INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Eric Curran and Lawson Aschenbach won the inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rain played havoc with the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Usually the sports cars run in the rain but a heavy downpour brought out a full course red flag because of standing water on the track and in particular in the pit areas.
The race was delayed for 25-minutes but afterwards, The Curran- Aschenbach team moved into the lead after the pit stop shuffle after many of the teams switched into rain tires and back.
The race then went to green after 38 minutes left in the two and half hour event.
“We’ve had a bunch of podium finishes, but to finally get the top step is just awesome,” said Curran, who drove the anchor leg after the team made an early pit stop. “To have it happen here at Indy makes it really special.”
The victory was Curran’s 14th in the series and Aschenbach’s sixth.
Jeff Bucknam and George Richardson finished second in the No. 62 Henderson Insurance Brokers/Lucas Oil Camaro from Mitchum Motorsports. The No. 48 Safecraft/OMP Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 of Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub, which led briefly during the scramble for tires, was third as the race finished under the third full-course caution period in the final 30 minutes.
Seth Thomas and Daniel Rogers prevailed in the Street Tuner class, co-driving the No. 82 CRC Brakleen BMW 328i to victory. James Clay and John Capestro-DuBets finished second in a 1-2 finish by BimmerWorld Racing BMWs on the 2.534-mile Indy road course.
Story by: Kevin Proot
Photos by: Larry Vancil and Kevin Proot