re about 30 to go solid leads for everyone in their respective classes cougliari by 2.2 seconds over rood in tcx powell by 1.3 over smith in tc and then as chronicles it’s far took over by three and a half seconds here in tca but that’s not to say there aren’t fights to keep an eye on as clayton williams continues to carry the hyundai just up the road trying to find his way around bacon and i think the lead that’s most vulnerable is the one we’re looking at right now that tc leader powell very aggressive at the start got the lead excellent opening left but certainly smith is now getting into his groove here in his catching our leader rob hines looking very strong in that tech sport run nissan as well he’s right in the slipstream with the pulse in eureka rika very defensive in the hyundai keeping that car tucked against that inside pit wall to make sure that heinz has to go the long way around and that’s exactly what they’ll try to do up in turn one as we check in with the overall leader once again well he caught a couple of laps they were about a second quicker than uh jacob root but suddenly that has settled down pretty identical on that last lap so the gap at the front has kind of stabilized a little bit maybe he went super aggressive with his tire pressures in terms of the starting pressures to give him the grip initially maybe they’re starting to settle down a bit what’s going on down in the pit lane amanda well settling down is exactly what classic was expecting actually steve cugliary started on sticker tires whereas jacob brood had to start on his qualifying tires the classic team was predicting that it would be like a lap or two away before this time would start equalizing out but it looks like we’re starting to hear it now really interesting information thank you so much amanda what can you tell us to put that into layman’s terms cal what’s the difference that you would feel behind the wheel stickers versus scuffs well they’re just going to have a monster grip there for the first two or three laps and then as the team suggested classic and they’re not going to deal with grip they’re off the road that was really pushing things so maybe they’re starting to go away a little bit could have overpressured a little bit sort of like got out of their sweet zone but that will give jacob rood who’s chasing good uh motivation to try and chase this leader down so long way to go in this race 28 minutes this 40 still on the board right now so quickly are a very rapid pace here in the opening laps but starting to settle down in terms of that delta between he and jacob rood and stickers or scuffs it doesn’t matter much if you’re bouncing through the dirt in the grass they will slide just the same that definitely was what rood wanted to see this was heinz a moment ago we talked about it he was taking a peek to the outside of rika and it looks like he got the job done yeah really nice gives ricker some racing room on the inside apex he just sweeps the outside but rika’s keeping the pressure on as you can see now down into canada corner aligns driving inspired here this weekend with a heavy heart he lost his mother recently oh dear that is one of the skip barbers school cars pick up a number on that but that’s in the kink that’s where we saw kugliari running off the road earlier he got away with it not so much here this could be a big tank slapper that’s brewer yep lindsey brewer behind the wheel that was close as well this is going to change the complexion of this race for the leads that everyone had established double yellows full course caution here for that big impact for lindsey brewer safety team will be there as quickly as is possible to attend to her that is a scary part of the track calvin the kink is equally revered and feared by anyone who’s ever driven through that corner yeah and the grass is a little bit damp we’ve had a few uh bursts of rain here over the last few days so not perfectly dry the keys if you get off you just got to try and get out of the power gently don’t do anything abrupt keep your hands pretty straight as you can it just got turned and that brings to an end a nice stretch of green flag racing very competitive up to this point and this also resets some of those big leads so one thing it might do if for instance we heard from rude’s team that they thought that the tires might equalize well now he doesn’t have to try and overcome a gap and the performance should be pretty equal there but in some of the other classes where maybe there wasn’t the discrepancy of stickers versus scuffs those running in second might have been just preserving those p zeroes a little bit and they’ll have some more to work with when we do restart yeah it’s gonna be tough i think for uh eric powell who leads the tc class smith is now right behind him again and then he always got into a rhythm here but you know powell’s going to be digging deep here trying to get second win on the year i don’t think he was happy to see this full course yellow do you well smith was coming so it was inevitable that he’s going to catch him with this much time on the board so in some ways there’s a double-edged sword there’s going to be less time he’s got to defend on to try and hang on with that leads we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out