Ricca Scores Impressive TC Round 13 Win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV – Jeff Ricca scored a dominating win in Saturday morning’s TC Round 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The series closes out its 2019 season in Las Vegas – the weekend is sponsored by R.U.N – The First Live Action Thriller Produced by Cirque du Soleil. Johan Schwartz, the 2019 TC Driver’s Champion, finished second, while Chandler Hull finished third.
Pole sitter Schwartz led the 11-car field to the green behind the wheel of his #80 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup. Ricca, in his #78 GenRacer Hyundai Veloster N, timed the green perfectly and dragged race Schwartz to nose ahead and into the lead through the first turn of the race. Schwartz slotted into second, while Hull, in the Copart / BimmerWorld Racing #94 BMW M240iR Cup moved from his fourth-on-the-grid start up into third. Toby Grahovec in his #26 Classic BMW BMW M240iR Cup gained two positions on the start slotting into fourth on the first lap.
By the second lap, Ricca had built a .402 second gap on Schwartz, while Grahovec closed on Hull looking for a way through and into third. Ricca continued to build his lead over Schwartz by lap 4 setting the fastest race lap.
Through laps 5 to 13, Ricca continued to build his lead and gapped Schwartz by three seconds. Behind them Hull defended effectively and held off Grahovec in the battle for third. On Lap 19, Grahovec and Hull went side-by-side through turns 3 and 4 but the driver of the #94 machine was able to defend and hold off the driver of the #26 machine. Behind them Auto Technic Racing’s Tom Capizzi piloting the #52 machine and Copart / BimmerWorld Racing’s Cameron Evans in the #82 BMW M240iR Cup car has joined to create a four-way battle.
Drivers held their positions for the remainder of the race and Ricca took the checkered to claim his second win of the season. Results are provisional until posted final.
"We came in early this morning and made some changes for the track conditions and it paid off,” said Ricca. “My team put an awesome effort into keeping the tires on the car and I just did what I needed to do to manage the tires. We had a nice gap so I let off a bit so we could get through the race and claim first place, love it!"
TC America competitors now get ready for the final race of the 2019 season, Sunday, October 20 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race is scheduled to go green at 10:10 am PDT. Follow the action via live stream at www.tcamerica.us/watch-live
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