McQuarrie Wins The Konig Wheels Grand Prix of Portland
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McQuarrie Wins The Konig Wheels Grand Prix of Portland
By Ryan Cristobal

June 17th, 2006/Portland, Oregon - Before the weekend started the biggest question around in the paddock was Can someone tame the beast that is the current defending USTCC driver's champion Dave Brown? Ask no more. The answer to the question came in a stellar driving performance by Tyler McQuarrie, behind the wheel of the #88 Opak Racing/Spoon Sports/Turn 3 Acura RSX -R to win the Konig Wheels Grand Prix in Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon as part of Champ Car's G.I. Joe's Grand Prix of Portland on Saturday, June 17, 2006.

After claiming the pole position in the morning, McQuarrie & Co. knew that it's only a small portion of the battle. Adjustments were needed to be made before race time and a great standing start. Once all the cars lined up and the green flag was dropped it quickly became an all too familiar scene as Dave Brown got off the starting line first with the all wheel drive power of his #8 K&N Engineering/Goodsport Racing/Works Mitsibushi EVO8 RS. But the race was far from over, McQuarrie did not bog down, he kept his head down and kept driving. McQuarrie filled Brown's mirror until the Acura RSX made an inside move on the Mitsubishi, and the Dodge made it a three wide battle down the front straight. You could hear the crowd gasping as they saw the three cars approach. The Dodge and the Acura went into the chicane side by side with the Mitsubishi following the battle.

Curt Simmons in the #49 Cornwell Tools/Sunnyvale Dodge SRT-4 got in a three-way battle for first position from his third place and was able to squeeze pass both Brown and McQuarrie on the third lap. Simmons led a lap until a loose boost hose quickly dropped him back and struggled to defend his third place position from the hard charging Pete Bovenberg who started from sixth position behind the wheels of the #94 MBO/AutoSourceMotoring.com/PPG Honda Civic and locked himself on the spot once he got around Simmons.

Local star and track expert Erick Krause behind the #39 RSBarn/MC Autobody/EKR Porsche 968 brought home the APEX-i Top Rookie of the Race honor finishing fifth and ahead of Rookie Points leader Auston Harris.

Toby Grahovec in the #30 Classic BMW/Red Line Oil BMW 330i put up a valiant race effort despite a last minute engine change, but during the race clutch issues ended his race early.