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May 2, 2011 / reports


Fourth consecutive top-ten finish extends Championship Lead

Tooele, Utah -- Lawson Aschenbach brought his #71 Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si across the line in fourth place, netting him sufficient points to maintain his championship lead over race winner Aaron Povoledo by 73 points.

"We expected as much here," he said. "It's a little frustrating but we know at this altitude the forced-induction cars have an advantage. Aaron's Volvo and the Volkswagens were in their own class this weekend."

Brett Sandberg impressed in his first outing with the team, driving the #70 Honda. Consistently improving in every session, he finished 11th. "It's great to be with a multiple-car team after running my own program for the past few years," noted Sandberg. "Lawson's been great to work with, and this whole squad is amazing. I'm really looking forward to Mosport in May."

The Utah event was a very eventful one for the team, as rookie Tom Ehlen was involved in a rather spectacular shunt during practice, which saw his #72 car tag a tire wall after the Witchcraft corner. Tom was injured by the impact and spent the night in the capable care of the medical staff at the Salt Lake City hospital. He was released the next day. "I'll be in some pain over the next week, but will start my physiotherapy soon after," said Ehlen. "I plan to be back for the race in Ohio in August and to stay on the Rookie of the Year podium."