Washington DC: Revolution Motorsports race report

Team fights the heat and a tight schedule at the Capital Trans-Am 100. Washington DC - July 19, 2002 - With temperatures topping 90 degrees and a schedule that left no room for error, the Revolution Motorsports team put a tough day behind them...

Team fights the heat and a tight schedule at the Capital Trans-Am 100.

Washington DC - July 19, 2002 - With temperatures topping 90 degrees and a schedule that left no room for error, the Revolution Motorsports team put a tough day behind them by getting the #02 Trenton Forging Corvette tuned and ready to go racing... up front.

The day's schedule called for one round of morning practice with qualifying in the afternoon. This created a big challenge for all the teams, as this is the inaugural event on a temporary road course. It should be noted, that the facility is first class in every way. The course is newly resurfaced, lined with fresh concrete barriers and safety fencing all the way around. The promoter has done a great job.

In the morning practice, Don Sak, back in the #10 Revolution Motorsports / missingkids.com car, was plagued with electrical problems and was down on power. Don was unable to complete a lap and failed to trip the clock.

Stu Hayner was running quick enough to show up on the board as 11th fastest. Following his run, Stu reported the engine going away late in the session. This, and the nightmare schedule left Crew Chief, Shane Duhaime, faced with a large decision. How do you change an engine in one car while building an engine in another.... in less than three and one half hours? Don Sak made the decision for him.... he withdrew the #10 car.

"We have to put our best effort behind Stu," said Don. "He's running so well of late, I want to make sure we give him our best. Today's schedule doesn't allow for the amount of work we were facing. I'm comfortable with the move to focus on the #02 car."

In the afternoon qualifying session, Stu was able to push the car into the 9th qualifying position.

"We are making gains in the area of handling," said Stu... the car is starting to work well with the track. We picked up an intermittent miss, although I was still able to run a good pace. I think once we nail down the problem, we'll be flying."

Stu's prediction proved to be true. In the final practice session of the day, he found himself running times in the top 5.

"We picked up a hesitation... like a fouled or cracked plug during the session," Stu reported. "But the car was great.... we'll find the glitch and be ready for tomorrow's race. We've got a really good race car," he reported.

Tomorrow's race is being held at RFK Stadium and will air live, at 2:30pm EST on CBS.

In association with Trenton Forging, Revolution Motorsports competes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup. All events are nationally televised on CBS and SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). 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 and www.bobbysak.com.

-rm/jt-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Don Sak , Stu Hayner