Daytona 24: AASCO Motorsports Friday report

AASCO Motorsports Ready For Rolex 24 Endurance Classic DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 30, 2004 - Despite an incident in first-round qualifying on Thursday, the No. 16 AASCO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry with Craig Stanton (Long Beach, ...

AASCO Motorsports Ready For Rolex 24 Endurance Classic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 30, 2004 - Despite an incident in first-round qualifying on Thursday, the No. 16 AASCO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry with Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.), David Murry (Cumming, Ga.) and Tim Sugden (Leeds, Great Britain) is prepared to make a serious assault for the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class title in tomorrow's 42nd Annual Rolex 24 of Daytona (International Speedway). Overnight, the car was sent to a local Daytona body shop where the frame was straightened and bodywork repaired on the right rear quarter-panel of the classic German sports car. The team returned to the track for today's final practice session setting the second fastest time in the SGS class (1 minute, 58. 710 seconds) with Stanton behind the wheel. Although the No. 16 will be starting last in the 55-car field, confidence is high for the Anaheim, California-based race team. The team's second car, the No. 17 of: Gary Becker (Encino, Calif.), Derek Clark (Corona Del Mar, Calif.), Pat Flanagan (Laguna Beach, Calif.) Joe Kunz (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Mark Webber (Hidden Hills) will start 51st.

Tomorrow's opening round of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will start at 1 pm and will be broadcast live on SPEED from the start until 9:30 pm and will return for the finish at 6 am on Sunday through the waving of the checkered flag.

Dennis Aase, team owner/manager: "We are back on plan again. The strategies are the same that they were. The No. 17 is a 'wait and let the race unfold' strategy while the No. 16 is a bit more aggressive. The drivers are happy with both cars; at least they are only complaining about little things."

David Murry, driver, no. 16: "The crew did an awesome job putting the car together. This Porsche is better than ever before. I feel as confident as if we were on the pole."

Tim Sugden, driver, no. 16: "I'm really excited. I think we have a brilliant chance. I'm really pleased because when I came here I didn't know what I was getting into. I didn't know anyone here. What I found was a brilliant team with brilliant people. I hope it all comes together."

Joe Kunz, driver, no. 17: "I'm anxious for the start of the race. I'm really looking forward to it. Of the 17-car, only Derek has run this race before but we have a seasoned crew. We're looking for a really good Rolex 24. No one is nervous. Everybody feels fresh. We're ready to go."

For more on AASCO Motorsports and its 2004 Grand-Am Rolex Series effort please visit www.aascomotorsports.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mark Webber , David Murry , Craig Stanton , Tim Sugden , Gary Becker , Joe Kunz , Dennis Aase