It's a familiar theme that never gets easier to deal with. Take away the contact at least one of BimmerWorld's three GRAND-AM Continental Tire Series Street Tuner entries received, and the full team could have filled the top 10.
Fortunately, the Dublin, Virginia-based BMW experts had the No. 82 CRC BRAKLEEN® BMW 328i driven by Seth Thomas and Dan Rogers made it through the New Jersey Motorsports Park round unscathed, netting a season-best second-place result for the duo.
The No. 80 BimmerWorld BMW 328i driven by team owner James Clay and co-driver John Capestro-Dubets wasn't quite as fortunate, and the sister No. 81 of Gregory Liefooghe and David Levine was also forced into the pits for cooling system repairs.
"I was pretty upset about the contact with my car two turns into the race that killed our chances for the strong result I feel we were headed towards this weekend," said Clay as he gave an account of his team's day.
"And even more disappointed when I saw the No. 81 in for repairs while we were trying to get the No. 80 back out. At that point, the hope for the team rested on the No. 82 and I am very happy that they were able to produce a good result this weekend."
After receiving a contentious stop-and-go penalty after stepping out of line on a restart to avoid a number of stalled competitors, Rogers marched forward in the field, picking up more than a dozen positions from the No. 82's 24th-place qualifying position before handing over to Thomas.
"I don't like to make mistakes on-track, and that made getting the penalty tough," said Rogers. "On the restart, there were a number of cars off track on the left side of the front straight, so I went right to avoid the pending mess, with the throttle pinned to get out of the impact areas. Fortunately, as Seth later pointed out, the stop and go penalty didn't impact our strategy or results."
Once the No. 80 was repaired by BimmerWorld's ace team of technicians, Rogers worked with Clay acting as a tail-gunner and used the BMW's handling prowess and its class-leading Performance Friction Brakes to reach the top 10.