SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (Oct. 13, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo came into his sophomore Motorock Trans-Am Series season with high hopes, and with consistent top finishes, the driver of the No. 06 Toyo Tires / ROH Wheels / Group A Autotrend Chevrolet Corvette can easily call 2004 a success. Scarallo finished a career-best seventh in the title chase, and among Scarallo's many solid finishes was a career-best fourth at the Albertson's Trans-Am 100 in Portland, Ore. He was twice awarded the VP Fuels Hard Charger Award for improving the most positions during the race. Scarallo then capped off the 2004 campaign by being voted BBS Most Improved Driver Award by his fellow competitors.

"As a competitive person, a season is never satisfactory unless you win the championship, so I'm still hungry going into 2005," said Scarallo. "But we're improving consistently. I had five top-ten finishes this year and even without winning the championship, I would still say it was a successful year. I proved myself as a young competitor and demonstrated my skills as a driver. I proved I could run competitively with best of them.

"This season, I really began to show myself as a serious Trans-Am competitor and I had a lot of help in order to do this," said Scarallo. "Beside the support of the fans and my family, I had a crew for the first time this year and that was extremely helpful. John Baucom and his Baucom Motorsports team really came through for me this year."

Scarallo teamed with Baucom Motorsports for the 2004 Trans-Am season. Baucom Motorsports prepared, maintained, and repaired the No. 06 'Vette for all nine races. Baucom Motorsports also fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by owner/driver John Baucom.

"Joining the Baucom team proved to be a good move this season," said Scarallo. "We had the usual trials and tribulations this year, but in the end, the team always came through. I'd like thank the Baucom Crew for all they did for me in 2004."

Scarallo, who plans to return for the 2005 Trans-Am season, is spending his off-season getting a jump on his program for next year.

"Racing, like any enterprise, is about winning and being the best," said Scarallo. "This is not a hobby for me. Too much hard work, money, effort, and resources go into this. This is serious. I don't want to leave the Trans-Am Series without winning the championship.

"I plan to be better next year and I plan to have many more great finishes," said Scarallo.

Scarallo will attend the Oct. 22-24 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford events in Surfers Paradise Australia. The Australian-born driver plans to spend some time speaking with Champ Car teams, Australian V-8 Supercar teams, as well as visiting family and friends. Scarallo was born in Adelaide Australia and still holds dual Australian, U.S. citizenship.

A longtime racer, Scarallo has been in the driver's seat since he was 11, racing karts in the Long Island Karting Association, where he won three championships in 1993. Scarallo won championships in the International Karting Federation in 1996, and recorded three top-ten finishes in the U.S. F2000 where he finished 14th in series points. He ran a limited schedule in 1997, scoring 11th- and 12th-place finishes in his three starts. Scarallo also competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2000.

Scarallo, 25, lives in Smithtown, N.Y. He manages Autotrend Tire and Wheel Company Inc., his family's wheel importing business, the only U.S. distributor of ROH Wheels, in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

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