IRL: Homestead Team effort works for Bradley in Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sunday, April 8, 2001- The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat crew gave driver Buzz Calkins some of the quickest pit stops of all the Indy Racing Northern Light Series teams here today. The effort helped the team fight a loose race car...

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sunday, April 8, 2001- The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat crew gave driver Buzz Calkins some of the quickest pit stops of all the Indy Racing Northern Light Series teams here today. The effort helped the team fight a loose race car on a slippery track. Calkins returned the favor by driving the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara, which qualified 15th, as hard as it would go. The #12 struggled throughout the day in the second event on the 2001 Northern Light Series schedule with a handling condition that wanted to force the rear of the car around on the 29-year-old driver. Calkins ended the day with a 16th-place finish in the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel.

"The Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara just kept getting loose for whatever reason," reflected Calkins. "The car was good on full tanks but would go off after a few laps. It is just something that we will have to work on. The Bradley crew did a great job on the #12 all day. Our last stop was as quick as anyone out there. The guys just never gave up on the car and I wasn't going to either."

The Bradley Motorsports crew, headed by Todd Tapply, continued to work on the red Dallara throughout the race but was not able to overcome the handling issues. However, the quick stops, including the final stop that was quicker than any of the race leaders, kept the Bradley car in the race.

"It was a disappointing day but, onward and upward," offered Bradley Motorsports team manager and engineer David Cripps. "It was a moral victory in a way as the crew was extremely fast on the pit stops. Buzz drove very hard under difficult circumstances and we will just move on to Atlanta. We knew we were a bit off here but I feel strongly that we will be able to turn it around. This is a team of winners and we won't settle for less."

Calkins, the 1996 Northern Light Series co-champion, looks forward to the remainder of the 2001 season. "The banked tracks are going to be our strong point this season. We knew we were one step behind here and at Phoenix but I am excited about Atlanta and then Indy."

Calkins and Bradley Motorsports currently stand tenth in the Northern Light Series points, both driver and entrant listings, with 36 points, having collected 14 points for the effort here today and 22 at the season-opener in Phoenix.

Bradley Petroleum owns 65 convenience stores and gas stations in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming operating under the Bradley Food Mart and Sav-O-Mat names.

-Bradley Motorsports

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