Daytona Beach, FL (February 4, 2000) -- Joe Hish and Walt Bohren turned back the clock at Daytona International Speedway Friday as they piloted the No. 22 1989 Spice Cosworth down a controversial path to victory lane in the Historic Sportscar Racing Thundersports Enduro vintage race. The Hish/Bohren tandem claimed the checkered flag over runner-up Jim Mullen. Aaron Hsu, who had a one-lap lead in the final moments of the event, finished third after being stranded on the track with a cut tire as time expired.
"We were faster than Aaron all day through the infield, but we just couldn't catch him on the straightaways," said Hish. "On the last lap, we were told over the radio that Aaron had some problems, and to watch out ahead. We felt all day that we were about eight-tenths of a second slower than Aaron. It was a fun race and it's great to be part of the Rolex weekend at Daytona."
Hsu appeared to be in total command of the HSR Thundersports Enduro until his tire troubles allowed the remainder of the field to eliminate his seemingly insurmountable lead. As the race ended under caution, a host of drivers passed the idle Hsu, creating a question as to just who would be declared the race winner.
HSR rules state that drivers must be running in the final five minutes of the race to take the checkered flag. Hsu's wreck in the final three minutes prevented his 1989 Reinhold Joest Porsche 962 C from finishing the event.
"The car was wonderful all day, and we had no indication that there was a problem until the car let go," Hsu said. "As best we can see, there had probably been a cut (tire), and at that point you're just a passenger. Fortunately, the car stayed on the ground, and there was nothing else we could do."
In the second event of today's doubleheader, Craig Conway picked up the first professional road racing win of his career Friday on his home town track. He drove a Chevrolet Corvette to a win in the three-hour Motorola Cup series road race at Daytona International Speedway. Conway and co-driver Peter Tonelli, Northboro, Mass., won by two laps.
At one point, Conway was running second to his teammate, Doug Goad, Farmington Hills, Mich., in another Corvette.
"(Team owner) John Powell came on the radio to both of us and told us to take it easy on the cars because during our pit stops, a rubber driveshaft boot fell onto the ground and they didn't know which car it belonged to," said Goad, the 1998-99 Grand Sports class champion in the Motorola Cup. "Two laps later I found out whose car it came from when one of my driveshafts broke."
Speedweeks 2000 continues tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway with the 38th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona. The scheduled starting time is 1 p.m. On the pole for the inaugural event of the Grand American Road Racing Association Series is the Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Ford. James Weaver repeated his 1999 performance by driving the No. 20 SportsRacer to the pole with a fast lap of 126.889 mph. The Dyson team is gunning for back-to-back Rolex 24 championships.
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