August 21, 2011. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge was sporting a new red look in Montreal for round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. After a soggy start to the weekend Beuachamp and the team showed their resilience and made solid gains during the race.
The only rain that fell during the weekend schedule was during the one hour series practice which hurt Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The practice was pretty much a wash out for everyone so we did our best with itÃ¢â‚¬Â said Beauchamp. With minimal knowledge gained during the session Beauchamp was only able to manage a nineteenth place starting spot.
For the Saturday morning race Beauchamp began to move the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge forward right from the start of the event. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We made a plan for the race and it worked really well for usÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car felt really strong with a lot of Mopar power on those long straightawaysÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Normally when starting back in the field competitors want some yellow flag caution laps to help bunch up the field. The caution periods actually worked against the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The set up on the car was so good and it ran so well that we were gaining positions and when the yellow came out, the tires cooled down and it actually took a while for the handling to returnÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Beauchamp.
For the duration of the race Beauchamp continued to work hard for position and would finish just outside the top ten in twelfth spot. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We gained seven spots during the race, the car ran really well and some of the guys near us in the points didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have great days. Overall it was a good result for us after a difficult start to the weekendÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver.
With the strong effort Beauchamp is sixth in the overall championship point standings.
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 will take place on September 10th at Barrie Speedway. 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 www.beauchampmotorsports.com and www.mopar.ca
Photo of the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Challenger on track at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve by Joe Hamilton.