Sciuto Climbs to Top Ten Finish, Barron Up to 12th in Second Cleveland Atlantic Race Sciuto finishes 9th and improves the most positions in the race Cleveland, Ohio (June 25, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group's Alan Sciuto ( ...
Sciuto Climbs to Top Ten Finish, Barron Up to 12th in Second Cleveland Atlantic Race
Sciuto finishes 9th and improves the most positions in the race
Cleveland, Ohio (June 25, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group's Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing, The RoomStore of Phoenix) moved up 15 spots from his 24th starting position to finish ninth overall in today's Gehl Atlantic Championship of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport. Teammate Alex Barron (#21 The RoomStore of Phoenix) started 17th and climbed up to finish 11th in today's 32-lap race, slowed by only one full-course caution.
"The car was good, but unfortunately I didn't get as many people at the start as I wanted to," said Sciuto, who began today's race from last on the 24-car grid due to an accident in yesterday's qualifying session. "I got hung out on the outside trying to get by people, but it still ended up being a good race. We definitely got the car dialed in a bit better and I'm happy that we brought it home in the top ten. The crew did a terrific job all weekend and, especially, repairing the damage in time for yesterday's race. We have a much needed weekend off next week, then we'll be ready to go for Toronto."
"We started the race a little bit loose at the beginning, but compared to yesterday we've improved the car," said Barron, who is 13th overall in the series championship. "We didn't have any mechanical failures all weekend and once again the mechanics did a great job. Now, we just need to keep digging and find some more speed."
Graham Rahal captured his second Atlantic victory of the weekend and third of the season today, followed by Richard Phillippe and Steve Ott. Sciuto earned one bonus point for improving the most positions today and is fourth in rookie points, and sixth overall in this year's championship.
Today's event will be televised via SPEED on Sunday, July 9, at 5:00 PM ET. Round seven of the 12-race Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda continues with the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto on July 9, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Barron, of Menifee, California, took the 1997 Atlantic series by storm with five wins, four poles and the Rookie-of-the-Year title en route to the winning that year's Championship. He then competed in the Champ Car World Series and Indy Racing League from 1998 to 2005 with such teams as Cheever Racing, All American Racers and Team Penske.
Sciuto, 18, was recognized as North America's top shifter kart racer in 2004 before competing in three Atlantic races last year. He finished fourth in his series debut on the challenging San Jose street course then, the following week in Denver, led both rounds of qualifying to capture his first career Atlantic pole position and establish himself as the youngest-ever Atlantic pole winner at just 17 years of age.