Bernal Victorious at Ventura
INDIANAPOLIS (Jun. 5, 2017) – Ryan Bernal was back aboard the Josh Ford Motorsports No.73 entry at Ventura Raceway, where he picked up his first ever win at the track.
“It was really cool finally getting a win at Ventura,” said Bernal. “This is Jimmy’s home track so to get him a win here is pretty neat. We weren’t that great in hotlaps or qualifying, but he made some changes, and we were much better for the heat race. We started up front and had a good car for the feature.”
Bernal qualified 9th fastest overall in USAC West Coast 360 time trials. The Hollister, California native started and finished in the second position during heat race competition. Initially supposed to roll off from the pole position, Bernal was penalized a row for coming to a stop on the racing surface in an effort to conserve fuel, after a push truck struck another car on the track.
“Being penalized a row was kind of ridiculous since I stopped to keep from running out of fuel,” said Bernal. “It was taking forever to get stuff cleared from the push truck accident, and I didn’t want to take a chance so I pulled it out of gear. They probably should have thrown a red flag or something. I guess it didn’t really affect us in the end. We still got the win. I really have to thank the Fords and Jimmy May for giving me the opportunity to drive for them. Also, thanks to Naturipe Berries, XXX Chassis, and Bell Helmets for supporting me.”
Bernal will once again be piloting the Josh Ford Motorsports No.73 at Santa Maria Raceway Saturday, June 10th.
Ryan Bernal would like to thank the following sponsors: 4 Alarm Promotions, Smith Precision, DMI, FK Rod Ends, Wilwood Breaks, STIDA.com, Keizer Wheels, and Bell Helmets
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