Local driver takes victory: The first Rolex Series GX class race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas was won by an Austinite.
Jeff Mosing, who owns a shop that sells collectible vehicles and exotic and classic sports cars off Braker Lane near Burnet Road, won the class with Spencer Pumpelly in BGB Motorsports' Porsche Cayman.
“The opportunity to run in my hometown is just awesome,” Mosing said after the victory.
Mosing races full-time in the Street Tuner class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship.
On Saturday, he finished 12thfor Race Epic/Murillo Racing in a BMW 328i with co-driver Jesse Combs.
The GX class is new this season and features experimental technologies, including the first-ever diesel-powered to compete in Grand-Am. Two other teams competed in the GX class Saturday.
Break ends team’s repeat hopes: A broken cam chain about two hours into Saturday’s Grand-Am race ended Roush Performance’s run at a second-straight Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge victory.
Billy Johnson had been running in third place in the No. 61 Ford Mustang GS, but came out of Turn 11 slow and made his way to the pits. Crew Chief Dave Dunlap called the broken cam chain disappointing, considering the team’s season-opening victory at Daytona.
“We were going to have a decent finish today, but it didn’t turn out that way. Sometimes it doesn’t in racing,” Dunlap said.
The twisty 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas “beat up the car pretty good, with the turns and stuff. We spent all week working on ball joints and stuff like that,” Dunlap said. “Otherwise it was good.”
There were no indications that the break was a long-term concern, and the team — including co-driver Jack Roush Jr. — will be ready for April’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., Dunlap said.
A cold, easy sell: With strong winds and high temperatures in the low 60s, an ice cream stand was one of the last places you’d expect people to line up at Saturday at Circuit of the Americas.
But the colorful Melting Cone stand, which was set up near the main entrance off the Grand Plaza, had one of the longest lines of the afternoon. It didn’t hurt that Melting Cone was also sporting a large sign for hot chocolate and coffee.
“For the first two hours, it was pretty-much all hot chocolate and coffee, of course you’ve got to sell what the customers want,” co-owner Tim Joiner said. “But we knew they would come back for ice cream, and here they are.”
The stand was at the circuit during November’s Formula One race, and Joiner said he plans to be back for the other races this year.
— DAVE DOOLITTLE
CORRECTION: This story originally reported that the car Jeff Mosing won the class with was a BGB Motosports' Mazda 6. It is actually a BGB Motorsports' Porsche Cayman.