Cal Meeker successful in Race 2 at Portland International Raceway
Cal Meeker won Sunday’s feature race at Portland International Raceway in his Tyrrell 009. At the drop of the flag pole sitter Ethan Shippert immediately pulled away. Unfortunately a CV joint in the rear of his Brabham BT44 failed and Shippert retired with 2 laps complete. All that Ethan was able to come away with was fastest lap.
Jamie Constable was second on the grid, but forgot his ear plugs as a was making his way to the pre-grid. By the time he found a set of ear plugs and the crew got him in the car the field has already set off for the parade lap. Constable quickly worked his way through the field and was hounding Stephan Romak for the last couple of laps, but ultimately had to settle for third. His crew will probably be adding ear plugs to the pre-race check list for future races.
Stephen Romak out dragged Cal Meeker at the start to take second, but Meeker quickly sized him up and had a jump exiting turn 7 and pulled off a pass on the back straight. With Shippert retiring Meeker was able to control the race from the front to take the checkered. Bud Moeller broke his run of fifth place finishes for the weekend and brought his Ensign MN179 home fourth.
Sean Allen’s crew repaired the damage from his Saturday afternoon incident and rewarded everyone’s hard work with a fifth place. Charles Warner and Dalmo de Vasconcelos swapped finishing places from Saturday afternoon, with Warner sixth and de Vasconcelos seventh. Michael Eckstein repeated his Saturday result to finished eighth.
John Delane suffered a flat rear tire and retired on lap thirteen. Roy Maydon pitted on lap 11 with concern over a nose emitting from the rear. After a quick look over the crew sent him back out. After a lap Maydon pulled in to retire with terminal gearbox failure.
Next up for the Masters USA is the Monterey Pre-Reunion the 18th/19th of August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.