HAGAN WINS MASTERS HISTORIC FORMULA ONE USA RACE 1
This afternoon at Road America's WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman Presented by Hawk, James Hagan won the weekend's initial --and wet--Masters Historic Formula One USA race.
Hagan, in his Tyrrell 011, led all four laps of the weather-abbreviated race. Ron Maydon (LEC CRP1) was second., Andrew Beaumont (Lotus 76/1) third, and Brad Hoyt (Hill GH1) fourth. Chris Bender (Arrows A6) and Greg Thornton (Lotus 91/5) each recorded one lap. Six drivers did not take the green flag.
Hagan's margin of victory was 40.674 seconds.
The race began under a deeply overcast sky and a misting rain that continued to fall throughout the contest. Prior to the race, strong winds and heavy rain intermittently enveloped the track.
“I wasn't expecting this kind of an afternoon, and it made me feel at home," said Hagan, who is from Ireland. “It's just the sort of weather we have at home."
Irish drivers are used to the rain, Hagan said, adding with a smile, “I did the rain dance this morning, and the rain came on."
Regarding his on-track efforts, Hagan said this: “I just kept my head down, and as an old mechanic once said, ‘Don't look in your mirrors.'"
As with other events on the WeatherTech International Challenge's afternoon schedule, the Masters race was abbreviated after the day's weather turned from hot and humid to cool (or at least cooler) and soggy as thunderstorms and strong squalls began to sweep across the track midday, necessitating a substantial delay in activities because of lightning in the vicinity.
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