SCC: Daytona: Team Cobalt California race notes

Team Cobalt California cars take checkered flag at Daytona thanks to tremendous crew effort BENICIA, Calif. - The crew of Team Cobalt California sounded a heartfelt "well done" on Friday as they watched both their Chevrolet Cobalt SS...

Team Cobalt California cars take checkered flag at Daytona thanks to tremendous crew effort

BENICIA, Calif. - The crew of Team Cobalt California sounded a heartfelt "well done" on Friday as they watched both their Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged cars take the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway in the first race of the 2006 Grand American Cup race season.

Car No. 48, driven by Thomas Lepper of Benicia, Calif, and James "Bo" Roach of Tulsa Ok, finished 13th in-class after experiencing fuel supply problems.

"It's a new car and we need to work out the bugs in this critical system," said Lepper, the team's owner.

Car No. 98, driven by Jeff Lepper of Martinez, Calif. and V.J. Mirzayan of Fresno, Calif, finished 24th in-class after a setback required an engine change after the Thursday practice session.

With the technical assistance of GM Performance Division, Team Cobalt California crew worked relentlessly to replace the engine, which had successfully contended in every race during the 2005 season.

"Every crew member was involved in changing that engine," Jeff Lepper said. "I could not have been more proud of those guys. And to be involved in a racing series where a single engine can last an entire season, that's a very positive thing and we shouldn't have been surprised."

Tom Lepper was especially happy that both Cobalts finished the race without any body damage and in pristine condition despite a near record 88 car field. The No. 48 and No. 98 cars will return to the track April 21-23 at Virginia International Raceway.

"With some minor adjustments we're expecting a better performance for both Cobalts at VIR," Thomas Lepper said.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Thomas Lepper , Jeff Lepper , V.J. Mirzayan