“CRANDALL WINS, FLUGE and LOWBLAD FOLD, and AMANDA MOVES ON TO STARDOM”
Matt Crandall, owner of Speed Sports and FGA team member, drove his #3 Trans Am Mustang to victory in the 52nd Annual Rose Cup after qualifying for pole position the previous day with a 1:11:9 lap time – one of the fastest laps in the history of PIR. Nick Fluge maintained 2nd place throughout much of the race but needed a tire replacement near the end of the race. Due to brake and tire issues, Fluge finished 6th. “While I have to give my crew headed by Steve Gatrell of Pro Fab a great thanks for working all weekend to repair major damage that I sustained on Thursday, I must also compliment Matt on his most deserved victory.”
The win was the 2nd Rose Cup victory for Crandall in the last three years. The Rose Cups are the oldest sports car races west of the Mississippi.
Rather than qualifying on Saturday, Fluge and Bill Lowblad (FGA Vigneron), flew to Las Vegas on Friday night to play in the World Series of Poker. Fluge returned early Sunday morning to prepare for the race. Lowblad returned later on Sunday after making a great showing in the 42nd Annual WSOP.
Many time Event Coordinator, Aimee, ensured another great FGA weekend with her staging and coordination of the kickoff party as well as her leadership of the FGA/Speed Sports racing teams’ hospitality needs.
A rising FGA star, music stylist, and entertainer kicked off the Run for the Roses party – Amanda debuted her “Party with the FGA” world premier video Friday night at PIR. Her poise, talent, personality and musical ability were a tremendous addition to the exciting weekend, not just for the FGA faithful but also to many other attendees at the event.