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Performance Tech Takes Home Third, Will Start Third at Virginia
Posted by: newsla on Aug 24, 2014 - 07:39 AM
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Performance Tech Takes Home Third, Will Start Third at Virginia

It was a true team effort Saturday at Virginia International Raceway for Performance Tech Motorsports as the team conquered concurrent Prototype Challenge (PC) and Prototype Lites qualifying and racing.


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With all hands on deck and James French behind the wheel, the No. 38 Dash Neighborhoods/ Phillips 66 PC car finished third. French, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, started seventh after TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying.

"I am very happy with third place today," French said. "I would feel terrible if David (Ostella) had to start seventh. I also was happy for the final yellow, not for the reason that it happened, but that it happened. It gave me a second chance to get to the front. We also had made a few changes before the race that I think worked. Everybody on the team obviously did a fantastic job. Hopefully David can end up on the podium tomorrow, too."

In the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda portion of the 45-minute race, Robert Alon started and finished fourth in the No. 9 Performance Tech entry.

"Before the restart, I was running third with a big gap, and I felt like I had it," Alon said. "But on the restart, I just wasn't able to keep my position. (Andrew) Novich was able to just plow through the field and get by me. I had been battling it out with Christian (Potolicchio) and had a great race with him for position. It was a good race. We'll try for the podium tomorrow."

Teammate Joel Janco didn't fare as well. A mechanical problem 13 laps into the race sent him spinning into the wall adjacent to Turn 5, ending his race early. The team will work through the night to find the problem so Janco can try to race tomorrow.

"Unfortunately, we haven't concluded exactly what happened," Janco said. "I know the team is working hard to find out what broke and sent me into the wall. Hopefully we can find out what it was. I think I'll be all right for tomorrow. We'll see how my neck feels before making any decisions."

Team Principal Brent O'Neill is happy with his PC car's positioning for the final segment of the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR, which starts at 10:45 Sunday. The race will be streamed live on IMSA.com.

"They all had been doing a great job out there," O'Neill said. "Robert really did a good job. This is his first year racing anything, so to be able to be running up front with guys like (Mikhail) Goikhberg is really impressive. Joel today just had an unfortunate race. It happens in racing. We'll fix it, and he'll have a good race tomorrow, I'm sure.

"James did an awesome job today. He didn't get a lot of practice time yesterday because of rain. We made the decision for him qualify the car just to get more track time, and it worked out. He ran the car up to third, and he was faster than the car in P2, but we just ran out of time."

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