some positive news to report well first we see lindsey brewer out of the car that is the best news of all amanda did speak with the team and got an update that they had received radio communication from her and so that was what i was about to report but this is even better that we see her out of the car just taking a moment to collect herself as you would expect after a heavy incident in the kink yeah that’s a wild ride um it’s not a nice feeling and it’s a big hit on the front end of that honda very safe little race car that developed there but tough day it is that for lindsay brewer barnett the skit barber racing school operation not just the title sponsor for the series but they’re viewing this as an opportunity not just to market the school but also provide an element of driver development for drivers that have come through their racing school that show some talent or potential this is true for mechanics also and it’s a multi-faceted program that they put together and see the tc america paddock as the appropriate place to highlight the different components of the school possibly take some drivers from their single-seater racing series as well and plug them into a touring car and help propel their careers yeah it’s a nice transition for uh all of the students who go through the skip barber racing school which is certainly one of the best in the business here in north america and uh giving them somewhere to go and uh great the guys like eric powell act as instructors for uh some of their programs they have going and sticking him in a car is really someone to uh bounce the data off is really a great asset as well it’s a benchmark isn’t it he can get in the car show what it’s capable of and now you’ve got a set of data to lay yours against and see this is where i can improve or this is where i’m doing things pretty well yeah and there’s nothing like that ideally i think that’s why it works so well in gt4 america in the sprint x format where you can have your driver coach co-driving with you there’s nothing like rolling the data over the top of one another from the same car on the same weekend even in the same race so uh but this is a this is really cool to have eric out there running running in a championship position and for all of the other members of the team to have that data to work from at the risk of dating you a little bit and that is not my intention but i think it’s safe to say the level of data available to these drivers today was not available to you in your racing career is that something you would have enjoyed having access to i would i think i’d have been someone who would have embraced other drivers just like to go more by the seat of the pants but i think i would have enjoyed that aspect of racing and uh you know i’d say with my racing career you know had some success but i wasn’t an absolute natural like some of the guys that i raced against but i could achieve results just through hard work repetitive uh lapping getting a lot of testing done and i think with the data available too would just have accelerated that performance curve i think we talk about data just in broad terms but what exactly are the drivers capable of looking at what is the the car transmitting back to the teams that they can look at and learn from well there’s not real time data being transmitted in this particular class but certainly they can download after a session and then sit down and look at it with your teammates with your engineers and so forth but it’ll give there’s so many sensors now that they can put on the cars it’s incredible so it’s really how much do you want to spend and how sophisticated of a system do you want to get and really detail everything but the other the flip side of that is sometimes there’s too much information to process it’s not like a formula one team where you got team back at the base and be able to pour through all of the data so keep it somewhere in the middle it’s good to have that technology but don’t make it so complicated you can confuse yourself getting an update from amanda in the pits clayton williams who’s been giving that yellow mini a really good run in the tca class is reporting intermittent loss of power with the car maybe going into limp mode or perhaps a fuel pump issue so that lap motorsports team that has run those minis with so much success over the years based out of brownsburg indiana trying to figure out what’s the best course of action here stay out and try and survive the problem or bring it in and try and take a look at it well running under caution i mean there’s the ability to come in and even spend a couple of minutes with the mechanics and get the car back out and stay on that lead lap you’re then out there running at speed to see if the car is going to perform as it should as you try and catch up to the pack here a bit of a scary moment here guys literally catching up and flying through the king with a big stack up that could have ended a lot worse than it did the the incentive to slow down there is clear there’s a lot going on with the safety crew who are exposed and maybe this is a chance to say thank you to the safety crew the corner workers everyone behind the scenes that makes this happen and in the case of the corner workers and