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It was a trip to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for rounds five and six of the Toyota GR Cup North America series. Bringing two drivers to The Lone Star State, Jade Avedisian earned her career-best result in the series, claiming a fourth-place result in Sunday’s wheel-to-wheel action, while Tyler Wettengel was forced to miss race two after a lingering engine issue plagued his Toyota after Saturday qualifying.

After a couple of practice sessions on Friday, Nitro Motorsports drivers Jade Avedisian and Tyler Wettengel qualified on Saturday morning, with Avedisian clocking the 20th fastest lap of the session to line up on the outside of row ten. At the same time, Wettengel slotted in right behind her in P22 and on the outside of row 11 for the start of race one.

During race one, both Nitro Motorsports drivers advanced, as Avedisian gained eight positions in the wheel-to-wheel racing and Wettengel moved from 22nd to 18th on the results sheets. Jade earned the award for the highest-placing female.

“Not the results we wanted but a step forward for sure,” explained Nitro Motorsports’ Nick Tucker. “We will be back again tomorrow and see if we can continue to push our way up the grid.”

Back to the track on Sunday, Avedisian showed pace in her #24 Mobile 1 branded Nitro Motorsports entry qualifying in the ninth position, less than half a second away from a top-five. Wettengel failed to turn a lap in Q2 and would eventually be classified in the 30th position after a car issue from Saturday’s race.

Jade had a career drive on Sunday to earn her career-best GR Cup Series result in race two, advancing from her eighth-place grid spot after a penalty to a fellow competitor, to finish just shy of the podium in fourth. Not only was this Jade’s best result of 2024, but she was also the highest-finishing female and led the Nitro Motorsports program over the weekend.

“I am very proud of everyone at Nitro Motorsports for bringing a fast Toyota Racing Mobil 1 #24 GR86 cup car,” explained Jade Avedisian. “I am glad we could have our best finish of fourth, but we will stay hungry for more.”

“Great drive and end of the weekend for Jade,” added Tucker. “She has always shown the speed to compete, but this is the break she needed to help build some momentum for the rest of the 2024 season.”

The Nitro Motorsports Toyota GR Cup North America program’s next stop is in eight weeks, when they will make a trip to the Virginia International Raceway over the July 19-21 weekend.

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