23 June 2018, ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin: British racing driver, Harrison Scott, achieved two impressive podium finishes with his RP Motorsport Racing squad in the Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Cooper Tires this weekend.
After qualifying in a disappointing fifth with car balance issues, Harrison commenced an eventful first time around the fast and undulating 4.014-mile circuit for race one on Friday afternoon.
Harrison Scott (#10 epicura/Masterpack Innovative Printing-RP Motorsport Racing Tatuus-Mazda PM-18):
“I didn’t get that great a start, like I normally do, so that put me on the back foot. I made a pretty brave move in order to salvage the race, and I think we were three-wide at one point. I managed to get through without any contact, then got around Rinus in Canada Corner, taking advantage of the slipstream. But the BN boys were pretty quick so I wasn’t thinking about trying to catch them; I just tried to maintain the gap to Rinus behind me. I’ve been racing in Europe and have been to places like Spa, and there are some comparisons – the long straights, twisty middle sectors and close racing. Especially coming off the back of the oval, this is something I really enjoy, though the weekend has been a bit of a struggle so far. Getting this podium is good, and tomorrow’s another day.”
In picture-perfect conditions yesterday, Harrison completed his pair of podium finishes by securing another third placed trophy at Road America. However this was a hard fought gain after throttle failure in his #10 RP Motorsport Racing Tatuus-Mazda PM-18 during qualifying in the morning meant that his best lap time would only see him line up on the fourth row of the race two starting grid.
There was a poignant beginning to the race when the entire Mazda Road to Indy family paid tribute to former Pro Mazda racer Jeff Green.
The race was neutralized before the end of the first lap following an incident in Turn Five which resulted in a retirement and several position changes. However, keeping out of trouble, and even after a further incident that followed shortly after the restart, Harrison picked his way through the field up to third on Lap 13.
Harrison’s fine drive from eighth on the grid to third earned him the Tilton Hard PFC Award. He now sits in fifth position in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads to the streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada for two more races on July 13-15.
Harrison Scott concluded:
“It feels a bit like a win. I think we had a car fast enough for the pole but we had a mechanical failure in qualifying and I started eighth, without getting a run on new tires. We weren’t fast enough to catch the BN boys but to be the best of the rest and get another podium, I’m over the moon.”