Promising race start includes Best Standing Start award for Tony Gaples

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  – Lawson Aschenbach led Blackdog Speed Shop’s effort Saturday with a fifth-place finish in the Pirelli World Challenge’s second GTS race of the weekend at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Aschenbach, in the Blackdog Speed Shop No. 10 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R, tried valiantly to hold on to third place late in the race but still managed to improve on his result in Friday’s first race. Aschenbach started fourth but made a strong move at the green to move into third. He held a position for a majority of the race.

“Normally St. Petersburg is good to me and to our Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaros, but not this time,” said the two-time GTS champion with Blackdog Speed Shop. “We simply don’t have the performance at this point to challenge for wins. On a track like this, it’s hard to be successful in that situation. I did all I could to hold on to a podium but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully we can take this break and get this Blackdog Speed Shop OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R where it needs to be. I’m confident we’ll have a better car when we roll into Birmingham.”

Tony Gaples in the Blackdog Speed Shop No. 11 OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R had an even stronger start in Race 2. Taking the green from the 11th position, Gaples picked up four positions with his Chevrolet V8 power to earn the weekend’s Optima Best Standing Start award from the series.

Gaples ran strong through the race’s first full-course caution with nine minutes left. A mechanical issue arose, and Gaples came in to the pits at the 20-minute mark. He didn’t return to the race.

“This wasn’t a very good weekend,” Gaples said. “The start today went well and I picked up four spots before the first yellow. I was feeling pretty good about things. But then we had a few problems including one we couldn’t recover from. We felt it would be best to retire and save the car rather than do more damage. Fortunately there is time between now and the next race at Barber to get our Blackdog Speed Shop OMP/Eibach Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R in better shape. Once we do, I know will challenge for much better results.”

For the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Blackdog Speed Shop is proud of the support from its partners OMP, Eibach and Team Chevy.

The next race for Blackdog Speed Shop in the Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class is April 22-24 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.


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