Skeer Wins In The Rain At Mid-Ohio
Szymczak, in the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5, secured a hard-fought second place finish. In the sixth position on the lap 11-restart, just under a minute behind the leaders at the time, Szymczak passed numerous cars in the mixed-class field to get to second. Szymczak ran out of time before getting the chance to battle with Skeer for the lead finishing 17.679 seconds behind.
“We started off making the gamble by putting on drys,” Szymczak said. “The rain took us all by surprise. In the changing conditions, and the overall uncertainty, it was really had to figure out where to put the car. It was a real crap shoot out there for the first couple laps.
“Once it started to rain hard, it was obvious to put on wets, so that cleared it up a bit, making it easier to figure out what needed to be done. As the line developed we were able to settle in, click off laps, and finish strong today.”
Jackson, a rookie, finished his first Mazda MX-5 Cup race on the third step of the podium in very trying conditions. Jackson was the beneficiary of the mid-race caution period, putting him near the front of the field. Following the restart, Jackson passed Bender on lap 15, then John Dean (No. 16 Projections Research/Sick Sideways MX-5) on lap 19 to take third.
“It’s been a roller coaster,” Jackson said. “Yesterday we had a little issue with the brakes, but today we developed some consistency and managed to stay on track. In this race, that’s what it took to get on the podium. Overall, I had a blast out there. It was wet and wild, and I’m glad we all got through it.”
Dean ended up bringing his machine home fourth in the wet conditions, scoring his 14th career top-five, and sixth top-five of 2013 in as many races.
Sebastian Landy scored his third career top-five, and first of 2013, in the No. 49 Excitations.com MX-5.
Kenton Koch made series history with his sixth win of the season, as he became the first Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge driver to score an overall win in Mazda MX-5 Cup competition. Koch (No. 63 Skip Barber Racing School SBMX-5), as with the other Skip Barber drivers, was able to stay out on track throughout the entire race, as he started on rain tires.
“About halfway through the race, when it really started coming down we were able to pick off a lot of guys,” Koch said. “That was able to help us out a lot, just being on rain tires.
“It’s very special for me to be on the podium, the very tip-top of the podium, not just first in my class. It’s pretty cool just to do that, definitely something to put on the résumé. It’s a really eye-opening experience for me.”
Lucas Bize finished second overall, and in class, in the No. 60 SBMX-5. Russell Muck completed the podium, finishing third in the No. 95 SBMX-5.