Ft. Worth, TX: Rookie Rick Treadway finished fifth in his ...
Ft. Worth, TX: Rookie Rick Treadway finished fifth in his #5 Big Tex Trailers entry in the Chevy 500 from the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday in just his third Indy Racing League event. Teammate Chevrolet Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone charged to the front of the field in #21 Hollywood entry only to retire of engine failure on lap 69 while leading the race. Giaffone finished 21st.
"Wow, What a race," said Treadway. "I just wanted to have a good finish for my sponsors Big Tex Trailers, Coca-Cola, and Firestone and we had a great run. The Treadway-Hubbard team gave me a great car and did a great job in the pits. My engineer Mike Colliver called a perfect race and helped us be there on the lead lap at the end. I'm really happy right now."
"What can I say," said Giaffone. "The car was great. I went right to the front and even had the fastest race lap. We got a break with the yellow, but then the engine let go. The Hollywood car was really hooked up again and the crew did a great job as usual. My engineer Tim Wardrop just gave me an awesome car, but we didn't make it to the end. I'm disappointed, but that's racing."
Giaffone finished 6th in the overall season points championship and dominated the Rookie of the Year championship. Treadway finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year standings despite only competing in three races and retains his rookie status for the 2002 season. The team will begin preparations for the 2002 season the week of October 15th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.