CRG Achieves Win in Canada
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14th, 2016 – The CRG-I Do Borrow team took Canada by storm this past weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) for the fifth round of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series. This event marked the midway point in the season, and the team is back in the Top-5 in points following their come-from-behind win in the Street Tuner (ST) class, their second win on the season.
Due to wet weather conditions the team decided to take the cautious route in the first practice session, only completing one lap to bed in some parts for the weekend following a successful promoter test day. Things quickly ramped up once the track dried for the second session that saw the #44 I Do Borrow/A&C Properties Nissan Altima Coupe at the top of the time charts.
Following qualifying, Sarah Cattaneo would take the green flag from the 21st starting position in ST, and as she’s done time and again this season, would drive her way towards the front of the field during her stint. With the race being mostly caution free, the team would have to make the right strategy calls, and execute a flawless pit stop in order to put her co-driver, Owen Trinkler, out in a position to finish what Sarah started.
Having done exactly that, Trinkler would have some epic battles during the second half of the race with the leaders, and ultimately with little time remaining took advantage of the lead Porsche going wide in turn 5 to take the lead. Owen would take the checker and the win, his seventh win the series and the third for Cattaneo, in a hard fought battle where both drivers and the crew all played a huge role in the ultimate result.
“Mosport (CTMP) was an amazing experience! I’m still on cloud nine just thinking about it.” Sarah continues, “The weekend was a struggle for me because I’ve only raced there once, and that was last year, so not one of my better circuits. However with the encouragement and help of the team, they got me to where I needed to be in order to hand off the car to Owen in a good position. I can’t thank the crew enough for all the hard work everyone has put in.”
Owen was equally excited following the achievement. “This win shows the hard work and dedication Joe (Cattaneo), Sarah and the entire team have. This was a great win, my second win there with the first being in 2003. I thought we’d have a chance to run towards the front at the end with this tracks fast turns, and were hoping to get as many points as we could there and at Lime Rock to get to circuits that better suit the car towards the end of the season. This is a great result, and we’re all proud to take the win back to the States.”
Richard Kulach, Motorsports Manager, Nissan North America, USA passed along his congratulations to the team as well, “Outstanding effort by the entire CRG team in only their second outing of the Nissan Altima IMSA Street Tuner Car. Call it luck or faith, but we knew it was only a matter of time before they won. Congratulations to both Sarah and Owen for their run during the race which was very thrilling to watch. We’re very proud to have CRG within the Nissan family and representing our brand with passion and excitement.”
CRG and drivers Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler are currently fourth in Team and Drivers’ ST Class Championship Points standings respectfully, which includes a win at Sebring International Raceway in March to go with the win this past weekend.
The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix can be viewed live via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 17th, 2016 at 1:00 pm EDT.
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