RECAP: Team Nissan & the Sports Car Challenge
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Skullcandy Team Nissan Meet & Greet. Patricio Jourdain and Lara Tallman took on the best of the best from K1 Speed Santa Clara. Robert Nieves took 1st place as he smoked the competition at his home track.
Giving local Speed junkies an opportunity to race with Patricio Jourdain and members of the Skullcandy Team Nissan Continental Sports Car Challenge Grand Prix Team, K1 Speed Santa Clara’s thrill zone was elevated a notch on September 5.
Approximately two-dozen locals battled it out side-by-side, with some of the local ringers often besting Jourdain. The Mexico City native has competed in NASCAR Stock Cars, Formula Renault USA, Formula BMW Europe, Ford Trailer Truck series, touring cars, and Karts with a number of championships, and wins at varying levels and series.
During the event, in which multiple races were competed throughout the evening and Robert Nieves boasted the fastest lap time, a 22.826 mark, besting many of the track regulars such as Ed Duggan, Roddy Balanga and James Laeno – many who compete in the track’s Grand Prix racing series. Balanga was the series’ most recent winner and won a pair of tickets to the Continental Tire Sports Car festival, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 7-8.
In addition competing against professional racecar drivers, autographs and photo opportunities were available for guests. Jourdain and the Skullcandy Team Nissan Racing Team were in the area for the Sports Car festival at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Featuring straight-from-the-showroom American muscle cars and the hottest imports, the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge routinely features some of the largest fields anywhere in the world. – Robert Haugh (Santa Clara Weekly)
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge:
“So unfortunately we didn’t finish the weekend as we wanted at Laguna Seca, although we finished the race, we ended up 21st out of 32 cars. My teammate Izzy did a great job at the beginning of the race and he gave me a good car overall for the remaining of the race. But once we putted new tires in the front the car lost balance and I had massive oversteer coming into the corners and at the end a combination of that and understeer coming out of them, so it was very hard to keep speed up, we had to be very gentle going through the corners. So LIME ROCK is next, we have our mind set on that and it ll be a much better race!” – Patricio Jourdain