If someone were to tell either Billy Johnson or Jack Roush Jr. (No. 61 ROUSH Performance Products Ford Mustang GT) they would be in contention for the Grand Sport (GS) championship after their season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, neither probably would believe it. Especially with two races remaining.
Yet, the pair still has a mathematical chance at taking the GS title. The two have climbed to third in the driver standings on the strength of two victories, including the most recent race last month at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and seven top fives, all consecutively after a mechanical problem at Daytona forced a 37-place result, which yielded zero points.
Additionally, Roush has a season-high three pole positions.
"We're full board, going ten-tenths trying to go for this championship," said Johnson, who last Saturday at Watkins Glen International made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. "That first race (at Daytona) definitely put us in a hole, so we've been digging ever since then.
"Our season since has been consistent, despite each weekends' fields being so strong. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so we're just going to go out there and try to win both races. If luck falls our way, we may even take the title-who knows."
Johnson and Roush finished second in last year's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Johnson also earned second in 2007 in the Street Tuner (ST) class and was third driving for Rehagen Racing during the 2008 season.
The next race in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. (Eastern) at Trois-Rivières, Québec.