Sunday’s race in Monterey may have only lasted 66 laps for the DeltaWing, but the team is looking at the positives from the day.
Despite retiring from the 2-hour TUDOR Championship race with transmission issues, the DeltaWing team was able to display impressive straight-line speed and fuel mileage.
Starting at the back of the grid, DeltaWing driver Katherine Legge was able to catch up to the prototypes in front and make passes, briefly holding fastest lap honors early in the race.
“One of the real advantages of this car is that it comes up to speed quite quickly compared to other cars,” said Legge, who had moved up to eighth position during her stint.
“There was a great deal of sand on the track from earlier races, so you couldn’t pass in the corners, but we were able to use the straight line speed advantage of the DeltaWing coupe to our advantage to pass cars.”
The team had intended on using the car’s good fuel mileage to execute a one-stop strategy. Andy Meyrick took over during the one-and-only pitstop for the DeltaWing during the race, and began to improve on Legge’s lap times during his stint.
“To come from the back of the grid to the top seven shows that we had good pace,” said Meyrick, who was driving the car when the transmission failed on Lap 66.
“Everyone else had to come in for a splash and dash and we didn’t,” Meyrick added. “There are a lot of encouraging elements about the race today… so we’ll take that and keep working.”DeltaWing, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, TUDOR Championship