It’s A Weekend Sweep Of TCR For McCann

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Michael McCann Jr. swept the TCR events at Watkins Glen Int'l.
Michael McCann Jr. swept the TCR events at Watkins Glen Int'l.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Michael McCann Jr. completed a weekend sweep of TCR competition on Sunday afternoon at Watkins Glen Int’l.

TCR championship leader Michael Hurczyn led the TC America field to the green flag, with Saturday’s winner McCann and the No. 3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS quickly moving past Nate Vincent for second.

James Walker would also slip by Mason Filippi’s No. 12 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N for fourth. Filippi would need to pit for a mechanical issue a few minutes later, essentially ending his race.

With 27 minutes remaining, McCann would take the lead after slip-streaming past Hurczyn going into the bus stop and instantly gapping the field, pulling a 1.2 second lead.  McCann would go on to cruise to the overall victory, his second of the weekend.

“It was a really good weekend.  The Audi had really good pace, especially in a straight line.  The guys got the car ready and we made it happen,” said McCann.

In TCA, Mark Pombo and the No. 59 MINI Cooper JCW would lead from the start with Nate Norenberg in second, Tomas Mejia in third and Tyler Maxson in fourth.  Taylor Hagler, who spun on lap one and fell to the back of the grid, would fight her way back through the field and find herself fifth in class with 20 minutes remaining.

Maxson would get past Mejia for third with 19 minutes left on the clock and would start his pursuit of Norenberg for second.  With 11 minutes left in the race, Maxson would catch and pass Norenberg going into turn one while Mejia would get past Norenberg on the next lap.  Later in the lap both Norenberg and Halger would suffer flat tires and retire.

Mark Pombo would control the TCA field and go on to take the class win with Tyler Maxson second, and Tomas Mejia third.

“Early in the season we had some trouble with the MINIs, but the guys at LAP Motorsports have really found something with the car and this weekend has saved our season,” said Pombo.

PJ Groenke and Sally McNulty would round out the top-five.

TCR Cup saw the No. 41 TWOTh Autosport Audi RS3 LMS of Travis Hill grab his second win of the weekend with Stephen Vajda finishing second.