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Eibach – The Will To Win Race Roundup 3/29/12

Corona, Calif. (March 26th, 2012)

FIA World Endurance Championship

Audi One-Two Victory at FIA World Endurance Championship Opener SEBRING, FL (March 17, 2012) —Audi managed a brilliant start into the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with as Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish celebrated the brands tenth triumph at the famous Sebring 12 Hours in Florida. LoĎc Duval completed Audi’s one-two victory together with his team-mates Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas. In a race that was interrupted by a total of eleven caution periods, Capello/Kristensen/McNish in the Audi R18 TDI designated as car number two had to work hard for their victory.

Their rivals from their own team in car number three consistently remained within a striking distance with gaps of a few seconds in the first ten of the race’s 12 hours. The safety car repeatedly reduced the gaps of the trio at the front but Bernhard/Dumas/Duval lost four laps shortly before the end of the race due to body contact with a competitor. At the same time, Audi Sport Team Joest kept its opponents at bay with perfect tactics. The squad set alternating pit stop intervals for its two best Audi R18 TDI cars which consistently kept their quickest rivals from HPD-Honda one lap behind the two diesel-powered sports cars.
The race was dominated by heavy traffic and a large number of accidents in the field of 63 entrants but thanks to the precision work of the drivers the victorious R18 TDI managed to cover the whole distance without any body damage.

 

Strakka Makes a Strong World Endurance Championship Start at Sebring SEBRING, FL

(March 18, 2012) – Strakka Racing scored a sensational top 10 finish on the famous 12 Hours of Sebring, after its new Honda Performance Development ARX-03a performed faultlessly on its race debut. Driven by Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts, a characteristically determined performance on its US debut saw the Silverstone-based team score points in the FIA World Endurance Championship, as it finished 4th in LMP1 and 2nd in the Privateers’ category. It wasn’t all plain sailing. The plan had been to double stint all three drivers continuously, but after an hour in the car Kane complained about numbness in his right leg, which was preventing him from feeling the pedals. This forced the team into a change of race strategy and due to an incident packed race with a combination of full course yellows and safety cars, Watts ended up covering over 60 percent of the race distance.

 

United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS)

pr03-28-12_3Sanders Leaves Humboldt Speedway with a Win and USMTS Casey’s Cup Series Standings Lead HUMBOLDT, KS (March 17, 2012) — Rodney Sanders rolled to his first USMTS Casey’s Cup Series win of the 2012 season Saturday night, rising to the top of a 70-car field of the nation’s best open-wheel dirt Modified drivers as they invaded the Humboldt Speedway for the second night of the 7th Annual Spring Fling at the Bullring. After securing a place in the redraw with his Eibach Springs Heat Race victory, the 22-year-old from Happy, Texas charged from eighth place to lead the final seven circuits around the Humboldt Speedway.

Sanders was not the only Eibach Springs equipped machine to challenge for the win in the 40-lap main event. Corey Dripps powered around the high side of the 1/3-mile clay oval to grab the top spot on lap number eight and lead the next fourteen circuits before becoming the victim of the caution after contact from the second place machine. Defending USMTS National Champion Ryan Gustin inherited the lead for the restart and proceeded to pace the pack through the next 12 laps with Sanders applying the pressure. With seven laps to go, however, Gustin’s right rear tire went flat and “The Reaper’ found himself denied of the winners circle for the second consecutive night. Sanders took the reins for his first win of the 2012 campaign and the lead in USMTS Casey’s Cup Series points standings.

On the opening night of the 7th Annual Spring Fling at the Bullring, Gustin worked around Eibach Springs Heat Race winner Terry Phillips and Jason Hughes to the lead with ten laps to go in the 40-lap feature. In a thrilling white flag lap, Hughes charged to the outside of Gustin to challenge for the lead. Gustin, who climbed from 12th on the starting grid, had to settle for his third runner-up finish in four starts this season as he continues to search for his first win of the 2012 campaign. The Eibach Springs equipped Modifieds of Sanders, Stormy Scott, and Zack VanderBeek rounded out the top five.

