Pataskala, Ohio (16 July 2015) – Ozz Negri didn’t just earn some champagne spray and a new trophy with his run to third place with co-driver John Pew at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he also earned another accolade from the international audience that tunes in to IMSA Radio with host John Hindaugh as Negri was awarded the Eye Respect “Spirit of the Race” Award.
The Spirit of the Race is a fan-voted achievement presented by IMSA Radio. Fans tweet in their nominations during each race event and the driver with the most nominations wins the award.
Even before the news broke of the added challenge that he faced during the race, Negri was selected for his performance in what was a very challenging race for the renown triathlete.
Just laps into Negri’s two-hour long stint, the power steering on the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda failed, making the car nearly impossible to drive on the high-speed circuit that features high loading forces through the long duration corners. A loss of power steering on any track would make driving difficult, but especially at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the challenge was all the more daunting.