SCC: Villaconn Mid-Ohio race report

Anything But Mid Pack at Mid-Ohio Mansfield, Ohio, June 10, 2001: For the third time this Grand Am Cup season, a Villaconn BMW Z3 found it's way to the podium here at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course today. After three long hours of racing, it was...

Anything But Mid Pack at Mid-Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio, June 10, 2001:

For the third time this Grand Am Cup season, a Villaconn BMW Z3 found it's way to the podium here at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course today. After three long hours of racing, it was Jeff Trask (partnered with Matt Connolly) who brought the team's #34 BMW home third. Not far behind in fourth place was Villaconn newcomer and Barber Dodge Pro Series regular, Davy Cook (teamed with Bransen Patch) in the #36 Z3. Proving the competitiveness of the platform, the BMW Z3 Coupe of Team Spartanburg Racing won the Sport Touring Class edging out the Acura Integra of King Motorsports.

Once again, it was good old fashioned teamwork that earned the strong result. The fourth place #36 Villaconn BMW suffered engine failure during Friday's practice session necessitating a seven hour swap with the team's #38 "Frankenstein" Coupe.

"Despite our best efforts "Frankenstein" continues to have computer issues that won't allow revs past 5300 RPMs," offered team tech guru, Gerald McNeely. "It made sense to create two healthy cars instead of having one fast car, one sick car and one dead car."

Impressed with the unity of the team was series newcomer, Davy Cook. "The guys attacked the engine swap with a calm and professional demeanor," said Cook. "I never heard one complaint and the support from the other team drivers was an added bonus. I only wish we had better luck and pitted under the yellow so that one of the team cars could have made a run for the win."

As was the case for the Phoenix round of the Grand Am Cup, Villaconn Motorsports hosted a large number of local Z3 club members. Northern Ohio Z3 Enthusiasts member, Cindy Reller, enjoyed her weekend with the team.

"For most of our group, it was a first experience (Grand Am Cup) and they were thrilled with the sights, sounds and smells of professional racing," explained Reller. "We enjoy our Z3s and it's awesome to see them compete so successfully."

Villaconn Motorsports will miss the Mosport round of the Grand Am Cup Series in order to prepare for the June 29-30 event at Virginia International Raceway. For more information, visit www.Villaconn.com.

-VM-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Davy Cook , Bransen Patch , Matt Connolly