Proving that teamwork is more than just a catch phrase, drivers Jeff Trask, Bransen Patch and Gregory White, teamed for Villaconn Motorsports first podium of the 2001 Grand Am Cup season here at Miami's Homestead Speedway. Originally planning on...
Proving that teamwork is more than just a catch phrase, drivers Jeff Trask, Bransen Patch and Gregory White, teamed for Villaconn Motorsports first podium of the 2001 Grand Am Cup season here at Miami's Homestead Speedway.
Originally planning on entering three BMW Z3 Coupes for six drivers, Villaconn modified their strategy due to continued computer problems with the #38 Z3. Ray Shaffer partnered with team owners, Al Villamil and Matt Connolly, in the #36 BMW Z3 Coupe while Gregory White joined Trask and Patch in the #34 BMW. "We realized that three drivers per car in a three hour race wasn't the best plan" commented team manager, Ricky Marerro. "But we've got six very competitive, yet unselfish drivers on our team and we all agreed that we would modify the plan, if we had to, as the race wore on."
Unfortunately, the race was over early once again for the #36 BMW as Al Villamil was involved in an opening lap crash with a GS class Mustang. Starting driver for the #34 BMW, Jeff Trask, had qualified his Z3 third and was clear of the first lap incident.
For approximately the next hour and a half, Trask would plug away, lap after lap, turning times as fast as he had qualified. He had his sights set on the first place Acura of Daytona winners, Keravich/Potter/Linder. Having brought the BMW up to second place, Trask handed a healthy Z3 over to Bransen Patch. Rising to the occasion, Patch managed to hold position as he turned in consistent lap times in traffic.
All the while, watching the race unfold from pit lane, was Gregory White. The picture was becoming clear - with the Acura Integra of Piscelli/Gaughran running closely behind in third, a driver change now would cost the Villaconn team a podium finish. Demonstrating his dedication to the team, White made the call to step aside and allow Patch to bring the BMW home in second.
"Villaconn earned this podium today as a true team effort" beamed the elated driver. "Greg deserves to be up here with Jeff and I because he's a true team player. From the guys in the shop building the cars to the group here today, this is just reward."
The next race for Villaconn Motorsports and the Grand Am Cup is the April 20th race at Phoenix International Raceway.