Irish Mike’s Racing Learns, Improves at Watkins Glen Doubleheader
WATKINS GLEN, NY (25 June 2022) – Irish Mike’s Racing saw both drivers improve on their finishing positions in Round 4 of the IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by Visit Cayman Islands at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.
Conor Flynn finished 13th in the Pro category in Saturday’s 40-minute race, after placing 14th in class on Friday driving the No. 95 FlynnCo Cars / Chillout Systems Porsche 992. Teammate Craig Conway took ninth in Saturday’s event in Pro-Am, after taking 12th on Friday in the No. 97 Diamond Suzuki Porsche.
“We’re still learning this car and figuring out the speed, so at this point we’re using every race as a test session for next year,” Flynn said. “Today I had a great race with the gentleman in the pink Red Bull car (Moisey Uretsky) and then Matt Halcome, whom I raced throughout the latter part of last season. I managed to get the pink car, outbraking him with a clean pass in Turn 1 [with two minutes remaining]. Then I couldn’t get by Matt – I wasn’t going to dive bomb him or do something to put both of us in jeopardy. We’ll get him next time. It was great event for us. We learned a ton, and the cars are now handling extremely well.”
Flynn gained a position during the final minute of Friday’s opening race, advancing to 18th overall and 14th in the lead Pro category.
“I was one of the lucky ones, coming through race one without any damage,” Flynn said. “I had a front row seat for the big accident on lap one, and managed to miss it.”
Conway was pleased with the progress both he and the team made over the weekend.
“Every race at the moment is a learning experience for us,” Conway said. “The Porsche 992 is a totally different animal than the 991. We just try to make progress every time we go out, and that’s what we did here at The Glen. We did a little test here recently, and we’ve kept inching forward. Yesterday we were pretty much at the back. Today we were not at the back, and the lap times kept going down – four seconds a lap faster than yesterday. I’m pleased that we continue to make progress. It’s going to take work, but we’re going to get there.”
The next event on the Irish Mike’s Racing schedule is Road America on August 6-7.
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