GM High-Tech Performance Blogs
The No. 9 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro duo of John Edwards and Matt Bell stood on the highest tier of the podium on Saturday, after winning the inaugural SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway. The ninth round of Grand-Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge finished on August 17th, with Stevenson’s Bell and Edwards sitting in second place in the overall Grand Sport (GS) team standings.
The first half of the 150-minute race was fairly smooth; an odd occurrence in a series filled with nearly sixty cars, both GS and Street Tuner (ST) classes on track simultaneously. Races are notoriously flooded with yellow flags due to car-to-car contact, crash cleanups. The second-half of the race, however, was not clean. After a series of back-to-back full-course cautions, a major incident occurred. On lap eighty of eighty-nine, the (26th place) lap-down No. 140 (GS) Aston Martin, driven by Kris Wilson, made contact with (3rd place) No. 83 Porsche. The unnecessary contact by the lapped No. 140 sent cars flying. Two drivers, Ken Wilden of the now totaled No. 83 (GS), and No. 181’s (ST) Aleks Altberg were hospitalized, and released later that evening.
John Edwards sat in first place during the time of the incident, and was able to hold off Matt Plumb in the points leading No. 13 Porsche, who ultimately finished second, after the green flag dropped with three laps left. Driver pair Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi of Rum Bum Racing still lead the (GS) points race, with 276-points, but Stevenson Auto Group’s Matt Bell and John Edwards hold a solid second with 225-points, 22-points above the third spot.
On a side note, Stevenson Auto Group is planning to finish the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season with the No. 57 Camaro GT.R, before retiring the car to focus on the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge effort next year. Stevenson is sitting third in Grand Touring Team points, after finishing fourth in the SFP Grand Prix at Kansas. Hats off to Stevenson Auto Group, for staying out of trouble, and running two clean races!
The next race for Grand-Am sports car racing is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 8th. Be sure to follow the second-to-last race, and root for all things GM! Stevenson still has a good shot, and looks poised to finish strongly, in both of the Grand-Am run series.