SpeedSource Charges into 2005 with First Pole of the Season SpeedSource Race Engineering proved once again that they will be the Sport Touring (ST) class team to beat in 2005. With a pole position and three top ten finishes the SpeedSource...
SpeedSource Charges into 2005 with First Pole of the Season
SpeedSource Race Engineering proved once again that they will be the Sport Touring (ST) class team to beat in 2005. With a pole position and three top ten finishes the SpeedSource drivers and crew are taking their Mazda RX-8's right to the top once again.
Driver David Haskell took the season's first podium in the ST class during Thursday's qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway. The 2004 Grand-Am Cup ST Champions are off to a phenomenal start this year while still riding high off of last year's momentum. Hard work of the crew during the off-season is what team owner and driver, Sylvain Tremblay, attributes to the success of this past weekend.
"We had a great set up for the weekend and having David on pole was a great start for this year. The crew proved once again that they are the best of the best in pit lane. All of our practice paid off during this race," commented team owner, Sylvain Tremblay.
In front of a passionate Daytona crowd and numerous Mazda enthusiasts SpeedSource took 4th, 6th, and 10th in a field of 29 cars.
The incredible efforts of Haskell, Tremblay, and the entire SpeedSource crew landed the No. 70 car a fourth place finish in the ST class despite some early gearbox problems, however. A fuel capacity discrepancy in the first place finishing car made way for SpeedSource's current third place standing in the ST class. No first place points were awarded to any ST team.
First time co-drivers Charles Espenlaub and Marcelo Abello took 6th place in the SpeedSource No. 66 car.
In the No. 68 car were Scott Schlesinger and Jeff Altenburg who took 10th in the ST class.
Jose Armengol and Rich Walker were unfortunately struck early on in the race. Amazingly enough, the No. 67 car was able to continue and finished the race in 13th place.
Roger Foo and Glenn Bocchino co-drove the No. 65 car. Foo and Bocchino had some great stints but had some difficulties late in the race.
Tremblay spoke of his team like a proud father when the weekend was said and done. "I was proud of all the efforts made by our new drivers as well as the ones who are back to do it all again. Not only did we have a great weekend as a team but we were able to share it with MAZDA, Mechanix Wear, and Mother's Wax as well," said Tremblay.
SpeedSource recently announced that Mother's Wax will be joining the SpeedSource team as a 2005 partner. "With as dirty as our cars got this weekend, we are grateful to have Mother's Wax and Polishes to use on the cars," added Tremblay.
In addition to MAZDA, Mother's Wax, and Mechanix Wear as their partners SpeedSource is pleased to include Dynamic, Racing Hart, MoTeC, Hawk, Sparco, and Goodridge in their 2005 race effort.