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TJ SPEED ON THE PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA

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After a win at the famed Road America in 2023, TJ Speed returned to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, with momentum. Entering Liam Sceats, who began the weekend fourth in the USF Pro 2000 Presented by Continental Tire championship standings, and newcomer Cooper Becklin, who was making his series debut, TJ Speed closed the triple-header event with a podium result, several top-ten finishes, and a load more experience for a pair of rookie drivers.

After a test day on Thursday, Friday would be the home of official practice and qualifying, with two separate qualifying sessions setting the grids for races one and two. In qualifying one, Sceats led the way for TJ Speed earning a P10 result in qualifying, while Becklin slotted into 16th in his first USF Pro 2000 qualifying session. In qualifying two, both Sceats and Becklin needed more proper draft down the long Road America straightaways and completed the session in 14th and 16th respectively to start race two from the outside of rows seven and eight.

With race one taking place on Saturday morning, skies were threatening with rain in the forecast. Thankfully, conditions mainly stayed dry through the 15-lap affair with Sceats moving forward two positions from his tenth place qualifying the day before finishing eighth at the checkered flag. Behind him, Becklin navigated his first career series start also advancing positions to move from 16th to 13th on the results sheet. Race two was delayed due to a flooded racetrack but was run at the end of the day, much to the delight of Liam Sceats. A solid drive forward yet again netted the rookie driver another podium result in third, while Becklin added a ninth-place result, a double top-ten for the team.

The third and final race in the triple header would occur on Sunday morning, and it was another 15-lap affair for the TJ Speed duo. Sceats would eventually manage his way to an eighth-place result to close the weekend while Becklin gained more experience and closed his series debut weekend in 12th.

“It was good to be back on the podium with Liam, and Cooper did a great job in his series debut,” explained Tim Neff. “The weather changed all weekend long, and the track did as well which kept us on our toes. A little bit of a break now before heading to Mid-Ohio in July.”

For more information on TJ Speed or to contact Tim Neff, please email TJSpeed1@aol.com or by phone at 321.508.6348. TJ Speed can also be found online on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by searching “TJ Speed” or by visiting their website, www.TJSpeed.com.

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