Washington DC: Tony Ave preview

Ave/LAC looking for a first in Washington. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- No matter what happens this weekend in Washington, someone will be the first to be first. Tony Ave, driver of the LAC Motorsports Trilithic Panoz Esperante is going to work his ...

Ave/LAC looking for a first in Washington.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- No matter what happens this weekend in Washington, someone will be the first to be first. Tony Ave, driver of the LAC Motorsports Trilithic Panoz Esperante is going to work his hardest to be listed at the top of the results for the inaugural Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup in the nation's capitol - The Capitol Trans Am 100.

When Ave and the rest of the Trans-Am drivers take to the track for their first practice July 19, they will each be seeking the secrets to conquer the 1.7-mile, seven-turn course. "I like going to a new place, especially a temporary circuit, because there's always something a little bit different about each one," says Ave, who stands fifth in the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Cup championship points battle.

"I'm looking forward to seeing if we can get a handle on it quicker than the other guys. That's the challenge of a new road circuit," he adds.

Ave, a versatile driver with experience on all kinds of tracks in all kinds of cars, and the LAC Motorsports Team are quietly making ground in their bid for a victory in the 2002 Trans-Am season. Ave was running in a very strong second position during round two at Mosport, when a broken radiator hose ended his day just minutes from the finish. The following weekend, Ave and LAC celebrated their first podium finish at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut with a second place finish. His sixth place finish at Mosport reflected good pit strategy as well as execution, and helped him continue to climb the ladder in the points chase.

Last weekend in Cleveland Ave was poised for another podium finish, running comfortably in second place with just six laps to go when the Esperante was caught up in a tangle with a lap car. His right rear rim was damaged, resulting in a flat tire, forcing him to pit. The team's strategy had been to conserve fuel during caution laps to avoid the need for a fuel stop, something many onlookers didn't believe was possible.

Ave and the Trans-Am Series regulars will face off in their first race on the temporary circuit at RFK Stadium at 2:30 PM EDT Saturday, July 20. The 60-lap race around the 1.7 mile seven turn course will be broadcast live on CBS.

For more information about Tony Ave and the LAC Motorsports Team, visit www.lacmotorsports.com. For more information about the Trans-Am Series, visit www.trans-amseries.com

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