ALTON, Virginia - Victor Gonzalez Jr and the #99 VGMC Honda Civic Type-R led the field to the green flag, but it was Tyler Maxson in the #74 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR that made the most noise and moved around the #17 DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type-R of Scott Smithson for second position. Later on the opening lap Maxson got past Gonzalez for the lead and never looked back, taking his fourth straight win to open the 2020 season. "We've had a great start to the season, going four for four, so we're excited. It's difficult to pass here at VIR, especially through traffic, but we made it work and got the win!" said championship leader Maxson.
The TC field saw Race 1 winner Johan Schwartz and the #31 Hard Motorsport BMW M240iR Cup leading the way with the BimmerWorld duo of Chandler Hull in the #94 BMW M240iR and James Clay in the #36 second and third. Toby Grahovec in the #26 Classic BMW M240iR would stalk in fourth.
Back in TCA, Tyler Gonzalez and the #57 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster Turbo led the class with Race 1 winner Tomas Mejia and the #60 MINI JCW Team Mini Cooper close behind. Mejia’s teammate, Mark Pombo, ran third in the #61 entry.
With under 20 minutes to go, Pombo got a run on his teammate and overtook Mejia for second, and closed to just .352 seconds behind Gonzalez for the class lead.
With 12 minutes on the clock, Pombo kept his momentum going and got past Mejia at turn 3 just before a full course caution was called for an incident where Chandler Hull, who was running second in the TC division, crashed into the tires at The Snake.
James Clay would inherit second position in class with Grahovec moving up to third.
The race would finish under caution with Tyler Maxson taking his fourth straight win in TCR with Victor Gonzalez second, and Scott Smithson in third.
TC saw Johan Schwartz take his second consecutive TC-class victory with James Clay in second and Toby Grahovec in third. "VIR is such a fun track that allows us to run on the outside of the corners, especially at turns 1 and 2. I was able to get to the lead and was then able to manage the gap and save the tires. The Hard Motorsport crew has given me a great car, but I think there's still a little improvement we can make for tomorrow! I want to give the crew a huge thanks!" said Schwartz.
The TCA win would go to Mark Pombo with Gonzalez in second and Mejia taking the final podium position. "It was a crazy race! SRO has done a great job with the BoP for the class with a lot of close and back and forth racing.Luckily I got past the Hyundai at the right time when the yellow came out and got the lead. Thanks to the MINI JCW Team!" said Pombo.
TC America Race 3, the Lime Rock make-up event, will run tomorrow, Sunday, July 12th at 11:20am ET. Follow live at https://www.tcamerica.us/live and listen via SiriusXM channel 383 and app channel 984.
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