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- Heinricy?s Mosport Double-Down - Torvec-Phoenix Chevrolet Corvette wins two SCCA World Challenge shows
John Heinricy achieved the best-possible result in a rare opportunity to win two races on a single weekend, driving the Torvec-Phoenix Chevrolet Corvette C5 to a win in the second of two SCCA World Challenge series races held on Canada?s Victoria Day weekend at Ontario?s famed Mosport International Raceway circuit, east of Toronto.
The Torvec-Phoenix Chevrolet Corvette C5, was prepared by Phoenix Performance, Inc., of Phoenixville, PA, and with a crew led by PPI 25-year veteran Mark Giusti.
As was the case in Saturday?s win, Heinricy, of Holly, Mich., raced 28 laps on the 2.459-mile road course to win the GTS class, but today?s win was by only 14 seconds over a Lotus Exige S and Acura TSX cars. Saturday?s victory margin was 20 seconds.
Heinricy qualified second quickest in the GTS class, got the better launch from the series? traditional standing start, and never allowed the lead position to be challenged for the rest of the race.
"From the standing start, I stayed second for three-quarters of the opening lap, then passed the Lotus. The Lotus stayed close for about half the race and then fell back, allowing me to open the 14-second lead," said Heinricy. It was his 51th start in the World Challenge series, his sixth win, and his 23rd time finishing in the top three. He now has six wins in 20 Mosport races, in four series.
"Under SCCA?s rules to equalize competition, the Phoenix Corvette had 50 pounds of weight added to it just 30 minutes before today?s race started, as the "reward" for Saturday?s win," said Phoenix Performance owner Joe Aquilante. "John?s immense driving talent includes the ability to compensate for changes and quickly understand what his car?s limits are under all conditions."
Mosport was a motor racing debut event for Torvec, Inc., of Rochester, NY. Heinricy is helping Torvec develop its new IsoTorque differential. The IsoTorque is an evolution in differential design, allowing for maximum traction without interfering with differentiation, resulting in improved performance, handling and safety.
"Today?s track had less grip than it did in Saturday?s race, due to sunshine but, the Torvec IsoTorque differential still gave me a control advantage so