Frenchman Michel Disdier Finishes Strong at Toledo TOLEDO, Ohio (5-21-08) -- After an impressive 13th place finish at Salem Speedway, Michel Disdier followed up with a respectable 19th place finish at Toledo Speedway. ARCA's hometown short track...
Frenchman Michel Disdier Finishes Strong at Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio (5-21-08) -- After an impressive 13th place finish at Salem Speedway, Michel Disdier followed up with a respectable 19th place finish at Toledo Speedway. ARCA's hometown short track was the site for the Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Sunday May 18th.
The Nice, France native was welcomed with open arms by the fans at the Toledo Speedway. "All the people at the race track and fans were so very kind," said Disdier. "I am very thankful and happy for all the people that are supporting me."
After a successful test at the Toledo Speedway in April, hopes were high for a great finish and exciting race. Disdier's qualifying lap of 16.57 seconds put the No. 21 18th on the starting grid. He made his qualifying attempt in a Ford fielded by the long-time ARCA/REMAX Series team Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports.
"I felt really good qualifying and at the beginning of the race," stated Disdier. "We had a really good start, the crew prepared a great car and I really had a good feeling. I had confidence in my car, my crew and my ability to pass other cars. I was more comfortable competing with the faster cars and drivers this time. Toledo was a little tricky for me compared to Salem but, I still felt more comfortable behind the wheel and with the track at Toledo Speedway than Salem Speedway."
With the 2008 season bringing so much exciting action and fierce competition to the ARCA/REMAX Series, there would be no exceptions for the Toledo race. In typical short track tradition with split second decisions, Disdier's quick natural racing instincts were tested to the fullest potential and he responded well to the challenge. Disdier managed to avoid an early wreck right in front of him in the middle of turn three and four on lap 11 to bring out the first of many cautions for the day.
The yellow flag dropped once again on lap 64. With pit strategy in mind, the decision was made to send Disdier down pit road where Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team made a routine pit stop for tires and fuel.
Just past the halfway point on lap 105, the yellow was displayed for rain and the red flag shortly followed. Mother Nature was once again not cooperating with the teams on Sunday. The teams endured rain, wind and hail before seeing the checkered flag. After a two hour delay, the engines refired and racing resumed shortly after 5:00 pm. The race ended with a green, white, checkered finish. Disdier crossed the finish line on the lead lap capturing the 19th place position.
"We ran in the top-20 almost the entire race," said Todd Bowsher, team manager/spotter/mentor. "I feel Michel used good instincts the whole day. With more seat time under his belt, he can concentrate more on powering his way to the front of the field with confidence and aggressive moves in the future races. We will use this experience to improve and build on for the next race."