safety crew quite literally risking life and limb to ensure that we can go racing and so that’s why you see the abundance of caution there but calvin as you know within the last month or so there was a stark reminder of just how dangerous it is to be a marshal a flag operator at one of these racing circuits with a really tragic incident that occurred over in the uk yes and uh sometimes you you lose perspective in terms of you know people here on the corners allowing everyone to go racing and giving up their time there’s pr typically volunteer work so no one’s paid they just have a great passion for racing so it’s so unfortunate to hear of someone who loves racing to lose their life just doing something that enables everyone to race on a weekend so certainly condolences to the family involved there in the uk and i know i hit hit hard back on in my home country and around the world too the outpouring of support from very high places speaks volumes about just how crucial the corner workers are and the safety crew are for us to all do what we love which is to go motor racing and i hope we can get back to racing here soon obviously the the cleanup continues if you’re just joining us lindsey brewer had a very scary moment in the kink heavy accident for her skip arbor racing school honda civic the good news is we saw lindsay out of the car and the report was she was able to speak to the team so appears to be more or less all right and i’m sure we’ll get a good check over from the medical staff from the sro and now the attention then turns to cleaning up the incident and that could extend beyond simply cleaning up the car or any fluid that was dropped down but with a crash of that magnitude there’s always the chance that some of those concrete blocks get moved and that takes a while to reposition those we’ve not received word that that is the case but it is worthy of consideration at this stage based on what we saw yeah it’s been a busy day for those uh track walkers as well i’ve had a few incidents uh some oil was dropped down in uh one of the earlier events today gt america with the big hit down in turn three so we lost the end of that race unfortunately but hopefully there’s enough time on the clock that they can get lindsay’s car back on the flatbed and get it out in harm’s way and uh certainly uh get the track back in a safe operating condition those concrete barriers as you mentioned really heavy to work with but they’ve got all of the equipment here with the support from gail in terms of those big lifts that move those things around very very quickly so they’ve certainly got the support equipment in place here road america is a fantastic facility not in terms of just the race track and being on the racing circuit itself for the races but all of the uh facilities and spectator areas and certainly the support equipment and stuff they have the top shelf they’re prepared for any eventuality as we have seen throughout the course of the day today continuing behind the safety car gives us a chance to preview what’s to come for tc america powered by skip arbor racing school trip up next in a couple of weeks time to watkins glenn follow that up with a trip down to sebring first time in a long time that this championship or in its previous guys pirelli world challenge raced down at the iconic airport circuit in florida and then the season wraps up with a couple of races on the road course at the indianapolis motor speedway so from road america to watkins glen to sebring to ims not a bad way to conclude a racing season no certainly iconic venues all bring a little bit something different to the table super fast super smooth at watkins glen ton of grip at that race track these days since they re-surfed it have resurfaced it a few years ago and then polar opposite when you head down to sebring it’s all about respecting the bumps at that circuit uh 3.7 miles just uh so much history so much character and super challenging definitely so no shortage of challenge on the schedule for the touring car drivers and that is welcome news right there lights off on the safety car looks like we’re going to be able to get back to green flag racing and with still a fairly substantial amount of time left on the clock with about 15 and a half minutes or so close to 15 i suppose when we get the green flag once again let’s see what happens here how does stephen coogliary handle this restart having the lead really slows them up everyone’s got the same identical horsepower in this class so it’s not you like you’re trying to defend for someone who has a slightly different performance factor guglieri in his debut weekend in tc america has the lead over jacob rood but root gets the jump on the restart moves to the outside and makes the pass coming down the front straight away here comes steve streimer now moving to the outside of coogling oregon in the fight for second yeah that was great anticipation there by jacob rood and uh quickly are he’s just hanging on australia he’s got a good run on him as well streimer falls back in line can’t get the move made around the outside can kukliari go back on the attack he’s made the pass around rude once already so far in this race the fight for the overall lead and the battle with tcx one in the same and