Rear End Spoils Great Finish For Hathaway
Montreal, Quebec- August 20, 2011 – Jason Hathaway and this Ed Hakonson Racing prepared #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge had another top 5 run going until the rear end let go on his race machine with only 6 laps to go
in front of a sold out crowd in Montreal.
Hathaway and his team took their road course race car to the world famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Island of Montreal with high hopes to finish the last road course of the year off in typical #3 car fashion!
Practice on Thursday afternoon and qualifying proved tough for all the teams as thunderstorms and heavy rain hampered the Teams’ practice efforts.
Hathaway started in the 22nd spot in the extensive field of competitors on Saturday morning. The sun was shining and the car was handling well. Hathaway wasted no time moving his way to the front and on a single lap moved up 3 spots. Hathaway’s #3 Snap on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge worked through the technical and tight track and was recording fast lap times as he knocked positions off one by one.
Hathaway was the only driver lap after lap that was moving up positions and making his way up the running order.
An accident in the tricky hairpin turn track caught Hathaway and he fell back in the running order to 30th. This didn’t deter him and with little damage on his car he worked his way back up the 11th spot in the running order and was again making huge gains on the leaders. With only 6 laps to go, he felt the rear end give way in his car. Hathaway limped his car off into a runoff area where he would stay until the finish of the race.
“We had a great car today, it handled really well and we were super competitive. We battled back after the accident we got caught in in the hairpin and the car was feeling awesome. When the rear-end let go my heart sank. Such a letdown, for what looked like was going to be a great finish for this team this weekend! We will get our group together here and get ready for the three last races of the season. Our team is strong; we will battle back for sure! “said Hathaway after the conclusion of the race on Saturday morning.
Hathaway and his team will be looking forward to the next event on the schedule September 10, 2011 at Barrie Speedway for the Wild Wing 300 as the tight 1/3 mile oval. A replay of the live coverage of the NAPA Autopro 100 will air on Thursday August 25th on TSN2 at 3:30 pm.
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.
Ed Hakonson Racing/Team 3 red
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOE HAMILTON