RACE: AutoWerke BMW 12 Hour at the Point notes

Autoy Inc/AutoWerke BMW overcomes adversity to claim 2nd in ITB Long-time Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point competitors Dave Toy, Weldon Wheeler and Bruce Shelton may not have had the fastest car in the race, but their experience in holding a...

Autoy Inc/AutoWerke BMW overcomes adversity to claim 2nd in ITB

Long-time Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point competitors Dave Toy, Weldon Wheeler and Bruce Shelton may not have had the fastest car in the race, but their experience in holding a car together paid off for the Autoy Inc BMW with a second place ITB finish in this year's 12 Hours at the Point. "Well, we expected to be quicker, but but car was unexpectedly low on power," said Dave Toy.

With speed not an issue, the team focused on picking a strategy that would bring them to the podium. "Our drivers did what it took to finish well. We rearranged the pit schedule, stayed out of the gravel, and focused on consistent laps instead of flogging the car around the track as if it was a sprint race," said Toy. The strategy paid off for the team as the car spent little time in the pits. Explained Toy, "The only breakage was a rear lug stud and it was replaced without any real delay."

The team has true grassroots endurance racing spirit, too. During the race, a fire broke out in a nearby competitor's car and the team's crew helped put out the fire. "We have a seasoned crew that is absolutely the best. Without the timely pit stops and quick and proper repairs done by our crew, we would not have been on the podium," said Toy.

The team said that without the support of their sponsors, Autoy Inc, AutoWerke and Automotive Enterprises, this year's effort would not have happened. "Our sponsors were great to us and we would like to thank them and the folks who helped sponsor the race," said Toy. Toy was happy about their finish -- "2nd in ITB and 28th overall. Not bad for a car that qualified dead last."

The team plans on returning for the 2004 12 Hours at the Point.

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