MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 Toyo Tires/ROH Wheels/Group A-Autotrend Chevrolet Corvette, qualified eighth for tomorrow's Trans-Am 100 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Scarallo turned the 2.238-mile circuit with a fast time of 1:29.179 minutes (90.344 miles per hour) and completed 14 laps. In his sophomore season, Scarallo currently ranks sixth in Series points. He will compete in the final round of the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am Series Championship tomorrow here at 4 p.m. PDT.
"We had a good qualifying session and we picked up some time," said Scarallo. "We are competitive and are doing very well.
"We are doing what every team does for a race. We are making the car better for the track," said Scarallo. "Nothing is breaking on the car and we aren't chasing down any problems.
"There are a lot of fast cars with seasoned drivers here this weekend, but I have the same chance they have to make the podium," said Scarallo. "We may not be chasing problems with my car, but I'm still chasing the podium. I want the podium I have promised myself this year and tomorrow is my chance. I think I can do it.
"I have had a good season with many solid finishes and I credit Baucom Motorsports for their work on my No.06 Corvette," said Scarallo. "Their work allowed me to do what I love most--race."
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.
Born in Adelaide, Australia, 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.