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TYLER GONZALEZ SHOWS STRENGTH IN DOUBLE-DUTY WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA

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Multi-time race winner and champion Tyler Gonzalez drove double-duty once again in rounds five and six of Whelen Mazda MX-5 Cup and round three of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge as both series traveled to Laguna Seca.

In practice one for MX-5 Cup on Friday, Gonzalez, driving the #57 for Saito Motorsports, set the 16th-fastest time of the session. In practice two, Gonzalez turned only three laps but still managed to set the tenth-quickest time as he shifted his focus to the qualifying session that would set the grid for wheel-to-wheel racing.

In practice for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Tyler Gonzalez’s teammate Victor Gonzalez set the tenth-quickest time in the TCR class of the session. Tyler Gonzalez set the second-fastest time in the #99 Hyundai Elantra N TCR in the second practice session to put the VG Racing Team near the top of the charts.

To kick off the action on Saturday, Tyler Gonzalez and the Victor Gonzalez Racing Team qualified for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120. With Victor Gonzalez behind the wheel, the #99 set a time of 1:31.009, giving them a starting position of eighth in class for the two-hour race that took the green flag late in the day.

In Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying, Tyler Gonzalez set the fourth-quickest time around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile course, only two tenths off the pole position time, securing a row two starting position.

Race one of the Mazda MX-5 Cup took the green flag Saturday afternoon as Tyler Gonzalez crossed the line in third place, but a post-race penalty for incident responsibility dropped him down to 16th on the results sheet. Battling hard at the front of the field, the penalty was a shot in the championship points and a disappointing one for the young Floridian.

“Race one was tough,” Gonzalez explained. “We finished on the podium, but a post-race penalty dropped us way down the field. We had a strong pace, and we fought up front, but the results don’t show it. Back tomorrow to see what we can do.”

In the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, Tyler and Victor Gonzalez drove a clean race but only gained one position, finishing in seventh.

“It was a tough weekend for us in Michelin Pilot Challenge,” Gonzalez added. “We showed good pace at times, but we couldn’t move forward as much as we would have liked during the race. Still, a top-ten finish in class is not a bad result, and I’m proud of the team’s work.”

To close out the weekend on Sunday morning, Tyler Gonzalez fought up front the entire second race of the MX-5 Cup, ultimately finishing just off the podium in the fourth position. In the high-speed game of chess, Gonzalez led on occasion but was a lap short of being able to take the victory.

“I would have loved to finish on the podium in race two, especially since we stood on the podium in race one and lost the result post-race,” Gonzalez concluded. “However, the Saito Motorsports car was quick all weekend, and we fought up front all race long, so I’m proud of the fourth-place finish.”

Now, Gonzalez turns his attention to Pirelli GT4 America as the series heads to Circuit of the Americas this weekend for round five of the championship. Stay tuned to the Tyler Gonzalez Racing social media pages for news, information, photos, and results from the event weekend.

For more information on Tyler Gonzalez, please search for him via his social media pages at ‘Tyler Gonzalez Racing’.

Photo Credit: RTD Media

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