PaddockTalk: A Pole and a Podium at Homestead


PaddockTalk has a review of Automatic Racing and RSR Motorsports’s results at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

The second round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season was a memorable one for Automatic Racing and RSR Motorsports. Sarah Cattaneo earned the Street Tuner pole in the Automatic-prepared No. 197 RSR Mini Cooper S, while teammates BJ Zacharias and Craig Conway took home third in the No. 198 Mini.

The 2.5-hour race at Homestead-Miami Speedway started with Cattaneo on the Street Tuner (ST) pole, the first time a female driver has qualified on the series pole in three years. Cattaneo held down second place during her stint, and it seemed that she and co-driver VJ Mirzayan would hold on for a podium finish. A mechanical problem dropped them back, though, before their eventual retirement.

Meanwhile, Conway and Zacharias stayed busy working their way up from 29th on the starting grid. The No. 198 Mini pitted during a caution, allowing Conway to hand over to Zacharias without losing too many spots on the track. From there, Zacharias continued moving to the front.

The third-place finish—RSR’s first podium in the series—came despite driving conservatively to save fuel. “We had to short-shift and try to conserve, so I couldn’t push too much,” said Zacharias. “It was a three-lap dash to the end for the top three cars, and I ran out of gas going into the hairpin. It’s great to be back with RSR; Randy (Smalley) really deserves credit for what he’s done with this program.”

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