Watkins Glen: Essex Racing/Finlay race report

NO.5 MAKE-A-WISH/Z-LINE DESIGNS DP CAR MOVES INTO FIFTH IN TEAM POINT STANDINGS WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 3, 2006) - Round 8 of the 14-race Grand American Rolex Series schedule took place today at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The ...

NO.5 MAKE-A-WISH/Z-LINE DESIGNS DP CAR MOVES INTO FIFTH IN TEAM POINT STANDINGS

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 3, 2006) - Round 8 of the 14-race Grand American Rolex Series schedule took place today at Watkins Glen International Raceway. The Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford-powered Daytona Prototype machine driven by Rob Finlay, Michael Valiante and Guy Cosmo started the Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen in the sixth position with the young Canadian sensation Michael Valiante behind the wheel.

Valiante ran a double stint at the start of the race, running in the top-five and leading the 6-hour event before turning the driving duties over to Guy Cosmo. As the rain continued to come down around the circuit, Cosmo began to work his way up through the field and was running in the top-10 before turning the No.5 machine over to Rob Finlay. Finlay climbed behind the wheel and joined the battle. Running consistent lap times in treacherous conditions, Finlay held his line and brought the blue and silver machine back into the pits for the final driver change of the race.

Michael Valiante returned to the competition and ran some very impressive lap times but unfortunately fell just shy of a top-10 result, finishing 12th. Valiante's last lap of the race was his quickest of the day.

Tonight's race result moved the Finlay Motorsports No. 5 car into the fifth position in the Grand American Series Team Point Standings. The Mooresville, NC - based team will next compete in the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 24th. Driver

Quotes:

Rob Finlay "That was a really tough race. The conditions were really difficult but we had a decent finish and took over fifth place in the team point standings."

Michael Valiante "Well we didn't quite have the result we were looking for but we ran a clean race and picked up a few team points. We ran as high as second and ran our quickest time of the day on the last lap of the race. It was difficult conditions adapting from dry to slicks but Rob did a great job keeping it on the track. We didn't experience any mechanical failures and the car ran well so we'll take what we learned and head to Mid-Ohio."

Guy Cosmo "I'm glad I could be here for the team to assist in the driving of the Make-A- Wish/Z-Line Designs car this weekend. The conditions were miserable all day and the racing was fierce we were all just searching for grip."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , Guy Cosmo , Rob Finlay