Performance Tech Motorsports Goes Seven-For-Eight In The 2017 WeatherTech Championship
Monday, October 9, 2017

One race after clinching the WeatherTech Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class title, the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09 team of James French, Patricio O’Ward and Kyle Masson came within five hours of completing a historic sweep of all eight PC races in the class’ final season due to an incident.

The trio still came away with a third-place trophy, and will add more hardware to their trophy case in Monday night’s WeatherTech Night of Champions when they pick up the WeatherTech Championship PC season championship, as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

It was an outstanding season for the No. 38 team, which hadn’t won a WeatherTech Championship race prior to 2017. But they changed that in a big way right from the get-go this year with dominating victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida setting the tone for their championship run.

“We’re definitely super, super happy,” O’Ward said. “I mean, it was a bummer that we couldn’t get the last one. We were one race off of a perfect season, but it was great. The bad luck had to come sometime and a bunch of bad things happened this race. We’ve just got to own it. It’s part of racing and you have to learn how to win or lose. We’d won every single race, we got every fastest lap, almost every pole.

“I’m actually happy with how it went. I’m looking forward to next season. I’m want to be in a P car, so hopefully that becomes true.”

It wasn’t just race victories for the team, either. French built up quite a collection of TOTAL Pole Award hats, taking seven of eight this season, with only the Sebring pole going to another competitor, Gustavo Yacaman.

“In general, it’s a good way to go out,” French said. “We couldn’t ask for more than a championship. We really were hoping for the perfect season, though. We were so close. We just got caught up in that little incident. Through all the races, they were just a blast. We had great camaraderie between the three of us, Kyle and Pato, and with everybody on the team. We had really good results and a great time doing it.”

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