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Laguna Seca: STaSIS Engineering race notes

STaSIS Engineering Takes the Checkered at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca STaSIS team finishes strong with a 1st and 7th place finish. Gidley's day ended short with a punctured radiator. Monterey, California (October 16, 2005) - In just his third ...

STaSIS Engineering Takes the Checkered at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

STaSIS team finishes strong with a 1st and 7th place finish. Gidley's day ended short with a punctured radiator.

Monterey, California (October 16, 2005) - In just his third SPEED World Challenge start, John Angelone dominated the field to take his first SPEED World Challenge Touring Car victory at the Monterey Sports Car Championships. Starting on the inside of the 3rd row, Angelone quickly began picking off positions on his ascent to the lead. He moved from 5th to 4th on lap 2 and set the fastest lap(1:38.357) on lap 3 earning him the Urbanracer.com hot Lap of the Race. Driving like a seasoned veteran, Angelone picked off the remaining 3 spots in his No. 19 Pit Bull Energy Drink/Stand 21 Audi A4. By lap 8 the lead was in hand and Angelone went unchallenged to the end, finishing more than 5 seconds ahead of the 2nd place BMW.

Disaster was averted during qualifying when Angelone, Baker and Gidley did not have fresh rubber to qualify on. Astoundingly, Angelone qualified in 5th and Gidley and Baker in 12th and 13th respectively, a little more than 1 second off of the pace. Fortunately, STaSIS was able to drum up new Toyo rubber for the race, proving to be the final piece needed for success.

Fast Freddy Baker lived up to his name starting in the 13th and pushed his way up for a top ten finish. By lap 8 Baker was in the 9th spot and on lap 16 he knocked off 2 more competitors to bring the No 18 Fred Baker Audi A4 to finish in 7th.

Motorsport veteran Memo Gidley, driving the brand new No 17 Audi A4, also had high hopes of finishing well. Unfortunately, an on track incident punctured his radiator ending the day short on Lap 4. Gidley ran lap times competitive with the front runners and surely would have challenged for the podium if not for falling out early.

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Drivers Memo Gidley , John Angelone