 

11th Annual Spring Thaw

Ray Cook Posts Top Five Effort at Bulls Gap BRASSTOWN, NC (March 17, 2012) – Ray Cook and the #53 team invaded the ultra-fast Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on Saturday night, March 17 for the 11th Annual “Spring Thaw.’ The unsanctioned, one-day program at “The Gap” paid $10,000 to the winner. Ray laid down the fourth fastest lap during qualifying, which earned him the outside second row starting spot for the 60-lap main event. In front of the huge throng of fans in the “Spring Thaw,’ Ray raced inside of the top five throughout the distance prior to landing a fifth place performance behind only winner Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Owens.

 

USAC Quarter Midgets

Isaak Solochek Strong in Second and Third Rounds of USAC Generation Next Tour ATLANTA, GA (March 16, 2012) – Just one week after a victory in the Junior Animal division and two solid top three finishes in the Light 160 and Junior Honda features during the USAC Mopar .25 Midget “Generation Next” tour stop at the Lone Star Midget Club in San Antonio, Texas, Isaak Solochek found himself back on the podium during the Peach State Championships at Metro Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Solochek placed second in the Junior Honda division, but the youngster was unable to repeat his performance after experiencing mechanical issues in the Junior Animal and an on track incident in the Light 60.

 

Cincinnati Modified Championship

pr03-28-12_4Joey Kramer Captures Cincinnati Modified Championship Opener at Florence UNION, KY (March 18, 2012) – Joey Kramer didn’t have to wait long for his first victory of the 2012 season, as the “Rocketman’ claimed the opener at Union, Kentucky’s Florence Speedway. Kramer earned the most overall passing points in the heat races in his new Eibach Springs equipped Lightning Chassis by charging from fourth to first by lap seven of the ten lap shootout. Despite the caution flags that slowed the 25-lap feature event, Kramer lead each circuit en route to his 9th career Cincinnati Modified Championship triumph.

 

American Le Mans Series

Team Falken Perseveres for Strong Finish at Sebring SEBRING, FL (March 17, 2012) – The 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida was a long and hard run for Team Falken Tire. Despite setbacks that left the American Le Mans Series GT team trying to regain ground lost early in the 12 hour endurance race, the team finished with a solid 8th place finish in the GT class, marking the team’s first finish of the historic event. Just a short time before the start of the race, the team lost an engine in the final minutes of the warm up session preceding the race. After changing engines and making repairs, Wolf Henzler brought the 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR out on track to take the green flag with the rest of the ALMS field. Henzler expertly worked his way through the field and into the third GT spot in the first hour and a half into the race. It was then that the team’s luck began to change, as Henzler noticed a strange vibration coming from the car that was growing stronger with each lap. After 40 laps, veteran racer Bryan Sellers took command of the Porsche, rejoining the field 8th in class. The vibration Henzler noticed grew stronger causing Sellers and Walker to make the decision to bring the Porsche back into the paddock, where they identified a cracked engine mount as the problem. After completing the repairs, Porsche rejoined 13th in class, sixteen laps behind the leaders, with Sellers at the wheel. Unwilling to face defeat, the drivers and crew worked together flawlessly for the remainder of the race. Martin Ragginger was the first driver to have a trouble free stint, laying down consistent times and gaining position. The rest of the event was trouble free for the team as they drove to their first Twelve Hour of Sebring finish.

 

AMA Supercross

pr03-28-12_5Top ten for Musquin at Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 18, 2012) – Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin pulled off another top 10 finish in his final Supercross race on the 350 SX-F for the season when he finished seventh in Indianapolis on Saturday night. After easily qualifying for the main event by finishing sixth in the heat, Musquin had a great start to round the first corner in third place. He held the position for a few corners before dropping to fourth in a battle with championship leader Ryan Villopoto on the bigger 450 machine. After a small mistake that put him outside the top five, he managed to find his rhythm and rode a strong race throughout the remaining laps to secure the seventh position at the flag for another very commendable effort in the big bike class.

 

U.S. Legend Cars International (USLCI)

Austin Reed Scores Top Fives in USLCI Spring Sizzler BAKERSFIELD, CA (March 20, 2012) — Austin Reed nabbed two top five finishes in the USLCI Spring Sizzler at the bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. In two days of racing action, Reed scored a third place finish on Saturday and backed that up with a fourth place run on Sunday afternoon.

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