- Civic Type R motorist wins Saturday, finishes second on Sunday
- Chris Haldeman scores a span of lectern finishes with Honda Civic Si in TCA
- Taylor Hagler takes top-five finish on Sunday
The 2019 Touring Car America deteriorate saw a new automobile in Victory Lane on a balmy Saturday during Sonoma Raceway as Victor Gonzalez used a adventurous last-lap, last-corner pass to put his Honda Civic Type R on a tip of a TCR formula piece for a initial time this year. In a TCA class, X-Factor Racing personality Chris Haldeman again paced a Texas-based squad, earning a span of lectern finishes.
Honda Civic Type R TCR
Starting fifth in Saturday’s opening race, Gonzalez benefitted from hit among a leaders to benefit several early positions, afterwards sealed on personality Michael Hurczyn in a final laps. After a integrate of attempts around a outside, Gonzalez used a timely bearing on his final outing by a Sonoma track’s signature hairpin spin to pass Hurczyn and hurl to a win.
The Honda Civic Type R TCR motorist followed his win adult with an equally-impressive expostulate to second in Sunday’s race. Coming from fourth on a grid, he vaulted into third place with reduction than 4 mins to go in a timed race, afterwards again slid past Hurcyzn – this time in a downhill Turn 9 equivocation – on a final path to explain second place.
Making his 2019 entrance with LAP Motorsports, Harry Cheung softened via a weekend, holding his Honda Civic Type R TCR to fifth on Sunday, after finishing ninth in Saturday’s opening race.
Honda Civic Si TCA
In a messenger TCA category, Haldeman powered his XFactor Racing Honda Civic Si to third-place formula on Saturday and Sunday, finishing behind Tyler Maxson and Mark Pombo in both events.
As she did during Virginia International Raceway final month, array rookie Taylor Hagler softened over a weekend and came home in fifth place in Sunday’s contest, heading a container that enclosed a Hondas of seventh-placed Cole Ciraulo and associate first-year TCA racer Sally McNulty in her Team Sally Civic Si.
Saturday’s eventuality saw Ciraulo post a sixth-place outcome in his Civic Si while Hagler finished seventh, one mark forward of teammate Stephen Jeu. Once again, a margin of 5 turnkey, affordable Honda Civic Si’s finished a doubleheader competition weekend but a singular mechanical-related retirement.
Both a SRO Touring Car America TCR and TCA classes will subsequent finish Jul 12-14 during Portland International Raceway for turn 9 and 10 of a 16-race season.
Social media calm and video links from this weekend’s Honda Racing activities during Sonoma Raceway are accessible on HPD’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter during (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).
Victor Gonzalez (#99 VGMC Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR) on his Saturday TCR competition win: “I’m so happy. We’re such a tiny group from Orlando, and we did not know what to design this weekend. We knew a setup would concede us to come on after in a race, so we saved my tires until a median indicate of a competition and afterwards went for it. we have to appreciate HPD, a TC America series, a partners, and LA Honda for vouchsafing us steal some additional parts. We could not have finished this but them!”
SRO Motorsports TC America
Circuit: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
Weather: Clear, warm, 84 degrees F Saturday
Mostly sunny, hot, 91 degrees F Sunday
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