June 30, Richmond- 2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare began the third night-race of the season with his best qualifying position ( ...
June 30, Richmond- 2000 Rookie of the Year Airton Dare began the third night-race of the season with his best qualifying position (#5) to date. Dare picked off Sam Hornish, Jr. on lap #100 to claim position #2. The 1-800-BAR NONE car had Buddy Lazier set in its sights for the lead position throughout the meat of the 250-lap race.
A 5/8-mile track like the Richmond International Raceway can be expected to produce tight, physically demanding racing. But the fierce wheel to wheel action between the two Brazilians resulted in a crash into the wall for Dare.
"We were doing great from the start," says Dare. "We had the front grip and made power coming out of the turns like we wanted. We were holding off Felipe the whole night and were working on reeling in Lazier. Then I could feel his (Felipes) tires in between mine, you know. It was done after that."
Dare credits the TeamXtreme crew for keeping him within the top 2 throughout the nights battle. The #88 cars setup was near perfect from the drop of the green flag. A minor wing adjustment was made on lap 68 to add front grip. From that point, Dare and the crew knew the car had the ability to remain up front throughout the race.
Now TeamXtreme prepares to make their way to Kansas City to produce another exciting showing of open wheel racing. Dare and the crew look forward to racing in front of a sold-out event at the Kansas Speedway next weekend.
"First things first; everyone is relieved that Airton is ok," says General Manager John Lopes. "We just had a tough break tonight. The TeamXtreme car was handling great, the power was there and all of the elements were in place. We have done everything physically possible to produce a consistent top-3 car. Now we just need a little bit of good luck and well be exactly where want to be."