Peterson Stays Hot At Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Defending TA Champion and current points leader Doug Peterson and the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette came away with the overall victory and TA class win Saturday in the 3Dimensional Services Next Dimension 100 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
With 58 cars on the technical 2.58 mile course in Round 7 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, class winners came away with hard-earned victories.
The session began with Tomy Drissi, in the No. 4 Tony Ave Racing/ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Chevrolet Camaro, on pole with teammate Peterson alongside. Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, began the race just behind the Tony Ave Racing duo, with Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, in fourth and Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, in fifth position.
Immediately after the course went green, Ruman sprang into action on the first lap, overtaking both Drissi and Peterson immediately, taking advantage of her hometrack knowledge. Ruman would hold that position up until the 15th lap of the race when the first full course caution began shortly after contact between the No. 23 of Ruman and No. 4 of Drissi, leaving Peterson in the lead with Gregg in second and Ebben in third.
The TA2 race began in an eventful fashion as well. Making his first-ever Trans Am appearance, Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 42 ETE Reman Transmission/ Archer Racing Chevrolet Camaro, began the day on pole, with Adam Andretti, in the No. 44 Engineered Components Chevrolet Camaro, alongside; and the Mike Cope Racing Duo of Kevin Poitras, driver of the No. 73 Mike Cope Racing Chevrolet Camaro, and Ron Keith, in the No. 25 Offsite Image Management/ Mike Cope Racing Ford Mustang, in fourth and fifth.
Loshak’s time in the front only lasted three laps, with Adam Andretti capitalizing during the fourth lap as the No. 42 fell behind; likewise, Ron Keith moved his way forward, settling into second position going into the first caution, while Poitras held third.
When the race restarted on the 19th lap, Peterson surged ahead with Gregg and Ebben chasing. Ebben would make his move during lap 21, passing Gregg and immediately applying pressure on Peterson and overtaking the defending Champion on the next lap for the race lead.
In TA2, the battle for the lead between Andretti and Keith continued with Camaro and Mustang going nose to tail; then on the very beginning of lap 23 the No. 44 of Andretti went just off course on the main straight, nearly shearing off the splitter on the Engineered Components machine.
Keith capitalized, taking the lead and adding several car lengths between himself and Andretti. But Andretti was quick to recover, recovering the lead from Keith two laps later just as the track headed into its second full course yellow of the day.
The eventual restart had an impact on the TA2 race as well, as Kevin Poitras served a drive through penalty, seeing the No. 14 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang of Joe Ebben, Cliff Ebben’s son, move up into third.
Andretti, Keith and Ebben would cross the finish line for the TA2 in that order, keeping pace throughout the final 13 laps, despite several challenges by Keith on Andretti’s lead.