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Great Way to End the Season, Two Wins at VIR

September 18, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Going into this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway I had a big mountain to climb in order to win the Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. We were 41 points down going into the final rounds because of some bad luck (a penalty at Road America and being crashed into while lapping a car at Baltimore) that resulted in a16th place finish and a DNF.

We only had one goal for VIR and that was to get maximum points. Pole position, fastest lap and leading the most laps in both races along with winning, of course. It started off right when we were fastest in both official practice sessions on Thursday morning. The car was good but we still had some work to do for qualifying later that afternoon. We achieved the first goal on our list, pole position for race one.

Race one was around noon on Friday. We made some more changes overnight to help the car maintain its balance over the length of a race. I was able to get a good jump at the start and by the end of the first lap I had about a two second lead. From there I just concentrated on hitting my marks and being consistent. It was a pretty uneventful race, which was nice! I pulled out to a 16 second lead by the end of the 14-lap race. The car was awesome, we made the right decisions overnight and it really showed in our pace throughout the race.

I started on pole position again for race two on Saturday morning. I kept the lead at the start but by the end of the first lap we were behind the safety car under a full course yellow. I had a good restart and the race was pretty similar to the day before. We accomplished all our goals by scoring maximum points. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough, I closed the points gap from 41 to 7. It was a bittersweet day, I was very happy about winning both races but missing out of the championship was disappointing. I lost almost 50 points in the two races where we had some bad luck, so if that hadn't have happened we would have been the champions but quite a large margin. But that's racing!

Overall it was a great season, we won eight out of the fourteen races so I can't be too upset with that. The team, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, was fantastic all year. My mechanic Will Paul, Dominic and Nicholas Cape and the rest of the guys worked extremely hard to give me a race-winning car every weekend. I'm already looking forward to moving up the Mazda Road to Indy and the 2013 season.

I also have to thank all of my partners: Team Pelfrey, Mockett, E-merging Technologies Group, Mazda, Skip Barber, Parathyroid.com, California Scents, RaceLite Protection, Silver Knight Racing and Autosports Media

Thanks for reading,

Spencer