SCC: Villaconn mid-season review

Huntingdon Valley, PA, June 20, 2001 -Following the Mid-Ohio round of the 2001 Grand Am Cup Championship, Villaconn team drivers, Jeff Trask and Bransen Patch are placed 6th and 7th in the Sport Touring driver's points chase. Of the six team ...

Huntingdon Valley, PA, June 20, 2001 -Following the Mid-Ohio round of the 2001 Grand Am Cup Championship, Villaconn team drivers, Jeff Trask and Bransen Patch are placed 6th and 7th in the Sport Touring driver's points chase. Of the six team drivers, Trask and Patch have logged the most track time and have consistently placed the highest finishes with three podium finishes in the first five races.

Due to continued development difficulties, the driver pairings of team owners, Alfredo Villamil/Matt Connolly and Gregory White/Ray Shaffer have not progressed as well. "Sure it's been a tough season for me personally," reports White. "But I take pride in the fact that the team does an excellent job of pulling together to get the job done." And Villamil echoes that this group is all about teamwork.

"You have to remember that for all intents and purposes, this is a first year operation at this level," explains Villamil. "We've had our share of growing pains but at the same time, we've put a car on the podium in three of the first five races - and we've led more than a few laps. That's a better track record than some of our more experienced competitors can claim."

Villaconn Motorsports is currently fourth in the Sport Touring category team championship points chase. As a manufacturer, BMW stands third in the championship just one point behind Porsche and Acura heading into round six of the Grand Am Cup Series at Mosport.

The team will not be making the trip to Ontario this weekend in preparation for the next event at Virginia International Raceway on June 29-30.

-Villaconn.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bransen Patch , Matt Connolly