Bobby Sak second Oo the podium for the Lime Rock Grand Prix Hayner recovers to capture fourth. Lime Rock Park, Conn. -- May 26, 2003 -- Driving a near perfect race, Rookie of the Year contender, Bobby Sak, drove the ...
Bobby Sak second Oo the podium for the Lime Rock Grand Prix
Hayner recovers to capture fourth.
Lime Rock Park, Conn. -- May 26, 2003 -- Driving a near perfect race, Rookie of the Year contender, Bobby Sak, drove the #10 Revolution Motorsports Corvette to a 2nd place finish in the Lime Rock Grand Prix, round four of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Sak convincingly held off all challengers to take his first career podium finish in the rain soaked event.
"To be honest, I was pleased to see the rain," said Sak. We have a great rain set-up and I knew we'd be fast. The car was awesome. I was so confident with what the crew gave me-- considering the track conditions; I could put the car anywhere."
Bobby spent quite a few laps behind 2000 TA Champion, Brian Simo.
"I'm not sure what was going on with the #3 car," said Bobby. "I really think I was held up and worked extremely hard trying to find a way around him. At one point we had a little contact and he spun in front of me. It certainly wasn't intentional-- and I understand the officials not wanting to make a blocking call under those conditions. He "brake checked" me a few times-- fortunately it was reported by corner workers who supported my position regarding the incident. I'm not sure I could have caught Johnny [#64 Miller] but I do believe I was held up."
"I wasn't thrilled when the last yellow came out," Bobby continued. "Johnny and I were pretty much out alone and I was anticipating finishing under time. Then when it came over the radio that we would take the white and green flag I got real concerned about Jorge. He's been running great lately and I knew he'd be putting the pressure on for the re-start. As much as I wanted to think about pressuring Johnny, it became more important to make sure I didn't provide Jorge with any unearned opportunities."
Stu Hayner, driver of the #2 Trenton Forging/GMAC Commercial Finance made the best of a bad situation. Hayner made a phenomenal move at the start and immediately went to the front of the pack. He lead the first 13 laps before finding an oil patch on the entrance to the "Big Bend" in turn one and had to gather the car up on the escape road.
"The left front just locked up and I became a passenger," said Hayner. "I'm not sure what it was, but after that, we had our work cut out for us. I felt bad for the crew because they had put a great car under me. I feel an advantage in wet conditions and the crew set the car up just the way I like it. We were fast and we had great handling. Later in the race I had worked my way back up to fifth and then the motor went away. It felt like I was running on seven cylinders-- maybe less. Getting back to finish fourth was truly a blessing."
Hayner moves into fourth place in the Championship battle while Sak moves into sixth. Jorge Diaz leads Bobby in the Rookie championship by just 11 points.
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 next race will be at Infineon Raceway, June 22.
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