ASC Motorsports Perseveres to Finish 14th at VIR Tiffin, Ohio -- April 30, 2006 The ASC Motorsports Corvette C6 driven by Zach Arnold and Johnny Miller overcame a serious practice setback to post a respectable and hard-earned 14th place GT class...
ASC Motorsports Perseveres to Finish 14th at VIR
Tiffin, Ohio -- April 30, 2006 The ASC Motorsports Corvette C6 driven by Zach Arnold and Johnny Miller overcame a serious practice setback to post a respectable and hard-earned 14th place GT class finish in the Grand Am Rolex Sports car Series race at VIRginia International Raceway.
The team began the weekend at the scenic and hilly 3.27 mile road course in Southern Virginia with a good setup on the car for the promoter's test day. Arnold and Miller posted quick times in the rainy conditions as the practice sessions got underway. And, in what has become one of ASC Motorsports' strong points, the crew continued to fine-tune and improve the setup to meet the track conditions.
However, late in the session, disaster struck when a front suspension part broke and the Corvette slid through the wet grass and crashed hard into the tire barrier. Using the team's expanded stock of spare body parts and chassis components, the crew did a phenomenal job of rebuilding the front end.
Although the team missed the first official practice session while awaiting delivery of new shocks, the car was ready for the second session and posted the 8th fastest time among the 20 GT cars on hand for the 250 mile race. Then, in Grand Am's first-ever qualifying race to determine starting positions for race day, rain and unfortunate timing played a role in the team's 17th place starting spot.
Race day saw both the weather and the team's confidence improve as they had overcome the problems and were ready to go. Arnold and Miller stayed in contention early and the crew had excellent pit stops. The only drawback to an otherwise good run was the bad timing of a full-course caution, which caused several GT cars to lose a lap to the leaders and fall out of contention. Staying out of the way of the tightly packed Daytona Prototype race for the overall win was also a challenge.
After the VIR race, team management has decided to forego the next few races on the Grand Am schedule and spend some time on development and testing of the Corvette. ASC Motorsports plans to use the time to make some chassis and aerodynamic improvements, concentrating on being ready to contend for a podium finish in the team's home race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 24th.