Texans Mosing, Foss Win ST At COTA In Porsche
Friday, September 16, 2016

Texans Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss won the trophy in Street Tuner (ST), with the drivers of the No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Porsche Cayman keeping their championship hopes alive with their second victory of the season.

Mosing passed Owen Trinkler in the No. 44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima with 44 minutes remaining, and led the final 18 laps.

“Once I knew I had enough fuel, I put the pedal down,” said Foss, a resident of Fort Worth, while Mosing resides in Austin. “Living in Texas, this heat is a challenge at all times and I might need to think about a cool suit. This was one of the toughest I’ve been in.”

It was the fourth career victory for both Foss and Mosing.

Chad Gilsinger and Cameron Lawrence took second in the No. 92 HART Honda Civic Si, 17.823 seconds behind at the checkered flag. Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum finished a season-best third in the No. 19 RS1 Zero Lag Communications/Intervision Porsche Cayman.

Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer entered the race trailing the lead by six points in the standings, but emerged on top after finishing eighth in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-5. The pair led three times for 24 laps before losing all but second and fifth gears in the latter stages of the race.

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NOTEBOOK

  • Former championship leaders Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly dealt with a loose shifter cable on the opening lap in the No. 17 RS1 Legistics/RickieFowler.org Porsche Cayman that resulted in a long visit behind the wall. The car returned 18 laps down, improving five positions to finish 22nd. Unofficially, McCumbee and McAleer have 240 points, followed by Galante/Pumpelly with 232 and Mosing/Foss with 231.

“Unfortunately, something broke in the shift cable on the recon lap, and we took Nick in to fix it and lost a lap,” Pumpelly said of the problems for the No. 17 RS1 Porsche at the start. “We sent him back out and it happened again, so we realized we had to take him back to the hauler. The part the guys replaced was brand new; the RS1 guys did so much work to make this car good. They’ve put a ton of effort into this. It’s disappointing and frustrating, but these things happen in racing.”

  • Sarah Cattaneo and Trinkler both took turns leading ST before Trinkler pulled off course with 31 minutes remaining in the No. 44 CRG-I DO Borrow Nissan Altima with overheating problems. Cattaneo qualified second and led three times for 14 laps – including the opening eight.
  • Tyler Cooke captured the fourth TOTAL Pole Award for No. 84 BimmerWorld Racing OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i in Thursday’s qualifying. However, the car co-driven by James Clay developed an engine issue in the opening minutes and made two early pit stops, falling out of contention.

“We went out on the warm-up laps and had a very slight miss under moderate throttle,” said co-driver and BimmerWorld team owner James Clay. “It started clearing up, but then when we went full throttle we just had a miss, and couldn’t get rid of it. We changed plugs, changes coils. It’s something electrical and unfortunately we couldn’t fix it today.”

  • Brent Mosing had a mechanical problem on Lap 1 and tagged the barrier in Turn 12 in the No. 65 Murillo Racing BMW 328i. That brought out the lone caution of the event as the final 56 laps were run under the green flag.
  • Other ST contenders forced to the paddock during the opening stint included Michael Johnson with fuel pump failure in the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports Universal Coating BMW 228i, and Liam Dwyer, who had a broken axle in the No. 26 Freedom Autosport SemperFiFund.org Mazda MX-5. The Freedom team repaired the car, with Andrew Carbonell returning to bump-draft his ailing points-leading teammate McAleer during the final stages of the event.

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