you’re looking at it right here wow i think jacob rood didn’t like being in anything but the lead there after that couple of laps where kugliari had the lead then he started to struggle a little bit for the balance in the race car let’s see what it’s like on this reset here and the restart here this afternoon i think in the background i saw the skip arbor racing school car of eric powell with what appeared to be a fairly substantial lead someone slipping wide there that’s gonna let ascu come through i think that’s hennessy losing the fourth spot in tcx but i think the tc lead has stayed with powell looked like he got a good restart over austin smith keep an eye for that field as they come through but for now the focus remains at the front of the field overall with rood leading coogliari but coogliari not going quietly into the night now we drop back and find powell smith got shuffled back big time rica is up to second kevin baum out of nowhere runs third that is awesome news for eric powell i know he’s threatened by that bmw here this weekend he’s gone awesome opening restart lap here and has gapped this field and what a restart from bome who’s not had the best of runs so far in this race we’ll see if he can hang tough in that third position or possibly even work his way forward some back to the tca field now and carter fartok has consolidated the lead he held prior to that yellow for now able to hold off the luke rumberg driven for the lead oh googly alright to the inside and canada corner gets it done under the brakes it accelerates away up towards billy mitchell bend well we talk about these cars should be identical but i tell you what quagliari seems to have a little bit more straightaway speed than jacob rude here this this afternoon so let’s see how that plays out oh rude now back on the attack he doesn’t like this one bit does he nice run out of turn 14. strymer lying in weight in the third spot but rude in the slipstream trying to track down coogliari he wants to keep that win streak intact let’s see if he can pick up the draft there look at that coogligary he’s kind of gapping him a little bit despite rude being in the slipstream here impressive pace from cougar he holds the inside line rude squirming a bit under breaking strimer ghost wide yeah missed his turning point they just got in there a little bit too deep but recovers nicely he does and rude unable to make any headway there through turn number one it’s equidistant first second and third right there in this shot boy does coogliary roll some speed through turn three there i bet he’s a mile or two up on the entry speed of the following chases top three breaking away in a pack of their own ntc x powell leading by two seconds over rika in tc looked like baume was barely holding on over smith at the stripe less than a quarter of a tenth of a second between those two at the stripe the tca lead still far took by half a second over rumberg but we keep our eyes fixed here on tcx as jacob rood trying to find his way back around googliari those two have swapped that top spot several times already well we talked about this being jacob roode’s home circuit brought up and racine wisconsin so uh he had all his family and friends here yesterday said it’s great to have them here to watch me win well he doesn’t want to have them watch him see him get beat here this afternoon he’s going to keep digging deep boom not only lost third to smith he’s lost fourth as well to rob hines trying to get it back through hurry downs takes a peek to the inside in the red and gray crowd strike liberate honda civic but can’t make the move on that nissan now the fight for the lead in tca is on with yesterday’s winner carter fart trying to fend off the pulsator luke rumberg wow where did that speed come from i thought carlo was just going to take off on him but romberg is right there he’s gapped his teammate kayla bacon the championship leader here by significant margin on this lap jose blanco deserves the call as well running solidly in fourth behind rumberg’s teammate bacon looking to get onto the podium here we go back to tcx at olivia askew right there running at the back of this field she made that pass on hennessy to get up to fourth and at the very front still it’s now become a two-horse race with googly and rude strymer not quite able to maintain the pace of the top two yeah i think settling in a little bit here so quickly harry has that lead really impressive i just feel he’s got a little bit more pace here today than rude is this the day that win streak comes to an end for jacob road rude will dive deep into his bag of tricks to try and do something about that he’d love to keep the win streak going here on his home circuit here’s austin smith on the counter attack oh problems here for the 25 tech sport car canada looks like it is yeah pj monkey off in canada corner a little bit of bitter irony there for the canadian see what happened to him he just loses it something to miss with the brakes there you kind of come in there into that brakes on a little bit of an angle oh what a narrow miss that was i think he clipped the mirror and might have otherwise got away with it when he got into the break zone i do agree that did look strange it twisted sideways right as he went to