Friday
Jul072017

With a Second and Third Place Finish at the Glen, BAR1 Motorsports Heads to Canada for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

Finishing second and third at the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, BAR1 Motorsports heads north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Ryan Lewis will join Don Yount in the No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy PC, while a Canadian duo of James Vance and Garett Grist will share the driving duties of the No. 26 car.

Last week at Watkins Glen, it was Don Yount, Buddy Rice and Daniel Burkett that put the Gas Monkey Energy car on the second step of the podium. Yount did a great job in the opening session while Rice kept up the charge taking the middle stint. Burkett, back in the car after a rough outing at Sebring, did a great job bringing the car to the checkered flag, posting the 20 car’s fastest lap along the way.

Team owner Brian Alder decided to get in on the action, partnering with Gustavo Yacaman and Derek Jones. After a fantastic start by Yacaman, unfortunately, Jones made contact with the wall during his middle stint. The crew did a great job get the car back in the race and Alder took charge bringing the car home in third.

“I had my hands full out there,” noted Alder. “We were anticipating rain and we did get a little late in the race. The Glen is a challenging track and being out there with three other classes of cars certainly gets your attention. There’s always something going on! I do have to say, Gustavo was incredible as always. His save on the first lap was spectacular. I thought it was over before it even started.” [VIDEO]

This week at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, the WeatherTech Championship returns to the standard format of 2:40 minute race. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly Mosport is a 2.5 mile natural terrain road course and comes with a rich heritage. Truly one of the greatest race tracks in North America and the drivers love it.

“It’ll be fun to see Ryan and Don in the No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy car together,” said Brian Alder. “They pair up and communicate extremely well. They spend quite a bit of time testing and it’s no secret, Ryan is very quick. I’m expecting a good run out of them.”

“James Vance has a lot of racing experience in a lot of different race cars, including PC” Alder continued. “Garett Grist is young gun with a ton of open wheel experience and he drove a PC in this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring.  I think it’s great we could put two locals in the car and give the Canadian fans something extra to cheer about. These guys are local favorites and should do a good job in the No. 26 car.”

Practice for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix gets underway Friday with a pair of WeatherTech Championship sessions. Saturday’s schedule includes WeatherTech Championship qualifying from 12:05 to 1:35 p.m. ET, followed by a two-hour Continental Tire Challenge race starting at 2:50 p.m. ET.

The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda also has a pair of 45-minute races on the schedule this weekend, at 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Both of those races, as well as the Continental Tire Challenge race and WeatherTech Championship qualifying will be streamed live on IMSA.com.

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