Bowmanville, Ontario (8 July 2019) Stoner Car Care Racing fielded by Automatic Racing hit the high-speed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over the July 4th weekend with drivers Gary Ferrera and Kris Wilson. The Colorado-based duo last drove the team’s No. 09 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 to an impressive second place at Daytona International Speedway in January and were ready to get back into action in the two-hour IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge event.
The weekend marked Ferrera’s first experience on the lightning fast 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course, while Wilson (Ferrera’s longtime driver coach) has earned three podium finishes in the past year in other sports car events at CTMP. The team’s priority over the course of three practices, qualifying and the two-hour race was to get Ferrera up to speed on the track’s intricacies as they look toward a full lineup of new-for-2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT4s next season.
“This weekend was a building block for Gary and the entire team, for long-term plans,” said Automatic Racing team manager David Russell. “He’s such a great teammate: he studies hard and works hard at his craft. He’s still ramping up his learning curve, with help from Kris, so to have the two of them together on the team works really well.”
The No. 09 Aston Martin finished a solid 12th in final practice and qualified 20th for Saturday afternoon’s race. With air temperatures in the 80s and track temps between 100 and 118, Ferrera and Wilson got to work.
Ferrera had a good stint, holding the lead on Lap 28 before heading to pit lane and a change to Wilson. But just after halfway, Wilson began to experience difficulties shifting, which hampered the team’s ability to move forward. The team settled for 24th, but with a wealth of knowledge and experience to carry forward.
Next up for the Stoner Car Care Racing team will be the two-hour Lime Rock Park 120, Saturday, July 20 live on IMSA.tv. NBCSN will broadcast a two-hour race recap on Friday July 26 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.