Lone Star Racing drivers Gar Robinson and Lawson Aschenbach fell just short of a top-10 finish on Sunday at Road America in IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship GT Daytona (GTD) competition, finishing 11th following a late-race pit stop to get to the finish of the caution-free race.
The two-hour, 40-minute race was relatively trouble free for the No. 74 ACS Manufacturing/74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG GT3 team, which had steadily climbed into the top 10 of the GTD field with 30 minutes remaining. The unexpected lengthy green flag runs on the long, four-mile Wisconsin circuit meant that an extra pit stop was needed, however, and the splash of fuel left the team in 11th place at the checkered flag.
Despite the finish position, the race was a strong showing for the Lone Star Racing team. Road America was just the fourth of five races on the team’s calendar for this season, while fellow competitors have run eight times, including three lengthy endurance races.
“For me, I’m learning a lot out here,” Robinson said. “I was able to get a better feel for this car and this series and get some more laps out here. We brought the car back in one piece and I learned a lot. I’d call it productive. I think we’ll be a lot better at VIR.”
Robinson, the team’s opening driver, qualified and began the race in the Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 before passing off the Aschenbach on the first pit stop of the race. Aschenbach, a veteran in the sports car racing scene, can see the progress being made.
“These races are really tough,” Aschenbach said. “You’ve got a lot of great drivers, a lot of great cars, a lot of great teams. It’s difficult when you have caution free races, because every second counts whether it’s in the pit stop or on track. We have a limited schedule. Every team we’re racing against is full season.
They’re all working really hard, just as hard as we are, but every weekend we come out we’re learning something. We’re catching them. Every time we hit the track we keep showing people that we belong. I’m happy with everybody at Lone Star Racing, Gar is doing a great job learning and getting better, and I’m just enjoying driving this Mercedes-AMG GT3.”
Lone Star Racing brings the No. 74 ACS Manufacturing/74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG back to GTD action at Virginia International Raceway for the Michelin GT Challenge, August 23 – 25.