Success marked round 8 of the SCCA Pro Trans-Am championship at Watkins Glen International, with 2 cars finishing in the top ten and Harry Steenbakkers driving to a podium finish in our house car, the #25 TA2 Camaro.
Mike McGahern, driving the #48 Ottawa Solar Power TA2 Camaro, had a troubling start to the weekend, chasing vibration issues in the driveline. The crew ripped the car apart, and was able to repair it in time for qualifying but we lost a test session. Mike qualified 16th, but raced well, avoiding some crazy spins ahead of him and drove home in a well-deserved 10th!
Harry was a little rusty as he had not driven a professional race car in exactly a year, but got up to speed quickly. We were able to make some good adjustments and worked on race set-up more than qualifying speed. He still managed an 8th starting position and drove an incredibly mature race. We hang back, not forcing passes, just steadily moving up and saving the tires. After the second yellow flag, with 6 laps to go, Harry made a pass into 3rd and had an awesome race with Shane Lewis, the top 3 checking out, and Harry setting 2nd fastest lap of the race. He would finish 3rd, only 1.5 seconds separating the top 3!
Watch a few laps with Harry fighting Shane at the end: