Lamb Triumphant in MX-5 Cup Round Two at Mazda Raceway
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MONTEREY, Calif. (May 16, 2009) - Competing in just his second SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race, Todd Lamb, of Atlanta, Ga., captured a hard-earned win in Round Two of the 2009 Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, part of the Verizon Festival of Speed Presented by SPEEDCOM. Marc Miller, of Holland, Mich., and Stan Wilson, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., completed the podium.



Lamb may have started and finished the race in the top spot, but there was plenty of action between the green and checkered flags. Driving the No. 84 AMG Racing MX-5, Lamb was already shaking off advances from Miller on lap two of the 24-lap, 53.712-mile race. Miller finally got the job done on lap six, but was only able to hold the lead until lap eight, when Lamb retook the position, diving to the inside in Turn 11.



Miller continued to hound Lamb for the lead, but also had to contend with Ara Malkhassian in the No. 11 ALARA Racing MX-5, who set the fastest lap of the race in pursuit of the leaders, a 1:43.716 (77.681 mph). Malkhassian was removed from the equation on lap 16, when he slid deep into the gravel at Turn Six, necessitating a full-course caution so his car could be extracted.



With the race more than half complete, the yellow flags were just what Lamb was hoping for and exactly what Miller didn't want.



"I was pretty happy to see the yellow come out," Lamb said. "It let me cool my tires down, regroup and get back to it when the green flag came out."



"I was not happy to see the yellow flags," Miller countered. "We had a good gap. I was very comfortable and set into a rhythm. We had set up our car for longer runs. It seemed like Todd was starting to pick up a little bit of an understeer and my car was getting more of an oversteer on exit, which was keeping it nice and free. I had a great run coming up the hill out of Turn Six and then I see Todd waving his hand and the double yellow. I thought, 'well, that's it then.'"



When green flag racing resumed on lap 20, Lamb and Miller held their positions, while Stan Wilson launched past three cars and suddenly found himself in third.



"Over the course of my career I've had the fortune of timing restarts well," Wilson said. "I think it was a little bit of a blessing in addition to skill, because the guys in front of me seemed to check up at the last minute and went two-wide, so that allowed me to pass three cars on the inside going into Turn One."
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