Cameron Evans won Sunday morning’s TC contest at Sonoma Raceway, claiming his first career TC America win.
Starting on the pole, Evans’ No. 82 Copart/BimmerWorld Racing BMW M240iR Cup jumped into an early lead over 2016 TC champ Toby Grahovec (No. 26 Classic BMW M240iR Cup), Steve Streimer (No. 81 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup), Auto Technic Racing’s Robert Nimkoff (No. 20 BMW M240iR Cup) and Evan’s teammate Chandler Hull (No. 94 Copart / BimmerWorld Racing BMW M240iR Cup), who had moved up two positions from his seventh-place starting position
By Lap 4, the top three had pulled out a 10-second lead, with Hull up to fourth. A hard-charging Johan Schwartz, yesterday’s race winner in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup, was already up to sixth. Schwartz started 12th after being moved back on the grid because of a post-Saturday-race technical infraction.
On Lap 12, Race Control issued a full-course yellow as Shaun Webster’s No. 31 Hard Motorsport BMW M235iR Cup had gone off in Turn 2. Webster was not injured, but the clean-up took several laps.
The race restarted on Lap 16, setting up a 5-minute shootout to the checkered. Evans paced the field to the green flag, with Grahovec second, Streimer third, Hull fourth and Schwartz fifth.
On the white flag lap, Grahovec had closed on Evans, looking for an opening. Entering Turn 11 on the last lap, Grahovec placed his BMW slightly wide of the line, powering out of the turn and pulling up alongside Evans’ similar maching through the final Turn 12 heading to the line. It was a drag race to the finish line, with Evans nosing ahead to win by just .173 seconds.
Streimer, Hull and Schwartz completed the top five.
Sonoma Raceway is somewhat of a home track for Evans as he has completed many laps around the picturesque Northern California road course. “I used to do the Russell Series here years ago, and there was a guy here — Rick McCormick (who has since passed away) — that helped me a lot here.” said Evans. “For Ozium, for Lund, for Copart, Jeff Hull, my teammate Chandler and everyone who has helped us do this, this is a big deal. If I was ever going to win one of these pro races, I wanted to do it right here.”
TC America teams and drivers next travel to Portland International Raceway, July 12-14 for Series Rounds 9 and 10. All races will be streamed live, with links available on TCAmerica.us and race highlights on CBS Sports Network.