got to take advantage of every situation and go like heck."
Aschenbach posted the fastest lap of the race at 1:15.561 (85.758 mph) in addition to taking the race victory. As the starting grid for the second race of the Acura Sports Car Challenge doubleheader was established according to each driver's fastest lap in Saturday's race, that means Aschenbach has earned the pole position for Round 2.
O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., wound up second in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. After starting fourth, O'Connell saw fifth-place starter Figge leapfrog him and the cars in front of him to take the lead heading into Turn 1 on the opening lap. He was seemingly locked in one battle or another throughout the race before finally settling into second place, where he finished.
"It was a good race," O'Connell said. "If you look at the top four or five cars, maybe six cars, everybody was very, very close. It really all came down to restarts. We got good restarts, all that kind of stuff, and I'm very proud of the Cadillac team. We had great race cars and all the off-season work paid off.
"These are some outstandingly good drivers, some very aggressive drivers and everybody wanted to win. The way we all raced each other was really hard. Amongst the leaders, there was minimal contact. James Sofronas and I were running through some of the fastest parts of the racetrack side-by-side, so it was good racing all around. I think that's going to be one heck of a show when people watch it on TV."
Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., wound up third in the No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3. As O'Connell described, it was a race-long battle between the No.14 Porsche and the No. 3 Cadillac, which landed both cars and drivers on the first podium of the season.
"You had to drive flat out here," Sofronas said. "You had to take advantage of every opportunity, restarts, traffic, any bobbles from the cars in front of you. The GMG boys prepared an awesome Porsche. I pushed that thing hard. I was banging into people. I was leaving room, but it was hard racing with Johnny O and a couple other guys. It was actually a lot of fun. It's just a shame it had to end under the yellow, but we knew it would, so we set the car up differently, plus the StopTech Brakes gave me a great advantage on