Cleveland: Revolution Motorsports race notes

Revolution Motorsports lights up the roar on the shore Bobby Sak-- class of the field, Hayner puts on (another) clinic Cleveland -- July 4, 2003 -- Bobby Sak [ ...

Revolution Motorsports lights up the roar on the shore
Bobby Sak-- class of the field, Hayner puts on (another) clinic

Cleveland -- July 4, 2003 -- Bobby Sak [#10 Revolution Motorsports Corvette] and Stu Hayner [#2 Trenton Forging / GMAC Commercial Finance Corvette] lit up Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport for the 6th round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. In a brilliant display of driving, character and dedication, the team of Revolution Motorsports gave the Cleveland fans what they came for-- pure road racing excitement.

"I don't think I've ever seen such a display of driving skill and a dominance of power like that in years," said proud owner, Don Sak, referring to the performance of both Revolution cars. "From drop of the green flag, our guys were the class of the field."

Hayner qualified third for the 100-mile feature but due to an engine change after the morning warm-up, rules require that he start at the back of the field. Bobby Sak qualified to start the #10 Corvette sixth.

When the green flag dropped both Sak and Hayner used the superwide front stretch to horsepower their way through the field. Sak got cleanly through the first turn with the front-runners and headed onto the backstretch quickly dispensing of the #3 car [Gentilozzi] and the #12 car [Lewis]. Meanwhile, Hayner threaded is way through a turn one pile up at the back of the pack and after one lap picked up 9 positions.

Within a few more laps, Sak had the crowd on their feet as he motored by the #64 [Miller] car to take second position. From that point and for most of the afternoon, Sak tucked in and stayed in the mirrors of the #7 car [Pruett] setting the pace of the race.

In his attempt to avoid the first turn mayhem, Hayner had sustained damage to his right side door panel and officials ordered him to the pits to remove it. By time the work was completed, the leaders were coming around on the front stretch. Hayner was able to get out of the pits and drop in behind the fourth place car, one lap down.

With fans on their feet, the show was all Revolution. They cheered on the Rookie Sak's brilliant display of control and patience. They roared with fist pumps as Hayner systematically dispensed of the #3 and #64 cars. After passing his teammate, Sak, Hayner set out after the leader. The #7 car wisely chose to yield to a charging Hayner. When the yellow came out on lap 37, Hayner closed back up on the field for the 10 lap charge to the finish.

The big disappointment of the race came after the restart when the #3 [Gentilozzi] car violated Trans Am Regulation #1.8.13 "UNJUSTIFIABLE RISK." Gentilozzi made a late corner dive on Sak going into turn 9 . The two came together through the 9-10 chicane allowing cars behind them to bunch up and cause yet more trouble as they headed into turn 1. A pile up ensued spinning Sak and dropping him back to eighth.

Hayner ultimately made his charge back to the top five much to the delight of the nearly packed Cleveland grandstands and the Revolution Motorpsorts guests from GMAC Commercial Finance and PR Machine Works.

"I was really disappointed in the move by the #3 [Gentilozzi] car," said Sak. "You just expect more from a 3-time Champion. Ultimately, the big losers were the fans. Jorge Diaz Jr. (Sak's Rookie challenger) was back in fourth. It could have been a great race and a great finish--. instead you end up with a race result artificially recreated by officials handing out penalties. I don't know-- I thought I was the one that was supposed to be making rookie mistakes." [Gentilozzi went on to finish second but was cited for two unsafe driving infractions and penalized two positions.]

"I'm pleased that the officials made the right decision," commented Don Sak. "However, it's a late call. We ran in second the entire race. The penalty does nothing to restore our position. The race is over and the fans are left with contrived race results. I would have liked the infraction called when it happened and the penalty meted out accordingly. Adding insult to injury, the penalty ultimately hurts our position by moving other competitors up in points while we were the victims of the infraction. It's really a bit hard to swallow this one. It's not right."

Hayner's run was nothing short of brilliant. He started last, came from a lap down and finished 5th. In the process, he consistently clipped off some of the fastest laps of the race.

"It was a pretty physical race," said Hayner. "I'm not sure what happened to the door. We came in, and went a lap down. But the crew had the car dialed in. I really thought we had the best car on the track. One thing is for sure-- we really drove the doors off it!"

"I can't say enough about Shane and Shail Duhaime, the team, Bobby Sak and his performance, Don Sak and our sponsors, Trenton Forging, GMAC Commercial Finance and PR Machine Works," added Hayner. "They never gave up-- we're working our way back up in the points and we're doing it against every bit of bad luck you can think of. No one is even thinking of giving up. No one."

"Look," Hayner continued, "everyone knows the Corvette is at a disadvantage this year. We're tired of everyone on this side of paddock wall pretending it isn't. We know and knowledgeable fans know. What you saw today is a team that is determined to put up a fight regardless of stacked odds. We just don't care. We come to race. Win lose or draw you will know we were on that track. You are going to have to beat us."

The Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup was at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport with the CHAMP cars for the Cleveland Grand Prix, July 4th weekend. The race will air on Sunday, July 6 at 3:30pm EST on SPEED.

Revolution Motorsports in association with Trenton Forging competes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup. All events are nationally televised on SPEED. The Trans-Am Series is the oldest form of American sports car racing.

GMAC Commercial Finance offers loans, leases ($1 million and up), and accounts receivable management services to a variety of clients in diverse industries around the world. For more information about GMAC Commercial Finance visit our website at gmaccf.com or call 248-356-4622.

You can find out more at www.trans-amseries.com. For complete driver biographies and information on Revolution Motorsports, please visit .

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Don Sak , Bobby Sak , Jorge Diaz Jr. , Stu Hayner