August 21, 2000 Elkhart Lake, Wis. Hylton Motorsports driver Hoover Orsi started from the outside of row one for Sundays Toyota Atlantic race at Road America and after damaging his front wing due to contact was able to hold on to eight position.
August 21, 2000 Elkhart Lake, Wis. Hylton Motorsports driver Hoover Orsi started from the outside of row one for Sundays Toyota Atlantic race at Road America and after damaging his front wing due to contact was able to hold on to eight position. This was Orsis second time this year starting from the front row, his first was at homestead for the second race of the season when he lined up next to Rookie Dan Wheldon. Orsi who had the 10th fastest qualifying time on Friday was very happy with the improvements his team was able to make for qualifying on Saturday. " It was a good session", said Orsi. " We made a lot of changes after yesterdays session. We improved the car, and it is much better now on the straight. Yesterday we had too much drag in a straight line. I really need to Thank John Della Penna who's been working with us this weekend. He has great experience. It's good to start high on the grid, because recently we were having problems."
Orsi started Sunday's race beside pole sitter and Argentinean Rookie Martin Basso and when the green flag waved both drivers did a great job of leading the field into turn one. Orsi was running in fourth position on lap five when he made contact with another car and damaged the upper left element of his front wing. This made it difficult to pass and upset the balance of the car on the straightaway. Orsi was able to finish the race in eight position, which ended under caution after an incident in turn seven brought out the double yellow flags on lap 15 of the scheduled 17.
After the race team manager Richard Raeder said "We had a top three car today, Hoover did a great job and I feel we took big steps forward this weekend with the car that will show at Laguna."
Hylton Motorsports made big improvements this past weekend at Road America and feels the changes and momentum of a front row start will carry over to Laguna Seca the next stop for the Toyota Atlantic Series on September 9th.