Vesko Kozarov Dominates TC Round 7 Action Saturday at PIR; Nissan Driver Scores Win over Terry & Schwartz in 58th Rose Cup Races
Utah driver wins by 8.4 seconds in Nissan 370Z TC Spec machine
PORTLAND, Ore. – Vesko Kozarov of Salt Lake City, Utah, made it look easy Saturday at Portland International Raceway by driving his No. 3 Rearden Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec racer to the Touring Car Round 7 sprint race win as part of the 58th annual Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge Presented by Honda Racing/HPD.
In the 40-minute race, Kozarov jumped to the lead from his pole position and basically never looked back in winning the TC feature by 8.496 seconds over his teammate Paul Terry of Filmore, Utah, in the No. 33 Rearden Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec in the 29-lap event.
“It is nice to be back on the top step of the podium here at Portland,” said Kozarov, a double winner at COTA earlier this year. “The Rearden team did a great job preparing the car. I had the nice part of steering it around the track today. Now, we’ll look to take another win on Sunday.”
“Vesko is a hell of a good shoe out there and I was happy to follow him across finish line in second today,” said Terry. “I drove the best race I could and got a little gap on Johan in third. This is the first time I have been to the Portland track and it is a fun little track. I like it. It has some fast stuff and it was good for our Nissan today. We’re ready for Sunday’s race now.”
Third went to 2018 VIR and Lime Rock Park race winner Johan Schwartz of Huntersville, N.C., in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing/West Virginia University BMW M235iR.
“My car was phenomenal today after we had an issue in Qualifying on Friday,” said Schwartz. “The BMW was very good on long runs today and that was what we wanted. We think we can improve the car for Sunday with a few little changes. I’m set to go for Sunday’s race.”
Completing the top-five in Saturday’s first PWC race of the weekend were the Classic BMW pair of Jayson Clunie of Prince Albert, Sas., Canada in the No. 27 Classic BMW BMW M235iR and Matt Travis of The Woodlands, Tex., in the No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M235iR.
Round 8 of the Touring Car category will take place Sunday at 3:40 p.m. PDT and can be viewed live on www.world-challenge.com and the Pirelli World Challenge YouTube page, as well as audio stream on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (channels 383/983)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Race results for Saturday’s Touring Car at Portland International Raceway in the 58th Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge Presented by Honda Racing/HPD. Results are provisional until posted Final.
1,1, ,Vesko KOZAROV,Salt Lake City, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,29,Running,40:06.583,
2,2, ,Paul TERRY,Filmore, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,29,Running,40:15.079,8.496
3,3, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,DEN,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:21.965,15.382
4,4, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CA,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:42.576,35.993
5,5, ,Matt TRAVIS,The Woodlands, TX,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:42.778,36.195
6,6, ,Jacob RUUD,Franksville, WI,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:42.998,36.415
7,7, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, QC,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:53.441,46.858
8,8, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,40:56.764,50.181
9,9, ,Sean QUINLAN,Palo Alto, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,29,Running,41:42.547,1:35.964
10,10, ,Greg NITZKOWSKI,La Canada, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,28,Running,40:38.458,1 LAP
11,11, ,Steve STREIMER,Portland, OR,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,26,Running,40:08.062,3 LAPS