LEEDS, Ala.-Saturday's GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park saw a number of firsts for RSR Motorsports. Mark Congleton and Owen Trinkler finished third in the ST class with the No. 197 Honda Civic SI. It was the first podium for the team's new Honda, Congleton's first GRAND-AM podium, and Trinkler's first podium at his home track.
RSR Motorsports debuted the Cruise America/Thor Motor Coach Honda during round one at Daytona International Speedway, adding it to their stable of MINI Coopers. The team took delivery of the Honda the week of that race, and they have now put it on the podium after owning the car for only two months.
Trinkler was running in sixth when the final restart of the day came late in the race. He used his knowledge of his home track to move up to third in the final laps, crossing the finish line just 0.272-second behind second place.
"We only made one pit stop, and the Honda was awesome on old tires, even when they were two hours old," Trinkler says. "Mark never put a wheel wrong during his stint, and we had stores we'd been conserving for the final push at the end."
Both drivers are quick to credit the RSR Motorsports crew with the podium finish. "Working on getting the Honda up to speed, both in the test and during practice, really showed the RSR team can take a new car and quickly bring it up to speed and make it competitive," Congleton says. "That was probably the most rewarding part of the race: showing what the team can do."
"It's a real testament to our crew," agrees Trinkler. "They're applying all that we have learned with the MINIs to the Honda, and it's working for us."
See the RSR Motorsports Honda race to the podium during the SPEED broadcast of the race at Barber Motorsports Park. It airs on Sunday, April 8, at noon ET. Fans can also keep up with the team online at www.RSRMotorsports.com .
RSR Motorsports is sponsored by Cruise America, Thor Motor Coach, US LED, MINI USA, Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers, OS Giken Racing Clutches and Limited Slip Differentials, Eibach Springs, Midway Ford Truck Sales, DBA USA, MINI North Scottsdale, Performance Speed Tech, and Carbotech Pads.