Photography by ©2019 Toni Avery
For the third three-hour endurance race of the NASA WERC season, team HG Trackside and Jackson Racing headed to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA for the weekend of May 18th to race Vincent “Hollywood” Piemonte’s E1 Class Ford Mustang GT again.
Piloting the GT would be Oscar Jackson Jr. of Jackson Racing and team HG driving instructor, Dieter-Heinz Kijora, team HG Trackside Team Principle, and Vincent Piemonte, Hollywood stunt performer that has been a client of Oscar’s for years now. Going into the third short endurance race weekend, the team felt excited and prepared for the night race.
With the race starting at 4:30 pm, the team spent the day preparing for the short three-hour endurance race with Crew Chief Oscar Jackson Sr. present. Qualifying took place at 1:15 pm and Vincent Piemonte headed out to set a time for the team. With a great result of second place, the team felt confident going into the race.
It was decided that Vincent would start the race. His stint lasted one hour and twenty minutes, which is an impressive length of time in terms of fuel consumption. With one full course caution, the field stacked up a bit before the next driver switch. Dieter-Heinz next jumped in for the second stint and with no issues and came in to switch out for the final thirty minutes with Oscar Jr. After fueling for the last time, Oscar went out for his short stint with the second of two full course cautions in the race bundling up the field enough to gain some time on cars ahead. With both full course cautions, impressive pit stops, and not a single tire changed, the team finished a strong third in the E1 class.
Team Jackson Racing and HG Trackside are happy with the results of this third endurance race in the NASA WERC season. The team is looking forward to the next race at Utah Motorsports Campus on August 3rd for the only six-hour race of the season.