EDMONTON, AB - Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the Mobil 1/Mopar Parts Team were looking to bounce back from a disappointing start to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series swing through Western Canada. Beauchamp has run extremely well in the past at the very tough 14 turn road course that is set up on the Edmonton City Centre Airport but one mechanical problem would steal away a great finish from the team.
Things did not start out well for the Mobil 1/Mopar Parts Team in Edmonton. Throughout the practice and qualifying sessions the team was struggling with the handling of the car. “We just seemed to miss it for some reason said Crew Chief Chris Couvillion”. Ron Beauchamp Jr. was equally frustrated with his teams performance early in the weekend. “Normally we run much better on the road courses than we’ve shown, we’re really fighting it this weekend.
The Mobil 1/Mopar Parts team made changes to the car prior to the start of the race and those changes had a dramatic effect on the performance. “The weight of the car was shifting properly but once we made the change the car was remarkably better” said the driver. Ron Beauchamp Jr. made the most of his opportunity and gained five spots on the opening lap of the race.
As the laps ticked away Beauchamp continued to move the Mobil 1/Mopar Parts Dodge through the field. Quickly into the top-ten he soon neared the top-five. “That was the kind of performance we expected all weekend” he stated. However fortunes would again go sour for the Mobil 1/Mopar Parts Dodge team following caution period. On the race re start Beauchamp knew immediately something had gone seriously wrong. “The car was almost impossible to drive” he said. The team had no choice but to make a green flag pit stop.
After a look underneath it was found that a broken mount for the trailing arm was the culprit and their day was over. “It’s been pretty frustrating out here” said Beauchamp of the western swing. “But I know that we can bounce back in the next event. This Mobil 1/Mopar Parts Team is more determined than ever after this kind of frustration” he added.
Competition resumes for Team Mopar in The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on August 4th. The 12 race schedule will take the teams from coast to coast and will consist of ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits. For the complete schedule, results and other information log onto www.nascar.ca You will also be able to watch all twelve races this season on TSN.
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