Schwartz holds on for TC America win at PIR
Johan Schwartz held off fellow championship protagonist Toby Grahovec to win Saturday’s TC America collection Spherical 7 at Portland Worldwide Raceway, a part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races introduced by Fastlife.TV. Schwartz’s teammate and Portland native Steve Streimer completed sixth on the day.
Pole sitter and former 2015 TCB champion Schwartz (No. 80 Rooster Corridor Racing BMW M240iR Cup, picture above) grabbed the lead initially whereas 2016 TC champion Grahovec (No. 26 Basic BMW BMW M240iR Cup), who began third, out-dragged second-on-the-grid Streimer (No. 81 Rooster Corridor Racing BMW M240iR Cup) to the Flip 1 apex and took over second.
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On the finish of first lap, Schwartz led Grahovec whereas Streimer in third fended off a problem from Paul Terry’s No. 33 Rearden Racing Nissan 370z.
By lap 2, Schwartz and Grahovec had gapped the pack behind them by almost 20 automobile lengths, Terry heading the pack after edging previous Streimer.
By lap 4, Schwartz had gapped Grahovec, however by lap 16, a affected person Grahovec had closed the hole to .146 seconds, the pair now working nostril to tail.
Behind the leaders, Terry held third whereas on lap 18, Robert Nimkoff (No. 20 Auto Technic Racing BMW M240iR Cup) moved previous Streimer into fourth.
With time working out, Grahovec relentlessly seemed for a manner by way of however Schwartz continued to hit his marks, making no errors and opening no doorways.
On the checkered, Schwartz scored his fourth win of 2019 over Grahovec by .191 seconds. Terry completed third, Nimkoff fourth and Cameron Evans (No. 82 Copart / BimmerWorld Racing BMW M240iR Cup) fifth forward of Streimer who had fallen to sixth.
Grahovec had the quickest lap of race and can begin on pole for Sunday’s race, organising one other showdown with Schwartz who now leads within the driver’s championship standings with 125 factors to Grahovec’s 108.
“I’m so glad! The staff did a tremendous job getting the automobile prepared for this race,” stated Schwartz in victory circle after the race. “We made a couple of adjustments after qualifying for the long term. I attempted to protect my tires the perfect that I may, however with the strain I used to be getting from Toby (Grahovec), I had them worn fairly good. The automobile nonetheless ran nice.
“Thanks to West Virginia College and BMW, Todd and Michael Brown for placing this entire effort collectively. Nice job by all people.”
The second TC race of the weekend is scheduled to go inexperienced Sunday at 10:30 am PDT. All races can be streamed stay on TCAmerica.us. CBS Sports activities Community protection for TC America races at Portland airs July 24 beginning at 7 pm EDT. Verify your native listings for added broadcast time and channel info.