Cleveland: Stu Hayner preview

Stu Hayner sees Cleveland as unfinished business. Revolution Motorsports ready for Rock n' Roll city. Detroit - July 9, 2002 - This week the Trans-Am Series moves to the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. The event, Round 5 in...

Stu Hayner sees Cleveland as unfinished business.
Revolution Motorsports ready for Rock n' Roll city.

Detroit - July 9, 2002 - This week the Trans-Am Series moves to the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. The event, Round 5 in the Series, runs in conjunction with CART as part of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, July 12-13.

After a hard fought 5th place finish at Mid-Ohio last month, Stu Hayner sees the 2002 Trans-Am on the Tarmac Presented by Microchip as the right race at the right time.

In the 2001 race at Lakefront, after posting an impressive qualifying time, Hayner was forced to take the green flag from the 30th position rather than the 7th on the starting grid.

During the closing laps of the Friday qualifying session, Stu had an incident on the track where he had spun, and flat-spotted all four tires. Trans-Am rules state that in a case like this, if a team changes more than one tire, that team is to start the race from the back of the pack, therefore placing Stu in the 30th starting spot.

A brief rain shower preceded the start of last year's race. Noticing that the track appeared to be drying quickly, Hayner made the choice to go out on slicks. He was able to run much quicker lap times than the teams that had chosen to stay out on the rain tires. Despite being down one cylinder, Hayner quickly picked up position after position.

"Last year in Cleveland I finished second," recalled Stu. "I remember seeing ahead that Paul [#3 Gentilozzi] was having a little trouble. Toward the end of the race, we were running as quick, if not quicker lap times than the leader."

"I know this track... I have the maturity and driving style to beat this track. We'll qualify well and we'll put ourselves in a position to win."

"This team has been a contender at every event since Long Beach," said Stu. "We're a top 5 team sitting in the top10 in points. Since our rough start in Long Beach, we have established ourselves as a genuine threat. We were in it at Mosport, we dominated Lime Rock and, had it not been for lapped traffic being out of position for the restart, we would have been part of the five lap sprint at Mid-Ohio. The team feels due," he added. "We're confident!"

In association with Trenton Forging, Revolution Motorsports competes as part of the Trans-Am Series for the BF Goodrich Tires Cup. All events are nationally televised on CBS and SPEED channel (formerly Speedvision). The Trans-Am Series is the oldest form of American sports car racing. You can find out more at www.trans-amseries.com.

For complete driver biographies and information on Revolution Motorsports, please visit www.GoRevolution.com and www.bobbysak.com.

-rm-

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