The eEuroparts.com ROWE racing team is back on track this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course for the third round of the 2018 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car challenge. The drivers and crew are excited and ready to try and improve on their third place finish from round two at Sebring International Speedway just a few weeks ago.
For round three, the team has traveled to the heart Ohio and the iconic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This is our second trip out to Lexington Ohio in as many months, as we visited a few weeks ago for testing. At that time we were able to make good progress on setup and our drivers were really able to get comfortable with the layout of the course. Mid-Ohio is somewhat of a rollercoaster of a track, and has a lot of secrets that take time to unlock. We’re really hoping that extra effort translates into good results this weekend, but this is racing and literally anything can and will happen. As of yet, our competitors have not turned a considerable amount of laps, so it’s hard to say how the competition is sizing up.
On Thursday, we were battling both the weather and the uneven paddock layout. It took considerably more effort than usual just to get to a point where we had a level scale pad for our set-up and set-down process. That didn’t stop us from getting out on track for the promoter test session along with most the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge field. We had the additional bonus of trying out the rain tires on a wet track, but it quickly dried before we really got underway.
Today we will be running in two practice sessions to get our final set up dialed in, then this afternoon we will qualify to determine the starting order. We have our finger crossed for good weather, as thunderstorms are in the forecast for the rest of the day (Friday 5/4). If it gets wet again, it will really throw a wrench into many of the teams plans, as tomorrow’s forecast looks warm and sunny, a stark contrast to what we’ve been experiencing so far on the trip.
Tune in Live on IMSA.TV Tomorrow (Saturday 5/5) at 2:10pm-4:20pm Eastern for all the green flag action.
It’s going to be an exciting race weekend. We’re confident, the crew is ready, and we have eyes on the podium. Mid-Ohio is a shorter track with some very tight areas and some great opportunities for exciting passing. We’re looking forward to some of the most exhilarating racing that we’ve seen yet this season, so tune in for race start on Saturday. If you miss the live IMSA.tv broadcast Tomorrow, you can tune in to FS1 on May 12 at 12:30pm for the rebroadcast. Hopefully the race is so good we will want to watch it twice!