In Touring Car, Lamb got a great jump at the start – such a great jump, in fact, that it earned him the Optima Batteries Best Start Award – to move into the class lead on the opening lap. He would lead the rest of the way in his No. 71 National Karting News/HPD Honda Civic Si from Compass360 Racing to score his third Touring Car victory of the season.
Even more importantly, the victory kept Lamb very much alive in the championship race, as points leader and Saturday winner Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., did not finish owing to a mechanical failure on his No. 03 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Mazdaspeed 3. Cooper now leads Lamb by 104 points, 1,384-1,280, with three races still remaining on the Touring Car schedule.
“It was a pretty disastrous start for a lot of people,” said Lamb. “There were cars spinning everywhere. We started way back at the backside of the track when we got the green flag being the third class in line there. I know this track really well in the rain. It's definitely an advantage for us. The cars are really good in the rain. We knew that we needed some rain to keep up with the turbo cars today and it really worked out for us. I'm really happy with this Compass360 team. They did a great job putting the team together. These Hondas are really strong. We just need a little help to hang with the turbos down the straightaway. All in all, I'm very happy. I'm happy to be on the top step and we'll see if we can go to Infineon and keep this trend going.”
Lamb led a Touring Car 1-2 for Compass360 as teammate Ryan Winchester, of Mason City, Ia., earned his fourth second-place result of the season in the No. 72 Ligon Industries/HPD Honda Civic Si. Third place in Touring Car went to Ian Baas, of Noblesville, Ind. in the No. 49 APR Tuned/Motul/Rays Volkswagen GTI.
Peter Schwartzott, of Freeville, N.Y., came home fourth in Touring Car in the No. 41 Peter Schwartzott Racing Honda Civic Si. Schwartzott also won the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for improving from 49th on the starting grid to 23rd overall. Ray Mason III, of Columbus, Ohio, completed the Touring Car top five in the No. 70 HPD/Ultimate Racing Honda Civic Si.
Aside from the opening-lap incident, the remainder of the race was run without a full-course caution. The weather was the Kia Turning Point of the Race.
The Cadillac Mid-Ohio Grand Prix will air on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 25.
Next up for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships is the season finale weekend at Sonoma, Calif. on the weekend of August 24-26. The weekend includes a single race for GT and GTS and a tripleheader of races for Touring Car and Touring Car B.