Starworks Motorsport Overcomes Early Hurdles For Strong Results
Altamonte Springs, FL/April 11, 2011 – Across the board the Starworks squad was confident entering this past weekends’ Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park for the third round of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. And rightfully so, the #2 Duncan/ONA/IND/Taxand/Venezuela Ford Riley Daytona Prototype tandem of Enzo Potolicchio and Alex Popow surprised many of the series regulars leading up to this weekend as the duo, new to the series and most of the tracks they will race on, had a strong running at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the last race. More of known force in the series, co-drivers Mike Forest and Ryan Dalzial have had a difficult start to the season, but finished on the podium at the popular road course just one season ago.
This weekend, however, got off to an ominous start as the #2 team encountered an off-track incident that cost the drivers some much needed track time. Having to start at the back of the pack, as the team spent the qualifying session repairing the car, the team knew they had an uphill battle ahead of them. They would pick their spots carefully and drive a smart race to come across the line with their second Top-10 of the season finishing in eighth place. Driver Alex Popow exudes; “First of all I need to thank Peter Baron for all the work that the team did this weekend. It was a great job although we would have liked to have finished higher in the field; we’ll take this result after how the weekend began.” Additionally Potolicchio would win the coveted Jim Trueman Award for his efforts behind the wheel. Popow leads the Trueman Award standings for the season, with Potolicchio currently in fourth place.
The weekend didn’t end there for Popow, as he had to leave immediately following the race for Mexico City for his second race of the weekend as he explains “The trip to Mexico felt endless, five hours in a Cessna airplane that took me from Alabama to Ft. Lauderdale and landed at 2 am and then a taxi to Miami's International airport to arrive at 3. We took off at 7am and land 3.5 hours later in Mexico City and drove for two more hours, to get ready for the race at 1pm. I was exhausted from the start where I was last in the field of 13 and would get to 5th. Just minutes from the end I made a mistake, finishing eighth again for the second time in less than 24- hours and two different countries.”
We can’t help but to be happy with the podium.
Mike Forest in the #8 DP would qualify the car in ninth position to start the race in the very competitive field featuring some of the top sports car drivers in the world. The #8 team had struggled from the beginning, which had the whole team wondering why after such a strong run to the podium just one season ago as Forest states; “We went into the weekend wanting to build on the podium finish we had last year, and thought we’d be quick out of the box to make a strong push in the race. We felt another podium was a very realistic goal”. Much like their teammates in the #2 car, they would drive consistently, but pushing as hard as they could to make up ground on the leaders ahead. Their collective efforts would pay off with another podium finish with their second consecutive third place at Barber. Dalzial mentions; “We can’t help but to be happy with the podium. We started with some confusion, but the team did a great job in rebounding and calling a great race strategy. Our pace wasn’t up there this weekend but we got it done, it almost feels weird celebrating this finish!” His teammate shared his sentiments and added “As the weekend went on it was looking a bit bleak for us, but we kept making strides. To finish on the podium was a great way to finish the weekend.
-source: starworks motorsport