Rhodes and the Obaika Racing team’s strong run was cut short due to a mechanical failure in the Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The day started off strong as Rhodes put in a strong qualifying effort of 25th, giving the #97 Obaika Racing/Vroom Brands Chevrolet a good starting spot for the race.
Rhodes worked up through the field during the first green flag run and was able to hold on to the lucky dog in order to get back on the lead lap when the first caution flag flew. After the restart, Rhodes made quick work of the field and ran in the top 20s while continuing to gain positions on the track. Around lap 70, Rhodes reported a loss of power and was forced to bring the #97 VroomBrands Chevrolet behind the wall, ending their opportunity for a strong finish.
After further examining the race car after the race, the team discovered that a rubber piece of debris had been picked up on the track by the car during the race. The debris wrapped itself around the yoke of the driveshaft, which in turn burnt up the gear and broke the fuel pump cable as well.
“I am extremely proud of my Obaika Racing team for the hard work that they put in this weekend. We had a strong car and our finishing result does not reflect how good we were. It is unfortunate to have mechanical failures due to freak events such as picking up a strand of rubber while on the race track, but that’s part of racing. We will come back stronger this weekend at Las Vegas and hopefully can have a great finish. Thank you to everyone at Obaika Racing and VroomBrands for all their support.” -Harrison Rhodes