At this past weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and wearing pink numbers and stripes in support of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure organization, the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Robin Liddell and John Edwards, crossed the finish line with a very welcome second place finish.
After starting from the pole and leading the GT field for most of the race, a late restart after a caution period saw the No. 42 Sahlen's Mazda make a daring pass on the outside which allowed him to tuck in front of Liddell as the traffic-filled field headed into the first turn. Unable to immediately get back around the Mazda, Liddell charged hard until the closing laps when the Mazda driver went wide in a turn giving way to the Camaro. Earlier, in traffic, a Ferrari had managed to wend its way past both cars and he would eventually go on to take the win with Liddell coming up fast behind him.
Team Manager Mike Johnson was very pleased with the team's second consecutive podium finish.
"Today was another great performance all around by the Stevenson Motorsports Team." Johnson said. "It was great having John back as he put the No. 57 on the pole by .535 seconds, and having the pink accents on the car for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was a nice touch."
Johnson starts the tale of the race: "John got beat into turn 1, by the No. 70 Mazda, but it was all working to plan as we ran through the first round of pit stops without a yellow flag. We then took the lead when the Mazda pitted. Robin then got into the car and we ran in second until the Mazda pitted again and re-took the lead. At that that point we were very short on fuel. We got a yellow just when we needed it and as the cars cycled through, we moved into first with about 40 minutes to go.
"Robin had a great restart, Johnson continues, "and quickly jumped to a four second lead, but then we went right back to yellow for debris. This time the No. 44 Porsche was on Robin's bumper at the restart as Robin tried not to run into the back of a slow DP. This allowed the No. 42 Mazda to get around our car on the inside, and take the lead going into the first turn. A few laps later the No. 69 Ferrari caught us and we knew they were going to be too quick as they drove by us as well.