Adam Poland, of Mt. Vernon, Texas, took his first Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car victory in the second of two races at Road America on Friday, after finishing third in the wet first race earlier in the day.
Poland dominated the late afternoon Round 8 driving the No. 11 Eastex Motorsports/Poland Construction Mazda MX-5. He won by 10.423 seconds after leading all 16 laps from pole position.
When mazdamotorsports.com last checked in with Poland, he was working on putting together a program to run in World Challenge. A flood-damaged donor car and eight races later, the 2013 Texas Mazda Teen Challenge champ was standing on top of the podium.
A hard-luck third place in TCA, the Touring Car class for amateur drivers, went to Jason Cherry, of Gambrills, Md., in the No. 13 Autism Society of America/Avpro/Purposeful Architecture MX-5. Cherry led the first six laps, plus Lap 9, for a total of seven circuits up front at the 4.048-mile road course. One of the lead passes secured him the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race award. Cherry fell back late but still threatened for his first series victory. It was his second third-place finish of the weekend.
Ernie Francis Jr., of Dania, Fla., finished second in TCA in the morning race and fourth in the afternoon in his Breathless Performance MX-5