Road America Rundown
The Majors all time wins leader did it again, but this time Christian Challiner reached the incredible 20 wins threshold in the process. Although he has racked up an amazing 7 wins this year alone, the most recent one at Road America was anything but easy. The Americas Pro race was a 4 car dogfight for the last 20 plus laps with; Steve Driscoll, Liam Quinn, Andrew Waring and Christian Challiner constantly leapfrogging each other and never more than a couple seconds adrift. It was anyone's race and with just a handful of laps to go, Steve got by Christian, sending him to fourth place and seemingly ending the bid for #20.
Not... so... fast.
Or more appropriately... so, so fast. With a realization that the race was slipping away, Challiner put the visor down and began grinding past those in front. In the end, his pace and conservative use of the push to pass was enough to get the job done. Christian's 7th win of the year, 20th win all time. He came back to the Americas region because he was looking for a challenge, and while the standings may not reflect that, this race certainly did.
On the team front, Kinetic had a great day but only just extended their lead on UDOX. This truly a two team war and with six rounds to go, could go either way. Americas Sportsman | Mark Stevenson is putting on a similarly dominant performance in the Americas Sportsman division as he racked up his 5th win of the year and now leads the championship by a healthy 188 points, but he is not alone as Forge teammates; Robert Deloach and Zachary Brown sit 3rd and 4th in the standings.
While Mark cruised to victory by over a minute, the battle for second was hot with Joey Haynes outlasting Robert Covey who claimed the final step on the podium.
Forge Gold, is seemingly, well, "forging gold" as they continue their dream debut season and increase their lead in the Premier Team standings to 809 pts over UDOX Horizon.
Euro Pro |
Joao Valverde and Henry Bennett would engage in a classic duel that ultimately ended with Joao claiming his second Indycar win of the year and 3rd win of his Majors Career. Dallas Pataska was in the fight early and often and seemed to have the pace to hang, but ultimately had to settle for 3rd, 14 seconds back.
With the win Joao pulls out a 200 pt lead on Eric Micke in the standings, but there are five drivers within 300 points. Like Americas the Elite Team championship is a two way battle, but in Europe it is so close and involves 2018 rivals Grizzly and Bombshell. Euro Sport |
Joseph Homan grabbed his second win of the year climbed with 55 pts of Sam Harper who landed a 7th Top 5 on the season with his 2nd place finish and Jan Bronee would complete the podium.
Hanson Brothers are well on their way to back to back Premier Team titles, but Missed Apex and DogBear are keeping them honest.
International Pro |
Thomas O'Leary was set for a race long brawl with pole sitter Marco Mogren, but a lap 1 mistake from Marco cleared the path for the Pro division leader to cruise to a 14 second victory over Chris Aoun. Defending series Champ Cam Dance racked up a 5th Top 5 finish, but is still looking for his first win of the year.
O'Leary, Will Lesslie and Dance are separated by just 79 pts in what is sure to be an epic battle down the stretch.
International Sport |
Steven Williams would finish first among the sportsman drivers who were mingled in with the Pro Division for this round. He maintains his championship lead, but couldn't extend by much as Gavin Barber and Martin Houston would finish in 1-2-3 lock step, right where they are in the standings.