Daytona II: CyberSpeed Racing race report

CyberSpeed Racing Runs in the Top 10 At Daytona Thursday Night DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 29 - Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. hustled the CyberSpeed Racing Riley Pontiac No. 97 from the 24th starting spot to 10th place in the first 10 laps of ...

CyberSpeed Racing Runs in the Top 10 At Daytona Thursday Night

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 29 - Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. hustled the CyberSpeed Racing Riley Pontiac No. 97 from the 24th starting spot to 10th place in the first 10 laps of Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway. He ran no worse than 12th in the 47-car field until the car made its first pit stop on lap 32 for Skip Cummins of Houston to take over, but a problem with the gearbox caused the team to eventually finish 20th overall and 20th in the Daytona Prototype class at the end of the 70-lap/250-mile race.

The race was televised live on SPEED.

The field was set by team points when communications between race control and course safety officials broke down right before the second practice session was to be held Thursday afternoon. The problem was fixed quickly, but the decision was made to start by points and change the qualifying session into a shortened practice session due to the day's packed schedule. Three teams ahead of CyberSpeed Racing in the point standings didn't enter this event, so Ave started 24th.

He got right to work, passing six cars on the first lap. With some attrition and some more passes he was 15th by lap six. He had a close call when Doug Goad spun in front of him on lap nine. Luckily Ave missed him and by lap 10 the No. 97 was in tenth place.

Ave was in 12th place on lap 27 trying to pass Craig Stanton when Guy Smith spun right in front of both of them in turn two. Smith was sprawled in the middle of the track facing the wrong way but Ave missed getting involved in that one too, and he was back in the top 10 by lap 31.

He pitted on the next lap to let Cummins take over, but a problem was already developing with the car's gearbox and it lost first gear. That gave Cummins quite a work out, but he persevered, stayed out of trouble and nursed the car home in 20th place.

The next Rolex Series race is July 31 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

CyberSpeed Racing's Web site is under development at cyberspeedracing.us; other info can be found at grandamerican.com and restartcommunications.com.

Driver quotes follow:

Tony Ave:

"First, we started by points, so that put us in at the back, but we easily had a top-10 car. I got up to tenth but I really used the tires up doing so, and then we had some gearbox issues. I lost first gear, and from that point on we had to just try to finish.

"Skip did a great job nursing it home. We tried not to have to stop again for gas, but in the end we had to. The whole crew did a great job though; we had a good car."

Skip Cummins:

"I'm very happy we finished. Tony drove great and got it up to tenth, and then the gearbox started to go bad. Eventually we just had second through fifth, and I had to really be careful not to get in the way of the leaders. I had to really drive with my mirrors to make sure I didn't screw anybody up.

"At the end, both the car and the driver were out of gas and the tires were worn out, but we finished so I'm really pleased."

-csr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Guy Smith , Tony Ave , Craig Stanton , Skip Cummins