CA: Trac Racing Echo Cup round 1 race notes

Trac Racing makes history by winning the first Pirelli Echo Cup Race SAINT-EUSTACHE, Qc. (Sunday May 9, 2004) -- Trac Racing team owner and driver, Stephane Trahan kicked off the 2004 Pirelli Echo Cup Series season by claiming the win at ...

Trac Racing makes history by winning the first Pirelli Echo Cup Race

SAINT-EUSTACHE, Qc. (Sunday May 9, 2004) -- Trac Racing team owner and driver, Stephane Trahan kicked off the 2004 Pirelli Echo Cup Series season by claiming the win at Sunday's Saint-Eustache race program. Trahan, driving the number 14 Toyota Echo led second-place finisher Jacques Belanger to the checkered flag by a record .3 seconds. Trahan's Trac Racing teammates David Fiset, Jean-Luc Gehant and Jean-Francois Trahan finished 9th, 12th and 15th respectively.

A door-to-door sprint to the checkered flag resulted in Stephane taking the victory by a nose. It was a close finish to a very exciting race.

"My start was really bad and then I got into the first corner and an unrestrained driver left me without any track to drive on. The car got loose and a few drivers snuck by me and now I was thinking 'How am I going to make this up," said Stephane. "I kept it floored, pushed very hard through the race and remained calm. A finish like this is the best way to start off a season."

"We really wanted to win at this track for a variety of reasons. It is the home track and it was great to race in front of our fans, customers and employees. The championship has got underway with a dream event."

"I have above all to thank everyone at Trac Racing to every last one of them who has worked hard for this result. This win is the result of the ultimate effort in our own work, the cohesion, stability and determination of our team. This win will certainly give us a further incentive to do even better in the forthcoming races."

When asked if this win was the most fulfilling thing of the weekend, Trahan responded, "Without question, the most fulfilling thing today was every fan that came out to support the race, and the impressive number of drivers. I've spoken to fans and am continually impressed by their enthusiasm and loyalty. Furthermore, the Pirelli Echo Cup organization has done a tremendous job. We're very proud and excited to be a part of such a great championship."

Sure it would have been great to be on the podium," reflected David Fiset, "but I'm pretty happy with the way the race went overall. I think we have all the elements of a winning organization. The Toyota Echo is just a great car to drive. I am happy to leave here with the points we earned today."

Jean-Francois Trahan, too, was "very happy with my car today. It is a whole new driving experience for me. I'm looking forward to driving with them in the future."

"The car was unbelievable, the handling was great, I had a great time," expressed Jean-Luc Gehant. I have my feet wet again and feel good about this year. I look forward to a success in Sanair in June and am eagerly awaiting the next race," concluded Gehant.

The next event on the Pirelli Echo Cup Series schedule is slated for June 5 at the Sanair Motorsport Complex.

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