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Team Camp Boggy Creek - Road America Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 08, 2014 - 03:18 PM
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Team Camp Boggy Creek - Road America Preview


Bayshore Racing / Team Camp Boggy Creek racers Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette are hoping for things to turn around for them at this weekend’s TUDOR United SportCar Championship event at Road America.

 

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The pair of American drivers had a challenging race on the short and narrow Indianapolis track a couple of weeks ago and they are looking to the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course located in picturesque Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to get a break and make it to the top step of the podium this season.

While Montecalvo, Jeannette and their team have put in strong performances with their #52 Camp Boggy Creek and Bayshore Family of Companies PC car, their points tally has been impacted by a handful of unavoidable on-track incidents.

With Road America being the longest track on the calendar and much wider and more open than previous tracks they’ve visited, the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports drivers trust it will allow for a little extra room for the traffic to spread out and make it a little easier for everyone on track, therefore giving them hope that luck may finally be on their side when the checkered flag falls on Sunday.

Despite not finishing one race earlier this season, Montecalvo and Jeannette are currently sitting fifth in the PC Drivers Championship standings heading into what is one of their favorite tracks on the schedule. With four events remaining, the pair is seven points out of third place and 10 points away from second.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America goes green on Sunday, August 10 at 1:15 pm local time with the event being broadcast later that day on tape-delay on Fox Sports 1 starting at 6:30 pm ET. Qualifying will be streamed live on www.imsa.com on Saturday, August 9 from 4:20 pm ET.

Driver Quotes
Frankie Montecalvo
“Road America is a great track, I always love going there, and it’s a beautiful area. It’s almost like a park and the track is great too. It’s a nice high-speed track that I think suits the PC car’s downforce well and it will be a little better than Indy because it’s wider and more open. It has a lot more potential places to pass and it will spread out the classes a little more instead of being so tight.

“If I had to pick a favorite part of the Road America track, I would have to say the Carousel. It’s very challenging and you can gain a lot or lose a lot of time there very easily.

“(About sitting fifth in the Championship standings) We haven’t really focused on the Championship points since Sebring because we didn’t get a finish there, but every race we’re going for the win no matter what.

“Of course, if we’re high up in podium contention during the race, we’re not going to take unnecessary risks but our team and our driver lineup is very good and I think we can go for the win every time we race our Camp Boggy Creek and Bayshore Family of Companies PC car.

“However, the PC class is very competitive, which is what makes it difficult at times. I think it’s one of the most competitive classes in the Series. Every car is so similar and I think every team pretty much has them figured out, so it’s not like one team really has a big advantage over the other, it’s very much a game of being smart out there, staying out of trouble and staying in it until the end.”

Gunnar Jeannette
“I’m really looking to have a clean race at Road America. It’s been super frustrating because every time I’ve gotten in the car it hasn’t been perfect, by no fault of our own. There have been bits and pieces hanging off it unfortunately, just the circumstances of everything. Hopefully, with Road America being a much longer track, it will be different this time around. It’s a lot of ‘hopefullys’ at this point but it would be nice to have a clean race and a little bit of luck on our side.

“The last couple of races we’ve been in the lead at one point and then weird circumstances have caught us and we haven’t gotten any breaks. We have to keep on doing what we’re doing. The team has done a great job at every place that we’ve gone and our Camp Boggy Creek and Bayshore Family of Companies PC car has been excellent.

“The team has done well at Road America in previous years both qualifying on pole and at the front and getting wins there. Hopefully that will be kind of a turning point for our season and we can finally make it to the top step of the podium.

“The majority of the drivers love the Road America track. It’s one of the classic road courses in North America, it has an awesome fan base, it’s in a really cool part of the United States and going there this time of the year is always beautiful. It’s definitely one of the highlights on the calendar for me.

“The Kink is always challenging and enjoyable, it’s flat in a PC car, although, I wouldn’t say it’s flat every lap but honestly the corner I probably enjoy even more than that is the left-hander after Canada Corner where you use to go underneath the bridge. When everything is right, it’ll be flat for us. That’s one of the coolest things about Road America, it’s a classic track, it takes some courage in a lot of spots and there’s a lot of really, really quick corners, not like some of the new tracks where it’s just slow decreasing radius type of stuff that people think are a drivers type of track.”

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