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Performance Tech Focuses On The Team, Duerson Takes First Podium
Posted by: newsla on Jun 29, 2014 - 06:07 AM
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Performance Tech Focuses On The Team, Duerson Takes First Podium

Performance Tech Motorsports' weekend at Watkins Glen International finished just as exciting as it started in Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda competition.


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Hayden Duerson landed on podium for the first time this season in Round 6 Saturday, finishing third. Robert Alon also stood on the podium Friday, finishing second in Round 5.

Alon's bid for a second podium finish of the weekend ended Saturday when he finished ninth after being hit by the No. 2 car of Christian Potolicchio.

On Saturday, Jon Brownson was pushing hard around the 3.4-mile circuit when he spun after going too deep into a corner. Craig Duerson once again faced mechanical issues that ended his race early Saturday. Duerson started third, climbing to second before the mechanical. Joel Janco finished a solid 10th after running a clean race.

Team Principal Brent O'Neill looked past the difficulties of the weekend and focused on the accomplishments of his team.

"We saw two more of our guys on podium this weekend," O'Neill said. "I think it shows that we're all starting to jell, and I think everything's coming together for us. Hopefully, we can cover the podium at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park).

"Brownson spun and hit the fence, (Craig) Duerson had a mechanical issue, and Robert (Alon) was hit by Potolicchio, who got a black flag, so Terry (Dale, race director) is doing his job up there. But if you look at how quick Robert was at the end, he really fought back; he made the top 10. Hayden did an awesome job this weekend; he drove the car up to third."


"Me and Hayden were running up front, I think three and four. One of the guys wasn't happy with the pass I made on him and tried to put me out of the race. But the car felt really good today, and I was able to put down some fast laps and gain some points for the team championship."


"It was very good race. Starting 12th, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. We had a very fast car going into the day, and I knew that we would have a good race. I wanted to be patient; I just wanted to take my time picking them off one at a time. At the restart, I had a good opportunity, and I was able to pick off fourth and fifth. From there I got a big gap and paced myself trying to catch Andrew (Novich). I just really wanted to get to podium for Performance Tech."


"Another exciting race at Watkins Glen," Brownson said. "Another classic track in our schedule. I thought that it was starting to move the right direction, caught a little too much curb and spun myself around, and that was that. Close but no cigar."


"I'm very proud of our team," Duerson said. "Seeing Robert and Hayden both on podium was awesome. I'm just very proud of what the team accomplished this weekend and how hard they worked on Hayden's car. We're working well together. As for me, welcome to racing, that's the hard part about racing. As a team, we ran well; we made changes that worked. I ran well both days getting the car up to second. I had an issue both days, but you just have to leave knowing you had the speed. The speed was there. The team's doing a great job."


"I had a great race today," Janco said. "I finished 10th overall, which is just great. I stayed clean and stayed away from a lot of the incidents going on around me. Performance Tech just did an amazing job this weekend."

Up next for the Performance Tech's fast five is Canada's crown jewel of racecourses, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The weekend runs July 10-13, with the first practice session for Prototype Lites at 9 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 10.

For updates on Performance Tech Motorsports, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter at @Perf_Tech.

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