Barron Stakes Top Five Finish, Sciuto Up to 5th Until Contact Forces Early Retirement in Toronto Atlantic Race Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 9, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group's Alex Barron ( ...
Barron Stakes Top Five Finish, Sciuto Up to 5th Until Contact Forces Early Retirement in Toronto Atlantic Race
Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 9, 2006) -- Polestar Racing Group's Alex Barron (#21 The RoomStore of Phoenix) escaped first lap mayhem to finish fifth in today's 38-lap Toronto Atlantic race. Teammate Alan Sciuto (#12 Sealy/PKV Racing/The RoomStore of Phoenix) had moved up an astounding 14 positions and was running fifth overall until contact with the Turn 1 wall ended his day prematurely on the 19th lap. A first turn incident at the start of the race and another accident in Turn 3 of the first lap caused today's only full-course yellow.
"We were pretty lucky to stay out of those wrecks on the first lap," said Barron, who moved up eight spots from his 13th starting position. "Our car was definitely more consistent than a lot of the other cars, but at the beginning of the race I couldn't run the lap times that I needed to stay with the leaders. With everybody trying to pass on the end of the back straight, everybody would bunch up and the leaders would just check out. Overall, I think we made a pretty big gain and found a new direction that we'll start to focus on. Again, we didn't have any mechanical failures all weekend and the team is working fantastic."
"I think we could have been on the podium today," said Sciuto, who also made it through the first three turns unscathed and moved up eight positions on the first lap. "We put a new engine in last night and it was running terrific. The car started to oversteer and I just barely brushed the Turn 1 wall. It wasn't a hard hit, but it was enough to knock something loose and end our day. At the start, we were completely parked in the first turn and were lucky that nobody hit us from behind. The guys did a great job changing the engine and getting everything together this weekend. We're all pretty excited about going to Edmonton."
Robbie Pecorari captured his first career Atlantic victory today, followed by Jonathan Bomarito and Ryan Lewis.