Joey Scarallo 10th in First-Round Practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 Toyo Tires/ROH Wheels/Group A-Autotrend Chevrolet Corvette, timed 10th in this afternoon's first-round practice for tomorrow's Trans-Am 100 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Scarallo recorded a 1:30.668-minute lap (88.860 miles per hour) and completed 15 laps. Scarallo is in his second Trans-Am season and currently ranks sixth in Series points. He will compete in this afternoon's qualifying round at 4:45 p.m. PDT.

"Today's practice was pretty typical," said Scarallo. "I spent most of my time acclimating myself to the track. I have never raced here and I needed to familiarize myself with the track's 11 turns.

"This track is pretty technical. It's narrow in some areas, which makes it harder to pass," explained Scarallo. "This is a tricky circuit and you have to pay special attention in the straights because they are short and the turns come up very quickly. If you aren't paying attention, you could be in real trouble.

"I am confident about this evening's qualifying and I should be pretty competitive too," added Scarallo. "It was pretty cool going through the Corkscrew today and I can't wait to go through it again this evening.

"We won't be making any major adjustments before qualifying but we will perform some fine tuning to sharpen the car's performance on this particular track," concluded Scarallo.

Scarallo teamed with veteran Trans-Am team Baucom Motorsports this year. The Baucom team has been preparing Scarallo's car for all the races this year. Baucom also runs the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by driver/owner John Baucom.

A long-time 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.