THORNDYKE MAKES NICE GAINS IN OPENER
May 18, 2015 Bowmanville, ONT – Racer David Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/Thorsons EVT Chevrolet hit the track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday looking for another strong outing in the opening round of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this past Sunday. While they would have liked a higher finishing position, Thorndyke and the team were happy with their weekends work.
After not receiving their race motor until just days before the first event, Thorndyke and the #67 LubeSource/EVT Chevrolet turned their first laps of the season during the opening practice session. “We really would have liked to get out testing prior to the season but that didn’t happen,” said Thorndyke.
The team made adjustments and worked to improve the handling of the #67 LubeSource/EVT Chevrolet during practice but ran into trouble during the qualifying session. “I knew we had a problem right away” explained the driver. “It felt like we had a wheel loose and the team saw something was wrong from the look of the car,” he added.
A mount for the Watts link was broken and the result was Thorndyke would start the 51-lap feature event from the 24th position. Thorndyke began looking to improve his position right from the start and had some success. “With that issue corrected the car felt great all afternoon,” said Thorndyke.
The strategy planned by the #67 LubeSource/EVT Chevrolet team was to pit early and as the other competitors cycled through they would benefit with improved track position. However a long green flag run to start the race and multiple cautions later in the race worked against them.
Still with a determined effort behind wheel Thorndyke moved the #67 LubeSource/EVT Chevrolet forward five positions during the race. “I was really happy with the car, there was some good dicing out there with other drivers and we went forward during the race. There’s barely a mark on the car, all in all a pretty good day for us” summarized Thorndyke.
Race Broadcast: Tune in Saturday May 23rd at 1PM Eastern to TSN to watch the opening race of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.