Jacobs, French Score MPC Victory Following Drive Time Penalty To Performance Tech Teammates
Sunday, July 8, 2018

The conclusion of Saturday’s IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a bittersweet one for Performance Tech Motorsports.

First, it appeared that points leader and Dr. Robert Masson and son Kyle Masson delivered a perfectly-executed drive to win the race and extend the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) points lead for Dr. Masson and the team in the process.

But upon post-race analysis of drive time requirements, it was concluded that Kyle Masson did not record the minimum 40 minutes of drive time and the No. 11 Masson Spine Institute Elan DP02 was moved to the back of the MPC results. That penalty elevated apparent runner-up Howard Jacobs and James French to the race win in Performance Tech’s No. 77 Cardioaccess / Skeleton Optics Elan DP02.

The third-place finishing No. 28 Wolf Motorsports Elan DP02 of Bart Wolf and Tazio Ottis was also hit with a drive time penalty and moved down the MPC results to seventh.

“I knew the goal was to go out there and keep it close so when James was going to come in I knew he was going to fight for it and he did,” said Jacobs. “With the new rules I have to get out of the car anyway [during fueling on a pit stop]. I’ve been working with James for the last two years as a teammate and mentor. He does a great job and was the perfect person to do the second stint.”

Prior to the penalty, Kyle Masson chased down his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teammate French and made the apparent winning pass with 24 minutes remaining. The defending MPC class champion, Kyle Masson is joining his father for the remainder of the season as Dr. Masson chases his first series championship.

French won in his first career IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda start, securing the ride after he and Kyle Masson’s No. 38 ORECA LMP2 WeatherTech Championship entry was involved in a practice crash earlier in the weekend and retired.

“As of yesterday, the only thing I was going to be able to drive this weekend was my truck and my trailer back home,” French said. “That being said I am incredibly grateful that Howard is giving me an opportunity to get back in a car.”

Jon Brownson crossed the line fourth in the No. 34 Eurosport Racing entry, but was elevated to second after the penalties were issued. Paul LaHaye was moved to third in the No. 36 ONE Motorsports entry.

Brownson now leads the MPC points, but with two races remaining the standings are historically close. Dr. Masson and Dave House are tied for second, one point back, while Ottis and Wolf are two points back. In total, the top six drivers are separated by a mere three points and all seven drivers who have contested every round this season are separated by seven points.