FORT WORTH, TX.- Monday, September 4, 2000- Terri Hundertmark, of Indianapolis Indiana, had to overcome several obstacles in her first visit to the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend. Despite soaring temperatures and mechanical ailments, ...
FORT WORTH, TX.- Monday, September 4, 2000- Terri Hundertmark, of Indianapolis Indiana, had to overcome several obstacles in her first visit to the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend. Despite soaring temperatures and mechanical ailments, Hundertmark was able to bring her Tire Factory Outlet/Michelin/ Racing For Kids/ MsSpeed.com/TCR Panoz home in tenth spot at the Women's Global GT Series (WGGTS) event.
"Everyone in Texas is so fanatical about racing it is awesome," enthused a tired Hundertmark. "I spent most of Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Tire Factory Outlet/ Michelin booth and in the stands signing autographs and giving away Michelin posters. It was so much fun to see how happy the fans were that sports car racing had come to Texas."
Record high temperatures at the Texas oval/road course were consistently above the 100-degree mark with cockpit temperatures inside the Panoz Esperante WGGTS cars spiking at 160-degrees while on-track. Coupled with the intense temperature was a streak of bad luck for the WGGTS rookie. A broken throttle cable ended the first practice session of the weekend before she completed one lap in the car. Hundertmark spent the session baking inside the cockpit of the Panoz waiting to be towed-in. A transmission problem forced her into a second car for the weekend and ended her first qualifying session early.
Hundertmark qualified ninth in the new car despite the mechanical problems and with no time to set the car up to her style. "It was the hardest qualifying session that I have ever had. I had to set up a new car and qualify in only 20 minutes," related Hundertmark. "I am amazed I pulled out a ninth starting position. I went out in that session determined not to be last."
Making use of her physical and mental conditioning, Hundertmark moved through the field during the event, racing for fifth at one point.
"This was one of the toughest races that I have ever had," reflected the third-year racing driver. "I had worked my way up and was battling for fifth-position when I got pushed off-line and went sideways through the chicane 'Dukes of Hazard-style,' which earned me a furled black flag. A few laps later I hit it again and that earned me a 'stop-and-go' penalty, which put me at the back. It was a hard fight back up to tenth."
"Texas is a beautiful facility," continued Hundertmark. "I can't wait to come back next year. In March it won't be so hot and the track won't be so slick!"
As the sole female spokesperson for Racing For Kids, Hundertmark helps raise awareness of the health-care needs of children in the communities in which she races. Racing For Kids, has raised over $1.5 million since its creation.
Hundertmark will next slip behind the wheel of the Michelin/Racing For Kids/MsSpeed.com/TCR Panoz at Road Atlanta during the third annual Petit Le Mans weekend. The fifth race of the six-round WGGTS will be run on Friday, September 29th. The season-finale will take place one month later at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 29th.
www.MsSpeed.com. www.michelin.com. Additional information on the Women’s Global GT Series can be found at www.americanlemans.com. For more about Racing For Kids, please see www.racingforkids.org.