HANNAH GRISHAM CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AT BUTTONWILLOW
The 2019 So-Cal NASA season marked its half-way point this past weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, just outside of Bakersfield, California. More good weather, a highly technical track, and racing that included a record 5 Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) drivers made for a very exciting weekend.
Grisham started the day Saturday by taking her Morning Star Racing Mazda Miata from the Robert Davis Racing/Mothers Polishes, Waxes and Cleaners pit straight to the pole position.
Saturday's race tactics started well before the green flag as Grisham and the off-pole #72 car competed for every last inch of track advantage as they followed the pace car toward the starting line.
Mirrors were adjusted as both drivers held firm from a couple turns before the start, up to the green flag, and then through turn one and into turn two. Turn two was a right-hander, finally giving the advantage to the #72. From there the #21 entered the fray as the battle raged all the way to the checkered flag. At the line the top 3 cars were separated by just .3 of a second, with Grisham taking third.
On Sunday the track direction was reversed. The day got started with a qualifying race having Saturday's top 5 finishers inverted. After an uneventful start, Grisham attacked early and passed the leading two cars, but the #72 and #21 were not so lucky and had to settle for starting the main in 4th and 5th, respectively.
Grisham was again on the pole for the race, and this time got the hole shot. While the #72 and #21 were working to get around the 2nd and 3rd place cars, Grisham used the time to her advantage by building a gap which would ultimately hold up all the way to the checkered flag, and with her also earning fast lap honors in the process.
At the half way point in the season, the championship battle is shaping up to be every bit as close as the on-track action. Grisham currently holds the slightest of leads and is very excited for what she knows the great drivers of NASA--the #21, the #72 and others--will be bringing to the second half.
As always, Hannah would like to thank Mothers, Robert Davis Racing, Morning Star Racing, Global Electronic Technology, RLV, NASA, The Women's Sports Foundation's Project Podium Grant, Winner's Circle Sports Marketing and Mazda for all their support.
Hannah would also like to give a big shout out to City of Hope for all the wonderful things they do for children and adults. Hannah is honored to support the City of Hope and encourages others to do the same.
Hannah's next races are May 18 and 19 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Please follow Hannah and wish her luck as the 2019 season continues to unfold!