Goikhberg Closing In On Lites Crown
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda championship leader Mikhail Goikhberg drove one step closer to his quest to win the 2014 championship Saturday morning at Road America.
Goikhberg mastered his way around the historic 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports car, claiming his sixth win in nine races this season.
The victory in the 30-minute sprint came amid multiple incidents and two full-course caution periods.
“The race had a lot of yellow flags today,” Goikhberg said. “I was afraid we might not finish and had championship points on my mind. We had the pace to pass the cars in front of us without putting ourselves at high risk. It’s great to get a win, and I’m looking forward to finishing the weekend on a high note tomorrow in race two.”
8Star Motorsports’ Christian Potolicchio and Performance Tech Motorsports’ Hayden Duerson followed Goikhberg to the checkered in second and third place, respectively, in the Lites 1 class.
Just 2.823 seconds separated the top three overall finishers in the frantic race.
Todd Slusher stood atop the Lites 2 podium after earning his first career victory in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports entry.
“We had to navigate around a lot of debris and cars going off track, but once we got through it I said, ‘OK, now it’s time to go driving,’” Slusher said. “I just kept my head down, and between the various yellows I managed to get some decent lap times. Not great but good enough to keep me in the lead. I’m happy. It’s my first win this season, so it’s pretty cool.”
Lites 2 championship leader Brian Alder finished second in the class in his No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports entry, followed by Ludovico Manfredi of ANSA Motorsports.
Craig Duerson of Performance Tech Motorsports stood on the top of the podium in the Masters category (drivers age 40 and older), followed by Don Yount of Yount Motorsports and Joel Janco of Performance Tech Motorsports. It was the first podium finish of the season for Janco.
Mikhail Goikhberg, Christian Potolicchio, Hayden Duerson, Craig Duerson, Antonio Downs, Robert Alon, Andrew Novich, Madison Snow, Don Yount, Joel Janco, Lamont Harris, Darryl Shoff, Lee Alexander, John Falb, Todd Slusher, Brian Alder, Ludovico Manfredi, Owen Kratz, Matt McMurry, Enzo Potolicchio, Jon Brownson, Richard Fant, Gerry Kraut, Jerome Mee, Michal Chlumecky.