Cleveland: Joey Scarallo Thursday notes

Mechanical Problems Force Scarallo to Miss Practice CLEVELAND (July 1, 2004) -- A failed exhaust-system component sidelined Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, in today's ...

Mechanical Problems Force Scarallo to Miss Practice

CLEVELAND (July 1, 2004) -- A failed exhaust-system component sidelined Joey Scarallo, driver of the No. 06 ROH Wheels/Group A Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette, in today's first-round practice for the Trans-Am on the Tarmac.

"The exhaust pipe cracked causing exhaust to run down inside the car where it made contact with some wires and ignited a small fire," said Scarallo. "We are behind a session and it is hard to tell how to set up the car, but my Baucom Motorsports team has reassembled the exhaust and I am ready to rock and roll in qualifying this afternoon."

Scarallo teamed this year with Baucom Motorsports, which fields the No. 86 Ford Mustang driven by owner/driver John Baucom. The Baucom squad is preparing Scarallo's car for the 2004 season.

A longtime racer, Scarallo has been in the driver's seat since he was 11, racing karts in the Long Island Karting Association, where he won three championships in 1993.

Scarallo also won championships in the International Karting Federation in 1996, and he recorded three top-ten finishes in the U.S. F2000 where he finished 14th in series points. He ran a limited schedule in 1997, scoring 11th- and 12th-place finishes in his three starts. Scarallo competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series in 2000.

The oldest of four siblings, Scarallo, 25, lives in Smithtown, N.Y. Scarallo manages Autotrend Tire and Wheel Company Inc., his family's wheel importing business in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Scarallo will compete in this afternoon's Trans-Am on the Tarmac qualifying session at 6pm EDT at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers John Baucom