the middle pedal luckily that didn’t end any worse than it did got away with one there i have to say tca lead up for grabs here comes the pole sitter rumberg stalking carter fartuck who needs this win to stay in the championship hunt romberg certainly had pace in the race yesterday indicated by the fast lap and the poor position for today so starting to show that same sort of speed here now final 10 minutes of race two of the weekend race eight of the season we’re past the halfway mark now and so the desperation starts to sink in if you’re not in the championship position you’d like to find yourself in that’s exactly the case for fartuk and he’s driving with that sense of desperation now working to keep rumberg in the rearview mirror romberg’s car looks really hooked up was able to roll a little bit more speed through turn five fast right hander of turn six especially in these cars doesn’t take much of a lift maybe a brush to the break in the run to hurry downs steep descent here maybe it’s a bit deceiving on the camera shot but there is a pretty big elevation change there in that breaking zone set you up under the johnsonville speedville bridge for the run through the carousel back to tc we go and here comes austin smith still the prime applying that pressure to the pulse sitter in this class rika and up ahead of him is the leader powell and as far as powell is concerned as long as rika can play the wing man yeah that’s uh good news for him he’s gonna say the same thing as long as he can look back then still see that hyundai he’s gonna be pretty happy but that bright blue bmw austin smith here he’s got a run he’s not even using the draft just takes that left-hand lane up this front straightaway let’s see if he can clear him side by side he gets up to the rear wheel well of the hyundai and this is the part of the straightaway where it must kick into the power band because the bmw just accelerates away it’s not a done deal yet though rika still with the preferred line to the inside yeah he’s going to take it in deep as well now they go side by side and this is just slowing both of them down perfect for eric powell our leader right now he’s loving this out of the rearview mirror if he’s bothering to keep a close eye on it rika able to hold off smith through turn three but he’s got another straightaway here to fend him off the moraine sweep ball 3800 feet these two guys keep duking our rika is going to certainly give rail pines a chance of sniffing at that podium tom capisi by the way on that last slap you see him in the back of the picture has made his way around kevin bowm as kevin’s struggles continue he’s got great restart pace but not quite right when we get into the full race running we saw that some yesterday and it’s manifested itself again there smith really loading up his car there trying to really just find as much speed as he can but jeff ricker holds on to that second position right now powell up front last time across the stripe they’re pretty evenly matched in terms of pace but smith was the fastest driver about three tenths quicker than our leader than half a second quicker than jeff ricker so the speed is there potentially but he’s got to do something with it starting to drift that car a little bit now late in the going to my eye at least that group of three second third and fourth are starting to catch the leader in the class pals looking a little bit vulnerable here in terms of his ultimate pace relative to that pack speaking of vulnerable kugliari under attack now jacob rood has five minutes and 49 seconds to work with and he wants that lead back he does probably three left laps left to go here so looks like kugliari’s getting really defensive with his lines that opens up the door jacob rube down in the inside this is going to be tight they just miss each other and big slide job coming off the corner not a place you usually see a move like that the element of surprise was on route’s side but cougary still had the answer and now is able to leg out a gap coming down the front straightaway once again that’s really killed jacob roode’s acceleration off that final corner so he’s got a saddle back in and just try and find his groove again he certainly feels that couglier is vulnerable here in the late going can he do anything with it that report from amanda coogliari started this race on the sticker tires rude using scuff tires the team expected that to come back his way for jacob as this race ran along and we have seen that to some degree the remarkable pace from kugliari earlier has waned somewhat and the two bmws look pretty equal possibly advantage root here since that restart yeah i think the deciding factor could be now this little gap this will allow stephen cooglier to hit his marks not get defensive and compromise his lap time so this is big how long did he maintain that gap just continue to run the lap times he’s capable of without as i say compromising them by getting defensive back to the tc battle this is the moraine sweep the run from turn three to turn five and powell’s lead has dissipated substantially it was under a second at the line it looks closer than that here jeff rica the pole sitter all of a sudden flexing the muscle in the hyundai he’s looking really strong here in the lake