Christian was ready to continue the streak from Toronto og Atlanta, when he entered Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team was on the roll with a 2nd place and a win for Christian, and was aiming for a repetition in Mid-Ohio - hopefully two wins. Let’s be honest, it was a fantastic weekend for Christian and the team of Jay Howard Driver Development.
Looking back to the official test on the track a month ago, there were some signs showing that Christian and the team have found the speed again, and it proved right. Already from the start of the weekend Christian and Pabst driver Hunter McElrea looked to be in a class for them selves. Qualifying 1 ended with a pole for McElrea, with Christian in P2 only 1/10 of a second behind. And in qualifying 2 the picture was the same, but with Christian only 1/100 of a second behind the Australian.
When it comes to pure racing Christian have shown that he is hard to beat. And when the field got the green flag for race 1, Christian showed why. In turn 2 he made a brilliant move on McElrea to take the lead. And from there on he did not look back. When he took the checkered flag he was leading with mind-blowing 9,57 seconds to Hunter McElrea.
“It was a massive win for me, and for the team. To be able to brake away that clean, and give the team some well earned time in the spotlight, just feels SO good,” Christian said.
“A back to back win in this tough series is really something special. I want to hug the whole world right now.”
It might have been tough to fall asleep after an adrenalin rush like that, but in the second race, Christian looked like he had a good nights sleep. The lineup for the race looked the same in the front row as Saturday, and again Christian got away from the pack. Only this time McElrea was ahead of him. Christian tried several times to make a move on the Australian, but eventually made a minor braking error, that put him about a second behind McElrea. But again Christian showed that he is the hottest driver at the moment. At the checkered flag he came in just 5/10 of second behind Hunter McElrea, and 7,6 seconds in front of P3. And after the weekend he is the top scorer of points in the last five races, with 110 points. Five races in a row, ending in the top-2 helps a lot in that matter.
“Again it was a great start from me, but Hunter was clever and kept the door closed. I made a small mistake in the middle of the race, that put me back a little, so I had to accept second place. But man what a race. Hunter is great racedriver, and he proved today and yesterday, that he races with respect for his opponents. I really appreciate that. He deserved the win.”
After this weekend Christian is going back to Denmark to do the final exams, before he can take some vacation. Now there is about a month before the next round of the championship, taking place in Portland Oregon in August 29th - September 1st.
To do what Christian does, is no one man deal. It all start with the most important part - the family. They have to be 100% supportive for a top athlete to be this succesful. And Christian really is blessed in that matter. Both mom and dad have been behind Christian all the way, as have his sister and brother. It is a family matter, and they like it that way.
But you don’t race a single meter if you haven’t got the funds for it. Therefore sponsors is a very important part of racing. To find good sponsors is hard work, and Christian have been working very hard to find some great sponsors. And being able to pay back with victories is very satisfying for him. He hopes to prove he is worth the money.
Last, but not least is the team. A good racedriver won’t go fast enough to win, if the team around him, isn’t tuned in on the same channel. Being part of Jay Howard Driver Development have proven just that.
“We have been through some ups and downs, but we have also proven that when we stick together and work as a family, we can be very hard to beat. I feel really blessed to work with Jay.”
Jay Howard also have some thoughts about Christian, and where he is at the moment.
“Christian had yet another phenomenal weekend. Getting back to back wins shows that the momentum is good right now. Christian is learning every week, and he is really starting to understand how to get the very best out of himself. I’m so happy for him and am excited to keep watching his progress.”
“So I will like to send a big THANK YOU! to all my sponsors: FTZ Autodele, Rema 1000 Danmark, Dansk Metal, Dansk Turbo Teknik, Carta Autofinans A/S, Midland Oil Danmark, Holgershaab, Brendstrup Revision ApS, Julie Bardenfleth Rengøring and thanks for the huge support from DASU and Team Danmark. And also a thanks to Make-A-Wish Denmark for giving me the opportunity to be ambassador. It means a lot.”
Now Christian is off to get som vacation before next race in August 29 - September 1. Until then - have a great summer!
Christian Rasmussen Racing