Morgan-Dollar Motorsports not satisfied with second; miscommunication costs Computer Associates team a class victory. [DAYTONA BEACH, FL - July 8, 2002] Fresh off their very first Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series win, Morgan-Dollar ...
Morgan-Dollar Motorsports not satisfied with second; miscommunication costs Computer Associates team a class victory.
[DAYTONA BEACH, FL - July 8, 2002] Fresh off their very first Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series win, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports' AGT Corvette finished a disappointing second at the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona on July 4th. Morgan-Dollar was ready for their second straight win after dominating the AGT class at Watkins Glen just two weeks before.
The team had only one of its cars entered and just one driver to race it. Even without team drivers Stephen Richards, Andy Richards and Charles Morgan in attendance, Rob Morgan, in his first solo driving effort this year, felt very confident that his Computer Associates/Acxiom crew was prepared for yet another win.
Practices proved to be more trying than the team expected. Power steering demons plagued the team from the start, allowing for few practice laps. While most teams were practicing, this team was working on the steering. And when most teams were qualifying, the 46 was identifying issues normally addressed in a practice session. Needless to say, the team did not qualify as well as they had hoped and Morgan was set to start the race in third position. An unfortunate engine problem for another team created a break for Morgan, moving the Oklahoma-based team up to second place for the race's start.
Through a torrential Florida thunderstorm, the team worked adjusting shocks and springs, trying to get the car "right" for the race. Due to these wet conditions on the track, Winston Cup qualifying - originally scheduled for 8PM on the 4th, was postponed until July 5th, allowing the Rolex Series to run an hour earlier. While the rains may have helped get the Rolex cars rolling, they also made for a sloppier racing surface.
Throughout the race, Morgan reported smoke and sparks inside the car, a muddy windshield, contact by another driver and finally that he was having trouble with his steering [on lap 27]. When he experienced a complete loss of power steering on lap 48, Morgan came in, the crew checked it out, and he chose to get back in the race. He had 20 laps to drive and no power steering with which to do so.
After the race, Morgan said, "I think that overall the race went well. We still could have won even after losing the steering. What killed our chances at the win was just a miscommunication between me and my crew." He went on to say, "But we are still a young team and we are still working all out the kinks." In reference to the miscommunication, Morgan said, "I actually thought we were leading the race until there were only four laps to go!"
They can't be too disappointed; this second-place finish bumped Morgan-Dollar up two spaces to Second Place in the Rolex AGT point standings. With just four races to go, this team is not satisfied with second best and expects improvements, starting with driver-crew communications.
This Daytona finish marked Morgan-Dollar's fourth podium finish of the season- preceded by a second-place AGT finish at the Rolex 24, a third-place finish at California Speedway's inaugural road course event and an AGT Win at Watkins Glen in June.
From here, Morgan-Dollar heads back to Watkins Glen for the Bully Hill Vineyards 250, 6:00PM, August 9th.