Charlotte, NC. (May 2, 2001) - David Donohue may have been battling the flu prior to Saturday's CarQuest Auto Parts 300, but he would not be defeated. Donohue started 31st and finished 20th, his best since taking over driving duties for Team...
Charlotte, NC. (May 2, 2001) - David Donohue may have been battling the flu prior to Saturday's CarQuest Auto Parts 300, but he would not be defeated. Donohue started 31st and finished 20th, his best since taking over driving duties for Team Marines Racing in April.
"We finished 20th today, but for Team Marines Racing it's a victory. There was a lot of hard work invested leading up to this race by the guys back at the shop and the pit stops were just incredible, as always. Walter Giles (crew chief), really hit the nail on the head with the setup. We weren't very fast in practice; the car was pushing considerably, but that all changed come race time, said Donohue."
After the race, Donohue also stated, "We had pretty good balance during the race. The car pushed some in the shade and was a bit loose in the sun, but not too much either way. This gave me the opportunity to run cars down, gain spots and stay on the lead lap. It was just a real good team effort. It's onward and upward from here."
They new from testing here a few weeks back that they had a good car, but starting in the back always causes concern. Those concerns diminished quickly though after happy hour and it showed during the race. Donohue was able to run down on the line and come off the corners well, gaining speed and running a great race for Team Marines.
Donohue credits maintaining his track position all day to the phenomenal pit stops performed.
"Team Marines practice pit stops at the shop on a weekly basis, determined to be the best they can, and it showed Saturday. On more than once occasion, changing four-tires and adding fuel in 17 seconds. This shows just how important teamwork is during a mission, said Pit Stop Coach for Team Rensi Motorsports, Matt Clark."
Those who were guests for the race stood in the pits cheering Team Marines on, including Fox TV's "Boot Camp" drill instructors, David Francisco and Tony Rosenbaum and show winner, Jennifer Whitlow. All were extremely amazed at the dedication and hard work given to prepare for a race and left with a different view on what is seen on TV.
Chief Warrant Officer 2, Tony Rosenbaum who had never been to a race was impressed. He and Whitlow both felt the same emotions. "We had a real good time watching them. The team exhibits great character, confidence and communication. All the traits of being great leaders. With all the adversity and obstacles thrown their way, they never give up and that's what's important, Whitlow stated."
Donohue made a visit to Meyers Park High School in Charlotte on Thursday. The focus of Team Marines message was given to students of the Auto Shop. The students will be out of school in the next week, which mean a time to celebrate for many and going to parties. Donohue stressed to the students that drinking and driving is against the law. He asked that they think before taking a drink and to be safe. The session was then left open for questions and answers.
Team Marines next tour of duty is the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway, Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm est on FX. Donohue and "The Monster Mile" will meet for the first since he ran there in 1992, before it was conrete. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is also racing at Dover this week. Teammate, Randy Tolsma will race the No. 61 "The Big White Truck" in Friday's MBNA E-Commerce 200 at 8:00 pm est (tape delayed) on ESPN.