The No. 67 Dick Ide Honda / Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy laid new pavement over the weekend in the Race for the Cure, to END Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Shea partnered with Dick Ide Honda a month before to help raise awareness and funds for PPMD by airing local commercials for the Penfield Honda dealership. Upstate New York is a second home for Shea. Her father and mother were both born and raised there and the majority of Shea’s extended family still resides there today. Her cousin Jordan Klapp, who has Duchenne MD, along with four other Duchenne families from the New York area attended the race.
After an upset with the car back in May at Mosport, things were looking very different in a positive way for the 4th July weekend. Shea consistently ran 2:17’s and qualified 6th with a 2:16 for Saturday’s race.
The performance of the Honda Si held strong throughout the weekend. Shea agrees that Watkins Glen is one of the most challenging courses in North America. “This is definitely one of the most challenging tracks I’ve been too. The smooth flowing corners may be deceiving. This track is tough on drivers and cars. It’s healthy to have a good challenge in racing. It keeps drivers on their toes. I definitely learned a lot.”
Lap four of the race Shea and driver of the No. 62 Lexus, Alex Ratcliffe, were battling for 6th. Shea followed Ratcliffe into turn one but this time with no brakes. Inches away from ramming into the back of the Lexus Shea managed not only to save the close call with Ratcliffe, but also saving it just a few feet away from the tire wall. Crew Chief Mike Kern called Shea into the pits for a quick check on the car. It turns out the near crash wasn’t due to brake failure but instead because the rotor was slowing moving further away from the brake pads causing the feeling of brake failure. This is due to the rough high speed rumble strips. This is common with fast tracks and front-wheel drive cars.
The two pit stops throughout the race pushed Shea and team back to 8th place. With two laps to go, fourth gear went. Extremely happy despite some lost time on track, Shea, team, and family crossed the finish line taking 8th place. “It was an emotional race,” Shea said. “We’ve had extreme highs and lows this year. The team as a whole pulled this race together.” When Shea climbed out of the car she turned around to her 15 plus family members cheering as Shea threw her fists in the air. “This race was for my cousin Matthew Klapp. It was a win in my book!” — Shea Holbrook
Up & coming events:
July 14th 5-8pm
Shea's Food, Wine & Tap / Shea Racing
benefit for PPMD
Downtown Rochester, NY
Streets of Toronto
Watkins Glen Broadcast:
July 17th 11pm on VERSUS