ASC Birmingham wrapup, Watkins Glen II preview

ASC Motorsports Earns Hard-Fought 20th Place at Birmingham Team Prepares for Return Visit to the Glen Tiffin, Oh - August 7, 2005 Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama hosted the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series July 28-31. ASC...

ASC Motorsports Earns Hard-Fought 20th Place at Birmingham
Team Prepares for Return Visit to the Glen

Tiffin, Oh - August 7, 2005 Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama hosted the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series July 28-31. ASC Motorsports earned a hard-fought 20th place finish in the GT class on the winding, narrow and hilly 2.3 mile road course.

The crew spent a great deal of time throughout pre-race practice dealing with a strange and difficult-to-resolve problem of reducing the noise level of the race car. While figuring out how to make the Corvette C5 quieter, the crew worked relentlessly on revising the setup to increase the car's speed and cornering ability on the twisty layout.

Drivers Zach Arnold of Tiffin, Ohio and Johnny Miller from Johnson City, Tennessee worked closely with the crew on the setup and moved the car steadily up the speed charts in the two and a half days of practice. With the noise problem resolved, Arnold qualified the car 13th in class out of 26 starters.

The team had high expectations for the 250 mile race on a very hot day in the picturesque park setting near Birmingham. In a race that saw six full-course cautions and a rain shower late in the race, misfortune struck the #55 Corvette on lap 9. On the restart after the first caution period, contact with another car caused the right-front tire to go flat. As the green flag waved for the restart the crew quickly checked the suspension, replaced the tire and took the opportunity to refuel the car.

Despite the intense heat and a malfunctioning cool box, Arnold and Miller drove the car to a 20th place GT class finish. In a testament to the preparation and determination of ASC Motorsports, Miller had the team's fastest lap of the race with just 10 laps remaining.

In a post-race interview, Arnold commended the crew for their efforts. "The crew was amazing. We had a good race car, and they worked tirelessly to make the car more competitive. We got within a second and a half of the top GT, and without the contact and lost time in the pits, we would have had a much higher finish. We had a good weekend overall."

ASC Motorsports is now preparing for a return trip to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. Johnny Miller will again team with owner/driver Zach Arnold for the August 11-12 CompUSA 200. The 200 mile night race on August 12th will be televised live by Speed Channel at 8:00 PM (EDT).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Johnny Miller , Zach Arnold