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Rough and Rowdy at Kansas Speedway
Posted by: newsla on Jun 08, 2014 - 02:11 PM
Rough and Rowdy at Kansas Speedway

Performance Tech Motorsports was tried and tested during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship-Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda weekend at Kansas Speedway with David Ostella finishing ninth and Craig Duerson finishing second and third.


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Ostella piloted the Prototype Challenge No. 38 Dash Neighborhood/ Phillips 66 car for the two-part race at the six-turn, 2.37-mile track. Ostella qualified sixth for the first session and gained three positions to start third for the grand finale portion of the event, in which he finished ninth.

Ostella spent time battling for position alongside former Indianapolis 500 pole sitters Alex Tagliani, who started second, and Bruno Junqueira, who started fourth. During a heated battle for position with another competitor, Ostella received contact to the left rear tire. Ostella was forced to enter the pits for a tire change under a green flag.

After rejoining the field with less than 15 minutes left in the 45-minute sprint, Ostella fought to find position but had to settle for ninth.

"I was happy to be quick and up front in the first race," Ostella said. "I think it reassured us, reassured me, that we're on the right track and we're going the right way with the setup. I knew being out there with the pros was going to be more challenging, but that is exactly what I wanted because that's where I want to be. I want to be racing against those guys all the time.

"To be side by side with them through the corners and being able to hang with them was a good thing. The end didn't go as planned, but it reassured us that we have a quick car for The Glen (Watkins Glen) and we can run up front."

The six Performance Tech drivers in Prototype Lites were battle-worn by the end of their double-header weekend. Duerson found his niche manipulating the drafting technique to his favor to win the Masters Championship and finish third overall in Race 1. Duerson was followed by Jon Brownson in seventh, Robert Alon in eighth, Joel Janco in 10th, Hayden Duerson in 12th and Matt McMurry in 13th.

Craig Duerson moved up a position in Race 2, finishing second overall and once again ending up first in the Masters Championship. His son Hayden Duerson was less fortunate, suffering engine problems early that caused his No. 39 car to catch fire, ending his race early. Brownson also faced complications and retired early from the race. Janco fared better and drove himself to the eighth position overall and fifth in the Masters Championship. McMurry and Alon rounded out the Performance Tech fleet by finishing ninth and 10th, respectively.

Craig Duerson fought a nerve-wracking battle for first but was satisfied with two podium finishes.

"I can't say enough about Performance Tech putting a good car underneath me," Duerson said. "I led the majority of the race. Had it not been for the full-course yellow, I would have won. Good race. There's really a lot of NASCAR banging going on out there that I'm not used to, but I'm here to win, too, so I'll do what needs to be done."

Team Principal Brent O'Neill hoped for a yellow flag to come out late the race to give his competitors a better shot a landing in the front of field.

"David really did a good job," O'Neill said. "The flat tire was unfortunate, but we can't control those things. When they happen, you just have to take a deep breath and move forward. When he went back out, David did a great job. All we could do was hope for another caution so he could get back in the fight.

"Could have used a caution for Craig, too. We had a couple issues out there with the Lites cars. We had one blow up. But we'll go home and get them all ready for The Glen."

Performance Tech Motorsports next will travel to the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York for a weekend at Watkins Glen International with all seven cars. The weekend will see the PC car rejoin the rest of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship field, and the Prototype Lites cars once again will be on track as a single series. The weekend begins Thursday, June 26 with Prototype Lites practice and leads up to the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen endurance race for the PC car on Sunday, June 29.

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