going so eric powell’s just got to dig deep you know he wants it badly he wants to keep that championship contention going on and the big win in the opening round of the championship but since that time has yet to be in victory lane again let’s uh go to the pits what are you hearing amanda well guys you remember at the top of the show we talked about the honda versus the hyundai battle that we might have here in the tc class was able to sneak by and talk to eric powell ahead of this race he’s frustrated with the power that he’s finding in the honda especially on those straightaways i was impressed watching the restart here and and what eric was able to do but as we close in on to the final stages of this race it’s going to be that front straight away that eric is going to have to muscle this car headed into turn one to maintain lead over jeffrica we’ve seen that front straightaway proved to be the difference that start finish line is a long way down about 2200 feet out of turn 14 and how many times over the history of this place calvin as it turned into a drag race right through here yeah you’re driving in your rear view mirrors if you have the track position trying to hang on as you say you think where as you crest this hill is like where’s the start finish line just a long way down the road before you get to as you can see right there about halfway along that 4400 foot road america straight two more laps here for these leaders should be white flag next time by not a ton of time left for jacob rood to keep the win streak alive but he’s got a lot of motivation under that helmet plenty of talent to go with it googliari though continuing to impress in his first weekend of tc america competition this is where the pressure really kicked in this is where it starts to get in your head so close to victory can i bring it home don’t make a mistake don’t miss a breaking point don’t open the door for the chasing championship leader rude up front in tca fartook has been able to extend the gap over rumberg just a little bit close to a second the last time by rumberg though not going anywhere staying close enough to at least be a menace to the race leader in that class carter fart tuck yeah rombo really impressive here today as fast last about three to four tenths quicker than his uh championship leader teammate so super impressive run here for luke saw glimpses of that pace yesterday in race number one fastest lap of the race went to luke rumberg and he’s right there in the slipstream here the hyundai looking strong in the straight line section yeah big draft there see the brake lights flicker i think fatigue just make sure the brake pedal is going to be there you use a lot of the curbs here at road america that get that little kick back going with the brake pads and suddenly the pedal’s a little bit long when you need it here is the fight for the lead in tca just as i said the lead had expanded it has shrunk to nothing luke rumberg right there in the slipstream once again carter fartuk is going to have to go into his bag of tricks to keep the hyundai behind him and you see there’s only a minute left on the board but for these guys should be another lap and a half because the time and the clock is really dictated by the overall leader of course two cars look as one that’s how close they are to the breaking zone here comes rumberg late on the brakes was it too late he’s super deep there runs out a little bit wide fata gets the crossover there gets that track position should assume the lead again as they turn into turn six if nothing else though that was educational for umber he knows he’s gonna have one more crack at it right there now he knows what not to do just over committed a little bit just need to slide it down the inside a little bit more gradually just control that situation keeping the guy you’re running against out to the outside and keep it tidy he can do it he’s just got to make a little bit more more finesse with that move white flag display to these two the overall leaders the leaders in tcx with coogligary still leading the championship leader jacob rood who has won every race thus far this season in that class tc is going nowhere either with eric powell jeff rica austin smith all together taking that white flag as well just four miles to go for this battle and it’s been a great one ken powell hang on look at this heinz is in the party as well every one of these four cars and drivers has a shot at the win here three different manufacturers represented rica has to go defensive into turn number three defend off austin smith the bmw that won yesterday austin with a nice run out of turn three right there in the slip stream if these two start to fight that’s a gift for eric powell who holds the lead and keep an eye on rob hines in the nissan he’s right there too smith looking but he’s dropping back rika’s got pace down these straightaways powell’s car looks good thought he was definitely dropping off the pace but he’s maintained it at this stage and now the final four mile run for the tca leaders begins tom hansen with the white flag in hand carter fartook has built that gap up just a bit more of a cushion than he had this time last lap over luke brumberg but rumberg continues to stalk him runs wide on the exit