Portland: Miracle Motorsports race report

Portland, OR (July 25, 2004) Drivers Ian James, James Gue, and team owner/driver John Macaluso, piloted the ...

Portland, OR (July 25, 2004) Drivers Ian James, James Gue, and team owner/driver John Macaluso, piloted the #10 Miracle Motorsports/Yokohama/ADVAN entry to a hard-fought 2nd place class finish today at Portland International Raceway. Today's running of round 5 of the American LeMans Series commenced from Portland, Oregon.

After not posting a qualifying time due to motor problems in Saturday's practice session, the Lola powered Nissan maintained consistent lap times until the shifter lever broke while James Gue (Athens, GA) was closing in on what looked like another class victory for the #10 entry. Ian James (Orlando, FL) had magnificently worked the car through the field from the last position on the starting grid, turning over the controls to Gue after about an hour and 20 minutes. Forty-two minutes into Gue's stint is when the shift lever failed. Not able to completely repair the shifter, John Macaluso (Winter Haven, FL), team owner and driver, got into the car with ONLY 4th gear, babying the Nissan to the finish line. Macaluso, celebrating his birthday, was thrilled to have the second place victory.

"We are more than happy to bring home this well-earned trophy this weekend. The crew and drivers have worked so hard, and our sponsors have been very supportive," states Macaluso. "We really want to thank Yokohama/ADVAN, Red Line Oil, and Benihana for the help this season. We hope that we have put on a good show for them all."

For further race information and continued race updates, please visit www.miraclemotorsports.com. Complete race results are available at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ian James , John Macaluso , James Gue