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Ali Arsham Finishes Second at Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma, Ca – Ali Arsham, driving the Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe, finished second in the United States Touring Car Championship race at Sonoma Raceway on May 30, 2021.

The start of the race was the key moment of the race. The Hyundai of Arsham came off the line with a bit too much wheelspin which resulted in a poor getaway. “The start was everything and I came off the line with too much rpms resulting in the Hankook slicks just spinning. That set me back a few seconds which caused me to get in the middle of a bunch of traffic which in total probably lost me about 10 seconds,” commented Arsham. Those ten seconds to the leader would be tough to get back but once traffic cleared Arsham started to set some fast laps and managed to close the gap to 3 seconds at the end. “With the big crash and the red flag at the beginning I knew the race would be a short one so it was very tough to close the gap in that short of a time,” added Arsham.

With a two month break the teams now have time to make improvements to their cars for the next race at Laguna Seca Raceway at the end of July. Racing Team is a professional racing team that has been winning races since 1994 and has grown from one car to seven cars. The team has won dozens of championships since then in different classes and different cars. The team most recently won the driver’s championship in the United States Touring Car Championship in 2019 and placed second in the Team Championship. The team does more than just win races though. The team has built some awesome project cars, including ones for the SEMA show for major manufacturers including General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and Kia.

USTCC is a professional road racing series comprising of late model sport compact sedans such as BMW 3 series, Mazdaspeed 3, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Audi R8, Ford Mustang, Honda Civic and others. The cars use slightly modified engines and highly modified suspensions with aerodynamic ground effects and sticky Hankook slick race tires. The races can be seen exclusively on Final Drive TV available on NBC Sports on Xfinity cable, Dish Network, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. For more information on USTCC, visit

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