Sodus, NY – Donath led all 25 laps from his front row start. It was not easy by any means, during the event, the Donath Motor Worx powered mount had to survive several restarts but the car was up to the challenge.
“The car was hooked, I could pull the front end off the ground each time.” Donath noted. “This is a big win for us, not necessarily for me but for the team. It was frustrating for the Lewandowski family last year and I’m just glad we can get this car in victory lane.” said Shawn shortly afterwards. "I’m just proud that we all stuck it out and a great way to start the year”
Friesen was forced to drop out with issues under the hood while getting ready to make his bid at the top spot. Next up was Hebing as he pulled to the inside of Donath on one lap then to the outside thenext only to pull to the pits with a brake issue. This left Sparks to take up the challenge who came from the tenth starting spot as well as Steve Poirier finishing with a podium finish coming from 12th.
Sparks picked up his heat race and the Dash as Poirier got a heat win as well.
Other MEM customers, Etienne Girard, came home 7th with Kevin Ward Jr. in his MEM / GF1 11th while he was still figuring out the new car.