TRV Daytona Rolex 24 Qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4 - Barry Waddell put the Supreme Exhaust System Products/Racer Parts Wholesale Riley & Scott MkIII Chevy ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4 - Barry Waddell put the Supreme Exhaust System Products/Racer Parts Wholesale Riley & Scott MkIII Chevy #95 firmly on the grid for the 38th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Saturday and Sunday during first-round qualifying on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. The Toledo, Ohio-based TRV Motorsport team will start 16th in the 80-car field when the green flag waves Saturday at 1 p.m. Waddell qualified at an average speed of 118.24 mph with the car, which is also supported by LCF Associates, LACOSTE, and Lee's Grinding. The Evansville, Ind.-based driver, who has two podium finishes in the top class at this event (1996 and 1997), is scheduled to be at the wheel for the start of the twice-around-the-clock enduro. Waddell is also famous for his accomplishments in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, where he is first in career starts with 49 and third in career points. He is a professional race car driver and instructor/test driver for the Skip Barber Racing School and the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Peter Boss of Narragansett, R.I., who hopes to run for the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship later this year, is slated to drive the next stint. He will be followed by Trans-Am and Rolex 24 veteran R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass. Team owner Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich. will be behind the wheel next, and he plans to do the first double stint. The start of the Rolex 24 is scheduled to be shown live tomorrow from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with additional live coverage slated for the same network Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A highlights show is also planned for ESPN at a later date. "We're ready to go," said Waddell after the final practice session Friday. "I want to go over some of the gearing, but I'm really looking forward to a good race." Boss has never before competed in the Rolex 24 or at this famous track, but his first impressions were very positive. "I like the banking," he said. "I think the infield is slow but fun. Traffic makes every lap interesting. The car is great; the crew is great and we have a good driver lineup. It's lots of fun, and I'm excited about the race." "The car is running better than ever," said veteran R.J. Valentine, who returns to the TRV team after running with it for the first time in last year's Rolex 24. "I'm optimistic that we'll get a top-10 finish. We should go forward with renewed vigor!" "Things are going pretty well," agreed Volk, who owns the team in addition to being one of its drivers. "We've had the least amount of pre-race track time that we've ever had here, so it's really different. If puts everybody back a little. Our team also lost out a little because we had a tire explode during the test session last month and we had to leave early, but what's helping is that the car is running well. Our qualifying time was exactly what we thought it would be, which is amazing. "As always, we came here with our race set-up. We know we can't get on the front row, so we just concentrate on preparing for the race. The big decision this year was which motor to bring. Six-liter motors weren't allowed before due to the rules, but instead of running a 6-liter motor this year we decided to bring a 5-liter engine. We made that decision because we want to run an engine, gearbox and drivetrain that can stand up for a full 24-hour race. No Sports Racer has ever run a 6-liter motor here before because of the rules, so they're an unknown quantity. The 6-liter motor puts out 100 more horsepower and 100 more pounds of torque than our 5-liter motor, but we've chosen to go the proven, conservative approach and run the 5-liter engine. Our goal is to have a good race pace with equipment that we're confident can make it to the end. The weekend is going really well so far, so we hope the snake-bitten monkey is off our back." "Things are going pretty well," concurred team manager Mike Madden. "We made our engine change yesterday [Thursday], and today we just did a systems check and bedded in some brakes. We found a few small things today and we're fixing them, but we've definitely been through a lot worse before this race. If things hold up we should be fine."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Peter Boss , R.J. Valentine , Barry Waddell