Bowmanville, Ontario (9 July 2017) – The Change Racing crew got their groove back at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday with a sixth place finish as the team heads into the second half of the IMSA WeatherTech season with drivers Jeroen Mul and Monster Energy athlete Corey Lewis.
After what seemed like a string of bad racing luck for Change Racing, the team continued to keep their heads high and worked hard to earn a result representative of their consistently strong pace with the Lamborghini Huracàn GT3.
Before the CTMP event began, the Change Racing crew was hard at work repairing the No. 16 XBOX / Monster Energy / Orion Lighting Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 after contact sustained during the previous weekend at Watkins Glen.
With the car completely repaired before the first practice day, the team worked to dial in the car for a strong weekend of racing.
After Corey Lewis’ qualifying stint, putting the No. 16 in seventh, the team looked ahead to gain positions in the early stages of the race. After taking the green, Lewis maintained seventh until the first set of pit stop cycles on lap 34, where he moved up to sixth.
“My stint was a little bit more intense than I thought it would be,” expressed Lewis. “But I worked through it doing a lot of defending and trying to pick up as many spots as I could. I just didn’t have quite enough to get past the Ferrari throughout the majority of my stint but I knew I needed to keep the car in one piece to hand it off to Jeroen.”
Jeroen Mul took over the driving duties for the final stage of the race, where he kept the car comfortably in sixth. A mid-race rain shower produced partially wet weather conditions which didn’t seem to faze Mul who has experience racing in the rain in European competition.
Mul brought the No. 16 machine up to fourth place where he battled in podium contention until yet another rain shower doused the track. Mul worked his Lamborghini Huracan to the fullest right until the checkered where he settled with a sixth-place finish.
“It was a little bit nerveracking being on slicks in those conditions because it was really pouring down on the back stretch,” said Mul. “I was right on the knife’s edge but I pushed through it and didn’t let it get to me too much. Our strategy to stay out on track on slicks paid off and I was immediately able to catch the guys in front of me and overtake the No. 48 Lamborghini. The car was the best it’s been the entire weekend and the whole team did a great job preparing that for Corey (Lewis) and I. We pulled out everything that was in it for this weekend, we were the first Lamborghini and we brought it home without a scratch on it.”
Team owner, Robby Benton, is relieved to have a successful result, but looks for improvements throughout the second half of the season.
“I think that with everything that has happened in the last three races we feel like we are back on our feet,” said Benton. “There was no damage and both drivers did a great job and had good pace. To come out with a result that we had is good despite some of the disadvantages we have compared to some of the other teams. What we needed, as a team, was for the drivers to feel like we got back on our feet and we did just that.”
Change Racing will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition on July 21st – 22nd as they head to Lime Rock Park.