Critical weekend for GTS title contenders in OMP/Eibach Chevy Camaros
LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Blackdog Speed Shop is riding the momentum from its last race in the Pirelli World Challenge out west as the GTS title race enters a critical stage with three venues left. The first is Utah Motorsports Campus, which plays host to a doubleheader for the class this weekend.
Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples will pilot the pair of OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.Rs from Blackdog Speed Shop. They will try to score the team’s second victory at the 3.048-mile, 14-turn circuit in as many seasons.
Race wins mean points, and points are becoming more and more important. Aschenbach, driver of the No. 10 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro, stands second in the Driver’s Championship – just 22 points out of first place. He leads all GTS drivers with four victories including in the last round at Mid-Ohio. He is trying to give Blackdog Speed Shop its fourth consecutive GTS Driver’s title; he won in 2013 and 2014, and Michael Cooper was champion in 2015.
In this year’s team standings, Blackdog Speed Shop leads by 48 points. Chevrolet is second in GTS Manufacturer points and trails by just six.
“It was important for us to make up ground in the championship at Mid-Ohio, so coming out of there with a win was a big deal,” said Aschenbach, who was the runner-up in the 2014 finale at Utah. “We need more of the same this weekend with our OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. It’s a track that is significantly different in a number of ways than our last two events at Road America and Mid-Ohio. The elevation changes are minimal and some of the dust and sand that can come on the track make it difficult to anticipate the grip levels. It’s crunch time for the championship and everyone at Blackdog Speed Shop is coming in with confidence and focus. We’ll be ready.”
As on any World Challenge weekend, the Blackdog Speed Shop team is expected to contend. The squad hopes the momentum from Mid-Ohio remains; the first- and eighth-place finishes by Aschenbach and Gaples, respectively, represented the best combined finish for the pairing this year. Gaples’ result came after he made up six places at the start. He’s hoping for more of the same this weekend to improve on his record of two top-10 finishes at the track just outside of Salt Lake City.
“I enjoy going to Utah Motorsports Campus and am happy to see it on this year’s schedule again,” he said. “This year’s pair of races should be interesting and present a challenge for our OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. There should be one or two cars that have distinct advantage because of the long straight, but it should be a good battle among the rest of the teams and manufacturers. We probably will need to focus our energies on the middle part of the track and make gains under braking and the transition zones. From there we can build momentum for the long front stretch.”
For the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Blackdog Speed Shop is proud of the support from its partners OMP, Eibach and Team Chevy.
The Pirelli World Challenge GTS class will compete at Utah Motorsports Campus starting with the first practice sessions Friday. Qualifying is set for 11:35 a.m. ET on Saturday with the first of two races set for 7:15 p.m. ET later in the day. Race 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday
Live race coverage from Utah Motorsports Campus will be available at world-challenge.com/streamvideo/. CBS Sports Network will air GTS action at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 21.
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