HORIZON'S TOUGH LOSS March 8, 2005 -- Rock Hill, SC - The Horizon Motorsports Team was spinning their wheels on the track, this time in Miami, in a heartbreaker of an early finish at the Rolex Homestead-Miami race. Expectations for this race...
HORIZON'S TOUGH LOSS
March 8, 2005 -- Rock Hill, SC - The Horizon Motorsports Team was spinning their wheels on the track, this time in Miami, in a heartbreaker of an early finish at the Rolex Homestead-Miami race.
Expectations for this race were high, after coming off a respectable finish at the Rolex 24- Hour Race, where the team had their first- ever run on the new chassis. With this newly redesigned Horizon GTO, the team and their drivers, Espenlaub and Szekeres, were determined to bring this one home.
Espenlaub had a scheduling conflict that prevented him from practicing until the warm- up, Saturday, before the race start. The onus to set-up and qualify was then placed on Szekeres, who has been building time in the car, while becoming familiar with Grand Am GT racing, and the nuances of a new car. Szekeres did an admirable job, qualifying the Horizon GTO in 11th place.
From the start of the race, Szekeres was steadily moved up through the field, and by lap 60, at the pit-stop for refuel and driver change, had driven the GTO solidly into a of good reputable 8th place.
But such great driving was for naught, as the car made only one additional lap when an oil pump belt failure sidelined the car, eliminating.
Overall, the progress of the new car has been promising for the Horizon team. All eyes are now focused on the 400 At California Speedway, Fontana, California - Sunday, April 3rd, 2005. Szekeres will once again shoulder the shake down practice and qualifying, as there is a scheduling conflict with Espenlaub and the World Challenge Series.
The Horizon GTO Team is expecting a step it up a notch in the program as they continue to fine-tune their Horizon chassis.