Bartone Participates In Two Grand American Road Racing Events While most NHRA drivers were enjoying the weekend off after the Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Illinois, Tony Bartone spent his time behind the wheel of a race car. Different than...
Bartone Participates In Two Grand American Road Racing Events
While most NHRA drivers were enjoying the weekend off after the Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Illinois, Tony Bartone spent his time behind the wheel of a race car. Different than his usual Raw is War/Triple H Pontiac Firebird Funny Car, Bartone was part of a two person team driving the Phoenix Pontiac-Buick-GMC sponsored #32 Corvette at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The first Grand American Road Racing event Bartone participated in was the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Bartone and fellow teammate, Jeff Altenburg, drove the #32 Corvette to a third place finish after setting the quickest time in the Friday afternoon practice session at 1:33.255 with an average speed of 87.187 miles per hour. "It was a thrilling experience being able to stand on the podium at the end of the race knowing what my teammate and I had accomplished," said Bartone.
After his third place finish early in the day on Sunday, June 10, Bartone prepared to participate in his second road-racing event of the day, the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic, part of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Bartone and teammate, John Heinricy, placed 24th overall, 11th in the GT class, with the Phoenix Pontiac-Buick-GMC/Rockland Gear sponsored #32 Corvette.
"First and foremost my commitment is to Toliver Racing and the National Hot Rod Association, road racing is something I do for personal gratification," said Bartone. "The biggest difference between drag racing and road racing is the amount of time spent behind the wheel. Road racing requires a large amount of endurance due to the fact drivers are in the cars for an extended period of time at 85-90 miles per hour, while a drag race last less than five seconds at 300 miles per hour."
Bartone's next racing event will be the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway Park in Columbus, Ohio June 22-24, 2001. Bartone will drive the Raw is War/Triple H Funny Car as part of the World Wrestling Federation Racing team.