Mosport Race Notes: Eric Curran
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BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Canada - (Aug. 23, 2008)

The Mosport race airs on SPEED TV, Wed., Aug. 27 at 1pm ET

If there's any track where Eric Curran should be considered a low-odds favorite to win, it has to be Canada's Mosport International Raceway, an hour east of Toronto.

It took him 21 laps to get into the lead in today's 30-lap SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT on the 2.459-mile circuit, but once there were no competitors to see out his windshield, Eric was able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the race. His biggest competitor today, Randy Pobst, was 1.39 seconds in arrears when the checkered flag flew.

The win was also the first in 2008 for the Chevrolet Corvette nameplate - Eric won the most recent one here a year ago - but it was Eric's second Mosport win this year. He also won June's Grand-Am Koni Challenge race, co-driving a Chevrolet Cobalt, and the 2003 race in that series in an Acura.

After suffering through a difficult start to the World Challenge series season, this weekend became the season's antithesis.

Marsh Racing and Whelen Engineering brought a great Corvette for me, he said. After the way the season has gone, we just needed a race like this, and we're considering the Road America race the real start to our season, even though half the season had passed.

Sonny Whelen, Eric's teammate, brought his own Corvette home in 11th place, his best finish of the season. Sonny had a great race and was running in seventh for quite some time until he hit Brian Kubinski's oil in the last turn and spun. I feel bad for Sonny, he has been driving so well and deserved a top 10 finish.

Eric took the green flag for today's race from the pole position, which was in question whether or not the time would have held-up had not the qualifying session been shortened. Luckily, with a little help aided by a competitor's engine failure five minutes into the session, before many drivers had readied their cars and themselves for that one magic flyer which assures a good starting spot.

On the other hand, Eric came out with all eight cylinders firing, leaving the primary championship contenders unready to challenge him. They never got the chance when the cleanup from the mishap ate all the time allotted for qualifying. I got in a perfect qualifying lap right away but I was unsure whether or not all my competitors had done their perfect lap.
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