CyberSpeed Racing Will Forget About Mid-Ohio And Hope for Better Luck At Daytona Next Thursday Night LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 24 - Returning to Rolex Series action since the May 7 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., the...
CyberSpeed Racing Will Forget About Mid-Ohio And Hope for Better Luck At Daytona Next Thursday Night
LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 24 - Returning to Rolex Series action since the May 7 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., the CyberSpeed Racing team had a rough trip in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank Saturday night at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Maiden, N.C.-based team won't have long to wait to try again, however, as it's off to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. for another Rolex Series race there this coming Thursday night.
A spin each in Turn 13 proved costly for drivers Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. and Skip Cummins of Houston, although neither was at fault. Cummins' spin came after he was blocked excessively by a driver several laps down, while Ave's came after running over another competitor's car's lost oil.
The team ended up 26th in the Daytona Prototype class in the 99-lap race that ended under caution due to a violent flip by Joey Hand in the car that was leading the GT division at the time. Hand was being X-rayed at a local hospital at press time but initial reports are that he escaped serious injury despite the severity of the accident.
The CyberSpeed Racing team didn't record a qualifying time Friday because Cummins, who normally qualifies the car, missed that day's activities due to business commitments. That put the team in 24th for the start of the two-hour-and-45-minute contest.
Despite the limited amount of practice on the newly repaved 2.258-mile road course, Cummins ran consistent laps in the team's Riley Pontiac No. 97 and did the best he could despite the blocking techniques of another driver.
Milka Duno spun right in front of him on lap nine in turn three to bring out the first full-course yellow, but somehow Cummins missed being involved. He ran as high as 20th, and around lap 20 he was running very competitively with Harrison Brix in the Kodak No. 77, Brian Tuttle in the No. 7 and Tracy Krohn in the No. 75. Then he spun and pitted for fresh tires and for Ave to take over around the lap 35-mark.
Ave moved into 21st spot by passing Rob Morgan on a restart on lap 46. By lap 50 he was back in 20th spot, albeit two laps down, but then he ran over the oil, spun, and dropped down the standings before he retired the car for the night with 57 laps down.
Saturday night's race will be televised on SPEED at 3 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow.
Next Thursday night's race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., will be sandwiched between NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice and an IROC race.
CyberSpeed Racing's Web site is under development at cyberspeedracing.us; other info can be found at grandamerican.com and restartcommunications.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Skip Cummins: "I was blocked so many times by one particular driver that I lost count. This driver was multiple laps down and was blocking so bad that it cost us three and a half seconds a lap.
"I don't understand how the officials can let this go on. I try to go racing to get away from politics.
"Then I tried to make a hero move and I spun in Turn 13. Then some car dumped oil in front of Tony and he spun in the same turn."
Tony Ave: "Unfortunately, where I felt like we had a good car here, it didn't work out the way we wanted it to.
"We suffered some right-rear damage at the start. Then we had to pit to change the tires when Skip spun, which put us two laps down. Then a car in front of me dumped oil all over the place and we all slid off; there were three of us that went off. It filled our car up with gravel, so we just called it a day."