Portland: Alan Sciuto preview

New colors in Rose City May 8, 2007 (Portland, Ore.) -- While racing three weeks in a row could be considered seventh heaven for most racecar drivers, the task becomes difficult for the team and crew that are on the road for three straight weeks.

New colors in Rose City

May 8, 2007 (Portland, Ore.) -- While racing three weeks in a row could be considered seventh heaven for most racecar drivers, the task becomes difficult for the team and crew that are on the road for three straight weeks. For the father-and-son owned Alan Sciuto Racing team, the task became doubly more difficult for driver Alan, and father Richard, when they hastily assembled a team in order to make the grid at the Las Vegas Grand Prix -- and then had to visit Long Beach and Houston in successive weeks.

The team has shown remarkable flashes of speed -- putting the car off-pole in their second race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, for instance -- but has been hamstrung thus far by a number of mechanical ailments. Sciuto's current tenth place in the championship standings is not indicative of the progress the team has made.J So, a change was in order.

When his Swift .0016 wheels onto Portland International Raceway Friday morning, it will be sporting a new war paint -- a silver-and-red paint scheme dreamt up by Manifest Group. And hopefully, the change in paint will bring a change in luck for the young team.J Portland was the site of one of Sciuto's best performances of his rookie Champ Car Atlantic season, when he avoided the first-turn melee unscathed and drove on to a fourth-place finish -- and he enters this year's double-header Portland weekend brimming with confidence in not only his driving, but his team's abilities.

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"That was way too long of a break between races. I've done a little bit of karting, and we had a test last week at Buttonwillow Raceway Park (near Bakersfield, Calif.) where we learned a lot. The conditions weren't great but we made a lot of progress.J b^0x001cWe're happy with the speed that we've been able to show but we just haven't had the results that show what the team is capable of. We haven't had a good finish yet, but that really just comes down to bad luck. The DNF in Long Beach really hurt us in the points but all we can do is just move forward.

"But, (team engineer) Gerald Tyler and the rest of the crew are more than capable of producing a car that can win the race. It's just up to me to get out there and get it done."

-credit: asr

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Series Atlantic
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