David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team returned to action in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series this past Saturday as the series raced as part of the Toronto Indy weekend for the first time in several years. Thorndyke soldiered through the concrete lined course to gain six spots during the race. With the return to the streets of Toronto around Exhibition Place it was a challenge the driver of the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to get accustomed to the difficult street course. “With the entire track lined with concrete it can be a little intimidating,” said Thorndyke. As the race began Saturday afternoon Thorndyke took his usual, steady and successful approach to moving forward in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet. “I always try to race guys clean and give everyone room, that’s especially important on a track like this. But I also want to gain as many positions as possible” stated the driver. Thorndyke’s plan was working for much of the afternoon and during the race developed a comfortable rhythm in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet and was clicking off lap times nearly four seconds quicker than his qualifying run. Following the second and final caution period of the afternoon Thorndyke was again looking to gain wherever he could in the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet during the closing laps. Over those final laps things got a little more physical and some of the bodywork on the car took a bit of a beating. “We had ourselves a pretty good day, the car felt good and I was happy with how we were running. It got a bit heated in the late going and we had a bit of contact. Nothing structural. Overall though I’m happy to gain six spots during the race. We’ll look to do even better next time out,” said Thorndyke. David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will be in action next during the NASCAR Truck Series weekend September 4th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team were excited to embark on a new racing season during the first round of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series on the famed road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past weekend. Sadly for the team their day would be cut short after being struck by another competitor. The #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team hit the track for practice and were anxious to see how the many improvements they’d worked on for better performance would work out. After an initial lap during Saturday practice to feel the car out Thorndyke said he was pleased with how the car felt. But the next time by complained of a problem that was diagnosed as a broken spindle. This presented a problem for the team as they run a unique part that is different from most others. The crew found replacements but it would take the balance of the day to make repairs forcing the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet to miss the qualifying session and they would start from the back for the 51-lap race. “It was a tough break,” said Car Chief Adam Thorndyke. “We were really hoping to see how the changes worked but we just never got the chance”. The entire team worked diligently to make repairs and get the car set up as close to they had it before the incident. Crew Chief Kattie Smilovsky was a little worried about getting through pre-race technical inspection. “We’re hoping the car is okay, but we’ve had to make adjustments for the replacement parts that went in,” she said. As the green flag waved on Sunday David Thorndyke set out with his normal race plan to run smooth consistent laps all afternoon. In the early stages Thorndyke had some success moving forward several positions. However as he went through corner five alongside another competitor the two spun. Thorndyke straightened out the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet and hustled to get going when the other driver impacted him on the driver side. “It was big hit, I was up in the air and went for a ride” said the driver. Thorndyke got the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet back to pit lane and crew discovered a mount underneath the car was broken and determined it was best to end the day early. Though disappointed they only completed a handful of laps driver David Thorndyke and the team remained positive. “We’ll be able to make the repairs and have the car race ready again quickly. In the few laps we ran I think that the off season changes we made were good and that should help us at the next event”. David Thorndyke and the #67 Thorsons EVT Chevrolet team will be in action next at the Pinty’s Grand Prix on July 16th during the Toronto Indy weekend.