GT3 Cup: Utah race one notes

SCARDINA EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN IN RACE ONE OF THE DOUBLE HEADER IN THE 2007 IMSA GT3 CUP BY MICHELIN SERIES Tooele, Utah - May 18 - The first of two GT3 Cup races of the weekend was decided in a great battle between series veterans and ...

SCARDINA EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN IN RACE ONE OF THE DOUBLE HEADER IN THE 2007 IMSA GT3 CUP BY MICHELIN SERIES

Tooele, Utah - May 18 - The first of two GT3 Cup races of the weekend was decided in a great battle between series veterans and rookies. Rookie Charles Scardina in the #33 Ansca Homes Metro Racing Systems Porsche 911 GT3 Cup wins race one of a the two race weekend at the Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park.

Rookie Charles Scardina from Delray Beach, FL in the #33 Ansca Homes Metro Racing Systems, and winner of race one at Sebring International Raceway would start in the second position behind Dino Loles in the #40 Fambacher Loles Porsche GT3 Cup entry. In the opening laps Charles would have a heated battle with the other series rookie Bob Faieta in the #4 Care Level Racing GT3 Cup Porsche.

"Dino was strong and we went into turn one side by side and we touched and he got me in turn two. After that I just calmed down and got into a rhythm. Bob (Faieta) got by me but we were still happy to be in the third position" stated Scardina. On lap six, Dino and Bob had contact that sent Dino off track and caused Bob to lose many positions. He would end up in the 10th position overall thus giving the lead to Scardina. In the next lap Dino would spin while trying to make up for lost positions and bring out the caution flag. "After the caution, I just focused on my driving, got into a rhythm and got comfortable," explained Scardina.

Veteran driver Dino Steiner in the #15 Stiener TDI/Common Rail Kinetic Motorsports entry would run a conservative race and finish in the second position.

"I just wanted to stay out of trouble and be around for the finish. The track was slick and there was some aggressive driving going on. stated Steiner.

The driver who would finish third set a blistering pace after starting from the back. Tom Pank in the #42 Bay Saver Technologies Fambacher Loles entry qualified third but was later penilized for a tech violation that sent him to the back of the pack. After the green flag dropped Pank blistered the field and was up to 7th by lap six.

"I just told the crew maybe I can run the race of my life and finish in the top ten." I just worked at it and the field was great, they new I was coming and they really worked with me. It was a great race."

Drivers will compete Saturday May 19th at 3:30 p.m. MDT, for the second of two GT3 Cup Challenges this weekend at the Larry H Miller Utah Grand Prix.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Dino Steiner , Dino Loles , Tom Pank , Bob Faieta