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Sebring,FL- (March 7, 2016) The Trans Am’s 50th anniversary celebration was initiated this past weekend at Sebring International Raceway, the same location it all began 50 years ago in 1966. Paul Fix brought the #50 Stopflex / ClassicTube / TheCarCoach Tony Ave Motorsports Corvette in pursuit of a driver’s championship. Despite starting from the front row, the weekend ended on a downturn for Fix following a racing incident in the final few laps of the event.
“Missing the pole by an unbelievable .002 seconds put me on the outside front row starting position,” said Fix. “Which isn’t a great place to be at Sebring with turn one being so wide and fast.”
When the green flag waved, Fix settled into second position in preparation for what was determined to be a time sensitive shortened race due to diminishing daylight. The laps would dwindle from 27 scheduled tours of the course to just 20 laps of competition.
“The start went well as I tucked into second, soon to find out the race would be a timed race and not go all 27 laps,” Fix stated.
Running at the front, tucked in behind the race leader, Fix composed an opportunity for a pass to take the lead in the final stages of the race. “With an estimated five laps to go I drafted the leader down into turn 17 and had set up for a great pass,” said Fix. “Mid corner the leader started to spin and in an effort to avoid hitting the spinning car I got off into the marbles and impacted the tire wall. I restarted and drove down pit lane to meet my crew where they determined that the radiator and oil cooler had been damaged.”
While the outcome was not what was anticipated, Fix managed to click off race lap times near his qualifying speed. The effort resulted in Fix being award the race’s Fastest Time of The Day.
“I was awarded FTD for a lap of 2:03.833 on lap 13,” said Fix. “We had a great Corvette that my crew at Tony Ave Motorsports prepared and it was great to be at Sebring for the start of the 50th Anniversary Trans Am Season.”
Fix will now set his sights on Road Atlanta, the next round on the schedule, April 10th. With eleven events remaining, there is ample time to showcase the prowess of the #50 team’s intent to sit atop the standings.
About Paul Fix:
Paul Fix is a professional racecar driver based in New York, he has been competing in the SCCA Pro Trans-Am Series since 2000, started racing in 1992. Fix has several wins, podium finishes and championships in his career. https://www.paulfix.com
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