|Towards the end of Race 2, laped traffic began to become a problem. Edik wasn't the fastest car for nothing, though, and made quick work of most and was patient when getting by them.
|Once he was past Rockwood, Justin Taylor put distance between himself and Fourth Place. The issues that caused him to not set a time for qualifying in Race 2 never resurfaced and allowed him to take the podium!
|Michele drove nearly the entire race with aggressive precision. For several laps, it was not unusual to see her in two wheel action. However, once she realized that Edik was far out of reach, her driving calmed down. Well, calmed down enough to not be on two wheels again. She still drove hard until the end of the race and earned her Second Place!
|Even in Third Place, Taylor had to deal with lapped traffic as much as the leaders did. All three drivers were able to put each lapped car away quickly.
|Project G20 may have not gotten the podium, but it was out there making laps and lasted the entire race. This was far better than the last time I got to see it in action, which was Las Vegas last year. It broke a transmission then and it seems like they have figured out how to make it survive the entire race. Despite the Fourth Place finish in Race 2, Steve Rockwood put in good laps and will know where to make improvements in the car for the next round. Steve thinks a good aero package would help reduce some of the stain inducing 135 MPH 4 Wheel drifts around the banks. Should help lap times, too, but we have to think of the pants, people!
|Finally, your Winner of both Race 1 and Race 2 in MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship is Edik Stepanyan! Not only did he win both races in MPTCC, but also Overall and by several seconds! It goes to show if you look at the rules and take advantage of all of them, you can make a car dominate with a realistic budget. I look forward to showing you all that here very soon with my Feature Car article on Edik's Integra.
So, that's it. In dominating fashion, Edik Stepanyan was able to take the win in MPTCC and the Overall for the entire weekend. Many drivers have begun to question Stepanyan's car and not just in MPTCC. As everyone will soon see, Stepanyan is not cheating and is just taking full advantage of the rules set forth by the MPTCC and NASA. His car is simple, light, and reliable which are the most important things to have in a race car along with plenty of grip and a driver not afraid of flat out driving.
Michele Abbate taking Second shows that a near street legal car can actually be a pretty decent race car, too. At over 3,000 lbs, it is the heaviest car in the MPTCC field. It was possibly the heaviest car competing wheel to wheel this weekend. I actually wonder if given a lighter car with more traction, could she have given Edik a run for his money this weekend? I can only speculate. I know there are more of you guys out there who have the racing license and the car that can compete in MPTCC. I'm even willing to bet you think you can beat that old tin can of an Integra. Bench racing can only go so far, come out and play with the guys and gals in MPTCC. Maybe you can beat Edik, but you won't know until you come out!