Cooldown Lap: Barber 200

The Stats

Joe Foster leads the field at Barber Motorsports Park in Round 3 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

GS 1st: Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell, No. 15 Multimatic Ford Mustang Boss 302R
GS 2nd: Paul Dalla Lana and Bill Auberlen, No. 96 Turner BMW M3
GS 3rd: Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson, No. 61 Roush Ford Mustang Boss 302R
ST 1 st: Michael Galati and Nic Jonsson, No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup
ST 2nd: Tim Bell and BJ Zacharias, No. 14 Office Depot/Intersil BMW 128i
ST 3rd: Jesse Combs and Jeff Mosing, RACE EPIC/Murillo racing BMW 328i
Margin of Victory: 1.250 seconds
Average Speed: 70.719 mph
Cautions: Five for 25 laps
The Points
GS: Bill Auberlen/Paul Dalla Lana 97; Joe Foster/Scott Maxwell 92; Matt Plumb/Nick Longhi 85.
ST: Ryan Ellis/Ian Baas 95; Nic Jonsson 91; Sarah Cattaneo/Owen Trinkler 75.
The Story
Scott Maxwell caught Bill Auberlen at the start/finish line with four laps remaining and held on to win Saturday’s Barber 200. Maxwell, driving the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang 302R started by Joe Foster, took the checkered flag 1.250 seconds ahead of Auberlen for his ninth career victory.
Foster started on the pole and led the opening 20 laps. It was his fourth career victory in the series, and first since 2008, when he won the Grand Sport title with Maxwell.
Auberlen led the field for 22 laps in a bid for a second consecutive victory in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 started by Paul Dalla Lana.
Nic Jonsson and Michael Galati gave the Kia Motors America its first Street Tuner victory. Jonsson took the lead from Mathew Pombo on lap 54 and led the rest of the way in the No. 10 Kinetic Motorsports/Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup.
Jonsson took the checkered flag .684 seconds ahead of BJ Zacharias, driving the No. 14 Office Depot/Intersil BMW 328i started by Tim Bell.
The Surprises
- Nic Jonsson admitted his goal for Kia’s second season was a podium finish; after meeting that goal by finishing second at Daytona, he gave the manufacturer its first victory.
- Insight Racing made a splash with its first-class presentation in both the pits and paddock, and also on the track with Paul Gerrard unofficially holding the lead in the No. 19 BMW M3.
- With his mother Reba McEntire watching on, Shelby Blackstock ran as high as third in the No. 54 Jim Click Racing/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang Boss 302R.
- Defending GS champion Charles Putman went out after 16 laps in the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3.
- Mike Sweeney retired early in the debut of the No. 04 AM Performance Nissan 370Z.
The Numbers:
- .684 seconds – Margin of victory in the ST division
- 36 – Laps led by brothers Mark (28) and Mathew (6) Pombo
- 84.186 mph – Fastest race lap turned in by Billy Johnson
The Quotes:
-”It’s so fantastic. Bringing Kia Motors to the top of the chart in one of the toughest sports car series in the world in less than two years. The goal for this year was to have one or two podiums. Now we have a first and a second.” – Nic Jonsson (No. 10 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup)
- “Bill (Auberlen) is very hard to pass, but he is very fair. If you stick it in there, you know he’s going to give you space. He’s not going to give you the corner, and that’s what he did. We have a lot of respect for each other.” – Scott Maxwell (No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R)
- “We started the weekend really bad and had some problems during practice, but I just put my head in it once the race started. I just wanted to give Nic a good car for the end.” – Michael Galati (No. 10 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Forte Koup)
- “This is only a race. The real winners are the kids from Children’s Hospital. We had 70 kids here Friday and they were grinning ear-to-ear, and then we had 400 people at the Barber Museum and raised more than $42,000 that all goes to the hospital.” – Clint Guthrie (No. 24 V-Pack Motorsports Medical Properties Trust BMW 330i).
- “At the end, it was a battle between everybody with no grip and Scott (Maxwell) won out. He’s very good at driving in the rain, too. It was a fantastic day for us.” – Joe Foster (No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R), after winning the pole.
The Next Race:
The Continental Tire Challenge travels to Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Va., for the Bosch Engineering 200 on Saturday, May 14. The defending winners are Michael Marsal and Joey Hand, who won in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. Zach Lutz and Ryan Eversley won ST in the No. 75 Compass360 Honda Civic Si

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