Jason Workman and his co-driver, Scott Bradley finished second in the LMP675 class [18th overall] at the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday.

Driving the Essex Racing Lola Nissan entry, the result is the fourth podium finish for Workman in the last five races, moving him past Andy Wallace into fourth place, only six points from second place, in the LMP675 season championship standings.

For Workman, the race went as close to plan as races can go. "We were running well, getting as high as 12th overall," said Workman, "but then I received a stop and go penalty for speeding in the pits and that dropped us down a bit. We might have been able to finish higher in the overall, but it did not cost us a position in LMP675. Second place is a great finish for us and it continues to keep us in the overall chase for the season points standings."

It's difficult to think of the hard-charging Workman as a rookie. But this is his first full ALMS season. The American driver has spent most of his racing experience cutting his teeth on the demanding tracks of Europe. While there, he managed to achieve a rare accomplishment for an American driver. He brought home a series championship crown. Joining a very short list of Americans, Workman is the 1999 Scandinavian Formula Ford 2000 Champion, winning it in dominant fashion. He hopes to add to his accomplishments with a great final position in the 2003 LMP675 championship.

The points standings keep getting closer and closer. With two races to go the top seven drivers are all within striking distance of one another. Points leader Chris Dyson's cushion is beginning to dwindle as his competitors, including Workman, are closing the gap. With two races to go, the top seven drivers are all within a mathematical chance of winning the championship.

With two events remaining on the nine race schedule, Workman has proved to be Mr. Consistency. He has managed to score points in all but one of the rounds of the ALMS season to date, the only LMP675 driver able to accomplish the feat. He has scored points in six races in a row, again, the only driver to accomplish it. He has been on the podium in four of the last five races. Now, with the points chase getting ever closer, Workman is looking forward to taking the season championship standings down to the last race.

"I'm focused on Miami right now," noted Workman. "If we can manage to keep doing what we have been doing all season, I hope we can get another good finish at Miami. With Essex Racing's experience and expertise, along with the reliability of the Nissan powerplant, I think we have a great chance. Then, the final round of the season is at Road Atlanta where we hope we can make a really good run at a top position."

Road Atlanta is home track to both Workman and the Essex Racing Team.

The action starts up again at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami on September 27. The season wraps up with the 10-hour endurance race, the Petit LeMans, at Road Atlanta on October 18.

 

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