APRIL 1, 2000, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - Terri Hundertmark, a rookie in the Women's Global GT Series, had a top-ten run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Michelin/ Heafner-Itco/ Racing For Kids/TCR Panoz today. Hundertmark, in her third Women's...
APRIL 1, 2000, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - Terri Hundertmark, a rookie in the Women's Global GT Series, had a top-ten run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Michelin/ Heafner-Itco/ Racing For Kids/TCR Panoz today. Hundertmark, in her third Women's Global GT Series (WGGTS) race, started the event in the gold-roofed #4 tenth on the grid and took the checkered flag in seventh place.
"It was kinda wild out there. I feel with a little more time I'll be up there. I just don't have that much time in sedans and I'm still learning," related the Indianapolis resident. "But, we'll get there. I do have a lot of time on these Michelin Pilot MXX3 tires and that helped on a hot day like this. I was happy with my race."
The weekend started out hard for the former jet-ski champion. The Lowe's Motor Speedway is not new to sports car racing but it is new to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and its major support series, the WGGTS. The track proved challenging with many compromises being forced on the drivers and their car setups. For Hundertmark, it was no different. Her greatest difficulty initially came from a chicane that was built on the backstraight by using two separate tire walls acting as a quick lefthander to slow the cars before blasting through the oval's turn-three and turn-four banking. The Michelin/ Heafner-Itco/ Racing For Kids entry twice found the tire wall on Thursday practice. The damage, though light, proved frustrating to Terri though she was far from the only driver to find the narrow exit tough to navigate. She continued to work with the corner until she had it right by race time.
"I really figured out the chicane today. After hitting the 'Terri Hundertmark-signature series' tire wall twice on Thursday." joked Hundertmark, "I was the last person to hit the wall and they left it with the four less tires that I punted out of the way on Thursday. I was really glad to be getting through there the way I knew I could today, fast."
The race proved to be a physical challenge for the drivers but Hundertmark's physical fitness proved to her advantage. She worked with the car and the changing track conditions throughout the event and raced her way up to a seventh place finish despite a late-race caution that allowed two cars to sneak by her on the restart.
"The restart stacked all of us together going into [turn] one and the cars in the front were going slow and I had to lift. A couple of cars got around me," said Hundertmark, "but, I am still so new to this. I just have to learn the drive these big cars. I'll get it and we'll be running up front before too long."
Terri carried local sponsorship from tire and equipment provider, Heafner-Itco at this event. The company showed overwhelming support for her. "It was a lot of fun having Heafner-Itco here as our partner and giving us all this local support. It was really great with all the local fans showing an interest in 'Racing for Kids' and Michelin and the Women's Series."
Earlier in the week, Terri made a Racing For Kids visit to Presbyterian Hembry Children's Hospital to talk and sign autographs with the children. Terri is beginning her fourth year visiting children in the hospital and helping to raise funds as a member of the Racing For Kids team. Racing For Kids is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to use the increasing popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on the health care needs of children. Since joining in 1997, Terri has been the sole female spokesperson of the organization.
For further information on: Terri Hundertmark, see her web site at www.MsSpeed.com. Michelin North America, see www.michelin.com Women's Global GT Series, see www.americanlemans.com