of one this is where he was so strong on the last slap calvin on the exit to three and got that drag race down to the inside of turn five just a little too late on the brakes last time he might try it again though this time you know that’s in carter fartok’s memory right now will he get defensive here and run the left-hand side as they get down through this little kink here decision making time do you compromise your speed through turn five but don’t keep the door open let’s see what he does it was a late lunge to the inside last time from rumberg he’s not close enough to attempt it this time fartuk though does go defensive meanwhile to the checkered flag lights flashing flag waving and steve cugliary wins in his debut weekend in tc america at road america tc field here powell still out in front the fight is for second rica in the hyundai smith in the bmw right there in the rear wing goes a little bit wide through billy mitchell bend yeah throwing everything out and the kitchen sink trying to wrestle that second position away but rick is looking good eric powell on what has been a frustrating week and has built the gap he will drag race to the line and take the checkered flag first eric powell wins in tc road america race number two to the skip barber racing school driver jeff rica from pole brings it home second and it’s a win and a third place finish for austin smith in the bmw well that little win streak is over for austin smith he gave his all today another strong podium run but he was going for four on the bounce here still a strong weekend for him that has him right back in the championship conversation now we wait for the results of the tca battle here is the leader and fartook has extended that gap looks like rumberg took his shot and didn’t have another arrow left in the quiver now great drive here by carter this weekend he knew that he had to get going if he was gonna have any chance of catching caleb bacon in the championship picture and the perfect weekend looks like he’s going to sweep it carter far took new he needed a maestro performance it wrote america to stay in the championship hunt he has performed exactly that it’s a sweep of the weekend for the pennsylvanian carter fartuk across the line he wins race number two in road america great performance but great chase there by rambo romberg should i say four bus performance having a really strong season looking down the road i don’t see his teammate he does the shuffling there in the uh last lap for the final podium spot looks like jose blanco got through to third we’re still waiting for caleb bacon to cross the line and it’s actually sally mcnulty who comes home in fourth how cool is that fantastic stuff for her that little operation put together a huge weekend here at road america get some yeah we see some bits and pieces so maybe there’s some drama on that last lap with caleb bacon and company would appear that way brown strike fastest lap of the race to the newest race winner in tcx the only race winner not named jacob rood stephen cucliari with the fastest lap presented by crowdstrike well jacob roon may not like it but i certainly like the picture here we’ve got some real stiff competition for him for the second half of this season now just great to see the tcx class grow it made its debut at sonoma and has continued to impress as the season has gone along more and more interest there are the results by one second kugliari overrude strymer a solid podium run once again for hard motorsport in third olivia askew putting together a quiet but strong weekend with a fourth place run and hennessy and block completing the tcx field eric powell worked hard for that one held off jeff frica and austin smith but what a scrap it was between the top three in tc it was eric powell i think was super determined today to try and uh right this year but not see that championship lead dwindle anymore kayla bacon did not complete that lap you see him listed there in 25th overall and well down the order in tca sounds like a flat tire is the culprit got that just now from amanda in the pit lane heartbreaking for him after a really solid run up to that point but it does lead to some cool stories with far too sweeping the weekend rumberg a nice run to second jose blanco a memorable podium for him and vgmc and then sally mcnulty fourth place finish for team sally racing in tca this man is going to be super excited to get that win this is a big day oh look at the emotion there that’s what it’s all about to step into tc america presented by the skip barber racing school here this weekend and it was a step into the deep end in a lot of respects raced his way to the front lost the lead again had to find his way past jacob rood who’s got the home track knowledge and coogliari was able to pull it off and now congratulated by rude great sportsmanship there between the top two in tcx yeah it’s a great fight so congratulations to uh stephen but great job by jacob keeping him honest there all the way through let’s hear from stephen now he’s with amanda and jacob did come over and patted stephen on the back and said that was some good stuff so you can see that jacob enjoyed that battle as well you take down the guy that has swept the entire season where did you find that performance