Foss Scores Second MX-5 Cup Victory at Trois-Rivières
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TROIS-RIVIERES, Canada (Aug. 16, 2008) - Eric Foss, of Fort Worth, Texas, scored his second SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup win of the season in Round Five at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., and Ara Malkhassian, of Sonoma, Calif., completed the podium.



Starting from the pole, Foss held off the rest of the field at the drop of the green flag and immediately set to work at building a gap to second-place Malkhassian. Aiding Foss' cause was third-starting Buras, who was all over the rear bumper of Malkhassian from the start. The two began an intense battle for second as Foss continued to pull away in the No. 28 Team MER/Autobarn Mazda MX-5.



On lap eight, Buras pulled to the inside of Malkhassian entering Turn Eight and both cars ran wide. Malkhassian was able to hold onto second, but on the following lap, Buras got the job done for good in Turn Six.



In the beginning, Ara was running great, Buras said. He was pulling me everywhere. He started to slip a little bit and I started to catch up. He slipped a little in Turn Six and he gave me the point. It was great driving. Ara did a fantastic job. He slipped a little in Turn Six, I was right on him and he said, okay, go get'em.'



By the time Buras moved into second, Foss had already built a lead of nearly three seconds, which continued to grow as Buras gave chase in the No. 56 Hooverspeed Pancreaticcure.org MX-5.



On lap 28 of the 32-lap, 48.672-mile race, Foss saw his sizeable lead vanish, when the No. 14 Hooverspeed/Mazda/Patron Tequila MX-5 of Brad Rampelberg made contact with the Turn 10 tire wall, bringing out the full-course caution. When the tow truck finally cleared Rampelberg's car from the course, the time remaining was just enough for an exciting green-white-checker finish.



Despite a mirror-full of Buras, Foss never wavered. He closed the door on Buras' last lap attempt for the lead and took his second win of the season by 0.373-second.



I felt really confident, Foss said of the restart. I saw how good the car was on the start, when I was able to pull out a good lead. The car felt great. It was amazing how consistent the car was throughout the weekend. The Brakes felt great, the tires felt great and I figured I might have a little more than Todd, but he gave me a lot of pressure at the end and if I'd made a slip he would have gotten me for sure.
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