SONOMA, Calif. (June 29, 2016)- After making several passes throughout the first half of the Chevy’s FreshMex 200, the most recent round of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at the famed Sonoma Raceway, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong would suffer a premature end after contact with a competitor sent his car hard in to the Turn Nine barrier.
“It’s a really tough way to end after such a strong run,” stated Wong. “As soon as the race began, it was clear we had the pace to really contend, and we had a very specific, measured gameplan to look after the car throughout the first half. I think we really could have had something for everyone at the end, so it was really frustrating to see things turn like that. I really appreciate what everyone at Ranier Racing with MDM did to help guide us through the weekend, and obviously we really wanted to show well for all of our friends at Northwestern University and IDT.”
Taking place during the same weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the famed San Francisco bay area venue, the 26-year old came in to the weekend with strong hopes to deliver in front of such a large crowd. Having earned a reputation as being a specialist on road courses, and looking to generate some attention as one of very few Asian Americans represented at the track, all focus was on Saturday’s race.
Starting from the 10th position, from the moment the green flag fell it was clear that Wong had the pace to contend. After an extended series of early caution periods, the no. 40 IDT / Northwestern University Chevrolet immediately went to work once the race went green, seeming to gain a position nearly every other lap.
During the series’ mandatory “halfway break,” Wong would come in for his one-and-only pit stop, having worked his way up to sixth position by time the mark had been achieved.
Unfortunately, on lap 44, while heading in to the tricky “esses,” a series of left and right switchbacks on the back side of the course, one of Brian’s competitors would get side-by-side with Wong, unfortunately hopping off one of the curbs in the process and hooking the Californian in to a spin. As soon as he lost control there was no hope for recovery, and the car would slam hard in to the outside retaining wall, ending the day with 22 laps to go.
It would prove a tough end for a day that had shown a lot of promise.
“This is unfortunately just how the sport can work,” continued Wong. “There’s 22 laps to go and in a series like this, where there’s a lot of young guys, it’s tough to expect everyone to have the level of patience that they should. We learned a lot and we’ll be that much stronger for the next one.”
With the racing season now headed in to a busy summer patch, stay tuned for more updates on the next adventure of both Wong and World Stage Racing.