Tom Gloy Racing To Debut New Trans-Am Chassis With Tony Ave At The Wheel INDIANAPOLIS (August 15, 2001) -- Tom Gloy Racing announced it will enter a third car for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires Cup Trans-Am race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course...
Tom Gloy Racing To Debut New Trans-Am Chassis With Tony Ave At The Wheel
INDIANAPOLIS (August 15, 2001) -- Tom Gloy Racing announced it will enter a third car for the upcoming BFGoodrich Tires Cup Trans-Am race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on August 25, 2001. Tony Ave, from Indianapolis, will drive the new Riley & Scott Mk VIII Trans-Am chassis. The Tom Gloy Racing entry will be a Qvale Mangusta with Ford power and will carry the Number 4.
"I've always had a great interest in Trans-Am; the opportunity to run for one the most successful teams combined with racing a Riley & Scott as the winningest chassis is great," said Ave. "This car is responsive from a driving standpoint; it's going to be a winner and the chassis to have. This is the best Trans-Am car I have driven. Going to Mid-Ohio, which is one of my favorite tracks, is a bonus."
Last January, Tom Gloy Racing was named the Riley & Scott factory development team for 2001 and beyond. This all new car is the first major redesign of the most successful chassis in the history of the Trans-Am Series.
Tom Gloy Racing took delivery and tested the new chassis two weeks ago in California with Brian Simo driving. The new chassis showed very promising results. This week Tony Ave tested the chassis at Putnam Park in Indianapolis while Simo was running the NASCAR Winston Cup at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
"We had a good test with Tom Gloy Racing and Tony and the car shows a lot of promise," said Bill Riley, Vice President of Riley & Scott. "We did a lot of changes and adjustments since the first test a few weeks ago and we are planning more between now and Mid-Ohio. The race at Mid Ohio will give us a great gauge to see how the Mk VIII stacks up against the competition."
"The team is pleased with the continued progress of the new chassis," said Gloy. "I am additionally impressed with the effort that Riley & Scott as well as our team has put forth in developing the new chassis. Both Bill and Bob Riley and I are very happy with the
excellent testing skills and feedback that Tony (Ave) has been able to provide. I am eager to give this opportunity to Tony to showcase his considerable skills. He will continue to develop this new car while Brian continues his assault for the 2001 title."
Tom Gloy drove the first Trans-Am Riley & Scott chassis, debuting it in 1984. Gloy went on to win the Drivers' Championship, posting records that still stand today. The first revisions to this winning chassis, which also was debuted by Gloy, were in 1991; the next revisions were debuted in 1995 and 1996. Once again Tom Gloy Racing and Riley & Scott were in Victory Lane with Tom Gloy Racing's long-time drivers Dorsey Schroeder and Ron Fellows at the wheel.
In addition Gloy will also enter his regular drivers, one for the 2000 Trans-Am Champion Brian Simo of Carlsbad, Calif. and one for Jim Matthews of Chapel Hill, N.C. The cars are also Qvale Mangustas with Ford power. Tommy Bahama's Cafe and Emporium is the sponsor for the Simo entry. The purveyor of island lifestyles is joined by associate sponsorship from Valvoline for the Tom Gloy Racing #88 entry. The Tommy Bahama Tropical Café and Emporium serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun. It has become the ultimate lifestyle brand. For more info go to http://www.TommyBahama.com
Tom Gloy Racing will next compete in Round Eight of the 11-races in the Trans-Am Series at Elkhart Lake, Wis. This BFGoodrich Tires Cup Trans-Am race will be held on Saturday, August 18; it will air on August 25 on the Speedvision Television Network at 2:00 p.m. EST. Please check local listings. For more information or updates on the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series go to: http://www.trans-amseries.com/index.html <pre> TONY AVE
Team: Tom Gloy Racing Car Number: 4 Birthplace: Hurley, Wis. Birthdate: November 10, 1971 Citizenship: United States Residence: Indianapolis Married
CART Toyota Atlantic Series, P-1 Racing Currently fourth in Drivers' Championship standings. Won the race and the pole at Nazareth, Pa. Finished second and set fastest race lap at Chicago, led 65 laps this season.
USAC National Midget Series Finished third at Anderson, Indianapolis and eighth at the Copper World Classic.
USAC Silver Crown USAC National Sprint Car Series
2000 SCCA Trans-Am BFGoodrich Tires Cup Entered three races, finished third at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. USAC National Sprint Car Series Four top-10 finishes. Tested for Team Rensi in NCTS Tested for Bobby Hillin in NASCAR Busch Grand National
1999 SCCA Trans-Am Championship Fast Five Qualifier and set fastest race lap at Detroit. KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Finished sixth at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. USAC National Midget Series Finished third at Salem, Ind. and sixth at Louisville, Ky. USAC National Sprint Car Series Heat winner at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Ind. and sixth at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
1998 USAC National Midget Series Five top-10 finishes in seven feature starts. Pan-American GT Championship Finished second in Drivers' Championship. Formula One Snowmobile Championship Finished second at Crandon, Wis. Champ 440 B-Main Snowmobile Championship Won at Crandon, Wis.
1997 Pan-American GT Won San Juan, Puerto Rico, won the pole at Moroso Motorsports Park, Fla. KOOL Toyota Atlanta Championship Fastest race lap and track record at Cleveland and front row qualifier at the Milwaukee Mile, Milwaukee, Wis.
1996 Players Toyota Atlanta Championship Won Homestead, Fla. SCCA Trans-Am Entered one event, won the pole and led at Long Beach, Calif. Formula Atlantic National Won the race, the pole and set a track record at Texas Motor Speedway, Texas and won the pole at the June Sprints at Road America, Wis. Formula World Snowmobile Championship Third place qualifier.
1995 SCCA Trans-Am Championship Rising Star of the Race at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. and Trios Rivieres, Canada, two-top ten finishes, one top-five finish and one Fast Five appearance. Formula Atlantic Champion June Sprints at Road America, Wis. 24 Hours of Daytona GTS Class, qualified third. Formula World Snowmobile Championship One top-ten finish.
1994 North American Pro Series Two wins and five pole positions. Formula Continental Formula Atlantic Test Driver Prototype Formula Atlantic Manufacturer Test Driver Formula World Snowmobile Championship One top-five finish.
1993 Oldsmobile Pro Series Entered two races, one win and two poles. Pratt & Miller Engineering Test Driver Indy Lights Test Driver for Olsson Engineering Pro Sprint World Snowmobile Champion
1992 Oldsmobile Pro Series Won Drivers' Championship, five wins and five poles. International Formula Ford Festival, Team USA Lead driver for Team USA at Brands Hatch, England. Factory Oldsmobile Aerotech Project World Record Holder Formula World Snowmobile Championship One top-ten finish SCCA Trans-Am tested with American Equipment Racing Team
1991 June Sprint S2000 Champion