Charlotte, NC (Wednesday, July 30th, 2003) - - Jay Robinson Racing with rookie drivers Tammy Jo Kirk and Jamie Mosley headed to Pikes Peak International Speedway last weekend with one goal on their minds, obtain as many laps as possible. Kirk, a...
Charlotte, NC (Wednesday, July 30th, 2003) - - Jay Robinson Racing with rookie drivers Tammy Jo Kirk and Jamie Mosley headed to Pikes Peak International Speedway last weekend with one goal on their minds, obtain as many laps as possible.
Kirk, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver for Geoffrey Bodine has had experienced at the track, but ARCA veteran Mosley had not.
"I was just excited about having the opportunity to go to Pikes Peak," said Mosley. Jamie, whose full time job during the week is a Kentucky State police dispatcher would be piloting the No. 39 Jay Robinson Racing, Inc. Ford Taurus.
"I've competed at Pikes Peak in the NCTS series, however I am expecting it to be a little different in the NASCAR Busch Series, said Tammy Jo heading into the weekend.
When practice and qualifying got under way on Friday morning, things were tense in the JRR racing garage.
Mosley's Ford Taurus was only 40th fastest out of the 44 entries that entered the event, while Tammy was 36th fastest, leading the stable in that session.
"We're having a slight problem with the motor, we're working on that, I think we'll pick up the pace and try to make the field," said Mosley who's practice time was 30.694 seconds amounting to a speed of 117.287 MPH.
For the only female in the field last weekend, Tammy was optimistic about her No. 49 Advil Liqui-Gels Ford Taurus after the session. "We're decent, but we're looking for more speed, I think we'll find it, but we want to qualify this JRR Ford on time."
In time trials, both machines were considerably faster, with Mosley, the Loudon Kentucky native turning the fastest lap of the two drivers.
He whipped his machine around the speedway in 28.376 seconds equaling a speed of 126.868 MPH, which placed him 33rd on the starting grid, while Tammy Jo propelled her No. 49 around PPIR in 28.486 seconds amounting to a speed of 126.378 MPH giving her the 36th starting position.
The smiles of joy from the team were noticeable after the session, as both drivers would qualify for the TrimSpa 250 on time.
"This is great, we found something good in the car, and we picked up a lot, and we're just happy to be in the show," noted Jamie.
"We picked up the pace, and we're 36th on the starting grid, so I am pretty pleased with that," explained Tammy. "I did not have the opportunity to qualify the car last week at New Hampshire, so to officially make the race on time is a thrill for me."
Jay Robinson Racing decided to skip NASCAR Busch Series Happy Hour on Friday afternoon as the team was going to change the motor in Mosley's No. 39.
"This is all about a team effort," said Tammy. "Jamie is my teammate, and my crew is going to help his crew put another engine in the car before we turn loose on Saturday, practice is not an issue for me, having both cars on the track is," added Tammy.
"Tammy is a great teammate, I am so lucky to have her," boasted Jamie. "The No. 49 team is helping us change in the engine in my car in order to be ready, I have to give them a huge thanks for helping out."
When the NASCAR Busch Series took the green flag on Saturday afternoon, both drivers were being cautious and also patient while trying to battle their way towards the top of the field.
Both machines were handling well during the first quarter of the race, while they weren't not as fast as the leaders, they were turning quicker laps than what they both ran in practice.
When the first caution wave around lap 32, both the No. 49 and No. 39 came down pit road for tires, fuel and chassis adjustment in order to improve the handling on both cars.
After taking the green flag, both drivers were reporting in that the cars were turning better and the adjustments had seemed to work. Again, car owner Jay Robinson expressed to his drivers to use patience and use their judgment while racing with their other competitors.
While Jamie was marching his way up, the No. 39 Ford Taurus was quickly becoming hot, with the water temperature increasing and the engine beginning to overheat. On lap 94, Mosley brought his Black Ford on pit road and took it to the garage with overheating problems. When the team examined the car in the garage, they noticed that they had burnt a piston.
"It's a shame that we had more motor problems here this weekend," said a dejected Mosley. "However, we qualified on time, and we were racing good, it just wasn't our weekend, we'll go get them at Michigan."
Mosley would be credited with a 26th place finish completing 94 of the scheduled 250 laps.
Back on the track, Tammy Jo Kirk, was continuing to be smooth and calm, as she was logging laps on the track and going to school in the NASCAR Busch Series.
The JRR team pulled off some great pit stops during the second half of the race, quickly sending Kirk back into competition without losing a lot of track position. Tammy continued to battle with her competitors, while also staying out of the leaders way and crossed the line 21st completing 243 of 250 circuits on Saturday.
It was Tammy's career best finish to date, and only the second time in 2003 that a female has finished an event.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck series rookie Tina Gordon, in the No. 22 Bost Motorsports entry finished tenth in April at Talladega.
"All in all, it was a good weekend for the Jay Robinson Racing team, and for our sponsor Advil Liqui-Gels," said Kirk after the event. "I learned a lot about the NASCAR Busch Series, my other competitors treated me great, and we just missed the top twenty, I'm pleased."
The team head to Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend with the goal of scoring their first top ten finish of the season.