DANVILLE, Va. (Aug. 24, 2014) – David Ostella found his second podium and best finish of the season Sunday at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with Performance Tech Motorsports.
Ostella and teammate James French finished second in the Oak Tree Grand Prix behind the wheel of the No. 38 Dash Neighborhood/ Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge car. It was the team’s first podium result in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship since placing third in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.
Toronto native Ostella drove the final segment of a two-segment race weekend. Co-driver French had qualified the car seventh and finished the first segment in third place, the position Ostella began Segment 2.
Ostella was extremely pleased and even surprised by the finish after struggling with the rear end of the car due to a last minute change to the setup.
“It’s great to be back here on the podium,” Ostella said. “I have to thank James (French) for taking the car from seventh to third yesterday. The car wasn’t the greatest today. We struggled with the setup. We just tried to stay competitive and keep the car up there. It worked out. This is the best podium so far this year for the team. The guys did an awesome job this weekend.”
Ostella next travels to Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas for Round 12 of the United SportsCar Championship Sept. 19-20. He also will continue supporting his campaign, Dash From Breast Cancer, by visiting hospitals and patients in the Austin area. The campaign helps to promote awareness and funding for breast cancer.