After a string of two disappointing results in a row, Remo Ruscitti and Adam Isman were able to reach the podium once again at the most recent round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway. The previous two rounds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road America were both disappointing, as the drivers encountered mechanical issues late in the running while running at the front.
The weekend started with a bang during Friday Practice when a wheel speed sensor failed in just the wrong place, sending Remo hard into a tirewall as the result of an ABS brake failure. Fortunately, the tirewall absorbed the impact well, and both Remo and the Porsche Cayman were largely unhurt. The Autometrics Motorsports crew worked hard to fix the car for the following practice session, which allowed Remo to post the second fastest time of the session, just hundredths of a second off quickest.
With qualifying being rained out and the grid set on championship points, Remo and Adam would start Saturday’s race from the 7th starting position. Adam had a great opening stint driving the car up to 3rd in the running order during the first half of the two and a half hour race which saw just one caution flag fly throughout. After the mid-race pit stop and driver change, Remo had just under an hour and twenty minutes to charge toward the front. As the clock wound down, Ruscitti and Isman found themselves in 2nd place with ample time remaining to chase the race and championship leaders of Foss and Mosing down, but being forced to save fuel halted the charge and forced the pair to settle for a 2nd place finishing position. When the checkered flag flew, Remo and Adam were pleased to be back on the podium for the first time since their breakthrough victory at Mosport earlier in the season.
“Overall, a good weekend. Usually when you end up in the infield care centre [after a crash] during the weekend, your chances are very slim to end up on the podium. Luckily I didn’t damage the car badly enough to prevent us from the opportunity we had this weekend. Glad to be back on the podium,” stated Ruscitti after the race.
Ruscitti and Isman currently sit 5th in the overall standings and hope to have a strong finish to the season in the last two rounds. The penultimate round of the 2014 season will take place at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX in 3 weeks time. That event will mark the second time the two drivers will race together at the venue, as it was the setting of their first race co-driving together in 2013. The season concludes at Road Atlanta two weeks later.