Villaconn Z3 Captures Second at The Glen Watkins Glen, NY, May 20, 2001 Watkins Glen lived up to its billing today as America's Thunder Road. A last lap dash to the finish was orchestrated by a return to green flag racing following an extended...
Villaconn Z3 Captures Second at The Glen
Watkins Glen, NY, May 20, 2001
Watkins Glen lived up to its billing today as America's Thunder Road. A last lap dash to the finish was orchestrated by a return to green flag racing following an extended full course caution period in the three hour Grand Am Cup race. Emerging second at the finish line was Jeff Trask in the # 34 BMW Z3 Coupe he shared with driving partner, Bransen Patch.
When both the white and green flag flew, Trask knew he had his work cut out to catch the leading Acura of Bob Endicott. The opportunity never came however, as the BMW became involved in an unfortunate incident with the Integra of Jason Potter.
"It was a melee out there," offered Trask. "Jason and I were fighting for second and he got the raw end of the deal with his Acura ending up against the guardrail. It was one of those racing deals and I'm sorry that it happened that way."
The driving duties in the team's #36 BMW was handled by Al Villamil and Matt Connolly. Earlier in the week, Villamil and Connolly teamed with Darren Law, David Tuaty, Rick Fairbanks and local ace, Chris Gabers to win a three hour go-kart event arranged to promote the weekend's activities. Their performance was not to be repeated in the Grand Am Cup however, as their Z3 suffered a misfire with Connolly running third.
After struggling all weekend to find proper brake balance in the #38 Z3, the team made the call to withdrawal the car from competition. "We were experiencing pressure problems," explained driver, Ray Shaffer. "We didn't want to put the car in a situation where it could be a potential problem for us or our fellow competitors. It was a tough call, Greg (White) and I both wanted to race this great track but I know we did the right thing."
By finishing 19th overall and second in the Sport Touring class, Trask and Patch captured Villaconn's second podium of the 2001 Grand Am Cup season. Along the way, Trask set the fourth fastest race lap in class.
The tour now heads to Lexington, Ohio where the Grand Am Cup teams will compete at The Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on June 10th. For more information, visit the team's web site at www.Villaconn.com.