VIR: CyberSpeed qualifying report

CyberSpeed Racing's Ave Finishes 17th in Daytona Prototype Rolex Series Race Saturday at VIR ALTON, Va., April 22 - Despite a driving rain, CyberSpeed Racing's Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. finished 17th Saturday at VIRginia International ...

CyberSpeed Racing's Ave Finishes 17th in Daytona Prototype Rolex Series Race Saturday at VIR

ALTON, Va., April 22 - Despite a driving rain, CyberSpeed Racing's Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. finished 17th Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in a 30-minute Daytona Prototype qualifying race that awarded full Rolex Series points.

He and his co-driver, Skip Cummins of Houston, will also compete in a longer Rolex Series race here tomorrow that will also award full Rolex Series points.

Cummins will start that event in the same spot that Ave finished today, 17th, with their CyberSpeed Racing Riley Pontiac No. 97.

Sunday's race, which will also include the GT class, will be televised live on SPEED starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Ave started 25th in Saturday's race. He got off to a great start and had advanced five positions by lap three. The tenth-place Krohn Racing No. 75 of Nic Jonsson then spun and dropped back and Ave got around Burt Frisselle in the Synergy Racing No. 8 to move into 18th with four laps down.

Ave later got off course a bit in Turn One but persevered. The Hurley Haywo od Brumos Racing No. 59 fell back at the end to move Ave up to 17th with a dozen laps down, and the checkered waved on the next circuit.

Ave said that the car's windshield wiper wasn't up to the volume of water that was on the track and falling through the sky.

"The car was faster than what we were going, but I had to slow down because I just couldn't see," Ave said afterwards. "The bottom line is we had some wiper issues.

"I did go off once in Turn One," he added. "I just barely got off the road, but it was just enough to get mud all over the car. I just couldn't see, so after that it was just a lot of driving round and trying to stay out of trouble."

When asked about tomorrow's 250-mile/77-lap race, Ave said, "We'll be OK. We need to make the car a little better, but racers always want that. Skip will start the race and try to get us to the front, and I'll do my best to bring it home."

Michael McDowell won Saturday's Daytona Prototype race in the Playboy/Uniden Racing No. 19.

The same doubleheader format will be used at four more Rolex Series Daytona Prototype events: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Phoenix International Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Barber Motorsports Park, increasing the series schedule from 14 to 19 races.

The complete schedule and live timing and scoring of the races can be found at grandamerican.com.

The team's Web site is under development at cyberspeedracing.us.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Michael McDowell , Burt Frisselle , Skip Cummins
Teams Krohn Racing