Stevenson Motorsports Race Report - Barber Motorsports Park, Grand-Am
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After failing to finish at the last race, held at the Daytona International Speedway, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports / BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R, driven by Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell turned the team's fortunes around by winning at the next race, the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. This was the eighth round of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16, and it marked the second win and third podium finish of the season for this Jacksonville, North Carolina race team.



Andrew Davis pushed his way to the front of the pack in the opening few minutes and his efforts, combined with excellent race strategy and the always-outstanding driving ability of Robin Liddell, allowed them to pull out a comfortable lead over the rest of the GT field. By the time the checkered flag waved the Stevenson car had led over 70 laps of the 103 lap race.



Team Manager Mike Johnson: "What a great comeback for our team after the huge disappointment of Daytona. We had one of those perfect weekends where the car was really fast, the drivers were fast, pit stops were awesome and we used a unique strategy that proved to work out as we planned. We actually changed strategies mid-way through the race once we realized that the difference in lap times between new and used rubber was so large. We told both drivers to push as hard as they could and made one more stop than the rest of the field. The gap between new and used rubber was about 3 seconds per lap and the other teams were running over an hour on rubber while we never went longer than 40 minutes.



"At the last stop, we waited to hear when the 70 (SpeedSource Mazda) was coming down pit lane, and once they did, we pit as well making sure we kept the lead and had the same rubber as the rest of the field. It worked out great."



Liddell agrees this was a fantastic turn around for the team that came so close to a championship in 2008 only to see so much go sour in 2009.



"Having retired from the last race, this was the perfect comeback," confirmed Robin. "I'm delighted with the job which the team did in the pits and with Mike and the guys for figuring out the winning strategy."



Andrew Davis is very familiar with the Barber circuit and he was able to put his experience and talent to good use within a few laps of the start. His charge to the font set the tone for what was to come.
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