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Road America: SpeedSport race notes

SpeedSport enjoys fun weekend at Road America Sugar Hill, Ga (August 28, 2003) - SpeedSport's visit to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin proved to be one of their most enjoyable race weekends even though Roger Foo and Robert Baxter...

SpeedSport enjoys fun weekend at Road America

Sugar Hill, Ga (August 28, 2003) - SpeedSport's visit to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin proved to be one of their most enjoyable race weekends even though Roger Foo and Robert Baxter finished outside of the top-ten in their Mazda Proteges. Qualifying positions of 19th and 22nd respectively provided them with a view of more cars on the grid than they would have liked, but gave them an opportunity to enjoy their best racing of the season as they worked their way through the field during the 17 lap race. Foo gained eight positions to finish 11th and Baxter moved up four to 16th.

With Foo's 11th place finish he remains fourth in points leaving Round Seven with 127 and was able to add a little buffer between himself and the remainder of the top-ten with three races to go. In the first half of the season Baxter didn't earn any points because of disappointing finishes, but has now made his way to just outside the Top-20 in 21st with 37 points.

ROGER FOO - No. 88 MAZDA PROTEGE (Finish: 11th / Qualify: 19 th) "A better qualifying position, a better start and a better finish would have made it a better weekend, but it was probably one of the best weekends I've had because of the great racing with all of the other competitors every lap. The track is awesome and I have a lot of respect for the place. It looks like I may have been able to get a better finish if I had been able to get around a few more cars earlier in the race and avoided making some mistakes I don't usually do. I was help up behind some cars, but I picked up a couple of seconds a lap once I got around them and was able to go towards the front taking advantage of the Cobalt Friction VR pads and StopTech brakes which were a big improvement over what I was used to. I did the best with what I had overall, but to keep what we have we're going to have to continue development of the cars. Some of the teams have obviously stepped up their game and are making it more difficult to get a good finish."

ROBERT BAXTER - No. 86 MAZDA PROTEGE (Finish: 16th / Qualify: 22nd): "I had more fun at this race than I've had all year. I was pretty content with my finish despite an alignment problem that slowed me down and a chance at a better finish that got away from me because of a competitor's problems. I had another great start thanks to my ACT clutch and gained a couple of spots, but some contact on the first lap where my car was hit in the front end knocked the toe out. It didn't take long for the tires to begin overheating as a result, so I had to slow down to keep something under the car for the end of the race.

Espenlaub was losing transmission fluid and we were behind him long enough to coat the front of our cars and the windshields with a film of oil. The sun was going down and in Turn One it was shining in your face which isn't much of a problem if the windshield is clean, but mine was all mucked up making it very difficult to see out of. A few laps from the end of the race I didn't see that someone went off in Turn One and dragged a bunch of debris on the track. I went through it and went off course through the gravel trap, but I kept my foot in it and kept going. As a result I lost a few positions, but was able to make one up to finish 16th."

SpeedSport next travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA for Round Eight the weekend of September 5-7.

Based in Sugar Hill, Ga, SpeedSport is sponsored by Mazda, H&R Special Springs, Advanced Clutch Technology, BBS wheels, StopTech, Cobalt Friction, Moton Shocks and LTB Motorsports.

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Drivers Robert Baxter , Roger Foo