Stevenson Motorsports Race Report From New Jersey Motorsports Park
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Stevenson Motorsports Splashes To Top Five Finish At New Jersey
'Clear vision' Porsches rule in the wet, but Stevenson car is top Pontiac finisher

The rains came down hard at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the third round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Despite having to replace the front window due to an inability to see through it in the pouring rain, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports / BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R, driven by Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell, persevered and finished fifth in the GT class.

At the start the rains that had been threatening to pick up in intensity delivered mightily on that threat. Two Daytona Prototypes came together before the first turn - due in full measure to the impossible conditions - and that accident immediately sent the race into yellow. Once the debris had been cleared, the rain continued to pelt anything and everything in sight.

Andrew Davis qualified the No. 57 Pontiac second and right from the start he knew he and the rest of the Stevenson team were in for a difficult run.

"I was pleased to qualify the Stevenson Motorsports BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R on the front row for the race," said Davis, "especially since it looked like the race would be a wet one. The first lap seemed a bit compromised in terms of visibility out of the windscreen, but that is expected with the amount of rain coming down and the spray thrown out by the cars ahead. The race was quickly slowed by the first caution, and that's when I realized that we had a serious problem with both the outside and inside of the windscreen. Once the race was restarted, visibility was next to nothing! It became very difficult to stay on the track and out of the back of the cars ahead."

At one point, the race was run under yellow because of standing water on several sections of the circuit. This caution period ran for nearly a half hour. Eventually the rain lessened a bit but it was too late to prevent rooster-tail sprays off of each car which made it next to impossible for the car following to see ahead. In the end, Porsche race cars took the top four spots in the GT class.

The Pontiacs, and other front-engine cars like the Mazda's and Corvettes, were handicapped by an inability to defog the windows, making visibility extremely difficult. Team Manager Mike Johnson explains how the Pontiacs came to have difficulty keeping the interior of the front window clear, a problem the Porsche drivers did not have to contend with.
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