USTCC: Team Mobility Mid-Ohio summary

Team Mobility Gets Off To Fast Start At Mid Ohio Mansfield, OH (April 24, 2006) Team Mobility entered the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course round of the US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) prepared and ready for action. From the first lap of ...

Team Mobility Gets Off To Fast Start At Mid Ohio

Mansfield, OH (April 24, 2006) Team Mobility entered the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course round of the US Touring Car Championship (USTCC) prepared and ready for action. From the first lap of practice to qualifying in Pole Position, the Team Mobility BMW 330i looked to be the class of the well-presented field of USTCC racecars. Although disappointed with their 5th place finish and damaged racecar, Team Mobility is ready to back up their qualifying speed with race wins. This was the first professional race event for many of the Team Mobility crew members. But, with the help of veteran Crew Chief Tom Bull and driver Toby Grahovec, the team was able to show the talent they possess. Team Mobility will be a legitimate contender for race wins throughout the 2006 season.

The Team Mobility BMW was fast right off the trailer and at times had competitors talking about unfair advantages. But a post-qualifying trip to the dynamometer showed that it was driver and car preparation that was creating the fast lap times, not horsepower. At the customary USTCC standing start, Grahovec was able to get great traction and lead the field. At the end of the first lap, a competitor starting in the 3rd position was able to get past Grahovec and open up a lead down the front stretch of Mid Ohio. Grahovec worked to push the pace, hoping to pressure the new leader into making a mistake. On Lap 7, while making a pass for the lead, Grahovec was involved in minor contact with another driver. The end result was damage to the oil cooler, radiator, and front splitter assembly, thus spelling the end of a great race for Grahovec and Team Mobility. Upon review by race officials, Grahovec was cleared of any wrongdoing. The other the driver involved was deemed to be at fault and was removed from the race results. As a result, Team Mobility was credited with a 5th place finish and points.

Team Mobility continues to strive to help others and raise civic awareness with their race program. The team donates $100 for each race lap led by Toby Grahovec and the Team Mobility BMW to local guide dog programs. Pilot Dogs of Columbus (Ohio) received $100, as Grahovec is credited with leading one lap of the Mid Ohio contest.

Team Mobility realizes that it takes a dedicated team to achieve racing success. Team Mobility would like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters, for without them, none of this would be possible. Team Mobility goes racing with the loyal support of Classic BMW, BMW North America, Comcast Spotlight, Reynolds and Reynolds, Bell Helmets, Red Line Oil, Razor Image, English Color and Supply, and IMAGE Sports Marketing and Management.

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