29 Oct Moorespeed Celebrates Radical Finale with Podium Finishes
SALINAS, Ca. (October 27, 2018) – Moorespeed conquered the West Coast with a fleet of five for the Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup North America season Finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Moorespeed rode the momentum of a successful season straight to the podium, walking away from Laguna Seca with a plethora of trophies. The Austin, Texas, based team entered the final Round of Radical Cup North America with five competitors; though the team boasts over a dozen Radical clients. The No. 12 of Alexandre Papadopulos and the No. 4 of James Garrett joined team veterans Judd Miller, Tad Cusack and Dan Schildgen for the grand finale.
Miller and the No. 64 Radical SR8 RSX entered the weekend on the hunt for a third-place finish in the Masters Championship. With fourth place in striking distance, he went into the weekend with a fight on his hands. Miller wasted no time getting up to speed in practice and showed consistency by landing a fifth-place qualifying position in Masters. Steady pace was the key to his weekend and led him to finish fifth in all three races. By the end of the weekend, Miller accomplished just what he had set out to do, win third in the Masters Championship.
Papadopulos made a splash as a wild card in the Masters division, landing his No. 12 Radical SR8 RSX on the podium in two of three races. Though new to the team, Papadopulos played the role of the seasoned-pro by topping the charts in Free Practice and qualifying third overall. In Race One he made the pass for second and never looked back. Papadopulos smoothly defended his position to finish second overall. A yellow flag in Race Two would delay his podium endeavors; he finished fourth in Masters and fifth overall. He ended his weekend on a high note with a third-place finish in Masters in Race Three.
Cusack is walking away from the weekend with three personal-best finishes for his No. 22 Radical SR3 RSX in the 1500 class. Cusack showed promise from the start this weekend, unloading from the trailer with a quick and consistent pace. Starting Race One from ninth in the 1500 class he made quick work of moving up to seventh where he would finish the race. Cusack returned to the track Saturday to replicate his seventh-place finish in Race Two followed by a ninth-place finish in Race Three.
Newcomer James Garrett and the No. 4 Radical SR3 RSX showed great potential this weekend. Between Free Practice and Qualifying, he would shave over four seconds off his lap time. Garrett qualified 10th in the 1500 class. He improved upon this position in Race One finishing ninth. Midrace yellows in both Race Two and Race Three would hinder his ability to move through the field Saturday leaving him with a 10th place finish in both races.
The No. 77 of Dan Schildgen rounded out the Moorespeed pack, joining the team for his third Round of the 2018 Radical season. Schildgen steadily improved over the course of the weekend, shaving tenths off lap time in each session. Starting from eighth in Race One he would partake in the fierce battles presented by the 1500 class to finish 13th overall. Schildgen gained back his position in Race Two finishing 12th followed by an 11th place finish in Race Three.
“We’re very proud of what we accomplished this season and how we’ve grown as a team in this development series,” said Moorespeed Team Principal David Moore. “All of our crew and drivers did great this weekend. I’d love to see each of them back on the team next year joining several other of our team drivers who had conflicts this weekend.
“It’s been a very successful year overall. Everyone on the team get along well and have a lot of fun together. A few of our highlights was winning with Will Hardeman at home at COTA and of course Judd Miller winning at one of our very favorite tracks Watkins Glen. It’s been fun watching all of them grow their racecraft and really enjoy the series and each other.”
The Moorespeed Radical fleet expansion coincides with the teams newly established title of official Texas Dealer for Radical Sportscars Limited. The team looks to further grow its Radical support for the 2019 Radical North America Championship. For more information visit http://moorespeed.com.