The CAS Group/PCAP/ZERO Cancer Branden Peterson Racing Honda SI driven by Johan Schwartz (last year’s World Challenge Touring Car Spec B Season Champion) made its first appearance on the track for 2016 at Circuit Of The Americas, March 3rd – 6th. On Thursday, after receiving its annual technical inspection, Schwartz took the car out for qualification for the first of two races. In Qualifying, Schwartz showed why he was so successful last year in Pirelli World Challenge by placing Branden Peterson Racing’s number 46 Honda SI on the pole.
On Friday morning, Johan Schwartz lead the TCA class which followed the TC class to the green flag using a rolling start. Climbing the hill, Schwartz and the second place-starting car driven by Jason Wolf quickly caught the tail end of the TC class. By turn three, they began to mix and fought for the racing line as they passed through the slower part of the TC field, when contact with one of the TC competitors destroyed the right front tire and wheel on the 46 Honda. Schwartz was able to get the race care back to the pits on its own power where repairs were made by the CAS Group/PCAP/ZERO Cancer pit crew, returning the car back to racing with just a few laps down. Schwartz was then able to turn the third fastest lap of the race which would qualify the 46 Honda for the third starting position for Race Two on Saturday.
Extensive repairs were made overnight to the right front of the number 46 Honda. Branden Peterson Racing and Schwartz lined up for starting grid and the Fan Walk. The race started with a standing start. Schwartz was able to hold his position until the left rear hub assembly broke, which sent the race car into a violent spin. Schwartz used all of his driving skill and experience to keep the car off of the wall, but that was the end to racing for the weekend.