Gelles Racing drivers finish in Top 10 Fleming, 9th and Pecorari 10th Edmonton, July 25th, 2006. -- Colin Fleming edged his teammate Robbie Pecorari for ninth place on lap 30 and Gelles Racing put its two drivers in the Top 10 in the Sunday...
Gelles Racing drivers finish in Top 10
Fleming, 9th and Pecorari 10th
Edmonton, July 25th, 2006. -- Colin Fleming edged his teammate Robbie Pecorari for ninth place on lap 30 and Gelles Racing put its two drivers in the Top 10 in the Sunday afternoon round at the Grand Prix of Edmonton. Fresh out of the World Series in Europe, Fleming got acquainted with the new Swift-Mazda combo Friday and never put a wheel wrong with the #14 E-Soles/King Taco machine. Pecorari was also very quick but suffered from dehydration caused by the intense heat in the Albertan capital. Both drivers occupied the seventh row at the start of the 36-lap race and made their way up to 9th and 10th place.
"We would have liked to be faster and closer to the top of the charts, said team owner Bob Gelles. Colin and Robbie are perfect teammates: they have the same positive winning attitude, same driving style and they like to work late to find more speed and reach the best possible setup. This weekend, we believe the setups on the cars were a little too conservative, Colin was in his maiden race and Robbie wasn't in top shape because of the heat. But we think in San Jose this will be behind us and we will be in contention for a podium. I can only expect good things from those two excellent drivers."
"Taking this new car to the track was an exciting experience, added Fleming. I shaved my times by more than two seconds between the first practice Friday and the second qualifying. I had some speed left in the car but track time and work with the engineers will give us the solutions we're looking for. This series is competitive and well handled, the car is good and working with Robbie and the crew will take us a long way. We'll be better in San Jose, but even stronger in Denver after a few test days."
"It's true we struggled a bit in Edmonton, claimed Robbie Pecorari. By race time, I had a good car but starting from seventh row was a tall order. We are also used to Sunday morning races and I didn't have enough fluids in the severe heat. It got to me by lap 20 and I had to ease the pace and drive home safely."