Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR (July 24, 2006) – The American Le Mans weekend at PIR was the scene of MPACT Motorsport’s long awaited debut of their E46-chassis USTCC 328is BMW. The entire team worked tirelessly for weeks leading up to the event getting the car ready. MPACT rolled into the paddock at 7AM the first day of practice still trying to put the finishing touches on the car. Due to a last minute shipping hiccup, the car was not able to complete any laps on Friday and would have to make its debut during Saturday’s qualifying session.
“From the minute we rolled the new car off the trailer it attracted the attention of the thousands of fans who were there to watch the racing at the ALMS event. I was nervous to have to debut the car in front of a such a large crowd, but I knew the guys had done a good job and we had built a good car”, said Crew Chief and Team Manager, Rob Birkhead.
“The qualifying session went well and although we missed a little bit with our initial setup, I am very pleased with a 5th place starting position. Especially since we rolled off the trailer just yesterday with a brand new car”, driver Dale Sievwright said on Saturday evening.
After making a few setup changes during the Sunday morning warm-up, the car rolled into formation for the standing start of its first race. Launching the BMW hard once again helped Dale quickly advance through the field. Despite some early contact with Pete Bovenberg’s Honda Civic, Dale was able to run down the SRT-4s of Hamilton and Simmons to once again finish in second place.
In his post-race interview Sievwright couldn’t be happier to be on the podium for the second time this season. “First of all I have to thank God. We could not have been here or have done so well without His help. Next I need to thank my team. They are amazing. They built this car in 3 weeks and we didn’t have a single mechanical issue all weekend. Simply awesome work from Dan, Josh, and Rob. The car was very close on setup right off the trailer and I am sure we will see this car on the top step of the podium very soon. I am very excited for the rest of the season.”
The MPACT Motorsports Racing Team is sponsored by TC Design, Moton Suspension, Active Autowerks, Evosport, Rebello Racing, and Turbohoses.com
The next race for the MPACT Racing Team will be at the USTCC race at Inifineon Raceway on September 9-10.
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