Glenn Yee Motorsports Has a Bumpy Ride at The Grand-Am Cup 250 HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- March. 28, 2004 -- It was a heartbreaking ending for Geoff Escalette and Hugh Plumb of Glenn Yee Motorsports at today's Grand-Am Cup 250. The duo took their...
Glenn Yee Motorsports Has a Bumpy Ride at The Grand-Am Cup 250
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- March. 28, 2004 -- It was a heartbreaking ending for Geoff Escalette and Hugh Plumb of Glenn Yee Motorsports at today's Grand-Am Cup 250. The duo took their brand new Porsche 996 in its debut race from the back of the grid to as high as second position overall during the three-hour endurance race today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Escalette and Plumb ended the race under caution in 12th position in GS class.
Escalette started the race at the back of the grid due to not being able to qualify the car the day before because of a broken axle. He swiftly worked his way through traffic and gained 25 positions during his first 20 minutes in the Porsche. He continued to move through the field and got out of the car 16th position in GS class. His stint didn't go without some minor problems that occur with a shakedown of a new car. When the fuel tank was full, the breather valve locked causing fuel starvation.
Plumb took over driving duties and with consistently quick lap times and good pit stop strategy under caution, was able to drive his way up to second position overall. He was holding strong in second when brake problems arose. The brakes failed with approximately 30 minutes of green flag racing left in the race. The Porsche was brought in and the front pads changed which caused the team to fall to 26th position overall. The front brakes were so hot they had melted the pistons to the brake backing plate.
With new brake pads and a determined spirit, Plumb was able to make his way back through the pack of race cars to end the race 12th position in GS class, or 23rd overall.
"It was a frustrating day out there. We did so well working our way up and holding our position and then the brakes went bad. It's really disheartening, especially since the crew has worked so hard this weekend to get this car on the track and competitive. I'm pleased that we worked our way from the back to the front and then back up again during the duration of the race. The crew did a great job; I just wish I could have brought home a win for them. We're going to regroup, do some testing and get back out there at Phoenix," Plumb said.
"I had a good time out there during my stint. Hugh was the one who got the brunt of the problems. I had fun working my way through traffic and getting my lap speeds up. The car is fast and good to drive and I think with some testing, it will be fine tuned and even more competitive. We just need to look ahead now and get ready for Phoenix. We went through some tough spots today and we've learned from them and will take that experience and apply it to our next race and hopefully our results will be better because of it," Escalette commented.
Glenn Yee Motorsports will compete both in the Grand American Rolex and Grand-Am Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway on April 8-10.
Based in San Dimas, Calif., Glenn Yee Motorsports serves as a race prep and suspension tuning facility. On a day-to-day basis, team managers Glenn and Christine Yee are involved in the administrative functions of the team.