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Holtoms' fight adversity in California A long weekend yields some points for SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged FONTANA, CALIFORNIA The father and son duo of Jim and Jamie Holtom traveled to Fontana, California for their second...

Holtoms' fight adversity in California
A long weekend yields some points for SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA The father and son duo of Jim and Jamie Holtom traveled to Fontana, California for their second outing in their Grand-Am Cup SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. It proved to be an uphill battle from the start.

On Thursday, the scheduled test day was cancelled due to high Santa Ana winds and that put the Holtoms' behind. "We had never been to this track, and development of our SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged is critical to results, with the loss of this test day, we were in for a long, learning weekend," Jim Holtom said.

Friday had two practice sessions and the Georgian Bay Motorsports made progress on the setup of the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. "In the first session we weren't close," Holtom said. "But we continued to work hard to get closer to the front." Towards the end of the second session, Jim Holtom had a heavy crash while trying to get the most out of the changes the team had made. "It is just incredible how strong these cars are. I am amazed at how well the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged stood up. Most other cars would have been written off in an accident like this, but we came away with only minor damage."

For qualifying, wholesale changes were made to the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged, and they paid off as Jim Holtom put the car fifth on the ST grid with a time of 1.55.137 which was significantly faster than they had practiced at. "The car was good. We were making progress after a lot of work," Holtom said.

The team's strategy for the 200 mile race was sound as Fontana is not known for full course yellows and when the first one came, the team opted to stop and re-fuel and change drivers. "We were set to go to the end, as our Georgian Bay Motorsports Team had worked hard to figure the fuel calculations," Holtom said. The problem was the setup of the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged was showing more tire wear than anticipated. Jamie Holtom reported a vibration during his stint and had to stop under green which dropped him down the running order. That was followed by an incident, where he got hit from behind, and that put him to the tail end of the field. A strong drive by Jamie pulled the car back up the field to a 13th place finish, and the team scored some valuable points.

"It was a long weekend, be we had fun and we learned a lot about the car," Holtom said. "It will help us as we move forward." The next action for the SCADAPack Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged will be at the 2005 U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca April 29-May1

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jim Holtom