St. Pete: Revolution Motorsports race notes

Hayner & Sak give Corvette top 10 status. St. Petersburg, Fla. February 23, 2003 The inaugural running of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix saw the ...

Hayner & Sak give Corvette top 10 status.

St. Petersburg, Fla. February 23, 2003 The inaugural running of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix saw the #02 Trenton Forging Corvette, driven by Stu Hayner, and the #10 Revolution Motorsports Corvette, driven by rookie sensation Bobby Sak, bring home their team cars in 5th and 7th place respectively. The event was the first on the schedule for the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup.

Stuart Hayner.
Photo by John Thawley.

"I'm real proud of both our guys," said team owner, Don Sak, following today's run. "This was a great track, and an exciting race. Bobby and Stu both dug in and kept our cars in the hunt all day. Bobby did exactly what we had asked him to. We wanted him to run steady-- stay with the field and finish the day. I think he's going to have a great rookie year. Martha [Sak] and I couldn't be prouder. He did an excellent job."

Hayner's day got off to a tough start. When the field took the green flag on the wide airport straight, Hayner was edged to the outside.

"We came up to take the green flag and the pack fanned out three and four wide," said Hayner. "With a long straight start you can have a situation where the back of the field can really gather up steam heading into the first turn. I got a little bit wide on the straight and picked up the fine sand on my tires. I had to ease out of it a bit and lost a few spots. While I wasn't happy about it, I was confident we had the car to work our way back the front."

"The track was a lot of fun," Hayner continued. "For Trans-Am, this is what it's all about. I thought everyone did a good job giving each other room while putting on a great show for the St. Petersburg fans. It seemed the track had some greasy spots-- or some sand-- something.. I know when we came off one of the caution periods, going through the "kink" was a bit of an extra thrill. But it really was a fun race track."

"I'm pleased with our 5th place finish," Hayner added, but I really felt we had a better car at the start. We haven't pinned it down yet, but at some point we dropped a valve or something--I know I didn't have eight cylinders.. that's for sure. We just dug in and peddled like crazy. So, all-in-all, we're happy were able to put two Corvettes in the top-10."

Bobby Sak.
Photo by John Thawley.

"And what about Bobby Sak?" laughed Hayner. "I can't tell you how great it was to see him have that kind of run. If he keeps it up, he's going to have an amazing season."

Revolution fans will be able to catch all the Trans-Am Series races this year on SPEED. The next race in Long Beach will air April 13 at 9:00pm EST. As an added feature, the Trenton Forging #2 Corvette will be carrying two onboard cameras.

Revolution Motorsports in association with Trenton Forging competes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup. All events are nationally televised on SPEED. 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.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Don Sak , Stuart Hayner , Bobby Sak