Loudon, NH. (May 15, 2001) -- On lap 117 of Saturdays CVS Pharmacy 200, rookie driver, David Donohue's day was cut short when the engine in his No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet let go. "It appears we dropped a valve, causing the motor to blow. We...
Loudon, NH. (May 15, 2001) -- On lap 117 of Saturdays CVS Pharmacy 200, rookie driver, David Donohue's day was cut short when the engine in his No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet let go. "It appears we dropped a valve, causing the motor to blow. We had handling problems all day, and the changes made seemed to be working. Unfortunately, the car ended up having a bigger problem, taking us out early." Donohue stated after climbing out of his No. 25 Team Marines Chevrolet.
Team Marines worked vigorously on the preparation for this past weekends journey to the Northeast, practicing well and qualifying 30th. Not long after the drop of the green flag, Donohue radioed to the crew the car was loose. Once again, with dignity, he did his best to stay in the hunt, but on lap 63, went a lap down and hoping for a caution that never came.
Team Marines believes the opportunity they've been given is a paragon and although the present situation isn't the best, their future will come with unmatched hard work.
Donohue arrived in New Hampshire early for an appearance at Goffstown High School on Thursday. Many students will be going to Prom, Graduation and other social events, which most will be driving. In hopes of making a positive impact on all in attendance, Donohue spoke in relations to these events on driver safety. He then took time out for a chin up contest, giving the students an opportunity to display their strength and determination to do their best. Many were excited to meet and talk with a Busch series driver and receptive to Donohue and the Marine Corps' message.
Team Marines' next venture will be Nazareth Speedway. The Nazareth 200 will be aired Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 p.m. on FX. You can also see Team Rensi Motorsports NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Randy Tolsma race "The Big White Truck" at Pikes Peak International Raceway.