Mooney wins vintage event named in honor of Mike Hailwood. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 3, 2003) -- Sorrento, Fla.'s Pat Mooney was presented the Mike Hailwood Cup at a banquet on Sunday for winning the 2002 American Historic Motorcycle Racing ...
Mooney wins vintage event named in honor of Mike Hailwood.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 3, 2003) -- Sorrento, Fla.'s Pat Mooney was presented the Mike Hailwood Cup at a banquet on Sunday for winning the 2002 American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA) 500 Premier Series. The Hailwood Cup is named in honor of former racing great Mike Hailwood.
Hailwood was considered to be one of the best motorcycle racers ever. He tallied nine World Championships, 76 Motorcycle Grand Prix wins and 14 T.T Races on the Isle of Man course. One of Hailwood's major accomplishments here in America was winning one of the first motorcycle races, the U.S. Motorcycle Grand Prix, held at Daytona International Speedway in the early 1960s.
Hailwood died tragically with his nine-year-old daughter Michelle in a car accident near Birmingham, England on March 23, 1981. Hailwood's widow and son attended the historic races Monday at Daytona as special guests of AHRMA.
Mooney began his defense of the Hailwood Cup with a victory at the Speedway on Monday.
"That's three in a row (wins at Daytona) for me and I really wanted to do it," Mooney said, "especially with Pauline and David being here (the widow and son of the late racing legend Mike Hailwood). They're really good people."
Mooney battled through rainy conditions on the 3.56-mile road course.
"I rode as fast as I needed to ride to win the race," Mooney said. "I didn't want to go any quicker. I kept an eye on where Josef (Brenner) was and as soon as he started closing in I upped the pace a little bit. I just kept it where it was a reasonably safe and comfortable pace. I could have gone quicker if I had to."
Vintage racing ace David Roper rode to victory in the 250 Grand Prix class aboard a 1965 Aermacchi.
"It was a great race," said Roper. "I don't recall ever racing at Daytona in the rain, so I wanted to be quite cautious at the beginning and that proved wise. And then it was a matter of being smooth. It takes more than horsepower to win a race."
AHRMA action continues on Tuesday at the Speedway. Tickets for any of the remaining Daytona 200 Week events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.