Sports Car Grand Prix /Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup at CTMP
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Christian Szymczak wins his first at CTMP
Sports Car Grand Prix /Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup at CTMP

Written by: K.D. Cleland

Christian Szymczak (Palos Verdes, CA) was able to claim a win in Round Seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville this weekend. Szymczak was able to lead the race for 27 of the 28 laps around the newly updated 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course.

Szymczak, in the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5, started on pole and lead the race for the first lap before being passed by Elliott Skeer (Vista, CA) in the No. 17 CJ Wilson Racing MX-5 on lap two. During the third lap, Szymczak regained the lead, and was able to keep this position until the end of the race.

This is Szymczak's first win at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, and he was up against Skeer who previously won three at this historic track. "It was a tight race the whole way through," Szymczak told the SCCA, following the race. "The draft really came into play and everyone was able to run in a pack. It was very hectic. I found myself looking behind, trying to pay attention to where the guys were behind me. There was never a dull moment. I'm happy to get away with the win and keep the car clean."

John Dean (Sebring, FL) came home second, in the No. 16 Projections Research/Sick Sideways MX-5, followed by Skeer in third. Dean started off in third position, and spent the majority of the race in a battle to hold this position. The battle for second between Skeer and Ara Malkhassian (Houston, TX) in the No.11 ALARA Racing MX-5 pushed wide through turn eight on lap 24, allowed a window of opportunity for Dean. Dean was then able to hold this position until the end of the race.

"We were able to get a good feel for the car and what it will do throughout the race distance," Szymczak stated. "We also got to see what everyone else is capable of. Those two things set our minds at ease going into tomorrow, because we have an idea of what to expect."

Round Eight will be held tomorrow, July 21st, again at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.