- 01 July 2012
Millville, NJ – David Grant made it four wins in four Atlantic Championship Series starts this year, leading every lap from pole and going under the existing Atlantic track record at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt circuit. Grant took his second win in two days, finishing ahead of brother Keith Grant while Paul LeCain stood on the final step of the podium driving the No. 90 Ralt RT-41/Toyota.
“This was a great weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park,” said Grant, in the No. 12 Swift chassis. “I need to thank Polestar and the team for a great car, we plan on continuing the streak at Summit Point.”
David Grant’s runaway win in the Swift 014/Toyota from Polestar Racing Group gives him a solid Championship lead heading into the final rounds at Summit Point in August.
Grant has won every race in 2012 and has a commanding Championship points lead over his brother Keith, in a similarly prepared Swift 014/Toyota from Polestar with the same blue and green livery.
“The first 14 laps were fine but then it started to get very hot in the car,” said Keith Grant, noting that even with an early start time at 8:45 a.m. – temperatures soared during the race. “I was with David the first few laps but he got around the traffic faster, he was just too quick for me here.”
LeCain was third in the Ralt chassis, after sitting on pole en route to a second place finish on Saturday.
“With the heat it’s a good thing we moved the race earlier today,” said LeCain, who won at New Jersey a few weeks ago in a SCCA National. “Keith was quick this morning but we’ll take a second and third this weekend. I look forward to taking it to the Grants at Summit Point in August.”
The all green flag race ran 20 laps, as John Burke finished fourth in the No. 55 Company Motorsports Swift 014/Toyota while Chris Fahan completed the top five in a Swift 016/Mazda.
Connor Burke was sixth, also driving a Swift 014/Toyota for Company Motorsports, while John Thompson, the holder of the track record eclipsed by Grant during the race, was seventh in his red and white No. 5 Swift 014/Toyota under the TTO Motorsports awning.
Rich Zober was eighth, with John Dole ninth and Bruce Hamilton tenth for K-Hill Motorsports, all three drivers in Swift 016/Mazda combinations.
The Atlantic field swelled to 16 cars for Sunday’s race, the biggest yet in 2012, with the addition of Joe Tauro for Sunday’s events as the first-year Series shared the track with F2000, F1600, Trans-Am and ARCA on a spectator weekend at the New Jersey facility.
The inaugural Atlantic Championship Series concludes with rounds five and six at Summit Point, August 24-26, sharing the weekend with F2000 and F1600.Race Results:
|Pos||No.||Name||Laps||Total Tm||Diff||Gap||Avg. Speed||Best Tm||Best Spd|
|10||36||Bruce Hamilton||19||25:57.265||1 Lap||1 Lap||98.827||1:14.523||108.691|
|15||34||Andy Schaufelberger||10||14:42.659||10 Laps||9 Laps||91.768||1:18.533||103.141|
|DNF||29||Joe Blacker||7||10:56.660||13 Laps||3 Laps||86.346||1:21.210||99.741|