Liddell/Davis Score Continental Tire SportsCar Win


Corey Lewis captured the win in the Street Tuner division at Indianapolis.  [Mark Walczak Photo]

Corey Lewis captured the win in the Street Tuner division at Indianapolis. [Mark Walczak Photo]

The Grand Sport-class team of Robin Liddell/Andrew Davis scored a 3.49-second over-all win Friday in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, run on the2.43 mi. road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the Street Tuner class, leader Remo Russcitti’s Porsche ran out of fuel on the final lap, giving the class win to a surprised Corey Lewis, also in a Porsche, who had resigned himself to a second-place finish.

“I couldn’t believe it when I came around the last corner,” Lewis explained as he saw the slowing car of Russcitti, with the checkered flag in sight.

Liddell’s silver Camaro took the lead for good on lap 58 and held off Trent Hindman’s BMW for the win.

“We started seventh and kept moving forward, “said Liddell, whose team has won at Sebring and Watkins Glen earlier this year.

Three caution periods slowed the pace of the 86-lap, 2.5- hour race.

The ST finish was shuffled in the last laps when the second-in-class BMW of Terry Borcheller was running low on fuel and slowed to conserve what was left in the tank.

Later, thinking they could run fast enough to hold position, the crew radioed that Borcheller, the 2013 ST-class champion, could speed up enough to finish.

He finally limped home in 25th-place, one lap down.

Shelby Blackstock, who also competes in the Pro Mazda open-wheel series for Andretti Autosport, finished third in the GS class. Blackstock is the son of country music star Reba McEntire.

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Paul Gohde heard the sound of race cars early in his life.

Growing up in suburban Milwaukee, just north of Wisconsin State Fair Park in the 1950’s, Paul had no idea what “that noise” was all about that he heard several times a year. Finally, through prodding by friends of his parents, he was taken to several Thursday night modified stock car races on the old quarter-mile dirt track that was in the infield of the one-mile oval -and he was hooked.

The first Milwaukee Mile event that he attended was the 1959 Rex Mays Classic won by Johnny Thomson in the pink Racing Associates lay-down Offy built by the legendary Lujie Lesovsky. After the 100-miler Gohde got the winner’s autograph in the pits, something he couldn’t do when he saw Hank Aaron hit a home run at County Stadium, and, again, he was hooked.

Paul began attending the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, and saw A. J. Foyt’s first Indy win. He began covering races in 1965 for Racing Wheels newspaper in Vancouver, WA as a reporter/photographer and his first credentialed race was Jim Clark’s historic Indy win.Paul has also done reporting, columns and photography for Midwest Racing News since the mid-sixties, with the 1967 Hoosier 100 being his first big race to report for them.

He is a retired middle-grade teacher, an avid collector of vintage racing memorabilia, and a tour guide at Miller Park. Paul loves to explore abandoned race tracks both here and in Europe, with the Brooklands track in Weybridge England being his favorite. Married to Paula, they have three adult children and two cats.

Paul loves the diversity of all types of racing, “a factor that got me hooked in the first place.”