Now that I am back at school and have caught back up with my classes, I want to share with all of you a recap of our race last weekend in Monterey, CA. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 240 is one of my favorite events. The reason for this is my thorough enjoyment of the track, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. My first podium in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge occurred here in 2015 and has held a special place in my heart since that race.
Once again, we had a great group of guests from my partners, TRUMPF Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield. While some of the guests were already familiar and passionate about motorsports, I'm glad I was able to spark a new interest in some who had never been to a race. Coincidentally, one of the sales representatives from TRUMPF, Eric, is a former Miami University student and we hit it off immediately.
Before our race, all of the Mazda drivers were told to go to the front of the fan walk to help present some very special gifts to some even more special people. As a part of the military appreciation theme during the event, Mazda presented a 2017 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 to two veterans and their families. In addition, another military family became proud new owners of a mortgage free home in Florida. You can read more about this emotional pre-race presentation here: https://www.imsa.com/news/092017/mazda-honors-veterans-homes-heroes-campaign-mazda-raceway
Our race started out looking like it was going to be another Mazda success story at Mazda's home track as we had no problem pacing with the leaders while we preserved our cars. This was our strategy since the race was four hours instead of the normal two hour race format. My co-driver, Mark Drennan, is a Mazda Raceway native and only lives an hour away from the track. His speed showed during his stint and we pitted from the top five for our pit stop and driver change. Unfortunately, our race came to an end early as a mechanical issue forced me to park the car on the side of the track with about an hour to go.
While the race didn't go our way, my teammates were able to finish second in the four hour race. Congratulations to Liam and Andrew for keeping the 26 car in the hunt! Even though the race for the #27 TRUMPF Inc. Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 did not come to fruition as we had expected, the event was a great time as always. Our guests from TRUMPF Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield were extremely supportive and enjoyed the race thoroughly. With one race to go in the season, next week's race at Road Atlanta will be a very hard push to grab one more successful finish before the season comes to a close.