It’s been a busy summer of racing for Chicagoland’s Jordan Missig. After sweeping the weekend at his home track, Road America, Missig ventured to the West Coast to compete at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. With extremely limited practice and testing at Laguna Seca, Missig got up to speed quickly against competitors with multiple days on track. Once into qualifying he was able to solidly pace himself into P3 for both races.
Moving into Race #1, Missig avoided a massive wreck at the start of the race. He would charge-on after the initial full-course caution and fight with the lead pack. While nose-to-tail with the leaders and limited vision of the surface ahead, Missig hit a piece of debris, causing his car to go for a spin entering turn-1. Quick to recover, Missig would rejoin the field in P4 and get to the finish, earning valuable points towards the championship. Missig would also set the fastest lap time in-class giving him confidence heading into Race #2.
Starting P3 once again, Missig would make quick moves on the start moving him into P2. One thing to know about Laguna Seca is that it’s a much older circuit than most. With that said, the pavement is quite deteriorated and provides very little grip for drivers. On top of that, the dry and windy ocean climate puts sand constantly on the racing surface, meaning the cars are on edge the whole time. Driving flat-out and in-battle, a mid-race mistake after the famous “Corkscrew” turn would send Missig into a spin. Waiting to rejoin the track as cars flew by, Missig was now 20+ seconds behind the lead pack with less than 30 minutes remaining in the race. The team would watch on as Missig silently clicked off laps 1-2 seconds faster than his competitors. With a few minutes remaining, Missig would reach the lead-pack. One-by-one Missig would make passes moving him into the podium position. On the last lap, Missig and the second-place competitor would narrowly avoid a wreck in the middle of the track heading up the hill into the Corkscrew. Splitting the stalled car, they would battle side-by-side as Missig executed the pass heading into the corner. The team would cheer-on as Missig crossed the line to a comeback P2 finish.
“I just couldn’t give up in that second race. We had the speed towards the end to fight for the win and I knew there was a chance. Although I was hoping for a safety-car period to catch the leader, we didn’t need it. Our raw pace was able to earn us a second-place finish and grab valuable points heading into Italy”
Jordan’s final races of the North American championship will take place at the Misano World Circuit in Eastern Italy preceding the Lamborghini World Finals where Missig will represent the American Lamborghini drivers against the best in the world.
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