Maxson goes 7 for 7. Schwartz and Pombo Rule Their Respective Classes

8 August 2020 TCR, TC, TCA

Sonoma, Calif. - Round 7 of the 2020 TC America season started under sunny and warm skies with Tyler Maxson and the #74 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR jumping out to an early lead over the #5 KMW Motorsports w/ TMR Engineering Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Roy Block.

The TC class saw championship leader Johan Schwartz and the #31 Hard Motorsport BMW M240iR and #36 BimmerWorld BMW M240iR of James Clay, race 1 winner, both jump the pole-sitting #23 TechSport Racing Nissan 370Z of Joseph Federl, who fell to third.

Mark Pombo and the #61 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper led the TCA field with Tomas Mejia’s #60 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper and Tyler Gonzalez’s #57 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Turbo tussling for second. Gonzalez would overtake Mejia on lap 2 with the three TCA leaders running nose to tail.

9 minutes into the race, Federal found his pace and moved past Clay for second position in the TC class with a daring move on the inside of turn 7. Bryson Lew in the #27 Classic BMW M240iR and Toby Grahovec in the #26 Classic BMW M240iR would run in fourth and fifth, but close up on the leaders.

As the race reached the half-way point, Maxson had built a 7.3 second lead in TCR and would never look back, claiming his seventh win in seven races through the 2020 season.

“The Copeland Motorsports guys have had this Hyundai hooked so far! Seven for seven, man that’s something.The team has had a lot of long nights getting this car where it is today, but that’s paying off!” said overall winner Maxson.

With just under 17 minutes on the clock James Clay would pounce on Federl, who was facing a mechanical issue, at turn 1 and grab second position in TC. Lew and Grahovec would follow Clay through as Federl would fall to through the grid. Schwartz would take advantage of the clean air and build his class lead to over 3 seconds. Schwartz would go on to claim his third win on the season followed by Clay, Lew, and Grahovec. 

“We made a few changes last night and I could get the power down a little sooner today, so that’s what really made the race for me today! The Hard Motorsports crew is awesome, I can’t thank them enough. I can’t wait for Road America coming up next!” said Schwartz.  

With 13 minutes on the clock Roy Block would face a mechanical issue in his Alfa Romeo TCR machine, handing the second overall position to Victor Gonzalez Jr in class, with the Honda driver 9 seconds behind Maxson for the overall lead.

As the clock ticked past the 10 minute mark, TCA championship leader Tomas Mejia would slip past Gonzalez for second in class as Kevin Boehm and the #9 Boehm Racing Honda Civic Si would close on the Hyundai as the two would fight for third in class.  

Pombo would easily claim the TCA victory, his second of the season, followed by Mejia, Gonzalez, and Bohem.

“I really just needed to not kill my tires early in the race, but luckily the guys behind me were battling, so I was able to get clean air and just drive this awesome MINI.” said Pombo.  

TC America Race 3, the St. Pete make-up event for TCR and TCA competitors, will go green on Sunday, August 9th at 11:10am PT, streaming live at https://www.tcamerica.us/live.

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