At Daytona, Connor and I finished a solid fourth in class among 20 competitors in the Street Tuner (ST) class, and entered Sebring determined to continue building points toward the championship. With the clock running out and ST cars on their final lap, Connor – who had fought our No. 18 up to 3rd place – began to stall within several hundred feet of the checkered flag. We had two gallons of fuel in the tank, but a mechanical issue caused our car to sputter as if it was dry.
The No. 25 ModSpace Mazda was a few laps down after being hit in the early stages of the race. Its driver, Stevan McAleer, may be a competitor, but he’s also sponsored by ModSpace – and we’re all focused on a similar goal: to see ModSpace’s name on the podium! He made a split-second decision to push the No. 18 the remaining hundred feet across the finish line.
What played out was a movie-worthy scene that had fans on their feet but also perplexed to see a driver pushing a competitor across the finish line. The background story is interesting, and IMSA published an article (click on the link below) that I wrote explaining what led to this epic moment.