Kevin Conway Maintains Point Lead in IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series after Laguna Seca
Concord N.C. (May 9, 2014) – The No. 29 Change Racing/Lamborghini Carolinas Super Trofeo with Kevin Conway finished in the second position in Round 3 and the fourth position in Round 4 at Laguna Seca Raceway. The two finishes allowed Conway and Change Racing to maintain the point lead in the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo point standings.
Track activity began on Friday, May 2 with two brief 40-minute practice sessions for Conway to get acclimated with the 2.2 mile historic Laguna Seca Raceway. Conway had never circled the course in his career and utilized all the time allowed in the two practice sessions to familiarize himself with the unique driving line and elevation changes, gaining speed throughout the two sessions. The No. 29 Change Racing/Lamborghini Carolinas Super Trofeo was able to set the third-fastest lap time at a time of 1:30.32. Qualifying was next on the schedule and Conway was able to better his time, setting the fourth-fastest lap time at a 1:28.73.
Saturday, May 3 saw Round 3 of the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series as the No. 29 started from the fourth position. Conway knew it was going to be a challenge to get around the traffic in front of him to challenge for the lead, his strategy was to charge to the front as soon as possible. On lap 6 he moved into the third position, and on lap 17 after the mandatory pit stop the No. 29 moved into the second position. With only eight minutes remaining in the 50-minute event, a full-course caution for an incident slowed the competitors and forced the field to finish under caution. Conway and the No. 29 Change Racing/Lamborghini Carolinas Super Trofeo finished in the second position.
Sunday, May 4 was the final day at Laguna Seca Raceway and Round 4 for the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. As a result of the second-place finish the day before, Conway and the No. 29 was able to start on the front row in second. The team maintained the second position for half of the event and entered pit lane for the mandatory pit stop on lap 14. Conway was able exit the pit stop as the leader, but was given a pass-through penalty as his stop was six-tenths of a second shorter than the mandated 90-second minimum. The penalty dropped Conway from the lead to several positions back in the field late in the race. Conway battled back with a daring three-wide pass on the last lap to capture the fourth position.
“This is not how we wanted to finish here at Laguna Seca Raceway. We had really good speed throughout the weekend, especially considering I was one of the few drivers who had never seen this challenging course before in my career. Round 3 went really well, I had to push hard to get through the traffic and up to the second position which ultimately meant I used my tires too aggressively and didn’t have much for the leader. I feel if we were able to restart the things would have become quite interesting, but my Change Racing/Lamborghini Carolinas team did a great job and we were pleased with a second place result the first day. Round 4 was disappointing as it was our team’s first finish off the podium (top-three finish) in over a year. We will bounce back from this disappointment and take our point lead into Watkins Glen where I fortunately have experience from my NASCAR career. It will be nice to start returning to tracks where I have prior experience, it’s quite the challenge to come into these events and effectively memorize a course only utilizing the two 40-minute practice sessions, so we’re really looking forward to the rest of the schedule.”
The next event on the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo schedule will be June 27 and 28 at Watkins Glen International. The two events will be Round 5 and Round 6 of the 12 event schedule that makes up the IMSA North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship.