Lap after lap, the two crossed the stripe less than a second apart, each waiting for the other to make a mistake. When it didn’t happen in 18 laps, Gilsinger’s Acura crossed for the stripe for the race win.
Just after lunch, Group Three’s small open wheel cars saw some of the best racing of the day, especially in the Formula Enterprises class. Paul Schneider’s No. 73 Performance Motor Cars of Charlotte Formula Enterpises/Mazda and Brandon Kennedy’s No. 14 Osinga Construction/Hage Tools FE swapped the lead no less than eight times in the first 12 laps of the race.
On lap 12, however, Kennedy’s No. 14 machine spun and he fell back to 5th, out of touch with Schneider – who now found himself with a huge lead. Kennedy was able to work back to third place before a full course caution froze the field with one lap to go, ending under yellow.
Doug Peterson’s great day began in Group 4, where his No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Camaro started on the overall pole and held off a hard driving Dillon Machavern for 18 tough laps in the GT-1 race. Peterson never got more than a second ahead of the No. 29 Heritage Automotive Group Ford Falcon, but maintained the gap to the checkered flag.
It’s been a tough season to date for the 17-year-old Machavern. He got a win at Sebring despite competing in the same class as 2012 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Champion Simon Gregg, and then lost on Saturday to Doug Peterson – the current Trans-Am point leader following his opening round win.
Peterson doesn’t just drive the big GT-1 machines, however – he also scored a finesse win in the open-wheel Formula Mazda race, driving the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Formula Mazda.
In the big bore group, Jeffrey Werth kept his perfect season alive with a third straight Majors win in American Sedan, driving his No. 46 Hoosier/OG Racing/WRE LLC Chevrolet Camaro across the stripe just a few seconds ahead of Tom Ellis’ No. 51 Steeda/Averitt/Palm Express Ford Mustang.