MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2004) -- Joey Scarallo finished his sophomore Motorock Trans-Am Series season Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca a career best seventh in the championship. Though mechanical problems sidelined Scarallo, placing him 14th in the final running order, the young driver is already looking toward a strong effort in 2005.
"The car's fuel system malfunctioned which left me without the fuel pressure," explained Scarallo. "There was nothing during practice or qualifying to indicate there were problems with the fuel pressure.
"It is somewhat disappointing to end the season this way, but we have performed better than we did in 2003. I have had five top-ten finishes this year," said Scarallo, who finished a career-best fourth earlier this season at Portland, and fifth at Infineon Raceway. "That is definitely something to smile about and certainly something to build on next season.
"2004 has been a much smoother year for me. Teaming with Baucom Motorsports played a big part in this," said Scarallo. "It was certainly easier for 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.
"To say I will be back with a vengeance in 2005 would be the understatement of the year," exclaimed Scarallo.
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.
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.