Traveling to Road America this past weekend, Global Racing Group driver James Roe Jr. was ready to fight for the podium. With two wheel-to-wheel events in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the Irishman scored his first victory of the season on Friday afternoon before a mechanical issue in race two forced him to the pits early, and he had to settle for a sixth place finish.
“It was a great weekend in Wisconsin,” explained Roe. “After two solid practice sessions that saw me in the top four and five, I finished second on track in race one, but was elevated to first due to a penalty incurred by the winner.”
After qualifying was cut short due to a red flag, James Roe Jr. was disappointed with his fifth place starting spot as there was much more speed in the car.
Roe continued, “I was only able to get two laps in and caught traffic on my second lap. I think the speed was there to be on the front row, and it is just disappointing to have my fast lap in qualifying interrupted two weekends in a row.”
Taking the green for race one from row three, Roe quickly advanced forward to fourth off the line and then gained another position on lap two before the pace was slowed due to a caution. Passing for second on the restart into corner eight, Roe was the second driver to claim the checkered flag and celebrated on the podium. Following race one, the on track winner was given two penalties for two separate incidents, advancing James Roe Jr. to the top of the time sheets as he scored his first race win of the season.
Looking for a repeat victory in race two, Roe started from the outside of row two based on race one’s lap times. Just like the previous day, Roe advanced one position forward off the line, but early into the race the car became unstable. Due to the instability, Roe brought his Global Racing Group entry to the pits for evaluation where the issue of camber shim bolts was rectified, but not before the young gun was one lap behind the leader. Returning to the track, Roe was able to secure the sixth position and moved to fourth in the overall championship point standings.
“Extremely happy to get my first win in F3, obviously it’s not the way I would have liked to get my first win, but in a series as competitive as this you have to grab them when they come your way! Can’t thank my team Global Racing Group, Liger and Honda for all their hard work and my sponsors CJJ Motorsport, Topcon, Vortex companies, and Bennett law offices for their support. This win is for all of them!”
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