The last running of the Paul Revere 250 was in 1986, when it was a Championship Cup Series motorcycle event. Ironically, the race director for that event was Roger Edmondson, President of the Grand American Road Racing Association. ROGER ...
The last running of the Paul Revere 250 was in 1986, when it was a Championship Cup Series motorcycle event. Ironically, the race director for that event was Roger Edmondson, President of the Grand American Road Racing Association.
ROGER EDMONDSON: "It's a real, unique thrill to be involved in bringing back the Paul Revere 250, especially after putting the race to bed nearly 15 years ago, and now seeing it brought back to life. It's a special thrill for me. I think we have to recognize that the reason it went to bikes back then was because sports car racing was in a certain amount of trouble. Now that we're coming back with a sports car race is a sign of the confidence that this revival of sports car racing has some legs to it."
BOB HILL (No. 04 AGT Chevrolet Monte Carlo) -- This is a former Detroit Gasket car from the NASCAR Busch Series. Curtis Markham ran fourth in it at Watkins Glen. Alton McBride put the car together, and I used to work with him, and they gave me a call to get the car shook down and make it comfortable. My only road race was the Ruan Grand Prix when they ran the Trans-Am there, in the ARCA series. That's my road racing experience right there. I was running sixth, with six laps remaining, when I blew up. I qualified third my first time here in 1994 for the ARCA 200, and my best finish was fifth in 1995. This car is basically a NASCAR stock car, just a little more wiring and blowers, but there's not much difference.
JOHN DAVIS (No. 04 AGT Chevrolet Monte Carlo) -- This will be our only race this year. We're hoping to run the Rolex 24 next year, that's why were here, testing and learning fuel and tire management. I've been told that a stock car has never finished the Rolex 24. That's why we're here, to finish the race for Messenger and raise money for kids. We have a foundation and we're going to be out here with sponsors for the Rolex 24.
The No. 04 is one of two former NASCAR Busch Series cars competing in the American GT class in the Paul Revere 250. Jack Lewis Enterprises will race a Ford Thunderbird, painted in the Baby Ruth colors when it was campaigned by Jeff Gordon for Bill Davis Enterprises. Lewis and John Finger will co-drive the No. 7.
BUTCH LEITZINGER (No. 8 Creighton Motorsports Ford Lola) -- We've got a gearbox problem. It's a sequential gearbox, and sometimes it's skipping gears, sometimes it's missing gears. We had to tear the whole thing apart, and try to get it back together. We missed the second afternoon session, but we should be ready for eight o'clock. It's going to be a good package, we just need a few laps to get everything dialed in and get comfortable in the car. (Leitzinger finished second on Sunday in the Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen International)