David Donohue / No. 25 Team Marines Racing Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo GNC Live Well 200 Watkins Glen International July 8, 2001 Race Information: Qualifying Position: 27th Lap Time/Speed: 75.003 / 117.595 mph Finishing ...
David Donohue / No. 25 Team Marines Racing
Team Rensi Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo
GNC Live Well 200
Watkins Glen International
July 8, 2001
Qualifying Position: 27th
Lap Time/Speed: 75.003 / 117.595 mph
Finishing Position: 15th
Pole Winner: Scott Pruett
Race Winner: Ron Fellows
Race Recap: Road coarse specialist, David Donohue's weekend started off bleak, but in the end, awarded him and Team Marines Racing their best finish of the 2001 season, 15th.
Team Marines began their trip to The Glen busier than most. The crew worked diligently, changing the motor prior to qualifying the No. 25 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the 27th spot. Knowing his road coarse abilities were not unveiled up to that point, Donohue's talents began to peak during happy hour, finishing the day 12th fastest on the board.
When the crew looked over the car on race morning, it was apparent there was a problem with the breaking system, which also needed to be torn down and tended to. Team Marines prides themselves on their ability to work together as a team and once again, it showed only hours before driver introductions.
When the green flag dropped, Donohue began his left/right maneuvers, in which he is so accustomed too. He gained 21 spots before the team's first pit stop on lap 23. The car was handling so well, Donohue took only four tires and fuel before returning to the track in the 28th spot. The caution was thrown again on lap 50 and many drivers came in the pits, but Donohue was told to stay on track, leaving him to run in the second position.
Six laps later, the caution waved once again and Donohue's crew radioed him into the pits. He received tires, fuel and 1-1/2 rounds of wedge to the right rear track bar. Donohue returned to the pavement, 27th for the restart where he again, began picking off spots. What the team wasn't hoping for happened, another yellow condition. Running laps under caution was hindering Donohue's chances of getting to the front. With 20 remaining, Donohue was in the 21st spot, fighting hard to get to the front, but time only allowed him to finish the day in the top-15.
Donohue's thoughts on the weekend: "I have to say it started off being a tough weekend for Team Marines Racing. Yesterday and this morning we were faced with a lot of unexpected problems and I mean big problems. The guys did a great job on the ignition system and even tore out the whole breaking system prior to the race. They never give up. Again, the pit stops were great, we just got caught outside everyone's pit sequence, putting us back in the field. At least this shows we can run strong and even in the front of the field. We were on old tires when we were running second to Ron Fellows. It's a respectable finish for Team Marines, but I would like to run as well on an oval track."
Team owner, Sam Rensi's thoughts on the weekend: "Team Marines Racing really came together this weekend and we ended up with a strong car. We lost track position later in the race due to our qualification run, but its evident David can drive the car and clear the car was prepared well."
"This is our best finish of the season and a victory for Team Marines Racing, there's nothing to be ashamed of. I know we haven't had the finishes we would have liked, but the United States Marine Corps stuck by us and we have a commitment to them and intend to do our best to represent them. I'm extremely proud of our guys and hope to build on this weekend's accomplishments. This race was also Team Rensi Motorsports 100th NASCAR Series start. That's something I'm proud of as well, I just wish my brother, Ed would have been here to celebrate with us, and it was a heck of a finish."
Race Date: Saturday, July 14, 2001
Track: Chicagoland Speedway
Race: Hills Bros Coffee 300
Broadcast: Live on NBC 3:30 EST and MRN 3:00 p.m. EST