The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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May 25, 2009

Gleason victorious at Lime Rock Park

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Chris Gleason continued his success at Lime Rock Park on Monday afternoon.

The Johnstown driver teamed up with Joey Hand of Sacramento, Calif., to win the KONI Challenge GS race here, giving Gleason three consecutive wins at the track.

“It’s great to be back on top,” Gleason said. “The trophy is beside me as I’m driving back to Johnstown. It’s belted in beside me on the front seat, and I smile every time I look at it. You can’t beat that.”

Hand took the checkered flag in his Turner Motorsport BMW M3 Coupe 4.735 seconds ahead of runner-up Andy Lally, who shares a Porsche with John Potter.

“It was a wonderful weekend,” Gleason said. “I’ve won the last three races that I’ve entered at Lime Rock, so it’s really special. To share this one with Joey was great, too. I look at him like a son, and he looks at me as a father figure. Our families are close too, so it was great. He did such a great job. I was fortunate to be part of it.”

Bill Auberlen and Matt Bell, took the final spot on the podium after 135 laps of competition on the 1.530-mile, seven-turn road course.

Gleason started ninth and passed Charles Putman on the first lap, then settled into a rhythm running between Jack Roush Jr. and Bret Seafuse.

He was seventh when Peter Ludwig hit a guardrail off Turn 1, bringing out the first full-course caution.

Gleason moved into sixth on Lap 24, right before the second full-course yellow flew on Lap 27 when Bryan Sellers’ Porsche experienced an apparent electrical failure and went off course in Turn 4. At that point the leaders pitted and Gleason did, too, going into the pits on Lap 29 for service and for Hand to take over with a car that was still in excellent shape.

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