RON BEAUCHAMP SCORES TOP TEN AT MOSPORT
May 29, 2011. Ron Beauchamp Jr and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team began the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire series this past weekend at Mosport Speedway near Bowmanville, Ontario. Sporting the sleek new Dodge Challenger body on their race car the team battled for 200 grueling laps and claimed a top-ten finish to open the racing year.
Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team struggled a bit during the afternoon practice session and they worked hard to improve the cars performance. “We were surprised the car wasn’t quite as good as it was during the testing session here” explained Beauchamp. “We tried some different things prior to qualifying hoping it would improve” he added.
Beauchamp would qualify the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge tenth and begin the race from the outside of row five. Early on the changes appeared to be helping the car. “The car felt good at the beginning of the run but then it started to tighten up” said Beauchamp. “We had that long green flag run of more than 100 laps and that hurt us” he explained.
When a caution period allowed the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team to make a pit stop for fuel and tires the team again adjusted the car looking for better performance. “The changes helped a little bit” said Beauchamp. “But again the longer the race stayed green the car would tighten up, if we had some shorter runs it would have helped us” he added.
Beauchamp would continue to push the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge to the checkered flag and claim a ninth place finish in the race. “We really thought our car should have finished higher” said the driver. “But it got a little wild near the end of the race with guys pushing, we came out of here with a top-ten and now we’ll make some adjustments and be better as the season moves on” he added.
Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Team will compete in all twelve races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The next event takes place June 4 & 5 at Circuit ICAR near Montreal, Quebec. Once again this year all events will be broadcast on TSN. Fans should check their local listings for times. For more information about the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries team log on to http://www.beauchampmotorsports.com www.beauchampmotorsports.com and http://www.mopar.ca/ www.mopar.ca For series information check out http://www.nascar.ca/ www.nascar.ca