MINI Takes 2nd in Inaugural Grand-Am B-Spec Race!
What a race!
First of all, congrats to Robbie Davis and MINI of Charleston on their 2nd place finish today! They finished between the winning Mazda2 and a Ford Fiesta. The Mazda2 driver counts Homestead as his home track and has been tracking the car for 6 months, at least. Robbie, on the other hand, had never driven the track in his life until Saturday morning, and the final suspension parts for the B-Spec MINIs came in just weeks ago from KW. Despite the disadvantages, and an untimely slide through the mud after taking the lead, Robbie managed to put together a great first showing for MINI.
In-car video will follow in the next few days (or maybe after MOTD!), but suffice it to say, this series started off with a splash (pun intended!).
The weather at Homestead-Miami Speedway was miserable essentially all weekend, and the B-Spec (or as Grand Am calls it, Sportsman Showcase) race was no exception. In fact, the race was put into full course caution for 3-4 laps once because of “dangerous conditions.” If that were the reason, they never should have gone out there, but I guess it’s too late for that discussion.
I’ll give you a few of the highlights, for now:
-We saw probably 15 off-track excursions… into the mud that used to be grass.
-One MINI (#48) was out of the race after Turn 1/2 of the FIRST LAP. The engine took a dump, for whatever reason… maybe water.
-As mentioned above, the MINI of Charleston car, piloted by Robbie Davis, finished in 2nd Place AND had the fastest lap time of the day!
We were part of the “crew” for the #68 car, so we got a lot of pictures of the MINI “Art Car”. Here are a few pictures from this weekend… you can find the rest HERE:
The 2nd Place MINI from MINI of Charleston, driven by Robbie Davis!
Like I mentioned above, there’s more to come later (videos and a few more pictures… all the off-roading pictures are still on my phone), but I wanted to get this out quickly for those wondering what happened. There’s a very brief race recap HERE on the Grand Am website, as well.
All the videos and remaining photos will be posted to the Turn17 Facebook page over the next week or so, so check back often!