GTS title-leading team hoping to break through for first win with Camaro GT4.R
LINCOLNSHIRE, Illinois – Blackdog Speed Shop rolls into Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend with hopes of bolstering its lead in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS championships with the first victory of the season.
There is a high level of confidence among the team that this will be the weekend it wins for the first time with the new-for-2017 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R. A large part of that lies in the fact that no track on the World Challenge schedule has witnessed more Blackdog Speed Shop success than Mid-Ohio.
Drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples lead their respective championship standings heading into the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader. Likewise, Blackdog Speed Shop and Chevrolet lead in Team and Manufacturer’s points.
Aschenbach, in the No. 10 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, holds a commanding lead in the GTS Driver’s Championship. The four-time World Challenge champion has four career victories at Mid-Ohio: 2016, 2014 (twice) and 2013. He also has finished second or third in class nine times in 2017 – remarkable consistency in an extremely diverse class of cars.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, so I’m looking forward to getting back with the Blackdog Speed Shop team,” said Aschenbach, who counts Mid-Ohio as his favorite circuit on the schedule. “We’ve achieved everything we’ve set out to do so far – leading races, leading points, a pole position… everything except win a race. Mid-Ohio would be the perfect place to do that. Typically we’ve been very strong there with our Camaros. We usually handle the compression from the elevation changes very well; and the braking and cornering abilities are very strong. This would be a great weekend to break through with our first win of the year.”
In the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevy Camaro, Gaples leads the GTSA Driver’s Championship on the strength of five podium finishes in the category. His history at Mid-Ohio includes a sixth-place GTS finish in 2015 (teammate Michael Cooper won the race) and also in a GT-class Corvette during the 2010 season.
Like Aschenbach, Gaples is eager to break into the Winner’s Circle for the first time this season.
“Mid-Ohio is a classic… one of the really great tracks that I think most every driver enjoys,” he said. “It’s also one where I have a good history. Hopefully we can parlay that into better results than we have had the last few weekends. The Blackdog Speed Shop Chevy Camaro GT4.R has the ideal balance to be great around Mid-Ohio. It does exactly the kinds of things you want a race car to do there. I’m hopeful for some solid laps in practice, being quick in qualifying and being in the best possible position to go for a win.”
The Pirelli World Challenge GTS class will compete at Mid-Ohio from Friday through Sunday. Qualifying is set for 4:35 p.m. ET on Friday with the first of two races set for 10:55 a.m. ET on Saturday. Race 2 is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Live race coverage from Mid-Ohio will be available at world-challenge.com/streamvideo/. CBS Sports Network will air GTS action at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 9.
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