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First Road Course a Challenge for Rev Racing
Posted by: newsla on Aug 12, 2014 - 06:36 PM
First Road Course a Challenge for Rev Racing

In a race where only 15 of the original 25 drivers were able to cross the finish line, last Friday’s race at Watkins Glen International successfully lived up to the hype for its level of difficulty.


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Early on it was apparent that there was going to be a steep learning curve for the majority of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers. On the very first lap, a handful of drivers overshot turn 1, sending them out of the designated track area and forcing them to drive over rumble strips to get back into the action. Mistakes likes this occurred many times over the course of the 125-mile race and had a significant impact on the outcome of the race.

It should be noted that while overshooting a turn can negatively affect position by allowing competitors to pass on the inside, having to recover by driving over rumble strips makes matters worse by destroying the tires. Taking into account the difficulty of turn 1, along with the “Bus Stop” and a few other areas of the track where the cars continuously came into contact with rumble strips, it wasn’t long before the first of many cars went down with a blown tire.

Unfortunately, the Rev Racing team was not immune to the tire issues associated with driving on a road course. 11 laps into the race, Ryan Gifford went down with a blown left front. Over the course of the next 30 laps a myriad of non-Rev Racing drivers also went down with various issues. However, as we approached the end of the race, it appeared that the remaining four Rev Racing drivers were in the clear as they had managed to avoid any major issues for the majority of the race. Unluckily, with less than 10 laps to go, both Sergio Peña and Daniel Suarez went down with tire issues, knocking them out of the top-10 and the race altogether. Fortunately, Mackena Bell and Jay Beasley were both able to persevere and finish the race 13th and 14th respectively.

While the Rev Racing team did not leave Watkins Glen International with the results that they had hoped for, the team is using last weekend's competition as a learning experience as it was first competition on a road course this season. With the second and final road course competition of the season this coming Friday at Virginia International Raceway, each Rev Racing team is looking to build upon last weekend by taking gained experience and utilizing it to understand how they can improve and come away with a victory in the upcoming Biscuitville 125.

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