Posted (08/22/2013) -
The last two time's Trans Am TA2 class Rookie of the Year leader, Rob Huffmaster had been to the race track it had ended with a hard crash. The #27 Camaro had crashed hard at the famous Road America Kink late in the most recent Trans Am race. Then at Mid Ohio testing the repaired car the brakes failed. That resulted in a hard hit in the Keyhole corner.
"After the Road America crash, I was more frustrated about a missed opportunity. The Mid Ohio crash concerned me a little.", Huffmaster said. "Fortunately, the crew went over the car thoroughly before the race weekend and that helped my confidence getting back on the track."
After unloading at Mid Ohio for the Trans Am race Rob's Camaro struggled with an engine problem during the practice sessions. "Luckily the crew figured it out and everything ran great. Once I adjusted my braking zones fpr going nearly 10 mph faster everything came together."
Huffmaster was then set for a good race with a solid 3rd place starting position.
For the #27 team getting a good start was going to be critical. "With the field so close, the start of the race was huge.", Rob said. He was able to pass from 3rd to 2nd right away. That, "kept me clear of any chaos for the first few laps and helped me get into a groove."
The 2nd place finish was Huffmaster's first podium finish since Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the second race of the series and puts him in 3rd place in the championship standings. He is also first in rookie points after 6 of the 10 series races.
Next is Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN on the Labor Day weekend.