VIR: Chase Competition race report

The Chase Daytona Prototype takes the checkered flag in 8th place at VIR! Alton, VA- The Rolex Sports Car Series returned to the picturesque Virginia International Raceway for the penultimate round of the 2005 season. It was also the return of...

The Chase Daytona Prototype takes the checkered flag in 8th place at VIR!

Alton, VA- The Rolex Sports Car Series returned to the picturesque Virginia International Raceway for the penultimate round of the 2005 season. It was also the return of the Chase Competition Engineering Daytona Prototype Team, Richmond, VA. The last race for the Chase chassis was the Grand Prix of Miami back in the spring. Although the team has tested on a few occasions, this was its first race in several months. Although tremendous rains hampered the team's efforts to work on a dry race set up, they persevered during the weekend and were ready on race day.

The starting lineup was set based on team points and due to the lack of races, the Pontiac-powered Chase would grid 27th. Trans-Am veteran and driver of the Chase at the teams other two races, Johnny Miller would start the race. For this event he would team with Zach Arnold. The pair had raced together on several occasions this season in a Corvette in the Rolex GT class.

Miller was clean in the early laps of the race and made some great passes to work his way into 14th position. Miller would pit early for fuel under one of many of the race's full course cautions. By lap 32 Miller had set a fastest lap of 1:54.327 in the Chase and was poised for a driver change. While in 11th position, the team pitted Miller and put Arnold in the car.

Arnold would rejoin the race in 20th position on the lead lap. With clean driving and working the traffic, Arnold, in his first Daytona Prototype race, would work his way into 10th position by lap 61. Several laps later the team would crack the top ten overall. Between laps 70 and 73, Arnold would settle in and set competitive lap times. When the checkered flag dropped, the Chase-Pontiac would cross the finish line on the lead lap with a team best finish of 8th place overall. Jubilation was evident both in the pits and with the fans who cheered the team on. Despite running an engine that was down on power to the other cars, this was a positive end to their home race.

The Chase Competition Engineering team plans to campaign the entire 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season. The BMS Group, LLC is actively pursuing a major team sponsor for the 2006 season. For more information, visit www.burrismotorsport.com.

Team Quotes:

Robert Chase, team owner: "I wish we had more power out of the engine. It was hurting us on the long straights. However, this was our best finish ever and we will be back!"

Jack Williams, team owner: "We did really well to stay on the lead lap. Our great pit strategy helped."

Johnny Miller, driver: "Fantastic finish for the team considering we had not run a dry car setup before. Once we put a new motor in the car, we will be able to run up front. The chassis was working well today for us."

Zach Arnold, driver: "Great finish for the team, I had a clean race and I was able to pick up the pace in the end. I did get hit in the rear by a Porsche on one of the restarts, but everything was ok."

The Chase Competition Engineering team was proud to support The Salvation Army this weekend by carrying the logos on the car and in their paddock and pit area. The Salvation Army responded immediately following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing shelter, food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. Over 600,000 people have been served in at least 30 states. The following information represents the Southern Territory's fifteen states and the District of Columbia as of October 3, 2005.

For more information go to www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief. 100% of your donation will be used only for the Hurricane Katrina response.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Johnny Miller , Zach Arnold , Robert Chase
Teams Williams