Christian Rasmussen proved that you can actually make a pass on the tricky 2.238 mile Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca Road Course. He did exactly that when he passed early race leader Braden Eves on lap 3.
Braden defended, but not enough for me stay back. It was a good move and I just took off from there. I?m always flat out, no matter what. I?m always going for the win, always pushing. The second half of the season has been really good for us, and if I keep showcasing my talent I hope I can get a career out of this. But I?m so happy to be racing here. I?ve been playing this track on video games since I was a kid. To drive the Corkscrew and feel the car get lighter, the compression at the bottom, it?s amazing.Christian Rasmussen (#6 JHDD/CSU One Cure/Lucas Oil-Jay Howard Driver Development Tatuus USF-17):
Once Rasmussen took the lead he held it until the end, holding off points leader Hunter McElrea by 4.4573 seconds.
McElrea knew that he had to make the most out of race 1 because of the qualifying troubles that he had earlier in the day for race 2. A throttle issue will mean that he will start at the rear of the field for race 2.
Today was super unfortunate (in qualifying), but that?s the way it goes sometimes. I am so proud of the Pabst team, to get me back out on track for the race. They worked their tails off, from this morning until literally right before the race. It?s not a win, but with the scenario we?re in now, it?s the best second I?ve ever gotten. I have new tires tomorrow but it will be a different type of race, going through the field, but it will be about coming through the field.Hunter McElrea (#22 Mazda/Doric NZ/Miles Advisory Partners-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-17)
McElrea will head into the final race with an 18 point lead. He will be chasing down Braden Eves that starts 3rd, so this championship will come down to the wire.
Colin Kaminsky claimed the 3rd position and filled out the podium for race 1. He will take this momentum into race 2 as the pole sitter.