Goikhberg stretches championship lead in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda
Mikhail Goikhberg stretched his championship lead in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series winning Round 4 and finishing second in Round 3 on Saturday, June 7 at Kansas Speedway.
Goikhberg has won three of the four races this season in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports car and now leads the series with 78 points. “Overall, I’m happy with how the weekend went,” Goikhberg said. “We were a corner away from winning the first race, won the second race. I’m very happy with the car, very proud of JDC, and now all of our thoughts are on Watkins Glen,” he stated.
Tony Bullock earned his first career win with co-driver Craig Duerson as the pair took home the win in Round 3 in the No. 12 ONE Motorsports car, edging Goikhberg by .153 of a second after passing him on the final lap.
In Round 4, Bullock was able to pass Enzo Potolicchio in the No. 4 8Star Motorsports car as he struggled with a mechanical problem on the last lap.
“I know going into the last lap trailing Mikhail, he had me in the infield,” Bullock stated. “He just had the speed. But if I could just stay with him to the last turn onto the oval, if I was there I could take advantage of the draft, and I was able to. I was able to just sling-shot around to the outside and get a nose out in front of him and stay ahead for the victory. This is the first time I’ve done something like this. I’m loving it.”
The Kansas event was somewhat unique as Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda cars shared the track with another category for the first time during both rounds, competing alongside the faster Prototype Challenge (PC) class from the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Rounds 5 and 6 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda will take place June 27-28 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.