Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Highlands, NJ – AIM Vasser Sullivan driver Frankie Montecalvo and co-driver Townsend Bell finished P10 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
Montecalvo qualified the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 seventh in class. When the green flag flew, Montecalvo quickly made his way into fourth position but sustained some damage to the front bumper that would ultimately force him to pit for repairs.
“We had a really good start at Mid-Ohio. I was able to jump ahead from seventh to fourth within the first two corners,” said Montecalvo.
“On the entrance to the right-hander at turn six, I had a little contact. It was light and damaged the front bumper slightly, but I was able to continue. The car seemed fine, and I ran a few more laps in fourth place. However, because of the contact, air was able to get behind the body work and eventually pushed the front headlight out and caused the hood not to stay shut, so we had to pit for repairs.”
“After the repairs, we came out in last place, but we were determined to fight back and gain back as many positions as possible. The crew did a phenomenal job with the repairs and getting us back on track, and when I handed the car over to Townsend, he did a great job getting us back into the top ten.”
“It wasn’t the result that we had hoped for, but I’m glad we were able to come away with another top ten finish. A huge congratulations to our sister car who came away another win for the AIM Vasser Sullivan team. I’m hopeful that we will be able to score another win for the No. 12 car in the final races of the season.”
Montecalvo will skip the next round at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Montecalvo was set to be married in June, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he and his fiancé postponed their wedding to October 10 before the updated schedule came out.
“Our wedding day is something I have been looking forward to for a long time, so we did not want to postpone our original date, but knew it was the right thing to do because of the pandemic. Unfortunately, when the updated schedule came out, the Charlotte event fell on our new wedding day. We did not want to postpone our wedding again, so I will not be at Charlotte. We wish the team all the best this weekend and look forward to returning to the track for Petit Le Mans.”