It was a hot, sunny day in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, though some Red Bull GRC drivers probably wish it wasn’t.
Scott Speed was running in second place for most of the eight lap final event until, with two laps remaining, his teammate Tanner Foust suffered a right rear puncture, allowing him to assume the lead.
“This track was definitely one of the most technical we’ve ever driven on,” Speed told NBC Sports. “I got caught out on the third lap and damaged my tire, so I was trying to be super conservative and just make it to the finish. Unfortunately for Tanner, I think he debeaded his tire in a similar way.”
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Throughout the weekend, many teams were concerned about the tires lasting the entire eight-lap final event in such extreme heat, and it appears their concerns were warranted.
Foust’s tire failure also allowed Patrick Sandell, who had been running fourth, to move up to P2. Steve Arpin was running behind Sandell for most of the race, but on the final lap he, too, suffered a puncture allowing his teammate Brian Deegan to grab the final spot on the podium.
Chris Atkinson, who had qualified for the final event in his GRC debut, had an early exit on Lap 2 with a mechanical issue.
Sunday’s results push Speed up to first place in the championship standings with three rounds left in the season.
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