Eversley Makes it Two-For-Two in Touring Car at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Ryan Eversley, of Atlanta, Ga., stayed perfect, scoring his second-straight World Challenge Touring Car win at the Optima Batteries Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by GameStreamer Sunday.

Eversley leads Saini at Mid-Ohio (Weber Image)

A winner in his debut race on Saturday, Eversley’s run to his second-consecutive Touring Car win was no less eventful on Sunday. Starting third in the No. 20 Maxwell Paper Products Mazda RX-8, Eversley fell back to sixth at the start.

Polesitter Jason Saini (No. 03 Team MER/Sparco/SafeRacer MAZDASPEED3), Nick Wittmer’s No. 93 HPD/Honda Racing/RealTime Honda Civic Si and second-starting Robb Holland’s No. 22 303 Motorsports/Track Pro/Emich VW Volkswagen GTI occupied the top three spots the opening several laps until Wittmer faded with his transmission issues. Eversley had to work past both Scion tCs of Dan Gardner and Robert Stout to join the lead fight, which then waged until lap 12.

On the seventh lap, Holland and Eversley made contact at the exit of the Esses, but both cars were able to continue. Eversley made his move past Saini for the lead on lap 12 and held it for the remainder of the race.

“The competition in this series is fantastic and the racing is just unbelievable,” Eversley said. “The standing start today wasn’t as good for me as yesterday, I bogged down with the rotary and Nick Wittmer’s Honda and a couple of other cars got by me. I was able to fight back to third in a couple of laps and had a great battle with Robb Holland. I gave him a little room and we got into each other a little bit, but it was just hard racing and totally fine. Jason and I had a great battle and I can’t wait to see the in-car video of that. We went back and forth down the backstraight and he just outbroke himself and I kind of got in a little too hot, too. I have to thank Maxwell Paper for letting me come drive their Mazda, I had so much fun.”

Eversley also set the Touring Car fastest race lap with a 1:38.024 (82.926 mph), breaking Eric Meyer’s day-old record by 0.055-second.

Holland was able to continue after the contact, but was eventually involved in contact with a GT car that would end his day with suspension damage.

Saini went on to finish second for the second-consecutive day.

Dan Gardner, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., survived early contact with his teammate, Touring Car point leader Robert Stout, to bring his No. 36 DG Spec/Scion/TRD/Lepper & Associates Scion tC home third. Gardner also earned the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start award for advancing six positions on the opening lap.

Series newcomer David Tuaty, of Miami, Fla., finished fourth in his No. 66 TLMUSA.com Honda Civic Si, followed by Charlie Solomon, of Waxahachie, Texas, in the No. 21 Dr. Natasha.com/DC Racing Mazda RX-8.

Solomon earned the Sunoco Hard Charger for advancing a total of 12 positions in the race.

Stout continues to lead the Touring Car Championship, with 959 points, followed by Meyer, with 810, Gardner, with 595, Brett Sandberg, with 572 and Shea Holbrook, with 444. Mazda leapfrogged Volkswagen to take over second place in the Manufacturers’ Championship for Touring Car. Scion leads, with 62, followed by Mazda (46), Volkswagen (38) and Honda (33).

Today’s race will be broadcast Saturday, Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Versus.

The World Challenge Championships next travel to VIRginia International Raceway for Rounds 10 and 11, part of the SCCA Pro Racing Sports Car Wars weekend, September 10-12.

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