Next Level European Team Perseveres Through Challenges In Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Race at CTMP

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Seth Thomas and Dan Rogers achieved their goal of finishing Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. They battled handling issues and a problem with the brakes on their Next Level European (NLE) Porsche Cayman No. 38, but they finished 16th in the hotly contested, 2-hour-and-30-minute race.

Rogers started 22nd. He managed to maintain battle with a Mazda MX-5 and another Porsche Cayman during most of his stint despite the issues he faced, and he turned the car over to Thomas shortly before the one-hour mark.

Thomas had a fierce battle with Andy Lee in another Porsche Cayman during his stint. In the last half-hour he had to drive very conservatively due to the brake issue and in order to save fuel. The No. 38 Cayman was still running at the finish, however, which is the first goal of both endurance sports car racing and the Dublin, Va.-based team.

Ari Balogh qualified 14th in the NLE Porsche Cayman No. 83, which is sponsored by Red Line Oil. That car suffered an ABS failure that put Balogh into a gravel trap near Turn 5, bringing out the event's only full-course caution on lap 43 with 1:05:45 gone. His co-driver, Greg Liefooghe, didn't get to drive. Since the entry was already a couple of laps down, the team thought it wiser to save the car for the next race and get started on preparing it for that event, which occurs in just two weeks, so the team retired the entry after it was towed back to the garage area.

Seth Thomas, driver, No. 38 Next Level European Porsche Cayman:
"It was somewhat of a good race. There was a decent battle with the No. 22 for about half the stint, and that was kind of fun. The battle was more about what I could do to keep my car wide and keep him behind me. We were having a little bit of a handling issue, and then at some point we had ABS failure, so we drove the last 30 minutes in fuel-conserve mode and without ABS. But, you know, we did it and came home in 16th. The goal for us was to at least get a finish in the No. 38, and we did it."

Dan Rogers, driver, No. 38 Next Level European Porsche Cayman:
"Well, 16th is never something you want, but 16th is probably our second-best finish this year so we'll take it. It was tough. We had some brake problems and other car issues. The car is in one piece, the guys don't have to work on it too much during the next two weeks, and we had fun. We finished the race, and we'll go on to Lime Rock in two weeks."

Greg Liefooghe, driver, No. 83 Red Line Oil Porsche Cayman:
"Well, basically we had an ABS failure, so we got stuck in the gravel trap. Since we were a few laps down we decided to save the car for Lime Rock and get prepped for that. We've got some work to do before Lime Rock, so we'll see what we're going to come up with."

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports 1 at noon EDT on Sunday, July 17.

The next event, Round 6, will take place at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. on Saturday, July 23.