Lawrence Loshak Goes Flag-to-Flag in Trans Am Series at VIR
Lawrence Loshak captured his second victory of the season in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli VIR Trans Am 100, going flag-to-flag from behind the wheel of the No. 2 Pennzoil/ ETE/ GoShare Chevrolet Camaro of Burtin Racing. Mark Boden did the same in Trans Am’s TA3 class, securing a second consecutive win in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.
Loshak led the 17-car TA class throughout the entire contest, withstanding pressure from Chris Dyson, in the No. 20 Plaid Crafts/ CD Racing Ford Mustang, early on and Boris Said, in the No. 21 Monster Energy/ Weaver Concepts Dodge Challenger, throughout the race. Still, the No. 2 kept both at arm’s length, turning a new track record 1:47.521 in the process.
More than just a victory, the finish, when paired with a day plagued by mechanical issues for championship leader Ernie Francis, Jr., who finished 14th, put Loshak within five points of Francis with only two rounds of racing remaining.
“It’s unbelievable, said Loshak. “Hard work pays off, and I can’t thank the Burtin Racing crew enough. The whole team has stuck with it; we’ve had some heartbreakers, but they gave me an incredible car today. It was slippery and hot, jumping off the curbs, driving up the esses — it was a tough race. I was hoping I could back off and conserve the tires, but Boris kept the pressure and Josh Hurley was there too. I decided to push every lap, man, it’s just crazy. It’s five points. We’re going to make this exciting all the way to the end.”
With Circuit of The Americas and Daytona International Speedway looming, Loshak insists that his and the Burtin Racing team’s mindset cannot and will not change.
“Never give up,” said Loshak. “We have to keep challenging. We have a month to go till COTA, but I know these guys won’t take a day off. We have plans and some things to try, some people might think, ‘Why do anything, you’re winning,’ but you can’t get complacent That’s the attitude of Burtin Racing, that’s why I feel at home. Again, there’s no other team I’d rather race for, no other car I’d rather drive, no other series I’d rather be in.”
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