MONTEREY, Calif. (September 9, 2013)- Following a difficult weekend, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong would take a sixth place in his return to GRAND-AM competition.
Wong, who had not competed in a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2011, received a last-minute opportunity to return to his Porsche roots with the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Running what has been a very diverse 2013 schedule, including stints with Porsche, Corvette, Maserati, and even the ARCA stock car ranks, Wong was excited to return to the GRAND-AM ranks.
“With the merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series, it was exciting to return for one of the final GRAND-AM events,” stated Wong. “This was a bit of a last minute opportunity, and we had high hopes, but there were unfortunately a lot of challenges.”
Following a weekend plagued with mechanical gremlins, it was up to Wong, from Newport Beach, California, to start his Porsche from the sixth row. Doing his best to make up ground in front of him, the multi-time Porsche GT3 Challenge winner would make his way through the field, until an early yellow would cause him to pit for fuel, tires, and driver change.
Having barely driven a 30-minute stint, Wong was hopeful to return to his Muehlner Porsche for the closing laps of the event. However, as the race unfolded, strategy opportunities would prevent Wong and co-driver Kyle Marcelli from ever switching back. Marcelli would actually take the checkered flag in eighth, however a series of post-race penalties to competitors in front of him would place the No. 18 car in sixth.
“Overall a sixth place isn’t a bad result. The Muehlner Motorsports team has a lot of potential, it just wasn’t our weekend. Regardless, I enjoyed my time back in the series, and look forward to the future.”
With the 2013 motorsport season winding down, stay tuned to worldstageracing.com for updates on future events.