Seth Thomas got the chance to celebrate just as he’d hoped.
Thomas and co-driver Dan Rogers drove the No. 82 CRCBrakleen BMW 328i to victory in the first-ever Brickyard Sports Car Challenge ST Class on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.
Thomas, a Cumming resident, said in an interview prior to the race last week that he thought he had a "good shot of standing at the podium popping champagne."
The victory was the third for Thomas in his ST Class racing career and his first of the season.
"I think of all the people that have won here and ... the history that’s here, and we have kind of reined it in," Thomas told reporters after the race. "That’s one of the coolest feelings you can have as a driver."
Thomas and the No. 82 car weren’t hampered by the rain, which made the infield surface slippery for the drivers and forced the race to be stopped for 25 minutes, after standing water took over the track midway through the race.
"Well, I think the big thing with the weather is, we made a gamble and then it paid off to stay out on the Continental Slicks [tires]," Thomas said. "And it was ... all I can remember thinking about, all right, I trust my engineer and I trust everything he does. But it’s like, man, I don’t know about this. It was crazy out there.
"You’ve got to take a little bit of a driving style, a little bit of a smoother driving style and just don’t make a mistake is the big thing, especially in those extreme conditions."
Thomas’ next race will come at the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival on Sept. 7 in Salinas, Calif.