FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6th, 2016 – The CRG-I Do Borrow team rolled into Watkins Glen International Raceway this past weekend full of emotion as they debuted their Nissan Altima Coupe. After time spent testing and developing the car, the thought was Watkins Glen would be the right time to make their debut, and they would come out firing on all cylinders.
The #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Altima was on pace early as they ran inside the Top-5 in practice. With the qualifying session run in wet weather conditions, the team knew the race would be in the dry and opted to skip the session and start at the rear of the field with a car set-up both drivers were comfortable pushing towards the front in the race.
Sarah Cattaneo would start the race from the 27th position, and at the drop of the green flag quickly began picking off her competition. Sarah would take over the lead in the Street Tuner (ST) class by lap 35 when she would turn the car over to her co-driver Owen Trinkler. Trinkler would take the wheel before the Nissan entry would ultimately succumb to a failed brake line with some 26 minutes remaining in the race while running fourth.
Although the team would have liked to have the points a strong finish would warrant, they accomplished many of their goals coming into the weekend. They arrive to Bowmanville, Ontario this week for the next round of 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series season at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) ready to take the fight to the rest of the ST field.
CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are currently seventh and sixth in Team and Drivers’ ST Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes a win at Sebring International Raceway in March.
“Watkins Glen was a great experience for us. The race didn’t end how we wanted, but the crew worked so hard to give us a great handling car, I can’t wait to get to CTMP!” states Cattaneo.
Trinkler echoed her sentiments, “We knew through testing that the car would be strong. The team did a great job with the set-up, and as usual called a great strategy that put us in the lead at one point. It was a small part that took us out of contention, but we’ll be ready this week. We’re still in the running points wise, and just need to keep clicking off those strong results as the season winds down.”
The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 10th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix kicks off with its first practice on Friday, July 8th at 9:30 am EDT, with the race dropping the green flag on July 9th at 12:25 pm EDT. The race can be viewed live on IMSA.com, or via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT.
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