today you know a bit of luck and a lot of putting my head down based on uh the performance yesterday we you know have minimal testing with the car so i feel like you know just a good team good setup i got to thank jason hoover for giving me an incredible car my girlfriend cara alex barroso who’s on the team as well my mom my uncle whole family uh it’s been a great race congratulations thank you and welcome to the championship i hope we see more of stephen cucliari after a drive like that one yeah for certain keeps jacob honest that is for sure so great performance great battle didn’t flinch when the pressure was on there the last couple of laps kept hitting his marks and uh brings home for his first win a third and a win for steven and the accelerating performance team in their debut not a bad haul that’s for sure attention now turning to the tc field where eric powell got it done he did everything he needed to do to pick up the win and his reward is a chat with amanda well as we eliminated guys eric has been looking for the performance this weekend to get this win and when i talked to you prior to this race you said you’re gonna have to dig for this victory how did you do it yeah i wasn’t optimistic about that one so we got some really fast cars i’m up against it on the straightaway i wasn’t able to hold them off yesterday they just drove right around me thankfully they were racing each other really hard and that was my saving grace so i was able to kind of maintain the gap i had only because of that but i can’t say enough about this apd civic type r skip barber racing school that you know brand new team this year we’re winning in both classes it’s just such a proud i’m just so proud to be a part of it all our team is on all cylinders i mean i wish i could think of everybody’s name right now but from from the top anthony dan uh chris adam dustin justin the other dustin mike’s still wagging right here um if i forgot your name i’m sorry but incredible effort so eric in your words what do you make of this championship battle uh that’s what i’m here for i mean i race to win races i i’ve been fortunate enough to do a lot of that in this championship but i i have never been able to seal the deal for whatever reason so i’m we’re trying to get it done this year congrats on the win thank you well that win will certainly help in that pursuit of the championship there’s the smile i’ve been waiting for that that was hard earned and maybe some of the stress of the weekend was showing in the interview but there you can see what it means he was so determined you could tell from a few texts i had with him earlier today that he was frustrated about yesterday he feels he’s driving really well the car is well set up but didn’t quite have the power to deliver yesterday but he just uh got nailed the start nailed the restart and had enough of a gap to work with and his teammate albeit in the tca class is the race winner there carter fart tuck is with amanda well carter we are officially in the back half of this season and you knew what you were up against this weekend with the points battle how big of this weekend was for your team to be honest i mean everything that skip barber has done just for not only for me but for everyone else in the in the racing community is incredible and right now what we have going on in this team it’s you just wait and see what we have going on and all the hard work and everything that everybody put on i mean eric just swept tc race as well so i mean this is all for skip barbara all the great teamwork that we had under the tent and i mean i just i can’t believe that’s incredible congratulations thank you great stuff some well-deserved wins for a number of drivers that really needed them here this weekend and then you’ve got the the story line in tcx with coogliari impressing so much on debut and you can see it it means so much to the families as well the friends and the families that support these drivers and teams it’s a lot of the focus is on the ones behind the wheel but it takes a village to make this all work it really does that’s certainly a great start to the race for our championship leader jacob road there takes off streimer gets down the inside but great battle straight at the field in all of the classes today kevin bohm was magic on starts and restarts ultimately he didn’t quite have the pace to get the finish he was looking for here’s googliari taking the lead away from jacob roode he was able to hold on and pick up the win there jeff rica rob hines fighting for position here hines definitely featured this weekend that might be a preview of things to come yeah it wasn’t a big moment here for lindsey brewer just gets a little bit wider the kick really hangs on to a big tank slapper heavy impact with the wall happy to report though she was out of the car under her own power and was relatively all right that brought out the full course yellow late to this restart and look at the jump jacob rude gods yeah he gets the lead before the strike even but cugliary returns the favor gets the lead and grabs the win he does a great weekend of touring car racing at road america we’ll see you for the next round at watkins glen [Music] [Music] you
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