Hurry up and wait keeps team on their toes at Cleveland. CLEVELAND - July 12, 2002 - Friday's schedule had the Revolution Motorsports crew jumping as they arrived at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. With a 6am set-up time and a single ...
Hurry up and wait keeps team on their toes at Cleveland.
CLEVELAND - July 12, 2002 - Friday's schedule had the Revolution Motorsports crew jumping as they arrived at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. With a 6am set-up time and a single practice session at 11am, time was of the essence.
The Trans-Am teams took to the track for their one and only practice session. If the set-up time wasn't tough enough, they were now the official track sweepers for the Marconi Cleveland Grand Prix. It wasn't long before several cars were having off track excursions or rude introductions to the tire wall.
Bobby Sak jumped in and started getting the feel for the #10 Revolution Motorsports / missingkids.com Corvette.
"My car felt pretty good," said Bobby. "As you can probably imagine, I was a bit tentative with the track surface as dirty as it was..... we were skating around pretty good. But, I started to find a rhythm and got tucked in with a few other guys and began clicking of some laps."
On the other hand, Stu Hayner, in the Trenton Forging / Revolution #02 Corvette was in for a nerve wracking morning. With only one lap under his belt, Stu's steering mechanism let go. Fortunately, it happened on a straight section of the course and allowed him to pull off with out any contact. Stu would take qualifying with no practice.
Qualifying got underway at 6:40pm. Since he was 7th fastest in the morning practice,
Bobby Sak joined the first group in his effort to grab a good spot on the starting grid. The temperatures had cooled considerably and the track surface now had rubber down from the practice sessions and qualifying of the CART cars.
"I can't say that I wouldn't have liked a little more practice," said Bobby. "But all in all, I felt pretty good. I think I can find some more speed getting off a few of the corners... I'll take my 12th spot on the grid and keep the front pack in sight. The grip is real inconsistent due to the surface changes in the tarmac and our race is a couple hours earlier than our qualifying was. I'm going to take it one lap at a time and try to stay in a position to charge at the end."
With only one lap on the board in the morning session, Stu Hayner found himself qualifying with slower cars. Once he was clear of traffic, Stu proceeded to put on a clinic.
"Kind of a strange mind set to jump in a car that has had a steering failure and have to immediately drive it fast," laughed Stu. "Once I got a few of laps under my belt and cleared a couple slower cars, I started to open it up a bit. This is not a track you want to attack hard until you know your way around." Stu noted. "But, the car felt better and better so I decided to hang it out a bit and started turning good times. I guess we were just a click off the morning pole time. So I'm satisfied with starting 7th after the problems this morning. We'll make a few tweaks and be ready for them tomorrow."
Revolution Motorsports and the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup are at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. The event, the 2002 Trans-Am on the Tarmac Presented by Microchip, runs in conjunction with CART as part of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, July 12-13. It will be televised live on CBS, Saturday at 4pm EST.
In association with Trenton Forging, Revolution Motorsports competes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup. All events are nationally televised on CBS and SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). The Trans-Am Series is the oldest form of American sports car racing. You can find out more at www.trans-amseries.com.
For complete driver biographies and information on Revolution Motorsports, please visit www.GoRevolution.com and www.bobbysak.com.