CAMERON McLean retired the V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon from leg one of the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race in Adelaide today when an engine oil pump belt came off.
The car completed 15 laps before expiring out on the circuit, leaving McLean to walk back to the pits.
McLean started 28th in today's race, round one of the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series, and will be near the rear of the field for tomorrow's second 250 km leg.
"The car felt OK today, although the handling still needs some improvement.
"It was hot out there, but I'd rather be hot than stopped. I'm really disappointed."
Engineer Steve Hines and the crew will change to a new engine when the car is brought back to the garage after the race. The damaged engine had also been used as the Australian Grand Prix meeting two weeks ago.
McLean, from Brisbane, was one of 15 non-finishers in the race, which was won by Holden's Mark Skaife.
Australia's largest manufacturer of ride-on lawn mowers, Cox Lawn Care Products, will sponsor the Paragon Motorsport Ford Falcon V8 Supercar of Cameron McLean in 2002.
McLean announced the sponsorship at the Clipsal 500, round one of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, in Adelaide today.
Cox's support during the 13-round series will have a practical aspect, with the team now equipped with a Cox ride-on mower to haul its four-wheel pit trolley on race weekends.
"It's great to have Cox on board. They are not only the biggest company in their field and a highly respected brand, but like us, are also based in Brisbane," McLean said.
Cox Lawn Care Products is part of an impressive list of Paragon Motorsport team sponsors in 2002.
Joining Cox and title sponsor V.I.P. Pet Foods are All Power Steering, Eibach Springs, Freightliner Trucks, Jade Engineering, PPG Paints, Revolution Racegear, Screen Offset Printing, Snap-on Tools, Spandex, Street Smart Designs and Wurth.