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July 25, 2014 | By Matt Cleary
Don’t lean up against a Camaro Z/28.R, because with three wins in the last three IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races, they are simply too hot to touch.
Friday’s Brickyard Sports Car Challenge saw Stevenson Motorsports score the team’s third IMSA win in a row and fourth of the season as Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis combined to bring the red, white, and blue No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R home in first place after a wild race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
The two and a half-hour race saw both the top GS and ST Classes doing battle to kick off the action-packed Kroger Super Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which will also feature races from the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday.
Coming home in second place in the to add a big dose of strength to his IMSA GS Class championship challenge was Trent Hindman, who with co-driver John Edwards was able to finish second after leading the race near the midway point with their No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3.
The race featured a non-stop series of developments that continued right up to the last lap, with seven lead changes as the battle at the front was waged under changing weather conditions with the last of four caution periods setting up an hour-and-a-half sprint to the checkered flag.
“I'm at a loss for words,” said Davis, who was only able to pose for a few podium pictures before having to dash off to join Patrick Dempsey as his co-driver in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race that started just a half hour after the end of the first race of the day.
“Winning at Indy is something every little boy dreams of for sure. It is a big victory for us, and a great day for points. I’m just so proud of this Stevenson Motorsports group - these guys just fight, fight, fight. Robbie did a superior job. I'm over the moon after a little bit of disappointment in qualifying to have a good run at the start and then be able to bring home our third victory of the season for the Camaro Z/28.R. I'm so happy for everybody. It's a great day.”
Team manager Mike Johnson, who some might remember from the first ever season of MTV’s “Real World,” has seen his team score several big wins but he was hard pressed to come up with the words to describe the importance of this one.
“It's awesome,” said Johnson. “It's the one you always want to win. Just really neat. We're on a roll and everything is working well. I feel bad for the No. 9 guys because they would have been there as well. We took a real early gamble coming in under green when nobody else did. I was worried that if we got a yellow it could have gone real bad for us and it didn't happen. The only car that was near us was the guys that did something after we did it. It's Indy!
While the GS Class battle was waged early in the race, the ST Class saw the lead change on the final lap to keep one young talent from starting a win streak while marking a big accomplishment for another.
Remo Ruscutti won the most recent round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as the 20-year-old brought the Porsche Boxster its first-ever IMSA race win and the young Canadian was situated to do the same thing on Friday only to suffer an issue on the very last lap.
Eager to pick up where he left off was the fellow Boxster driver of Corey Lewis, who took the point on the back stretch to score his first ever win along with co-driver Cody Ellsworth.
“I couldn’t believe it when I passed for the lead,” said Lewis. “Cody drove a hell of a race in the first stint, and the Continental tires handled beautifully. The Berg Racing guys did a great job with the pit stop and the driver change and we were right there close to the front. I was screaming on the radio, ‘is this really happening?’ To take lead on the last lap, really amazing. I can’t believe it, it’s our first win and it comes at Indianapolis, just unbelievable.”