Koni Challenge - 4th place in Iowa Speedway PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 09:49

Alpharetta, Ga - This past weekend, August 9th-10th was the 6th round of the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series in Iowa Speedway,located in Newton, Iowa. The track is a short 1.3 miles which utilizes part of the oval. as well as the infield. For this round the two classes, Grand Sport and Sport Touring were run together, for a total of 41 cars. The JBS team had recently come off a season high 2nd place in Barber Motorsport Park. James Gué shared the driving with Bret Seafuse in the #37 Mustang FR500C.

It was a condensed schedule for the weekend, with practice on Saturday and qualifying and the race on Sunday. After a 2nd place finish in Barber the JBS team was looking to keep that momentum rolling heading into Iowa. However, the weekend got off to a difficult start, as the team suffered a power steering issues on Saturday during practice. This forced Gué and Seafuse to sit out much of the day's practice while repairs were made. Heading into qualifying the team was still looking to optimize the setup having missed much of practice. however, Seafuse made the best of qualifying and set the 12th quickest time.

In the race Seafuse ran in 11th place for most of the opening stint until a caution came out about 40 minutes into the race, while the majority of the field elected to pit Seafuse remained on track and moved up to 3rd place. Once racing resumed Seafuse held position in the top 5 until pitting about an hour and 5 minutes into the race to hand over to Gué. Gué returned to the track in 12th place and slowly made his way as high as 3rd when all the cars who had pitted early had to stop again. The strategy paid off , by stopping at the second yellow that allowed Gué to make it to the end where as most of the guys at the front had to stop a second time. In the last 20 minutes of the race Gué held off challenges from the current points leader (09 BMW) to finish 4th. The fourth place finish moved Gué and Seafuse with in 1 point of 2nd place in the Driver and Team team standings.

Gué commented: “This was a really tough weekend for the whole JBS team. We struggled throughout practice with power steering problems and never really found the setup since we missed so much practice. We really didn't have that fast of a car, but we used pit strategy to put ourselves back in contention, and managed to pull out a 4th place. It really helped in the points as well. I also need to thank Jim and Sandy Seafuse and the whole crew this weekend , I know it wasn't easy on them with all the problems we faced, but they never gave up and persevered though it."