SALINAS, Calif., — Adam Poland, of Mount Vernon, Texas, scored the Round 16 TC win at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca presented by Cadillac. Jason Wolfe, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, scored the win in TCA, while Joey Jordan won in TCB.
For Poland, it’s his first win of the season, while Wolfe scored his seventh win of 2015. Jordan secured his second win of the season in exciting fashion coming all the way from the back of the grid for the win.
From the rolling start, TC pole sitter Ernie Francis Jr., of Davie, Fla., in the No. 98 Breathless Racing/Time4Learning Mazda MX-5 launched into the lead through turn 2, with second-on-the-grid Vesko Kozarov, of Salt Lake City Utah, in the No. 3 Skullcandy/Stance/Nissan/Nismo Nissan Altima in pursuit. Columbus, Ohio’s Corey Fergus, the TC Drivers’ Championship points leader coming into the race slotted into third in his No. 00 USLED/Axis Roofing/ERO/RSS/Motul Porsche Cayman.
In TCA, Patrick Seguin, of Ottawa, Ont., in the No. 39 helpkevinproject.com Honda Civic Si took the lead in class through turns 1 and 2. Seguin, who had originally secured the second grid position via the qualifying session was moved up to pole following a post-qualifying technical infraction handed to Paul Holton of Tallahassee, Fla., in the No. 71 Childrens Tumor Foundation/HPD/Racing4Research.org Honda Civic Si who originally qualified for pole.
In TCB, polesitter Andrei Kisel, of Vancouver, B.C., took the lead in class in the No. 57 Racing.ca/LaptopScreen.com MINI Cooper. Jordan, who had originally set the fastest time in qualifying was moved to the back of the grid, also due to a post-qualifying technical infraction.
As competitors moved to complete the first lap of the race, a full-course yellow ensued when a number of cars made contact through Turn 3. After the dust settled, the No. 72 Childrens Tumor Foundation/HPD/Racing4Research.org Honda Civic Si TCA entry of Emilee Tominovich lay wounded near turn 5.
On the lap 3 restart, Kozarov moved into the lead around Francis, Jr. through turn 2 in TC, while in TCA Seguin maintained his lead over Tony Rivera, of Vista, Calif., in the No. 86 Tiburon Motorsports Scion FR-S and Wolfe piloting the No. 36 Wolfe Trucking Kia Forte Koup.
In TCB, Kisel kept the pace over teammate Glenn Nixon, of Mission, B.C., in the No. 58 LaptopScreen.com/ClubRacing.com/Nixon Prosports/HP Honda Fit and Jay Salinsky in the No. 66 IDLIfe/Race2IDLife.com Honda Fit.
Later in the lap, Fergus passed Francis, Jr. through turn 10 to move into second. Francis, Jr. would return the favor on lap 5 moving back around Fergus for second.
On lap 6, James Wilson, of Kyle, Texas, in the No. 55 Black Armor Helmets/Mazda Motorsports Mazda 2 slowed on course coming to a stop on the front straight. A local yellow was issued by race control. Both Kozarov and Francis Jr. were subsequently issued drive through penalties for passing under the local yellow after review from Race Control.
On lap 7, Nixon took the lead in TCB over Kisel, while in TC, Poland managed his way around Fergus into third. Poland would, however, return the position to Fergus after going off into the dirt through turn 8.
Through lap 14, Kozarov maintained his lead over Francis, Jr. and Fergus in TC — both Kozarov and Francis Jr. had yet to serve their drive through penalties. Wolfe continued to lead over Seguin and Rivera in TCA positioning.
Nixon still led in TCB but a hard charging triumverate of Tom O’Gorman, of Mason, Ohio, in the No. 94 Full Throttle Indoor Karting Honda Fit,
Jordan and class championship points leader Johan Schwartz, of Huntersville, N.C., in the No. 25 TechSport/ZEROCancer/CASGroup Chevrolet Sonic moved up into second, third, and fourth positions respectively, pushing Kisel back to fifth. Like Jordan, Schwartz had started from the back of the TCB grid due to a post-qualifying technical infraction.
On lap 16, Jordan would complete the dramatic last-to-first journey by passing Nixon through turn 5. In TC, Kozarov finally came in to serve his drive through penalty relinquishing the lead while Francis, Jr. remained on track, with Fergus and Poland now in pursuit.
