Race 5 Recap – Rain Delays, Radio Problems

Charlotte, NC – (June 13, 2016) The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visited Colorado National Speedway on Saturday, June 11, 2016 for the fifth race of the season. After qualifying in the 7th position, Julia Landauer raced hard to finish 6th place, maintaining 5th position in the points standings, only one point out of 4th position.

Several laps into the 150-lap race, after Landauer made a move from 7th to 6th place, it started raining. Oval NASCAR races don’t race in the rain due to safety, so the cars were brought off the track for over an hour rain delay. 

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“It’s a bit unsettling, not knowing if you’re going to get to race that night or have to wait till the next day,” Landauer said. “Luckily, we got the race in on Saturday and stayed in the mental groove.”

Once the drivers were instructed to go back to their cars, Landauer had unexpected radio complications and was almost prevented from going on track. In NASCAR, every driver must have radio communication with their spotter in order to hear feedback from race control and to maintain the highest level of safety. Since Landauer’s radio wasn’t working, she was almost forced to sit out.

Luckily, the issue was resolved last minute and Landauer got out on track. She maintained 6th place for the majority of the race, until contact around lap 100 caused her to spin. Landauer fell back to 12th place, then charged her way back up to 6th in the remaining 50 laps.

Landauer said of the race, “It was a tumultuous night, but my team and I salvaged a solid result and gained in the total points. Thank you to my entire #54 team, Bill McAnally Racing, Toyota Racing, NAPA Filters, Curb Records, and #TeamJulia for your continued support. On to Sonoma!” 

The NAPA/Toyota 150 from Colorado National Speedway will air on NBCSN on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. ET.

Next stop on the K&N West Series calendar is Sonoma Raceway, the first road course race of the season, on Saturday, June 25, 2016.