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Rayhall Rules Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2013 - 07:22 AM
American Le Mans Series News
Rayhall Rules Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Series hit the track for round three of the 2013 season today. Sean Rayhall started in the Pole position at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and never looked back during his pursuit of victory around the the 11-turn circuit of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón.

 

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From the green flag to the checkered, the Comprent Motor Sports driver led the field and showed consistency after posting the fastest practice and qualifying times. The Winston, Ga., native ran his best lap of 1:22.327 on lap five of the race, his second-fastest time of the weekend.

"Comprent Motor Sports gave me a great car," Rayhall said. "I'm really satisfied with everything today and happy to be here and for Robert Talbott to come home with a win. It's a huge success for Comprent Motor Sports and seems like we're really back on track after the mishap in Sebring."

Rayhall has remained consistent in Monterey, Calif., and so has his young rival Ryan Booth. The Performance Tech driver placed second in today's race, just as he did at the 61st Anniversary Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Booth went on to win the second race at Sebring International Raceway, and is satisfied with his start to the weekend.

"It was a good race, I just didn't have the pace to keep up with Sean," Booth said. "I think the only thing he did wrong was not let me catch up to him and pass him. But congrats to him. The car guys did awesome and I'm glad we were able to get second and secure some solid points."

The field went yellow from lap 13 to 17 when Christian Potolicchio of 8Star Motorsports and Daniel Mancini with Performance Tech made contact at Turn 4. With less than five minutes to go the race was restarted.

Race two for the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Series, a 45-minute timed race, will start at 10:30 a.m. PST on Saturday, May 11.

For a video of the post-race interview with Rayhall, click here. For up-to-date event information, including live timing and scoring, session results and downloadable Spotter's Guides, connect to the series website.

Live on-track session updates can be found on Twitter @IMSALites or on Facebook.

The Master Classmen

Scott Tucker and Level 5 Motorsports finished third overall and won the Master's championship with a race time of 30:20.650.

"The race was pretty good, nothing major," Tucker said. "We had a pretty good start and got out front. That late caution got tricky and guys just warmed up tires right so it was all pretty good."

Finishing in second place, Lamont Harris from Comprent Motor Sports ran his quickest time on his ninth lap of the track and improved after a fourth place finish in Master's at Sebring.

"What an awesome race!," Harris said. "The caution was nice because we got to rest. It was a lot of fun and I'm glad to have finished for once."

Eurosport racing's Joel Janco was more than elated to be on the podium for the first time. After sixth and eighth place finishes at Sebring, Janco greatly improved from the first race of the season for a third place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

"Oh man!", Janco said. "That was the most fun I've ever had. It was just a gas. What an exciting race especially the last two laps. Wild and crazy! It's my first time on the podium and I'm totally jazzed about it."

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