RACE: Baker reflects on 12 Hour at the Point

Even though the Baker Dental Practice SpecMiata finished eighteenth-overall and twenty-eight laps behind the race winner, the team views its rookie start at the Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point as a victory. For the seven-year racing veteran ...

Even though the Baker Dental Practice SpecMiata finished eighteenth-overall and twenty-eight laps behind the race winner, the team views its rookie start at the Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point as a victory. For the seven-year racing veteran Steve Baker, his first endurance racing experience was,"...the most awesome racing experience I have had."

Before the race started, the tenderfoot team had set realistic goals. According to Baker, "This was the first race for the Baker Dental Practice Miata and our plan was to finish in the overall top twenty. We feel good about our eighteenth overall and ninth-in-class finishing position." The team's top-twenty finish occurred despite refueling problems that cost them at least one lap on each fueling stop and a having the right-rear wheel come loose twice. Baker added, "The fueling and the wheel were the only problems we had all race. We can fix the problem with the fueling, but as far as we can tell, there was no reason why wheel came loose twice."

Baker praised his crew and the families of everyone involved with the team. Said Baker, "The support and hard work by the crew made helped keep us out there on the track. We especially would like to thank Marty Williams and Richard Burke for the difficult last-minute work they did in getting our team ready."

Like most of this year's competitors, Baker intends to challenge the 12 Hours at the Point in 2004. "Oh yeah, we will be back next year."

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