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Foley Had the Speed to Win at CTMP but Luck Wasn’t On His Side

Bowmanville, On. (July 11-13, 2014)

Robby was greatly looking forward to heading North of the border to CTMP (Mosport), one of his favorite tracks, one where he enjoyed great success the year before scoring the most points out of his competition in 2013.  The schedule was pretty tight throughout the weekend as both races would be held on Saturday.  Testing kicked off on Thursday morning where Robby immediately had a power steering problem, that turned out to be a bad power steering pump.  Once able to be tested the car was also deemed to be down on power.  Practice 1 began and Robby finished P4.  The top three cars were constantly drafting, so Robby was confident with his pace for qualifying only being .7 off of the leaders.  Practice 2 was the same story where Robby just tried to refine his setup for qualifying.

Robby anticipated based on new tires and the weather change that the car would tighten up so he made some setup changes.  He anticipated correctly and nailed the car setup and was able to put the car on pole for race 1 and P2 for race 2.  Race 1 was going as planned as Robby lead the majority of the race occasionally swapping positions because of the draft until he was run off in turn 3 sending him back to P6.  he would eventually finish 4th, but understandably Robby was upset with the finish.  “It is extremely frustrating to dominate the whole race, and come up short,” explained Foley.  “I didn’t appreciate getting run off in turn 3, it wasn’t a move that would have necessitated a penalty, just not very respectful racing.”  Although Robby finished 4th he earned better than 3rd place points on the strength of leading the most laps and leading a lap earning him some bonus points.  In addition Robby also eclipsed the previous track record making him the new track record holder!

Race 2 was a similar story, except the pack got split as Lucas Bize and Ben Albano were able to draft away from the rest of the pack.  Robby was leading the other pack in P3 for literally the entire race until he was drafted by on the last lap into turn 8 putting him in 5th.  He then made a move on the outside of turn 9, into turn 10 passing for 4th.

Robby was overall frustrated with the weekend considering he had the speed to win and looks forward to getting after it at Road America.

Robby would like to thank his parents, Mazda, Skip Barber, BF Goorich, and SCCA Pro for their support.

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