Charlotte, NC. (April 30, 2001) -- Team Marines recently faced a number of challenges during the Auto Club 300 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but driver David Donohue stayed focused on the duties at hand, finishing...
Charlotte, NC. (April 30, 2001) -- Team Marines recently faced a number of challenges during the Auto Club 300 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., but driver David Donohue stayed focused on the duties at hand, finishing 27th.
According to Donohue, the handling was off at the start of the race, but adjustments were made and before the last pit stop, the car was great. "We were running lap speeds comparable to the leader, but running out of gas early on and coming into the pits as the caution came diminished our chances to finish at the front." Donohue stated.
"Strategically it was a struggle, but the car improved as the day went on. Our expectations were higher than a 36th starting spot, but changes were made and times picked up.
"This weekend was a positive reinforcement for us. We've identified a few of our weaknesses and will begin working on a plan of attack and get the Team Marines Chevrolet up front," Donohue boasted after the race.
A highlight to the weekend was Team Marines guest, Sergeant Major David A. Francisco. Francisco, a Senior Drill Instructor for the FOX TV show "Boot Camp," spent the weekend with Team Marines. While at the track, Francisco met with fans, signed autographs and even had the opportunity to ride in the pace car. He was so involved with what was going on, the team gave him an assignment for the race. Dressed in his "Boot Camp" uniform, the sergeant major waved the pit road sign and caught tires as Donohue came into the pits. He was quickly educated on the precise measures taken during a race in order to complete a mission and looks forward to the next racing experience with Team Marines.
Team Marines' next venture will be at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. The Hardee's 250 will be aired at 7:00 pm on FX. Also this weekend, Team Rensi Motorsports No. 61 NASCAR Craftsman truck appeared at the Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis. The Missouri/Illinois Dodge Dealers Ram Tough 200 will be aired Sunday, May 6th at 3:00 pm on ESPN.