Ten Motorsports' and Finlay Motorsports' Stock Continues To Rise DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- January 8, 2005 -- At the conclusion of the second day of testing at Daytona International Speedway, the Ten Motorsports and Finlay Motorsports teams find...
Ten Motorsports' and Finlay Motorsports' Stock Continues To Rise
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- January 8, 2005 -- At the conclusion of the second day of testing at Daytona International Speedway, the Ten Motorsports and Finlay Motorsports teams find themselves in good company. Finlay Motorsports is in the top ten in the Grand-Am Cup series standings. The sister-team's Daytona Prototype has also proven their worth against heady competition in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The rookie team has posted outstanding lap times both days of testing, with five top ten lap times in six sessions. The team continued to impress late in the day, rounding out with the fourth fastest lap during the sixth session.
In what turned out to be a blessing in disguise, repair was required to fix a section of track during the morning that pushed the start of the test three hours, to noon. The sixth session, originally supposed to take place in the mid- afternoon, began at dusk and continued into the night.
The most difficult condition -- outside of precipitation -- during endurance racing is the transition from day to night. The fading sun and beaming lights from the grandstands can cast insidious shadows across the infield causing havoc for drivers. Though disappointed for having to wait several hours to start the day, Steve Cameron, the Ten Motorsports team manager, was thankful that his drivers were able to take advantage of the difficult lighting; "The team was anxious waiting for the green light, but the added practice of driving from dusk to night will benefit our guys during the [Rolex] 24."
Co-driver and team owner of Finlay Motorsports, Rob Finlay, tasted the wheel-to-wheel action for which Grand-Am Cup racing is known, as he became entangled with two other cars heading into an infield turn resulting in minor damage. The body was repaired, but during the next session the team was forced to pit several times in order to correct alignment issues. Overcoming those problems the team posted the seventh best lap of the session.
The Ten Motorsports and Finlay Motorsports teams have risen from virtual ambiguity over the past two days, surpassing even their own expectations as they look to replicate their efforts on the final day of testing. From Daytona the team will travel back to the Cameron Motorsports Management facility in Sonoma, CA to finish out the month of January preparing for Ten Motorsport's first Rolex 24.