Mexico City: Finlay Motorsports race report

Finlay Motorsports Looks To Regroup After Disappointing Finish In Mexico City MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 4, 2007) - What appeared to be an awesome start for the Mooresville, NC - based team turned out to be a frustrating afternoon. Rob Finlay...

Finlay Motorsports Looks To Regroup After Disappointing Finish In Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (March 4, 2007) - What appeared to be an awesome start for the Mooresville, NC - based team turned out to be a frustrating afternoon. Rob Finlay took the green flag and was a man on a mission; he powered down his Daytona Prototype machine and picked up four positions by the end of the first lap of competition. Unfortunately, faced with an ill balanced race car, Finlay almost immediately began to fall back and did everything he could to keep the No.19 Z-Line Designs/Mission Residential/Make-A-Wish machine on track.

"Obviously I'm a little disappointed with the results," said Rob Finlay. "We had a pretty good start but experienced a chassis imbalance right from the drop of the green flag. We think we know what needs to be done before Homestead but we've got our work cut out for us."

Finlay turned the car over to his teammate Michael Valiante around lap 57 of the 100-lap contest. Valiante continued to battle the cars imbalance throughout the remainder of the race finishing in the 16th position.

"That was really frustrating," stated Michael Valiante. "At one point during the race I even thought I had a flat tire and brought the car into the pits just to find out that the tires had deteriorated so severely because of the balance issue. I'm just looking forward to putting this race behind us and heading to Homestead."

Finlay Motorsports participated in a two-day test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway in early December and turned the fastest lap of the test posting a lap of 1:13.844 good enough for last years pole position.

The team will take advantage of the down time to prepare for their next race the Grand Prix of Miami the weekend of March 24.

-credit: fm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , Rob Finlay