A rainy day was an appropriate metaphor for a tough end of the 2014 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season for Performance Tech Motorsports.
Robert Alon finished seventh while Joel Janco finished 13th overall and sixth in the Masters’ class for the 14th and final round of the season. The tough finishes in heavy rain during Race 2 came after Alon and Janco both suffered mechanical issues in Race 1 Thursday.
Both drivers spent time fighting with the wet track. As a rookie, Alon previously only raced in rain once and spent the race today learning how to handle his No. 9 Prototype Lites car in the rain. Janco, who finished third in the L1 Masters Championship, felt safe in his position and saw no need to push the car in treacherous conditions.
“It was a fun race,” Alon said. “The conditions kept changing on us. They started out wet, then it dried, and then it was just soaked. It was just about feeling the track. It was hard, but I just focused on keeping it on track.
“I messed up on the last restart. It went green, nobody went, and four guys from the back went to the front. I don’t know how that happened. But it was fun, and I’m ready for 2015.”
Team Principal Brent O’Neill was pleased with his team’s mechanical work for the day and also proud of his drivers’ accomplishments in the race Friday and in the 2014 season.
“We were good today,” O’Neill said. “Robert still has to learn how to drive in the rain. He’s never really done this before. He never threw the car off track, and he did a really god job. Joel is just a little timid in the rain. They both said they could have gone faster, but it was just the conditions. The cars were good – no reason to risk them on the last race.”
The team will celebrate the third-place Masters Championship finish of Janco at a banquet reception Oct. 3 at Road Atlanta.
“I’m thrilled to have won third in the championship,” Janco said. “Performance Tech did a great job this year. We had some rough patches, but overall it was a great year.”
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