On lap 17, a full-course caution ensued when the No. 93 Honda/HPD/Megan/RV6 Performance/MOMO/Spec Clutch Honda Accord of Paul Street ended up wounded in the sandbox with race-ending suspension issues. The yellow closed up the field again.
On the lap 19 restart, Francis, Jr., who had still yet to serve his drive through penalty, Kozarov and Fergus all came together as they went three-wide through turn 2. The resulting off-course maneuvers sidelined the three, allowing Poland to jump from his fourth place spot into the lead. Wolfe, Seguin, and Tallahassee, Fla., resident Paul Holton, in the No. 71 Childrens Tumor Foundation/HPD/Racing4Research.org Honda Civic Si moved around Rivera into third in TCA. At that time in TCB, Jordan led Nixon and O’Gorman.
At the checkered flag, Poland secured the win over Fred Emich, of Denver, Colo., in the No. 87 Emich Volkswagen VW Jetta GLI, and Alex Welch, of Englewood, Colo, in the No. 16 HPA Motorsports VW Jetta GLI. Wolfe took the win while Seguin and Rivera rounded out the podium in TCA. At the end of the TCB race, it was Jordan who would capture the checkered, followed by Nixon and O’Gorman.
TC Drivers’ Championship contenders Fergus and Francis, Jr. finished 11th and 12th overall respectively.
Of note, the Optima Batteries Best Start Award went to Welch for gaining five positions off of the start. Welch also won the VP Racing
Fuels Hard Charger Award for gaining 10 positions during the race. Poland won the Cadillac Move of the Race Award for avoiding the Francis, Jr., Kozarov and Fergus incident to move into the lead of the race. Jordan won the Invisible Glass Clean Pass Award for his pass of Nixon for the lead. Wolfe won the Stop Tech Brake Late Finish First Award.
“Winning today’s race has made for a much better mind set for the weekend,” said Poland. “We were all dragging our feet a bit after the
past two tough race weekends. We had to do so much work between the Miller (Motorsports Park) event and here. We were disappointed in
qualifying this morning. We weren’t really sure how the race was going to turn out today. And the race worked out perfectly for me, for what I
needed to get closer in the drivers’ championship. Hopefully I can keep it clean throughout weekend and work on putting our Mazda up
“Winning today definitely takes a lot of the stress off leading into the weekend now (in TCA Drivers’ Championship points),” Wolfe commented. “I will now focus more on driving smoothly and concentrate on finishing. I won’t be fighting for the lead as much now. My mind set for the rest of the weekend to stay smooth and don’t crash. My plan is to stay away from where the carnage is on the track. And then we should be right.”
Jordan stated, “I wanted to maximize more speed throughout the race and make the passes smoothly. Coming from the back is never easy,
especially here at Mazda Raceway. I definitely planned out how I was going make my moves for passing. I do have a good amount of
experience here.” Jordan continued, “This is one of my home tracks. I do think that played a role in my driving from the back of the field today. I knew some areas of the track that would helping me in passing the other cars.”
With fast laps during the Round 16 race, Kozarov has secured the pole for Saturday’s Round 17 TC race, while Holton and Jordan will start from pole in TCA and TCB respectively.
Results are provisional until posted final. Round 17 of the Championship scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m Eastern. Watch live streaming of the race at world-challengetv.com or motortrendondemand.com.
SALINAS, Calif. – Results from Friday’s 21-lap 46.998 mile Pirelli World Challenge Championship TC/TCA/TCB Round 16 race, part of the
Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca presented by Cadillac, with finishing position, class, starting position in
parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out (if any).
