Traditionally, green is an unlucky color on a race car, but it looked like the neon green-painted C Sports Racing No. 63 Downing Atlanta Inc Peach Mazda of Jim Downing would have the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The Saturday race winner chased the No. 07 Phoenix-Innotech/Mazda JMS016/Mazda of Jacek Mucha throughout the 18-lap race for both the class and the overall win, closing to Mucha’s gearbox near the midway point of the race.
Mucha continued to push, working through traffic and speeding to the CSR victory, less than a second ahead of Downing at the finish.
On Saturday, Brian Schofield and Tray Ayres left the field behind to settle the Spec Racer Ford battle by just .019-second, with Ayres’ No. 7 Ayres Racing Spec Racer on top. Believe it or not, Sunday’s race may have been an even more spectacular display.
Schofield’s No. 61 PM Racing machine sat behind Ayres for 15 laps as the two pulled away from the field early in the race. Just before coming to the strip with two to go, Ayres had fallen a couple of car lengths behind Schofield and ran in the runner-up spot.
With one to go, Ayres was just a car length in back of Schofield.
Whether the move to run second on the final lap was purposeful or not, it was the correct place to be. Ayres drafted Schofield down the back straight and got to the inside in Turn 10, carrying the preferred line as the two went side-by-side through Turns 11 and 12 and across the finish line.
Once again, Ayres led by literal inches, with a margin of victory at 0.026 to end the Eastern Conference Round Four weekend.