Laguna Seca: Essex Racing/Finlay preview

CONSISTENCY CONTINUES TO PAY OFF FOR ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2006) -- Nestled in the quiet hills of California's central coast, Laguna Seca Raceway will host round six of the 2006 Rolex Series season. The Finlay...

CONSISTENCY CONTINUES TO PAY OFF FOR ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE

MOORESVILLE, NC (May 2, 2006) -- Nestled in the quiet hills of California's central coast, Laguna Seca Raceway will host round six of the 2006 Rolex Series season. The Finlay Motorsports team based in Mooresville, NC prepares for a two week stint on the west coast, competing in Monterey, California followed by a night race in Phoenix, Arizona.

"We're ready," said Rob Finlay. "We have two races in-a-row and I'm looking forward to both of them. The team really seems to be working well together and we're hoping to continue our success this weekend."

The No. 5 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford-powered Crawford currently sits in fourth position in the team point standings, a mere twelve points out of third and thirteen points from taking over the second spot. In order to do so, Finlay and his teammate Michael Valiante know how important it is to be consistent.

"I'm really looking forward to Laguna because I feel that it's one of the best races on the calendar," said Michael Valiante. "The team is really starting to gel and with our near victory in Virginia, I think we have a great shot at the world famous facility."

Valiante and Finlay's performance at Virginia International Raceway did not go unnoticed. The young Canadian, Valiante, scored the team's first podium finish of the season finishing third in the inaugural qualifying race on Saturday and than went on to lead 18 laps and almost pulled off the victory but was forced to stop for fuel during the closing laps of the race.

The team has scored an impressive five top-10 finishes in a total of seven races, including the qualifying race at VIR. Practice for the U.S. Sports Car Invitational is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 5 with the qualifying race to take place on Saturday. The 250-mile/112-lap/ 2 ¾ - hour time limit race is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start and will be televised live on Speed at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , Rob Finlay