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Team Camp Boggy Creek - Brickyard Grand Prix Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 24, 2014 - 06:45 AM
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Team Camp Boggy Creek - Brickyard Grand Prix Preview


After nearly a month with no Prototype Challenge races, Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette are looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of their Camp Boggy Creek PC car this weekend.

 

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The duo picked up their best finish of the season with a third place at Watkins Glen last month and they hope to build on that result and keep the momentum going as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to the road course of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix.

While both drivers have raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the past, Montecalvo, Jeannette and the entire field will face the challenge of a new track layout which made its debut in May for an IndyCar event.

Additionally, much like at every race, traffic also promises to be an important factor with the IMS 14-turn, 2.435-mile road course being the shortest track this season on which all classes will be racing at the same time.

No matter the challenges, Montecalvo, Jeannette and their PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports team are set to continue where they left off last month.

The action gets underway on Thursday, July 24 with practice and qualifying with the Brickyard Grand Prix TUDOR Championship race going green on Friday, July 25 at 5:45 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live starting at 5:30 pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

Driver Quotes
Frankie Montecalvo
“It will be my second time at Indy, but first time on the new course. It’s such a cool place to be with all the history that has happened there. It’s been around forever and all the history kind of brings you back.

“Going into this weekend’s race, we want to take the experience we’ve been gaining throughout the whole year and put it to good use by going forward and building off of our third place finish at The Glen.

“It’s going to be a new track and a new surface so it could take a couple of sessions for everyone to get their head around it, not only the drivers but the engineers as well. We’re just going to take it one session at a time and look forward to the race.

“From what I’ve seen of the track, with the way it’s laid out, it looks like it’s going to be very difficult to pass, so again it’s going to be that mentality of staying out of trouble and getting through the race.

“I’m not sure how the PC car will perform on this track. I can’t really say that there are a lot of corners that really standout to bring out all the downforce the car has, but it’s a great car all around and PR1 always does a great job of setting up our Camp Boggy Creek/Bayshore car for each track.

“I think we’ll be okay, but traffic is going to be one of the biggest things going into this weekend, getting around someone and not getting stuck behind will be very important.

“All that said, I’m looking forward to getting back in the car after a long break, it was a nice break with the Fourth of July holiday coming right after Watkins Glen but I’m definitely ready to get back in the car.”

Gunnar Jeannette
“I’ve raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the past, but it will be my first time since they’ve redone the road course. I think it’s probably going to be everyone’s first time.

“Right now I’m just looking forward to getting out and racing again.

“We’re coming off our best finish of the year at Watkins Glen. We had a real kind of up and down six hours but we ended up third. It was good to get on the podium.

“Now we’re looking to gain more momentum and continue forward at Indy.

“It’s hard to say how the Camp Boggy Creek/Bayshore car will do at Indy. With the track being new, with a new surface – the last time I raced there the grip level was really, really low - I think that for anybody who hasn’t tested there it’s a bit of an unknown.

“It’s going to be a really challenging weekend for everybody just as far as traffic goes. There’s really only two decent size straight-aways and then some of the tighter sections are sort of one corner leading into another, which will make dealing with traffic difficult. Plus, it’s going to be the shortest track that we’ve had all classes on at the same time for a race thus far so it will be interesting that’s for sure!”


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