LG Motorsports puts pair on Miller Park Podium as Gigliotti and Peterson finish 2nd and 3rd Tooele Utah (May 19, 2007): Lou Gigliotti and Doug Peterson started strong and finished strong as they finished their LG Motorsports Chevy Corvette C6s...
LG Motorsports puts pair on Miller Park Podium as Gigliotti and Peterson finish 2nd and 3rd
Tooele Utah (May 19, 2007): Lou Gigliotti and Doug Peterson started strong and finished strong as they finished their LG Motorsports Chevy Corvette C6s in 2nd and 3rd respectively in today's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series here at Miller Motorsports Park. Tomy Drissi finished 25th after having to serve a stop and go penalty while in 10th position.
Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas Texas, got a great jump in his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette C6 from his 3rd place starting position and almost won the drag race down the long straightaway and while Lou almost got along side of pole sitter and eventual race winner Tommy Archer he wasn't able to pull off the pass for the lead without contact so Lou settled back into second place.
Lou Gigliotti fell to 3rd briefly but soon was back shadowing Archer's Viper for the final 9 laps of the 14 lap race around this very long 4.486 mile road race track.
"Thank goodness the Porsche spun," Gigliotti said. "If he hadn't hit Tommy and slowed him down a little bit then I think it would have been a Porsche and Viper parade. He [Pobst] slowed Tommy up a little bit which allowed me to catch up.
"Tommy and I have had some problems lately and the last thing I needed to do was run into him and I think the same for him. The last thing he needed to do was run into me. I tried to race him as clean as I could. If I had touched him, he might have slid out and I might have gotten by him. But even when he was off line, he could get on the throttle and pull away.
"I did think about nudging him a little bit. But I only thought about it."
With his teammate Doug Peterson on his back bumper Gigliotti started putting pressure on the lead Viper but Archer had all the answers, or more accurately power winning the race with LG Motorsports Corvette of Lou Gigliotti .577 second behind and Doug Peterson trailing close Gigliotti by .879 second.
"My strategy was to tuck in behind Lou, stick with him and follow him to the front," said Doug Peterson before the race. His strategy paid off as he finished 2nd right behind Lou Gigliotti.
Doug Peterson, of Bonita Springs Florida, didn't get off to the best of starts in his Urban Assault The Movie Chevy Corvette and lost a couple of positions to the Porsches of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati finishing lap one in 6th position but soon rallied back to pass Galati for 5th.
"The red light came on and then it went off but the sun was giving a perfect position and I thought it was a reflection," said Doug Peterson of his slow start. "I didn't want to jump the start so I waited so when everyone else went then I went. I got a very bad start."
When Curran fell out of the race the Gigliotti and Peterson Corvettes became the meat in an Archer and Pobst sandwich as this quartet pulled out to a gap over the rest of the field and ran in tight formation for the final 8 laps. Many pass attempts were made by all four drivers but the group finished in that order.
"I need the points so I said I am going to take what I can get," Peterson said of his decision not to push his way past Gigliotti. "The Toyo Tires were really good today. I conserved my tires in the beginning and they were there at the end."
Tomy Drissi, of Hollywood California, started the race in 20th position and had worked his NEXT The Movie Chevy Corvette up to 9th as Tomy was running lap times near the pace of the race leaders.
While trying to continue his move to the front by passing the Woodhouse Viper Tomy drifted briefly off course losing a position to Brian Kubinski's Corvette and when Tomy came back on course he over cooked it into the next turn hitting and spinning Kubinski.
The contact earned Drissi a stop and go penalty which dropped Tomy back to a disappointing 25th place finish.
The second place finish moved Lou Gigliotti up into 5th in the GT driver's point's championship with Doug Peterson's 3rd place finish cementing Doug into the top ten in 8th.
Lou's second place finish also expanded Chevrolet's lead over Cadillac to 10 points in the Manufacturer's Championship 26 points to 16.
Lou Gigliotti summed up the weekend by saying, "This is what I am most happy about, two LG Motorsports Corvettes on the podium!"
The SCCA SPEED GT race at Miller Motorsports Park can be seen on tape delay broadcast on SPEED Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
The next race for the LG Motorsports Corvettes will be Round 4 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 24. The race will take place following NASCAR Nextel Cup Qualifying on CTC-Pole Night.