Nigel Baines dominated Road America Tuesday afternoon, leading each and every lap of the race, eventually winning by nearly 20-seconds over second place finisher Farooq Manzar. Glenn Sidman edged Martin Carroll for the final podium spot.
Tony Kloosterman laid down a scorching 2:07.815 to take the fastest lap of the day, while Martyn Danby captured the hard charger award by picking up 11 spots, rising from 26th to 15th.
With 26-cars taking the green flag, Road America hosted the single largest event in GRAsim history. The end of the race also brought the end of the American leg of the GV8 series. Australia, fittingly, is home to the final two races of the series with Phillips Island up next, before the boys feed The Mountain. Two races left and the series is still wide open, this is what racing is all about. See you at the track!
The legendary Phillip Island circuit will welcome the boys back to Australia with roughly 2.8 miles (4.4 km) of twisting, turning, counter-clockwise fury. The Island has been home to some fantastic GRAsim racing over the years, with one of the closest finishes in GRAsim history taking place here in our now-defunct GTCC series.
Nigel Baines finds himself atop the standings as well with a 48-point lead over Glenn Sidman. Duljon Boldrin finds himself on the outside looking in with 72-points between him and the lead. Troy Eddy, Mario Girard, and Greg Carr are knotted up for fourth place. Nearly a third of the top ten drivers at the moment are independents, with Peter Hebron and Jim Davey joining Baines for the distinction. Never Quit Racing has pulled out to a substantial lead in the team championships, with 8or80 Brazil and 8or80 Canada still looking to sort out second place.
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Driver Name: Joe O'Dell
Forum Name: Joe
Living Now and Hometown (if different): Joshua Tree, Ca is where I live now, but hoping to move to LA area soon. I was born and raised in Minnesota.
1 Favorite Car (sim & real): I don't think I have a sim favorite. My favorite personal car was my Jeep Wrangler, but I like anything with wheels.
1 Favorite Track (sim and real): I would have to go with Interlagos. Always great racing there. I love being at any small town oval. I went to Elko a couple of times, and it was fun. I am looking forward to going to Irwindale. I haven't been there yet. That will change.
Real life racing experience: Think less NASCAR, more Dukes of Hazard.
What got you into Sim racing and your future goals in Sim racing: GT5 pissed me off so bad that I vowed I wouldn't play it again (which holds true to this day), but I bought a wheel, so I went in search of racing mmo's and wound up at iRacing. Currently, my goal is to try to get back into sim racing. I miss getting whipped by the guys at GRAsim week after week!
Favorite Sim Memory: I remember getting so excited that I took the wife out for ice cream after our mx5 series had it's first 10+ car grid.