Ave - a finalist in the Tough Times fan award

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Tony Ave, driver of the ...

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Tony Ave, driver of the #53 LAC Motorsports/Trilithic Panoz Esperante in the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup, is one of four finalists in the 2002 Westward Tools Tough Tools/Tough Times Award. Ave and the LAC Motorsports Team urge all fans and friends of the team to cast a supporting vote for this dubious award.

Balloting began Oct. 17 for the award, which will be given to the driver who, by vote of the fans, is deemed to have faced the toughest racing luck during the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup season. Voting is being conducted on the official Trans-Am Series website, at www.trans-amseries.com. Votes will be counted through midnight ET on Thursday, Oct. 24.   All fans who vote for the team that wins the Tough Tools/Tough Times Award will be entered into a drawing for a 14.4-volt cordless drill, courtesy of Westward Tools. If Ave wins the most votes, LAC Motorsports would receive a $2,500 credit from Westward Tools, Official Tools of the Trans-Am Series, to the winning team.

Since the season opener in Long Beach on April 14, Ave and the LAC Motorsports Team have encountered a wide variety of challenges including: fuel injection problems in Long Beach; a ruptured radiator hose in Mosport; a loose car late in the races in Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio; brake problems in Washington, D.C and Trois Rivieres; a close call in the pits followed by a black flag at Road America; a deficit of horsepower in Denver; low battery voltage in Miami, and diminished horsepower and dangerously worn tires at Road Atlanta. Perhaps the biggest disappointment came in Cleveland, when Ave led the most laps in the race and was poised for the team's second podium finish when a broken-down backmarker swerved in front of him, fatally damaging a tire.   Despite all the challenges, Ave has brought home three top five finishes and six top ten finishes in the 11 races run so far.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tony Ave