05/16/2012 New Jersey - This weekend was the 4th race in the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Cars Series: Global Barter 250. The SpeedSource team was ready to bounce back from Homestead’s brief finish as the New Jersey weather greeted them with perfect driving conditions.
As the team arrived in the morning, they quickly began prepping the car for testing Thursday and practice Friday. SpeedSource had taken 1st place last year at New Jersey and the team was hoping to keep that a tradition. The #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 showed no signs of deviating from this, as they placed P1 on Friday’s practice session. Although the 3rd test session was delayed due to an accident on the track, the #70 car was running great and the team was eager to qualify the next day.
On Saturday, the Rolex GT cars finished up the qualifying rounds as SpeedSource came in P2. SpeedSource was happy to start the race Sunday in the front row as it had the previous year.
As Sunday approached, SpeedSource thanked fans for coming out and got into race day mode. As the green flag waved, the race began and the #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 took off. Sylvain Tremblay was the first driver in the #70, and GRAND-AM officials quickly named it as the GT leader. The SpeedSource car continued to carry the title as two-thirds of the race passed by. On the 1st pit stop, the car was due for a driver change, fuel, and tires. The 2nd pit stop from the lead, Jonathan Bomarito experienced trouble starting. The crew quickly diagnosed the problem and the team acted fast to fix the problem. With the crew’s quick response, Jonathan was able to get the car back out on the track and take P7 as the race finished. Although the SpeedSource team was hoping for a higher finish, the team was able to act quickly and recover the race, given the unpredicted battery complications.
With less than 3 weeks until the next race, the team is trouble shooting and planning its comeback for the next race. Watch the SpeedSource team gain momentum on June 2nd, as teams head to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, MI. Live broadcast will be on SPEED 5:00PM ET.
Barter 250 2012 - RACE GALLERY