TruSpeed Autosport driver Sloan Urry scored his seventh podium of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season on Saturday at Road America when he drove to a second place finish in Race 1. Urry remained in podium contention throughout the entire 50-minute race to give SecurityNational its sixth runner-up result of the year.
Urry started Saturday’s sprint race from second on the grid, but ceded one spot on an early restart to run in third after several cars got together ahead of him.
“The first part of the race was good,” said Urry. “I made a few mistakes trying to close the gap. My fault on that. On the restart, there was a bunch of contact happening, coming up the hill. I saw a bunch of smoke and people hitting the brakes and checking up. So honestly, I expected a wreck when I came over the top of the hill. I had a little bit of a St. Petersburg flashback (when contact took out several GT Cup competitors and significantly damaged his No. 02 Porsche) and decided to take the easy road, in terms of coming out of the throttle and seeing what was going on when I came over the hill. I wanted to take the safe route there, rather than risking another big hit to the SecurityNational car. Unfortunately, some of my other competitors went with the risky route and it paid off for them.”
Urry then fought to get the position back through the remainder of the race and ultimately made a pass stick on the final lap to take the second place spot.
“I had a little bit of a difficult time getting the position back because there were two cars pretty much blocking the track in front of me,” added Urry. “But I got it done on the last lap outside of Turn 1 which got me back up to second. I had no opportunity to go for the lead after that restart. But I was happy to fight back to second and get some good championship points.”
Race 2 on Sunday saw Urry once again start from the outside of the front row. The race immediately went yellow after three GT class machines stalled on the grid, preventing the GT Cup field from getting an initial green. Once the race got back underway there was just 37 minutes to run and Urry ran a brief stint in the race lead before settling into second throughout the first segment.
Upon the race’s final restart, Urry slipped to third as the trio of second, third, and fourth place cars ran nose-to-tail in line. As the clock ran down and Urry received the white flag, he knew he had to make his move on the second place car of Udell who wasn’t about to make it easy on him. Urry made a move in the final corner but got caught up in the marbles which sent the car off into the gravel trap.
It was a disappointing end in what had been a thrilling GT Cup race.
“I was really confident with my pace,” said Urry. “Alec (Udell) was right behind Colin (Thompson, race leader) and I just kind of followed him through. For the rest of the race, he was pretty much taking the inside line every time I showed for it which made it really difficult for me to get around him. I believe I had the pace to challenge Colin for the lead but unfortunately I couldn’t get around Alec to get to him. I went for it in the last corner of the last lap. I was all over him but I got out in the marbles and unfortunately did not finish the race. I’m really disappointed for TruSpeed and SecurityNational and the guys that put all the effort into the race weekend. It’s one of those ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda won the race’ times but sometimes this stuff happens.”
Urry and the No. 02 SecurityNational Porsche will be back in action at the end of July at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Road America events will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, July 5 at 2:00 PM ET.