Lone Star Racing and Co-Drivers Gar Robinson and Lawson Aschenbach finished seventh in the No. 74 ACS Manufacturing/74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG GT3 Saturday at the Detroit Grand Prix for the team’s first top-10 finish in just its second 2019 IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) race.
The result saw the No. 74 team and drivers improve three race positions after starting 10th and finish four places better than the 11th place Robinson, Aschenbach and Lone Star Racing earned in their debut race together last month at Mid-Oho Sports Car Course.
Robinson, who now lives in Detroit after being born and raised in Texas, started the race on the 2.3-mile Belle Isle street circuit he knows well.
“I love this track, really like racing here and I feel pretty happy with our first top 10,” Robinson said. “The Lone Star Racing crew performed really well, and I felt like I was getting pretty consistent with my lap times and how I was doing. I brought the car home in one piece and I think next year we can come back and get a better finish.”
Slowed five times for full-course caution periods, Saturday’s 100-minute race was run under yellow-flag conditions for a full 45 minutes. The first yellow flag was shown just seconds after the start when two GTD-class competitors crashed just in front of Robinson in Turn 1.
“I know from races past how starts usually go,” Robinson said. “I kind of knew something was going to happen. I was expecting it, and when it happened, I avoided it. It went on pretty well from there.”
Aschenbach took over from Robinson for the run to the finish during a pit stop 37 minutes into the race.
“It’s a big learning curve for us right now more than anything,” Aschenbach said. “We learned a lot, I think we have a really good direction, and if we came back here next week we would be in really good shape! All in all, big thanks to Lone Star Racing and Mercedes-AMG. The car really came alive in the second half of the stint.”
Competing with the support of ACS Manufacturing and 74 Ranch resort, the remaining races on Lone Star Racing’s five-race 2019 schedule include Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), Road America and VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).
Next up for Lone Star Racing is the two-hour and 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at CTMP, July 5 – 7.
About Lone Star Racing: Based at Motorsport Ranch within the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in Cresson, Texas, Lone Star Racing is competing in the ACS Manufacturing/Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the third season in 2019. Lone Star Racing and its team members have won races across North America spanning sprint and endurance racing formats. The crew has worked together on many different teams and various types of cars, developing a strong bond and proven capability that gives them a competitive and winning advantage. Lone Star Racing competes with the support of primary partner ACS Manufacturing, Inc. (www.ACSManufacturing.com). Look for Lone Star Racing and team owner/driver Dan Knox on Facebook and follow the team on YouTube at Lone Star Racing, on Twitter and Instagram at @LSRTeam and on the official team web site at http://www.LoneStarRacingTeam.com.