Treadway Starting 12th; Lazzaro 20th in Season Opener Homestead, Fl: Rick Treadway turned his best lap of the weekend to earn the twelfth starting position for the season opening race tomorrow, The 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami. Treadway...
Treadway Starting 12th; Lazzaro 20th in Season Opener
Homestead, Fl: Rick Treadway turned his best lap of the weekend to earn the twelfth starting position for the season opening race tomorrow, The 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami. Treadway ran a lap of 199.314 MPH in his #55 Treadway-Hubbard Racing entry. Anthony Lazzaro will start 20th after turning a lap of 196.445 MPH in his #99 Sam Schmidt Motorsports/ BG Products entry.
"It feels great to be back in the car," said Treadway. "We worked on race set ups all day yesterday and I have a great race car. My engineer Tim Wardrop spent some time with me last night reviewing the data from the days' run and that really helped. We made some changes and were pretty fast in qualifying trim. I'm really happy starting 12th. I have to thank Tim Wardrop and the entire Treadway-Hubbard Racing team for their support. My goal now is to run all day tomorrow and be there at the end."
Similarly, Anthony Lazzaro, driver for Sam Schmidt Motorsports spent the first day of practice working on race set up but was not able to find additional speed in qualifying.
"We worked on race set ups all day yesterday and on long runs for the race," said Lazzaro. "We missed it a little in qualifying trim today, but I have a great team behind me and I'll be patient and work our way to the front. We should be good on longs runs and we'll pick up some spots in the pits I'm sure. I'm ready to race and get some more seat time. My goal is to be running when the checkered flag drops and if we can do that we'll have a good finish for Sam and the BG team."
Sam Schmidt Motorsports contracted with Treadway-Hubbard racing to run the on-track operations for the team in the 2002 season. Schmidt drove for Treadway in the 1999 season winning from the pole in Las Vegas before being seriously injured in a testing crash in January 2000.
The 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami can be seen tomorrow live on ABC television at 1:00 P.M. (EST).