1. TC, (8), Adam Poland, Mt. Vernon, Texas, Mazda MX-5, 21.
2. TC, (4), Fred Emich, Denver, Colo., Volkswagen Jetta GLi, 21, -1.730.
3. TC, (13), Alex Welch, Englewood, Colo., Volkswagon Jetta GLI, 21, -3.371.
4. TC, (6), Austin Snader, Sealy, Texas, Mazda MX-5, 21, -3.940.
5. TC, (10), John Weisberg, Webster, N.Y., Mazda MX-5, 21, -4.076.
6. TC, (12), Steve Burns(R), San Antonio, Texas, Ford Mustang V6, 21, -9.978.
7. TC, (2), Vesko Kozarov, Salt Lake, Utah, Nissan Altima, 21, -10.130.
8. TC, (5), Nicolas Hammann, Elkhart Lake, Wis., Nissan 370Z, 21, -10.651.
9. TC, (9), Kevin Krauss, Fishers, Ind., Porsche Cayman, 21, -15.536.
10. TC, (7), Randy Hale, Haddam, Conn., Mazda MX-5, 21, -16.661.
11. TC, (3), Corey Fergus(R), Columbus, Ohio, Porsche Cayman, 21, -26.959.
12. TC, (1), Ernie Francis_Jr, Davie, Fla., MAZDA MX-5, 21, -59.137.
13. TC, (11), Paul Street(R), Anniston, Ala., Honda Accord, 15, -6 lap.
14. TCA, (16), Jason Wolfe, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Kia Forte Koup, 21.
15. TCA, (14), Patrick Seguin, Ottawa, Ontario, Honda Civic Si, 21, -.419.
16. TCA, (15), Tony Rivera, Vista, Calif., Scion FRS Coupe, 21, -2.925.
17. TCA, (26), Paul Holton, Talahassee, Fla., Honda Civic Si, 21, -3.630.
18. TCA, (18), Kris Wright(R), Pittsburgh, Pa., Kia Forte Koup, 21, -6.747.
19. TCA, (21), Kevin Anderson, Huntington Station, N.Y., Mazda RX8, 21, -8.923.
20. TCA, (17), Steve Bottom, Newport Beach, Calif., Mazda MX-5, 21, -9.655.
21. TCA, (24), Gino Carini, Fox Point, Wis., Mazda RX8, 21, -13.258.
22. TCA, (19), Samantha Tan(R), Gormley, Ontario, Kia Forte Koup, 20, -1 lap.
23. TCA, (22), Paul Whiting, Pahrump, Nev., Honda Civic Si, 14, -7 lap.
24. TCA, (25), Andrew Rains(R), Auburn, Ala., Honda Civic Si, 12, -9 lap.
25. TCA, (23), Brian Lift(R), Crestwood, Ill., Mazda RX-8, 6, -15 laps.
26. TCA, (20), Emilee Tominovich(R), Clarksville, Md., Honda Civic Si, 0, -21 laps.
27. TCB, (41), Joey Jordan, Fallbrook, Calif., Mazda 2, 19.
28. TCB, (29), Glenn Nixon, Mission, British Columbia, Honda Fit, 19, -2.870.
29. TCB, (28), Tom OGorman(R), Mason, Ohio, Honda Fit, 19, -4.045.
30. TCB, (42), Johan Schwartz, Huntersville, S.C., Chevy Sonic, 19, -4.534.
31. TCB, (27), Andrei Kisel, N. Vancouver, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 19, -5.463.
32. TCB, (30), Nic Duynstee, Vancouver, British Columbia, MINI Cooper, 19, -6.078.
33. TCB, (34), Van Svenson(R), Hyde Park, N.Y., Chevrolet Sonic, 19, -11.141.
34. TCB, (37), PJ Groenke, Toronto, Canada, MINI Cooper, 19, -11.278.
35. TCB, (32), Jason Fichter, Jupiter, Fla., MINI Cooper, 19, -12.122.
36. TCB, (31), Jay Salinsky, New Port Richey, Fla., Honda Fit, 19, -12.211.
37. TCB, (35), Matt Travis, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford Fiesta, 19, -13.228.
38. TCB, (38), Tom Noble, Medina, Minn., MINI Cooper, 19, -15.221.
39. TCB, (40), Cameron Parsons, Fountain Valley, Calif., Mazda 2, 19, -15.348.
40. TCB, (39), Steve Taake, Houston, Texas, Mazda 2, 19, -16.216.
41. TCB, (33), Marc Sherrin(R), Lucas, Texas, Ford Fiesta, 15, -4 lap.
42. TCB, (36), James Wilson, Kyle, Texas, Mazda 2, 6, -13 laps.
Time of race: 41 minutes, 04.154 seconds.
Average speed: 68.661 mph
Margin of victory: 1.730 Seconds
Lap leaders: Laps 1-3, #98 Ernie Francis_Jr; laps 4-15, #3 Vesko
Kozarov; laps 16-19, #98 Ernie Francis_Jr; laps 20-21, #33 Adam Poland
Fastest race lap: #3 Vesko Kozarov, 1:39.432 (81.028 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #98 Ernie Francis_Jr, 1:36.315 (83.650 mph)