ANSA DRIVERS POST FOUR PODIUM FINISHES, INCLUDING TWO CLASS WINS, AT 2015 MIAMI 500
Chris Fountas and Guy Cosmo finished 3rd overall in Miami 500! ANSA Motorsports’ team owner, Alain Nadal, had a big smile on his face after the Miami 500 race at Homestead Miami Speedway on Sunday, since most of his drivers and clients scored podium finishes in their respective classes. ANSA Motorsports had five cars in the 2015 iconic FARA USA Miami 500 endurance classic. This year’s FARA USA Miami 500 was really competitive since additional, more powerful cars were entered in the race. ANSA Motorsports drivers raced hard, and overall the ANSA cars finished 3rd and 5th. One of the cars that made an impression in the Miami 500 is the ANSA Motorsports new REITER Engineering KTM X-Bow GT4. The car was co-driven last Sunday by Dore Alexander Chaponick Jr. and Patrick Dussault. The two drivers enjoyed their ride in the new GT4. They scored the pole position on Saturday, but were not able to start first, because of a broken engine mount in Sunday’s morning warm-up. The car was fixed just in time for the race, and Chaponick started last, behind all the cars entered in the 500. Chaponick had an excellent start and passed car after car, until the scheduled pit stop for fuel and driver change. Dussault took over and almost led during his entire, long stint. The race was red-flagged and interrupted over an hour and a half, because of a violent accident, involving one of the Porsche drivers. Like Chaponick, Dussault had good pace during his stint and took the checkered flag in the MP-2a class, resulting in a great win for ANSA Motorsports with the new car that is scheduled to participate in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS class and in the all-new, anticipated 2016 six-race Sprint X GT Championship. ANSA Motorsports entered two AUDI R8 LMS’s in the event. The first one was driven by an ANSA “protégé”, Nico Jamin, and by the car owner, John Herlihy. They qualified 3rd in class, 5th overall. The second AUDI was co-driven by car owner Chris Fountas and experienced racer Guy Cosmo. They qualified 4th in class, 6th overall for the 500. In the race, Jamin and Fountas took a great start. Jamin was able to run in 3rd place, after only one lap, all the way through his stint, but his car was never able to keep up with the pace of the overpowering Lamborghinis that ran 1st and 2nd for a long time in the overall race. Then Herlihy had a competitive stint. Jamin was not able to finish his second stint, because of an over-heating gearbox problem. It was decided to retire the car. Jamin and Herlihy, who finished 5th in class, were disappointed, since their car was running well enough in the first portion to finish on the race podium overall. Fountas had good stints, and Cosmo was doing his best to keep track with the Lamborghinis and the much faster prototypes. Fountas and Cosmo finished 2nd in MP-1a class and 3rd overall in this year’s Miami 500. That was the first, big, American race for the Porsche 997 RSR of Eric Johnson and Bill Lester. The car that ran in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans GT AM class adapted quickly to the FARA Miami 500 pace and qualified well. Johnson and Lester were looking good and very competitive out there. The car had a problem-free race, and they won their MP-1b class and 5th overall in the 500. Another car entered by ANSA Motorsports was a Honda Civic, raced by ANSA client Ken Bains. Bains qualified on top in his class and finished 2nd in the MP-4a class. ANSA Motorsports collected four podium finishes including two class wins in the FARA USA Miami 500 with their five cars. A great performance for the leading South Florida club-racing organization that finished the year in style. The next 2016 club-racing FARA USA event rendezvous for ANSA Motorsports will be the Homestead 200, scheduled for Feb. 19-21.