Hathaway Makes It Through Rain Soaked Race
August 7, 2011 – Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Jason Hathaway, in this #3 Snap on Tools/Vortex Brakes Pads/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge had to battle through a rain storm this weekend at the 10 turn road course at Trois-Rivieres.
With his right hand still in a fiberglass cast for his high speed crash at Mosport International Raceway in June, Hathaway elected to start at the tail end of the starting field of 33 drivers of the main event on Sunday afternoon.
The rain that had threaten to dampen the day’s activities Sunday morning finally started about 1 hour before the race and changed the race from a dry track to a wet track. The NCTS racers have limited experience on wet race tracks and so the cars were brought into the pits to put on grooved rain tires. The 42 lap race got underway in heavy rain conditions and Hathaway laid back to stay out of the spray of cars in front of him. With limited visibility on the track he decided to bring his race car in to the attention of his crew for additional rain gear and to clear the windshield. The track was super wet and in many of the corners they were covered in large puddles would fill the cars as they ran across them.
Just around the half way point, the rain lightened and allowed Hathaway a rare opportunity in the wet conditions to make some clean passes without running the chance of wrecking the car. The rain came down once again with 15 laps to go and Hathaway relegated to sit back and play it safe. He finished a tough 26th in the running order.
“That was a crazy race out there. You could not see 3 feet in front of you and neither could the guy racing beside you so it was pretty dangerous out there. Picture yourself on the 401 doing 100 kms/hour and having to turn right and left with no windshield wipers or a defrosters in the pouring rain. That was nuts, but we wanted to be safe and not hurt our car or any on else. We will be ready for Montreal in a few weeks and show our stuff again.” Said a wet and frustrated Hathaway after the race.
The next event for the Team will be 2 weeks away when they take to the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve on the beautiful shores of Montreal, for the Autopro 100 August 20,2011. The race this weekend was live tape delayed across the country on TSN on Sunday afternoon and will broadcast again on Friday August 12 on TSN.
Ed Hakonson Racing is proud to be partnered with Snap-on Tools, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Vortex Brake Pads, Napoleon Grills, Castrol, Fast Eddie Racewear, Choko Motorsports, Praxair and Cathcart Trucking.
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