With multiple podium finishes to his credit so far this season, Seth Lucas added another one this past weekend at Road America. Battling hard over the 4.048-mile, 14-turn facility, MDK Motorsports drivers Seth Lucas and Trenton Estep closed their GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS weekend on a high by earning the third and final step on the podium Sunday.
In the two-driver qualifying format, qualifying one set the grid for race one while qualifying two set the grid for race two. In both instances, Lucas and teammate Estep were ranked fourth quickest in the Pro Class and would start the wheel-to-wheel action from there in the quest for race wins and podium results.
Lucas would take the green flag in race one, but being shoved out wide early on, the Ohio native fell down the running order. After falling back towards the tail of the field, Lucas and co-driver Trenton Estep were forced to play catch-up for much of the race, eventually finishing in the sixth position.
“It wasn’t our day,” expressed Lucas. “In the end, we had decent pace and managed to close the gap to the cars out front, but just lost too much time by being forced off the track. Hopefully, we have some better luck tomorrow during race two.”
Returning to the track Sunday and once again starting fourth in class, the goal was to stay out of trouble and contend for a podium result. With Estep starting the race, Lucas took over the controls at the midway point however in an on-track battle prior to Seth taking the wheel, the MDK Motorsport had suffered damage to the rear diffuser.
With track conditions deteriorating and an ill-handling car due to damage, Lucas had to get on the wheel and really manhandle the car to find the necessary speed. Pushing it to the limit with each passing lap, Lucas drove to the checkered flag as he crossed the line third, adding another third-place podium result to his growing racing resume.
Lucas continued, “It was difficult. It was probably one of the toughest races I have ever done. I had to mentally stay sharp to overcome the handling issues that we had. The team did an incredible job all weekend, and we are fortunate enough to leave Road America with a podium result.”
With a break from now until the next event in four weeks, Seth Lucas will return home to Ohio and focus on his schooling. With no events scheduled until the September 22-24 weekend at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida, Lucas will take the time to recharge and refocus to finish his 2023 campaign on a high.
Stay tuned to the Seth Lucas Racing social media pages for news, photos, information, and results from all races throughout the 2023 season.
2023 Schedule for Seth Lucas
March 15-18 – Sebring Raceway – Sebring, Florida
March 30-April 2 – Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, California
April 28-30 – NOLA Motorsports Park – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 19-21 – Circuit of the Americas – Austin, Texas
June 16-18 – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia
June 22-25 – Watkins Glen International – Corning, New York
August 4-6 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
August 18-20 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
September 22-24 – Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida
October 5-7 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, Indiana
For more information on Seth Lucas, please contact Chris Lucas via email at Clucas@TeamLucas.org or visit Seth Lucas online at www.SethLucasRacing.com or by searching for him on social media via Seth Lucas Racing.
Photos: Halston Pitman