Skeen Sweeps Pirelli World Challenge At Road America


Elkhart Lake, WI – The Pirelli World Challenge sports car series returned to Elkhart Lake’s Road America this weekend for the first time since 2009.

Two events were held for each of the class groups on Friday and Saturday with 28 entries running in the Touring Car group and 45 cars competing for GT honors. The Pirelli-sponsored series ran as part of the Gardner Denver 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series feature event on Saturday.


Race 1-Friday:

Audi R8 driver Mike Skeen, Charlotte, NC, took his first win of the season here Friday, when he captured GT and overall race honors, beating the McLaren of Robert Thorne by 1.8 seconds. Third was Tim Burgmeister, of Langfeld, Germany in a Porsche. Veteran Corvette pilot Johnny O’Connell of Flowery Branch, GA, drove his Cadillac-CTS back to a seventh–place finish after incurring a stop-and-go penalty on lap 3 for jumping the start and moving to an early lead. O’Connell, who won two PWC races three weeks ago in Detroit, came into the Road America round in the GT series’ points lead.  Skeen averaged 111.139 mph for the 23-lap run. GTS honors went to Nic Jonsson, Buford, GA, whose Kia Optima won its class by 9.09 seconds over Toronto’s Mark Wilkins in another Kia.

Race 2-Saturday:

Mike Skeen and his Audi R8 made it two wins in a row Saturday morning, capturing the 16-lap GT class by 1.74 seconds over the Cadillacs of Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O’Connell. Steen averaged 76.288 mph. The race was red-flagged for a serious lap 4 crash near the Turn 2 tunnel that involved the Ferrari 458 of Anthony Lazzaro and the McLaren 12C of Alex Figge. Both drivers were checked and released from the infield medical center. GTS driver Nic Jonsson and his Kia Optima also made it a weekend sweep with his second win, this time beating Jack Roush Jr.’s Mustang.


Race 1-Friday:

Plainfield, IL’s Steven Doherty dominated the TC class in the 14-lap run over Road America’s winding 4.04- mile circuit. Piloting his Skullcandy Team Nissan Ultima Coupe, Doherty took overall race honors, as well as winning his class by 6.33 seconds in his first Pirelli World Challenge race of the season. Second in class was the Honda Civic Si of Toronto’s Michael DiMeo who had won the first six races on the 2014 schedule. He was followed by the Mazda of Texan Adam Poland.  Doherty averaged 83.178 MPH. Shea Holbrook pushed her Honda Civic to a TCA class win and rookie Paul Holton’s Honda Fit took TCB honors while capturing his first series win.

Race 2-Friday:

Adam Poland, who finished third earlier in the day, captured first place in Race 2 for TC –class cars.  He defeated point’s leader Michael DiMeo who was runner-up for the second time today. Poland, whose Mazda MX-5 started from the pole, won the 16-lap race by 10.423 sec., averaging 96.125 mph. A three-way battle for TCA honors went to Mt. Vernon, OH, Kia Forte driver Jason Wolfe, while British Columbia driver Glenn Nixon exchanged the class lead several times with NASCAR Nationwide Series pilot Ryan Reed before Nixon’s MINI Cooper prevailed in TCB. This weekend was Reed’s first competition in the Pirelli series.

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