ES: South Boston: Zach Germain race report

Germain Earned Key Experience in South Boston Mooresville, N.C. (04-05-2010) -- Zach Germain raced two different tracks in two weeks and racked up two very different experiences in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In race one of the 2010 season,...

Germain Earned Key Experience in South Boston

Mooresville, N.C. (04-05-2010) -- Zach Germain raced two different tracks in two weeks and racked up two very different experiences in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In race one of the 2010 season, Germain and the No. 24 Germain.com Camry fought through 150 laps and finished tenth. Saturday in South Boston, VA, Germain was faster through both practice sessions than he'd been the previous week, but a combination of issues led to a shortened race with extra experience for the rookie Germain Racing driver.

"We were really comfortable with the Germain.com Camry in practice. Our speeds were good and I felt very confident about the handling of the car. We unloaded the car and were fifth on the charts. We stayed in the top-twelve for most of the practice sessions and in the race, we were able to run laps that were the same as the race leader and sometimes faster than the race leader," explained Germain, the 25 year-old driver from Columbus, OH, who started 26th and finished 24th at South Boston Speedway, completing 104 of the 150 laps.

Germain spun out in his qualifying attempt, which resulted in some damage to the Germain.com Camry and the 26th-place starting position.

"I was very disappointed in my qualifying attempt. The Germain.com Camry was so fast and was handling so well. When I left the pits to qualify, I just hit the gas at exactly the wrong time and spun out on the cold, fresh tires. I tried to keep it off the wall but couldn't and a lot of the car's duct work was damaged," explained Germain, who made his second NASCAR career start on Saturday at South Boston. "I was relieved when several other drivers in the garage came by to share their stories of when it's happened to them. Looking back, I'm glad we had this experience now, early in the season. I think what we learned in South Boston is going to be very valuable as this season progresses."

Crew chief Mike Abner explains that the race weekend was a very positive learning experience for the Germain.com Camry team.

"The driver and crew were able to overcome some adversity at South Boston and gain some experience that will be very valuable in the future. Zach got some experience driving a beat up race car with brakes that were overheating. He handled that very well, running lap times that were the same as the race leaders and sometimes faster than the leaders. Our car couldn't make it the whole night at South Boston, but we learned a lot. We've got about six weeks to get in some more testing before we head for Iowa," said Abner.

The No. 24Germain.com Camry races next at Iowa Speedway on May 23rd.

-source: germain racing

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