Friday, September 15, 2017

Miaskiewicz Edges Kroll At Mosport Can-Am - September 15, 1985

September 15, 1985
The SCCA Can-Am Challenge at Mosport, saw polesitter Horst Kroll jump to an early lead over Championship leader Rick Miaskiewicz. Following a routine stop while exiting pit lane a Miaskiewicz crew member accidentally stepped in Kroll's path and forced him to stand on the brakes to avoid contact. As an angry Kroll jumped back on the throttle the car spun and stalled on the pit exit. As he watch Miaskiewicz drive off with the lead and the rest of the field in tow a frustrated Kroll coasted down the hill to corner one and jump started the car. Over half a minute behind the leader the race seemed all but over, but for anyone who knows Horst, the word quit is not in his vocabulary.

With the race winding down and Horst on a blistering pace, the pit-board messages informed Kroll of Miaskiewicz's decreasing lead. On the closing laps with ever increasing pressure from Kroll, Miaskiewicz had a brief encounter off track at Moss corner leaving Horst breathing down his neck as he crossed the finish line. 

It was now off to St Louis with Miaskiewicz and Kroll locked in a dogfight for the championship. 

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